Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Mound, MN
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Tarp: Zpacks Cuban
Insulation: 3S Incubator
After using my WBBB with and without the CCF pad, I quickly decided I didn't like a pad. A hammock naturally conforms to your shape as you lay in it. When you put a pad in it, you introduce ridgidity into what you're laying on, a hard surface against your body that doesn't conform. I found it uncomfortable.
I sprung for a 3S UQ and haven't looked back. I also just ordered a 3/4 UQ for long distance hiking.
As for a topquilt. I've been using my down Lost Ranger sleeping bag. Geez, what a pain a bag is trying to get into properly in a hammock. Just ordered a topquilt to replace it and reduce weight by 26 oz. over that of the bag.
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: West Texas
Hammock: WB Traveler
Tarp: DD Tarp 3x3
Here about do you do your hangin'? You going over to NM or elsewhere? Any hangin' ops in Caprock Canyons or near you? I know you're not driving down to Tulia for a place to hang.
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Jersey Shore, NJ
Hammock: BIAS Hiker Lite
Tarp: HG Winter Palace
I've tried a ridgeline with the Byer, but it just doesn't seem to need one. I bought some Amsteel Blue and made whoopie slings, got some polyurethane tree straps from http://strapworks.com. So I'm good to go on a cheap suspension.
I'm still working on the tarp situation. I don't have the money to buy my dream tarp. My sons just need a tarp to stay dry in any weather for a five-day trip to Lake Lila, NY.
I tried a couple of Coleman tent tarps but both leaked. I tried some seam sealer, but it's not the seams that are leaking. I guess the polyurethane coating just gave out on the fabric.
I thought of trying to waterproof the Coleman tarps, but I've heard mixed reactions about the success of these products.
I also tried a cheap 10x12 blue tarp from EMS. I barely put any tension on it when hanging but the grommets tore immediately. Lesson learned - don't put much tension on el cheapo blue tarp. I might try out a heavier polyethylene tarp.
I've found a lot of favorable comments about the Guide Gear tarp, which is certainly in my price range, but it's been sold out for months everywhere.
So I'm still looking for a tarp solution for my two sons. My 12-year old has already hung a few times, so he's hooked. However, I want to make sure my 19-year old doesn't have a miserable experience, since this is his first hammock trip. A leaky tarp would really ruin his trip.
I just don't feel ready to make a DIY tarp, but I'm leaning that way. Tyvek, along with some Tyvek tape seems a viable, cheap tarp, but I'll need to do a lot more reading. I could see a simple Tyvek tarp with marbles or stones tied off with rope for tie-outs. Some say Tyvek is noisy when it's new, but I kind of like the sound it makes.
I'm really not ready to go whole hog into sewing a Silnylon tarp right now. Maybe I'll just wait for Santa to bring me some kind of 4-season Cuben tarp, if I'm a good boy.
Join Date: Sep 2011
Insulation: Zepplin UQ
Suspension: WB straps
Im new here and have slept 3 night in a HH expedition, loved it, but im a little tall for it. My daughter was happy and took it as hers. Anyways im looking to get a hammock system for myself. Ive looked at the HH explorer then found this site. I like th WBBB, the foot space and side storage looks great. Im hoping to keep everything around 5 lbs or less. I normally trip in the BW, and will be soling alot in the future. I would like to stay under $300, not sure if I will need a UQ, usually im camping in 40F+ weather. Another question is what do you use to keep water, mud from splashing up in heavy rains? Or does a good tarp protect from that? Thanks for any help.
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Southern Indiana
Hammock: DH 11' Freebird
Tarp: Kelty 9x9
Insulation: DIY Poncho/GoLite
Suspension: Cinch Buckle Strap
Just got my gear sorted and a trial "hang". I'm pleased.....................
WBBB 1.7 double $175. http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.com/blackbirds.php
Kelty Noah 9 tarp $60. http://www.rei.com/product/808941/ke...ahs-tarp-9-x-9
Te-Wa underquilt $190. http://tewaunderquilts.webs.com/apps...s/show/1216221
Wiggy's poncho liner cover $42. http://wiggys.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=197
and of course the Kermit Chair $130. http://www.kermitchair.com/
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Jersey Shore (The place, not the show)
WBBB 1.7 double
JRB Katahdin OQ
Thermarest RidgeRest Solar Mattress Large pad
The pad is the only part I think I screwed up on, 25"w x 77"l x 3/4"t. I didn't take into account the packed size 9 1/2" diameter x 25"long. I'm either going to have to cut it down a bit, or strap it vertical, on the back of the pack. The pad is probably going to get replaced with an UQ
Join Date: Oct 2011
Hammock: ENO Doublenest
Tarp: Guide Gear 12x12
Insulation: DIY UQ
Suspension: Whoopie Sling
there is alot of info here and some great ideas
But now I am even more confused
I will be doing most of my hanging in the Midwest(Spring , Summer Fall)
skeeters are killer some areas Temperatures probably from 80'- low 40's
Here is my idea (from research)
I like the complete setup from Clark NX250 (I am 6' Tall 240lbs)
I like the included netting and weather cover
probably go with a Larger Tarp
I like to cook out of the rain and maybe sit to wait out a storm and stay dry
I would like to change to straps and probably whoopie slings
SO I am looking for more suggestions and confusion
can I create all of this for less$$$$$ and still be happy
I would also probably like to use a bishop bag setup so that I can leave the top quilt and hammock together and store the tarp and lines seperately
I have seen some great info on this type of set up
I will probably make a cuben fabric bag with pocket or ties for the tarp
outside of the bag
I have all weekend to read the suggestions and get even more confused
Join Date: Apr 2011
i got my first hammock setup put together over a year and a half ago. i have over 400 continuous nights sleeping in the hammock (excluding a few business trips having to sleep in terrible hotel beds)....
my hammock setup:
old ralph lauren comforter cover,basicly 2 heavy king size sheets (free)
dollar store towing ropes (50' for $4)
generic green metal tube hammock stand (free from neighbor)
underquilt is a 10' piece of fleece tied at the ends of the hammock($6)
yoga mat for a pad ($3)
i sleep in this setup every night and my back problems disappeared....!
i have been buying other hammocks and experimenting and some are cheap while others cost a fortune but i still sleep every night in a gathered end hammock made of old sheets!
now i am putting together a outdoor setup which will be super light weight but i think you can have fun hammocking for cheap the deal is just getting started.......
this is the best forum!
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Columbia, SC
Hammock: HH Explorer A-Sym
Tarp: HH Hex
Insulation: HH Supershelter
HH Explorer Deluxe with the hex tarp and loving it.
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