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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapplenewton View Post
    You can lie flat In a basic DIY gathered end hammock sure it doesn't have the footbox of a blackbird but if you get 10' of 60" wide ripstop when you get on the right diagonal with the right hang its heavenly.
    not to be a pill but 10' unfinished length is a little short for me. My home sleeper has a finished fabric length of 10'. To each their own. If you opt to go DIY do a fair amount of research on lengths and widths before you take the plunge.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Senior Member pineapplenewton's Avatar
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    I didnt really have an option on width I chose thows measurements because I made it before i found this forum and jeff's page recommended it
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    Another reason I don't want to really attempt a DIY is the cost, I don't see myself using something I made, I would rather spend a little extra and get a whole new level of quality, plus it is real cold up here in Canada so there is very little real warm camping time. I don't mind the cold (cold on hot nights is a plus for me since I sleep hot) but I was thinking the HH with super shelter would extend my season more than some shifty homemade thing I attempted.

    I think I will rent the Expedition, try it then shell out my savings for the Explorer if I like it.

    Thanks for your feedback. Sorry for getting off topic.
    Kasuko

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasuko View Post
    Another reason I don't want to really attempt a DIY is the cost, I don't see myself using something I made, I would rather spend a little extra and get a whole new level of quality, plus it is real cold up here in Canada so there is very little real warm camping time. I don't mind the cold (cold on hot nights is a plus for me since I sleep hot) but I was thinking the HH with super shelter would extend my season more than some shifty homemade thing I attempted.
    I remember saying something similar to Coffee. Don't worry, we won't hold it against you when you start talking about your DIY gear in a few months. It is really pretty basic stuff, just tedious and time consuming. But, there is a great reward when using gear you made yourself. Gives you a whole new level of pride and should not be discounted. At least, not so soon.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kasuko View Post
    I think I will rent the Expedition, try it then shell out my savings for the Explorer if I like it.
    Careful with that thinking. I am really not comfortable in my Expedition for more than a day or two. I'm 6' and feel cramped in it. My Explorer models are much more comfortable for me. There really is a big difference in feel between those two models IMO.
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    Ok, I would like to continue but I dont think this is really along the line of a newbie setup and I don't want the first thing I did after joining was derail a sticky post. Please follow here. http://hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=141992

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    My Explorer models are much more comfortable for me. There really is a big difference in feel between those two models IMO.
    If you are a "big guy" you don't want to try the Expidition. I am ~250 and the explorer is as low as I would want to go in terms of size. If you want to go with the Explorer then try to rent that first and check it out.

    I had better luck with my DIY hammocks after I had used a commercial hammock and knew what to expect. I currently sleep full time in a DIY hammock made to the dimensions of an ENO double nest. I can do that at home because I can rig up assist lines to get out. It is bigger than my Explorer but I was in the explorer over the weekend and really like it for camping.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I have just finished my 3rd DIY. 1 Bridge type (that I love but not yet ready to take into the woods) and 2 asym gathered ends. All the plans, directions and advice have come from here ..... thanks to all that contribute.

    My setup
    DIY 1.1oz digital camo ripstop $30
    DIY matching bug netting $20
    DIY tree huggers $4
    5mm cord $3 (found a local supplier and got a great deal)
    Misc thread/velcro $10
    Synthetic sleeping bag $35 (rated for 5*C)
    Therma-rest $75
    DIY tarp $60

    Total - $237 ($127 if you concider that I already had the sleeping pad and blanket)
    5'9" 130lbs

    Another reason I don't want to really attempt a DIY is the cost, I don't see myself using something I made, I would rather spend a little extra and get a whole new level of quality, plus it is real cold up here in Canada so there is very little real warm camping time. I don't mind the cold (cold on hot nights is a plus for me since I sleep hot) but I was thinking the HH with super shelter would extend my season more than some shifty homemade thing I attempted.
    Let's not give the wrong impression here. I was out this weekend (Sept 12) in my hammock (about 4 hours from Ottawa) and had to take my sleeping pad out of the hammock because I was sweating. If the key phrase is "warm camping time" ..... I agree that our season is shorter but I can comfortably camp (in my 3 season ground setup) for 9 months of the year. Not yet tested the hammocks to the exteme ends of our camping seasons, but we are going to push a little each time to find out limits.
    I do not wish to be disturbed - but I can't help it!

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    I thought it might be fun to post your very first hammock setup including prices if you can remember.

    This was the setup that changed the way I hike.

    HH ULBA w/ stock suspension 100.00 (used)
    Walmart CCF pad 7.00
    Gear Guide 9x9 Camo tarp. 30.00
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    The hammock that changed my world:
    UL Traveler $20

    The hammock that converted me for good:
    HH Ultralight Explorer Deluxe Asym $40 (used)
    Walmart CCF <$10
    'Neo Tarp' $30 (I think)
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    After twenty years on the ground I have decided to move to the trees. Would very much like to get some imput on my gear choice. Planning a 2010 thrue hike leave March 1

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    sock ? , is this neccessary

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