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    Winter Freebird

    So right now I just have a WBBB. I am looking to purchase a hammock for the winter and for backpacking when bugs are not an issue. I have an underquilt, so was looking to get a single layer Freebird. From looks alone I was between the 1.8 Night Grid Camo and the 1.9 ACU Camo. Which of these do you guys prefer, and is there a different fabric I should be looking at? I did notice these are different widths. Will this come into play? Also, for someone that is 5'11", is the 11' hammock worth the extra weight for a better lay? Thanks for the input everyone.

    link to fabrics page:
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    I don't think you'll notice any difference in warmth due to your fabric choice. That is more related to your insulation. However, you might want to consider a hammock with a solid overcover like the Dangerbird or the Thunderbird. The overcover really adds significant warmth, especially when it's windy. Last winter, when camping on a really windy day, using the overcover kept my insulation dry and warm by keeping the blowing snow out of my hammock.

    David

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    Winter Freebird

    I have a 10' WBBB 1.1 DL, and an 11' Darien UL 1.0 SL from Dream Hammock. I personally see no difference in the lay between the two. I an 5' 10" tall and weigh 175.

    Perhaps if the Darien were a 1.1 DL like the WBBB, the difference in the lay may be more noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deacon View Post
    I have a 10' WBBB 1.1 DL, and an 11' Darien UL 1.0 SL from Dream Hammock. I personally see no difference in the lay between the two. I an 5' 10" tall and weigh 175.

    Perhaps if the Darien were a 1.1 DL like the WBBB, the difference in the lay may be more noticeable.
    I think the lays are similar because the BlackBird has a footbox that makes it lay like a 11ft hammock. Most other 10ft hammocks won't lay like it's 11ft so the comparison is unique to the BlackBird, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joefbtg28 View Post
    So right now I just have a WBBB. I am looking to purchase a hammock for the winter and for backpacking when bugs are not an issue. I have an underquilt, so was looking to get a single layer Freebird. From looks alone I was between the 1.8 Night Grid Camo and the 1.9 ACU Camo. Which of these do you guys prefer, and is there a different fabric I should be looking at? I did notice these are different widths. Will this come into play? Also, for someone that is 5'11", is the 11' hammock worth the extra weight for a better lay? Thanks for the input everyone.

    link to fabrics page:
    http://www.dream-hammock.com/Fabric.html
    Hi have both, an 11' winter gnome(custom) in 1.8 Night Grid Camo and a Darien 11' with 1.9 ACU Camo.
    I just live South of you if you would like to see/lay in them.

    hth
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    Hi have both, an 11' winter gnome(custom) in 1.8 Night Grid Camo and a Darien 11' with 1.9 ACU Camo.
    I just live South of you if you would like to see/lay in them.

    hth
    If this isn't a generous offer I've never seen one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old4hats View Post
    If this isn't a generous offer I've never seen one.
    This is what my custom Winter Gnome looks like in 1.8 Night Grid Camo.



    Darien UL with 1.9 ACU camo

    Last edited by OutandBack; 09-05-2013 at 13:34.
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