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  1. #11
    Hooch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    My dream system, which just so happens to be my current setup......
    Ditto. After a couple years of saving and getting everything piece by piece, I finally have my dream system ready for use:

    Speer IIIa Hammock
    Speer Winter Tarp or 8x10
    Speer Top Blanket III
    Speer SnugFit Underquilt

    My, how hammocking life is soooooo good.

  2. #12
    Senior Member headchange4u's Avatar
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    Be careful. Several people have had the material tear when the edges are not hemmed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Be careful. Several people have had the material tear when the edges are not hemmed.
    If you know for sure the two edges are factory selvage edges you should be able to get away with no hemming on the edges. The selvage is at least as strong as the fabric itself. If there is any doubt a simple rolled hem will do the trick.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Ultimate Comfort

    Hammock: Jacks 'R' Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock - $170
    Tarp: Jacks 'R' Better 11'x10' Cat Tarp - $120
    Bottom Insulation: Jacks 'R' Better Mt Washington 3 - $270
    Suspension: Included with hammock - $0

    TOTAL: $560

    The ultimate in comfort.

    True lay FLAT hammock.

    No knot suspension.

    Spacious and flexible tarp coverage.

    Good down to 20 degrees.

    Why not start with the best?

    Regards,

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    Senior Member fin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smee View Post
    Hammock: Jacks 'R' Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock - $170
    Tarp: Jacks 'R' Better 11'x10' Cat Tarp - $120
    Bottom Insulation: Jacks 'R' Better Mt Washington 3 - $270
    Suspension: Included with hammock - $0

    TOTAL: $560

    The ultimate in comfort.

    True lay FLAT hammock.

    No knot suspension.

    Spacious and flexible tarp coverage.

    Good down to 20 degrees.

    Why not start with the best?

    Regards,
    The only thing I would add to this setup for ULTIMATE Flat Laying comfort is an thin inflatable pad for the pad sleeve - $25/$35 - helps a lot in the shoulder area for us wide-shouldered types! Would also drop the temp rating to single digits, IWG. Love this setup!

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    Another Ultimate Comfort, BB Style
    Hammock: Custom Dbl Warbonnet Blackbird, 1.1 outer - Sportswear Nylon inner lining - $160
    Tarp: CCS 10x12 - $100
    Bottom Insulation: Jacks 'R' Better Katahdin, modified w/tabs for UQ use- $340
    Suspension: Included with hammock - $0

    $600 Total - this is my current setup, very close to my Mt. Rogers setup, and how I normally roll when temps are below 40*. I add a Thermadrape ($10) if single digits are expected.

    Substitute a Custom dbl Warbonnet Blackbird, 1.1 outer - silk inner lining and a modified Mt. Rogers for a UQ at $300, and this is how I will be rolling this weekend on the NCT.

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    Here's a couple of starter setups using under quilts instead of pads:

    Hammock Setups Under $400

    Kickass Potomac under quilt - $180.00
    Speer Winter Tarp $107
    Skeeter Beeter Pro $58
    20' Strapworks Simple Sling (cut in half for 2 x10' pieces) ~$15
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    Total: $360

    Or replace the synthetic quilt for a down one for just a few $$$ more


    JRB Shenandoah $190

    Bringing the total to $370

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    How about going back to the cheaper/entry level setups for us newbs.... I'm liking the $100 range to begin with.

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    Not trying to make the cheapest, but a good starter kit. In fact it was *my* first setup. I am going to add weights to my list as well.

    Travel Hammock Ultralight (now Grand Trunk Ultra light)The $22 (12oz)
    Walmart blue ccf $10 (11oz)
    8x10 nylon tarp $40 (23oz)
    braided mason line $9 (1/4oz for 40ft)
    aluminum gutter nails 8) $5 (2oz for 4)

    total cost: $86 (with 4 extra stakes and over 400ft of extra line)
    total weight: 48.25oz

    upgrade to Equinox silnylon tarp for $40 more and 8oz less ($126 and 40.25oz)
    Last edited by DuctTape; 06-17-2009 at 03:16. Reason: added links and price adjustments

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    Try a used Hennessey

    Quote Originally Posted by sfrye5853 View Post
    How about going back to the cheaper/entry level setups for us newbs.... I'm liking the $100 range to begin with.
    You can usually pick up one on Whiteblaze or Ebay for about $100. It is a pretty complete system, all you need is a pad for cheap and you can upgrade to an underquilt later. If you buy one of the real cheap hammocks and tarps, you're just wasting money in my opinion, as you'll want to upgrade soon.

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