Hammock Tents - Super linky - got one? tell us about it and post pics here!!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HighTechCoonass, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    Lee, I just made a deal for a Traveler over on HF.:shog This gear whoredom is really gettin' out of hand.:lol3

    I'm really looking forward to giving the Traveler a try.

    Chris
  2. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    So you crawl into this hammockie thing as a catepillar and come out as a butterfly? Seriously, I never knew this was an option to sleeping miserably on the ground, which leaves me paralyzed. Thanks for opening my eyes.:D
  3. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I just made a deal for inmate Bouldergeek's Hennessy Expedition - I can't wait until it gets here and I can try it out!:clap
  4. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    Do it!

    Its a great way to check out your kit.

    Mom passed away back in Feb, I've since moved back in to care for dad who has Parkinson's. Every Friday and Saturday night I camp out in his back yard.

    Woke up Sunday morning with 3.5 inches of water in the rain gage. Stayed completely dry, but didn't sleep much with all the noise, even with ear plugs. All night I'm laying there counting the seconds between the lighting observed though my closed eyelids and the rolling thunder.

    daryl
  5. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    OK, I got my WBBB 1.7 but needed some carabiners to hang it. I went to the climbing store on Sunday and the part time kid didn't have a clue as to what ratings were. I ended up with this

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    with this information

    Weight: 49 g
    Material: hot-forged aluminum 7000
    Color: gray frame, orange gate
    Breaking strength:
    - major axis: 23 kN
    - open gate: 9.5 kN
    - cross-loaded: 10 kN
    Gate opening: 20 mm
    CE EN 12275 type B / UIAA
    3-year guarantee


    So being a n00b when it comes to hammocks my question is will this work for my tree straps and hold my 250lb fat ass?

    Thanks for the help.......................and laughing :lol3:lol3:lol3....uncontrollably
  6. dentedvw

    dentedvw Where did I put that

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    Yup, no problem there. It will do the job. Just take care not to drop it very often on hard surfaces, they don't always like that very much. I use mostly retired carabiners for my stuff like this.
    Heck, I have been using one that fell down a cliff for years as a hammock biner, cord hanger, etc. Never mind what I said. :rofl

    Time to hang!

    I sleep every night in a hammock, when I moved I left the bed. Sometimes I get a hankering for a flat surface to lie on, and I will sleep on the couch for a few hours. Then back to the hammock. :D
  7. YogiPerogi

    YogiPerogi Adventurer

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    Alright, I took a VERY loose read of this thread.
    I'm not one to start off with a shitty set up and slowly upgrade to the cat's mewow as it ends up costing much more in the end.
    So, here's my question:

    What would I get if I were to just cut to the chase and get the best set-up right away?

    Please list everything remembering I'm completely new to this concept.
    -Hammock itself
    -under/over quilts?
    -tarp?
    -pad?
    -suspension option?
    -Carabiner and other options?

    My info which should narrow things down a lot:
    I'm 6'7" 275 pounds.
    I'd primarily be using this stuff in the spring/summer in WestCoast Canada (mild often wet weather, and occasionally hot weather).
  8. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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    I share your thoughts on getting it right the first time.

    Hammock: Blackbird 1.1 double
    UQ: 3/4 Yeti
    Top: 30* down sleeping bag with foot box. Works if I have to go to ground.
    Pad: Therm-a-rest ProLite. Can be used for the feet where the Yeti leaves off. Also used if forced to ground
    Suspension: Whoopie Slings
    Caribiners: Don't know brand off hand, but they will support you.

    Only difference I'd recommend is going to the 1.7 dbl BB.

    Also go to www.hammockforums.net for more than you'd ever care to know.
  9. chrome bandit

    chrome bandit Wide footed adventurer

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    Solid recommendations above.

    Just don't fergit a tarp for misty wet BC. Either the WarBonnet SuperFly or OES Deluxe would be at top of my list. I have the WB Black Mama, works great, wouldn't mind a little more elbow row and closed doors if the wind howls. Black Mama is fine for rain & drizzle.
  10. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Do research on HF.

    I tried 5 or 6 different hammocks till I settled on 'my' preference. I like a wide bridge hammock for the flatter lay and the ability to sleep on my back plus both sides. Hard to do that in my Blackbird.

    Being 6'7" your options are more limited though. Some big guys like the Clark Jungle Hammocks
  11. YogiPerogi

    YogiPerogi Adventurer

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    Excellent.
    Thanks guys!

