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    Arrow Newbie Hammock Setups.

    I'm sure that browsing this forum for the first time can be confusing and overwhelming to the hammock noob. One of the most frequently asked questions by any new members here on Hammock Forums is, "I'm new to hammock camping. What is a good hammock/tarp/insulation system to start with?"

    To help answer that questions for any future newcomers, I'm issuing a challenge. The gloves are off. Consider yourself taunted.

    The object of the challenge is to put together a hammock setup within a specific price range. Your system should include, at bare minimum, a hammock, a tarp, suspension, and some sort of insulation. Shoot for a 3 season temperature range, like 40*F and up. Assume that:

    1. Someone buying one of these setups already owns a sleeping bag for top insulation.

    2. Weight is not an issue

    3. Bug protection is optional.

    4. Accessories (guy line, biners, cinch buckles, rings, stakes, etc) are optional.

    5. No sewing and only minor modifications may be necessary.


    Provide links if possible. You don't have to answer all of them but bonus points for those that do. I'm looking for:



    The Ultimate Budget Setup: Under $50

    Hammock Setups Under $100

    Hammock Setups Under $200

    Hammock Setups Under $300

    Hammock Setups Under $400

    Hammock Setups $400 and Up (or your dream system)







    I'll get things started:

    The Ultimate Budget Setup: Under $50
    (aka the Walmart Special. All these Items should be available at your local WM)

    Super Cheap 8x10 tarp (example) $9
    Kalisto Hammock $19
    Walmart blue CCF pad $9
    Webbing from ratchet straps $10
    __________________________________________________ _______________

    Total: $47



    Hammock Setup Under $100

    Gear Guide 12x12 tarp $30
    Walmart blue CCF pad $9
    Kalisto Hammock $19
    Webbing from ratchet straps for suspension. $8-10
    __________________________________________________ ________________

    Total: $77





    Hammock Setups Under $200

    Skeeter Beeter Pro $58
    Gear Guide 12x12 tarp $30
    Speer 4x4 SPE $45
    Walmart blue CCF pad X 2 $18
    Ratchet strap webbing $9
    __________________________________________________ _____________

    Total: $160


    OR

    HH Expedition Asym (includes tarp, hammock, & suspension) $140
    Speer SPE 2x2 $35
    Walmart blue CCF pad x 2. $18
    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Total: $193
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    This is a fantastic idea. I'll definitely be putting a spreadsheet together with my favorites of the set-up ideas we come up with.

    I'll edit this post with my lists once I've put them together... it's taking me a while. These will ALL have bug nets, as where I live (Maine) it is absolutely a must. You could be bled dry in one night by the things...

    Super Cheap $50.00 Setup

    Hammock: $25.00 Parrot Bay Key Largo Deluxe Camping Hammock
    Suspension: $6.00 Polyester Webbing from Tie-Downs
    Tarp: $9.00 Texport Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp 8' x 10'
    Insulation: $6.00 Blue CCF pad from most any Department Store (Walmart carries them)

    Total: $46.00

    Hammock Setups Under $100.00

    Hammock: $25.00 Parrot Bay Key Largo Deluxe Camping Hammock
    Suspension: $6.00 Polyester Webbing from Tie-Downs
    Tarp: $30.00 Guide Gear 12x12 Tarp
    Insulation: $6.00 Blue CCF pad

    Total: $67.00
    Last edited by sclittlefield; 06-08-2009 at 16:07. Reason: added $100 setup
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    Hammock Setups Under $300

    Hammock:$150 - $170 Warbonnet Blackbird http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.net/blackbird_h.htm
    Suspension:$0 included with Blackbird
    Tarp: $95 MacCat Standard http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:...&ct=clnk&gl=us
    Insulation$11.50 Landau closed cell pad (scroll down to closed cell) http://www.seattlefabrics.com/neoprene.html

    Total: $256.50 - $276.50

    Hammock Setups Over $400 (dream)
    To the above trade any Jacks or Better Down Underquilt ($250 - $300+) http://www.jacksrbetter.com/Products.htm for the pad

    Total: $500 - $600

    Note... this may seem like a lot of money, but it isn't when you consider what it costs to buy cheap stuff then replace it with good stuff....
    Last edited by Red Hat; 06-09-2009 at 11:23. Reason: add info

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    Hammock Setups Under $200

    Claytor Jungle Hammock including tarp it ROCKS! $150
    Walmart blue CCF pad $9
    Ratchet strap webbing (cause the original suspension on the Claytor needs replaced) $9

    Total: $168
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    To help answer that questions for any future newcomers, I'm issuing a challenge. The gloves are off. Consider yourself taunted.

    The object of the challenge is to put together a hammock setup within a specific price range. Your system should include, at bare minimum, a hammock, a tarp, suspension, and some sort of insulation. Shoot for a 3 season temperature range, like 40*F and up.
    In the first 2 replies I learned a ton.

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    Can I toss out the idea that we use a consistent set of columns. It would make a really cool spreadsheet. I also would like to add another criteria, user weight/height. While I am under the weight limit of the Wallyworld Kalisto, I am barely, and while it supported me for three nights just fine, it was creaking and popping. I think it would be a good idea to maybe break up the groups into the typical weight limits on our hammocks, say under 300lbs, 300+. Since I am 5'10, I am not as in tune as to the height requirements Maybe an under 6', 6'+. Or would that meld just fine with the weight rating?

    I am looking forward to adding my dream list to this as well.

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    Setups Under 200: Total $125.50

    1 ea. Skeeter Beeter Pro (Includes bug netting): Price was $40 (but I got the Fathers Day 2 for 1 deal last year so technically $20)
    1 ea. Campmor Equinox Tarp 10x10: $40
    2 ea. 1" PolyPro Strap: $7
    2 ea. Binners: $8
    2 pair Sling Rings: $7
    2 ea. 4 pack Figure Nines: $8
    1 ea. 6 pack aluminum Stakes: $3.50
    42" wide egg crate CCF pad: $12 (walmart)

    My Stats:
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 220 lbs. Hammock rated to 400 lbs versus 250 lbs for the Skeeter Beeter.

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    Great setup so far. Keep 'em coming.
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    My dream system, which just so happens to be my current setup:

    Hammock Setups $400 and Up (or your dream system)

    Warbonnet DL 1.1oz/1.7oz w/ webbing suspension $170
    JRB 11x10 tarp $110
    Speer SnugFit under quilt $305
    __________________________________________________ _______________

    Total: $585

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    I'll bite.

    We call these the "Scout Specials"

    3 yards of Walmart fabric at $1.50 $4.50 plus tax
    Pack of harbor freight yellow cinch straps $3.99 plus tax

    accordian fold/gather the fabric, knot each end (do with a friend for teamwork)

    take a hammer to the soft metal cam buckles until you can slide out the loop (hitting stuff is fun, being careful not to cut the webbing takes aim...)

    run non-looped end around tree and through the loop--tie off to knot with 3 wraps, add an overhand and a quick release--each side

    futz/practice with it until perfect

    Total Package: under $10.00 for a bang around hang. Nothing Fancy.
    (no, we don't sew or heat the edges, hasn't been much of a problem for around 3 years of use)

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