I decided to give hammock tenting a chance. But there sure are a lot of options, and with no experience in hammock tenting, I'm baffled by the choices, one of which is between bottom entry and side-zippered, entry.
When baffled, it is usually helpful to ask p-net.
I'm also interested to know how often longer straps are needed. I'm looking at a Hennesy which comes with 42" straps.
TIA for any advice.
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I try to avoid bottom entry on principle|
Posted by: bowrudder on Mar-29-13 11:26 AM (EST)
Not that there's anything wrong with that
Posted by: poleplant on Mar-29-13 12:24 PM (EST)
I have the bottom entry. It seems ok. Just make sure you have a sleeping bag because it does get cold.
I've got a Hennessey|
Posted by: redmond on Mar-29-13 2:05 PM (EST)
and like the bottom entry. Only problem I've run into is that it becomes a little problematic if you're using a sleeping pad when it gets cold. Getting in and out around the pad is doable, but a little aggravatin'. Now, HH's side zipper will not allow you to pull the netting completely free of the hammock. There is a web site where they will add zippers to your HH to do this, but they charge about $50, plus shipping. http://www.2qzqhammockhanger.com/ There have been times when I've been out and there have been no bugs, but there was a slight breeze that was stifled by the netting. Being able to pull it away would have been handy.
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-29-13 5:11 PM (EST)
Welcome to the hanging community!
Posted by: sapien on Mar-29-13 6:25 PM (EST)
I have a Hammock Bliss hammock, the "no-see-um" model with the built-in bug netting and side zipper. I've used it with a sleeping bag, and reflective space blanket or full sleep pad as needed for insulation in cooler temps. I orient the sleeping bag so that its zipper runs along the top instead of the side, thus I can sit into the hammock like a swing, remove shoes while I'm sitting there with the netting open, pivot lower body into the bag, zip the netting shut and lay upper body back into the bag. Seems alot easier to me than having to crawl in from underneath the bag & pad and try to wriggle into the bag while inside the hammock; plus it's convenient exit/reentry if you have to pee or reach for something in the middle of the night. The attached stuff sack doubles as a side pocket for your headlamp, keys and such.
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-29-13 6:44 PM (EST)
Thermarests don't work well in hammocks as cushioning and do work as suffocation devices.
Posted by: rblturtle on Mar-29-13 6:59 PM (EST)
i have a clark-side zip. side zip advantages are;you can unzip and reach things on the grount,you can sit sideways and use it as a lounge chair,you can unzip bothe sides,flip them op,and hava an open air experiencs. i much prefer external bottom insulation like clarks to an interior pad. pads inside hammocks are a pain. you will need surprisingly longer straps/ropes to tie to a big diameter tree. i called clark for longer ones and they were so awed at havng that situation of camping in such large trees that they sent me longer ropes for free.
A thermarest does work well|
Posted by: yknpdlr on Mar-31-13 7:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: briansnat on Mar-31-13 11:23 AM (EST)
Ordered an HH|
Posted by: booztalkin on Mar-31-13 6:00 PM (EST)
Despite the substantial number of hammock devotees, I've never been convinced I will be comfortable hammock camping. But, it sure seems to offer a number of practical advantages compared to grounded tents.
Posted by: windwalker on Mar-31-13 6:49 PM (EST)
You can go to lowe's and buy some Reflectix insulation and make a very cheap pad. I have done two overnights this winter testing this set up, low temps were mid 20's. Using a 20* down bag. It's fairly light but takes up some space. Used a Cabela's lightweight nylon hammock, no netting (it's winter) with my HH fly. Was very pleased.
Flat vs. banana|
Posted by: briansnat on Mar-31-13 7:24 PM (EST)
To me the key to hammock comfort is the ability to lay at an angle across the hammock, which enables me to sleep relatively flat. Hammocks that force me to sleep in a banana shape are murder on my knees because they are bent the wrong way all night.
Posted by: rblturtle on Apr-01-13 8:19 AM (EST)
in summer i sleep in my clark with insulation on the external bottom and my mummy bag over me ,open,upsidedown with my back against the hammock fabric. this prevents nylon to nylon sliding around which is a magor pain. pow'r tack spray inside the hamock helps that problem also. below 30 degrees i put a wide 1/4' ensulite pad inside and use the mumybag conventionally.
Posted by: nacraman on Apr-05-13 7:48 PM (EST)
Thats right. Whoopieslings. It's even fun to say. You need to go to Hammockforums.net and read all about them. I have 8' whoopieslings on each end which are adjustable to pretty much any situation. And they are light, making your kayak happier.