    One quick question:
    "if you have to go to ground"
    Are the recommended hammocks capable of being setup on the ground as well?
    -BBDbl 1.7
    -Clark Jungle NX-250
    -Other?

    Sounds like a handy capability...
  12. Eduardo

    Eduardo Eduardo

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    I saw a yearly calendar in Flores that had a hammock position for everyday of the year pictured. Some looked pretty twisty, and only for the very limber but it was pretty funny. :D
  13. DrGo

    DrGo Wander, where I am

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    I have the WBBB1.7 Dbl and like it. It does got to the ground nicely.

    With your height I'd be worried about how asymmetrical (lying on the diagonal) any of these would be for you. Best thing is to ask someone like Brandon (the WB guy) or MacEntyre (I think he designed the Switchback) about it. If you post on Hammock forum your needs, someone will either point you to the right item, or even offer to make you one.

    Have you tried a DIY gathered end hammock for testing? Easy to make: ripstop, straps, whoopie slings, biner. The straps and the whoopie slings you'll want regardless of what you purchase, and the whoopie slings also make pretty good tie downs. The ripstop can be had from you local fabric store or walmart. Here are two sources for the other items:

    http://whoopieslings.com
    http://arrowheadequipment.webs.com


  14. Crazy_Dave

    Crazy_Dave Back'in it in

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  15. YogiPerogi

    YogiPerogi Adventurer

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    Uh... no. Not sure I follow. Do you mean make one out of a blanket or something? And just test to see if I like it?
  16. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    He means use ripstop nylon you can buy .... at Wally World it's cheap, like $1.50 a yard in the remnants section.
  17. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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  18. Hucker

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    I got this Hennessy Hammock during the Christmas special. I got the free Hex fly, snake skins, and a scout for free. Also took advantage of the Jan/Feb special with the super shelter and over cover for less than $100. Did my own whoopie sling conversion (posted earlier in this thread).

    My top quilt is a Sealy down comforter I bought on clearance for $39. Gonna have a foot box sewn in and a nylon cover made for it. Can wash the cover as needed. Super shelter keeps it warm. Been in it down into the 40s with no problems. Maybe a little too warm. Haven't found the need for the over cover yet. Within 2 minutes of putting that on, the temperature rises to very uncomfortable levels. I guess in the winter it would be nice.

    Gonna spend the entire 4th of July week in the Adirondack Mountains, just hanging. My 4 and 5 year old sons are already fighting over who will be hanging in the Scout. They both love it. Gotta buy another.:deal Anyone have a Scout they need to unload?
  19. DrGo

    DrGo Wander, where I am

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    One can learn a lot with a DIY before buying an upgrade. My experience is that you'll still want the upgrade, but you might be better informed about what suits *you* when you buy it. Kinda like a first bike.

    • For example, figure out what length and width fits you. Sleeping flat in a gathered end style hammock means that one needs to lay on the diagonal. Given the same length of hammock, a taller person tend to use up more of the width to lay flat than a shorter person. Most hammocks are a certain width because of the max size of the fabric bolt from the manufacturer. Given the same width, a taller person may need a longer hammock for a flat lay. but everyone is different: what shoulder squeeze you can tolerate? Do you like your feet together or curled up? Etc. All go into figuring out what works for you.

    • For example, Do you mainly sleep on your back, left side, or right side IN A HAMMOCK? A lot of people go by what they sleep in a bed, which it turns out isn't the same in a hammock. How you sleep will help determine which side to put the footbox for the WBBB, or maybe that you need to go with a Clark or a Switchback.

    A simple DIY hammock is as easy as getting a sheet of ripstop fabric, tying overhand knots in the ends, double sheet bending poyester webbing to the ends. No sewing necessary. One can use Speers and/or Ray Mear's techniques of tying off to a tree.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE7dx0WJo9o
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU6r88krh2s

    an adjustable ridgline will be helpful in testing too. Also available at http://whoopieslings.com

    Hope this helps. Again, someone on hammockforums will have better answers than mine.
  20. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    WHOOPIE SLINGS ARE NICE IF YOU'VE GOT MONEY TO BURN. they are not needed at all. get on over to hammockforums, the home of do it yourself stuff. and why pay $200 plus for a hammock that you can make for $20 ? a knot on each end and couple of larksheads in non stretch rope, and a tree strap. it's not rocket science. and any tarp will work..you don't need to spend good money of yuppie tarps.