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  side-entry convenience
  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.

Also the Hammock Bliss is a very roomy size, so it's big-guy friendly, and they offer three options for tree straps. They only make a very basic fly though, I bought a much better one made by Speer Hammocks instead.

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