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Camping with hammocks...

Postby Crazinamatese » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:29 pm

This is a camping question...I recently bought a camping hammock. Im a minimalist camper and thought a hammock would be great to have. Wondering if any beasts have ditched their tents for a hammock. Any Pros or Cons I should be aware of?


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Postby bowhunter15 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:49 am

I just got back from a Colorado mule deer trip where I slept in a hammock.

Pros: Much better comfort, don't need flat ground, easy to set up, versatility through multiple seasons, minimal condensation (depending on tarp pitch)

Cons: Can be expensive to get all of the components for a full system, not the lightest option for long distance packing, won't work if there aren't trees.

I just used an ENO Double Nest with a regular down sleeping bag and half filled air mattress stuffed inside. Moving forward, I'll get a more dedicated APEX top quilt and underquilt for even greater comfort. I've never slept as well as I did that trip. Every morning I woke up refreshed with no sore spots. The hammock tended to keep me more motionless, whereas typically I roll around a lot during sleep.
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Postby Wetfoot » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:19 am

I used to camp in a Hammock regularly back 30 years or more ago. Ditched the tent completely. An inexpensive lightweight nylon deal with a couple steel rings on the ends and about 10 feet of poly rope on the end. A waterproof nylon tarp (12x12) with grommets, some parachute cord to tie down to 4 tent stakes. Much lighter than a tent and was able to see the cause of all that stuff that goes bump in the night. Best wierd noise ever was a white- tail that was doing a lip curl 15 feet from my set-up just before sunup. :lol:
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Postby Hatchet Jack » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:56 am

i got a hennessey and will never go back to tent camping, very easy to sleep 10 hours. just make sure you have a sleeping pad to lay on cuz the cold cuts right through to your back.
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Postby tgreeno » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:51 am

How do you deal with the bugs?
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Postby bowhunter15 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:57 am

tgreeno wrote:How do you deal with the bugs?


Some hammocks come with integrated mesh bug nets that zip onto the hammock, or you can add them separately.
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Postby riverrat bbq » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:59 am

I recently bought a BearButt hammie off amazon. I think they are competing with ENO. Very good price and very comfy. I will need to get a rain fly next. There seems to be a lot of styles out there just make sure that you look at a few. Good luck with hunting this year.
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Postby Perfectionitz » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:21 pm

For years I had an ultralight Marmot tent that I packed. I haven't touched it in years. Always a hammock and tarp now. Its perfect.
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Postby Billyjack » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:42 pm

Hammock camping definitely has a learning curve but it is absolutely worth it. I’ll never sleep on the ground again...
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Postby GoetzC » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:13 pm

Another long time hammock camper here.
If you haven’t already check out www.hammockforums.net
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Postby Dewey » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:30 pm

GoetzC wrote:Another long time hammock camper here.
If you haven’t already check out http://www.hammockforums.net

Wow they have a forum for everything these days. :lol:
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Postby Octang » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:37 pm

I am a recent convert to hammock camping and I will never go back. It is WAY more comfortable.

Like has been previously stated, it is a little more expensive, you need an underquilt to keep your back/butt warm, as well as a rainfly to keep you dry. Don't buy one without an attached bugnet. I bought Warbonnet because of their stellar reviews, and it didn't disappoint.
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Postby bowhunter15 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:11 am

Octang wrote:I am a recent convert to hammock camping and I will never go back. It is WAY more comfortable.

Like has been previously stated, it is a little more expensive, you need an underquilt to keep your back/butt warm, as well as a rainfly to keep you dry. Don't buy one without an attached bugnet. I bought Warbonnet because of their stellar reviews, and it didn't disappoint.


I'll probably upgrade to a Warbonnnet too at some point.
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Postby GoetzC » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:16 am

bowhunter15 wrote:I'll probably upgrade to a Warbonnnet too at some point.


I have tried a lot of hammocks over the years and settled on the Warbonnet RidgeRunner bridge hammocks. It’s the most comfortable and comes at only a minor weight penalty compared to a gathered end hammock.
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Postby Octang » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:48 am

bowhunter15 wrote:
Octang wrote:I am a recent convert to hammock camping and I will never go back. It is WAY more comfortable.

Like has been previously stated, it is a little more expensive, you need an underquilt to keep your back/butt warm, as well as a rainfly to keep you dry. Don't buy one without an attached bugnet. I bought Warbonnet because of their stellar reviews, and it didn't disappoint.


I'll probably upgrade to a Warbonnnet too at some point.


You will be happy you did. I LOVE the side storage area that comes with the hammock. It makes it easy to have things like a flashlight accessible in the middle of the night. Plus, it is just very well designed and comfortable. I haven't used any other brands of hammocks so I can't compare it to anything else, but I did a lot of research and I am happy I trusted the good reviews.

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