Hammocks

Joined: June 17th, 2018, 11:41 am

August 19th, 2018, 5:11 pm #1

Just got back from a week up north. We saw a bunch of hammocks in use as primary sleeping quarters. I love the idea of the weight. Wonder how they sleep, handle adverse weather and mosquitoes. Do you still use a pad? Anyone make the leap from tent to hammock? What are some good ones to look at? What about people with back issues?
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Joined: September 3rd, 2004, 7:46 pm

August 22nd, 2018, 5:30 pm #2

I never sleep overnight night in them but, without fail, I will fall asleep in them when I'm reading or relaxing. On my trip a few weeks ago when we had a few cooler days/evenings, I did put my thermarest in my Grand Trunk hammock to keep from getting so chilly. Not sure I would want to sleep all night that way, made it warmer but kinda awkward if you move around a lot. I'm sure they must make pads that are made to fit or ?  Also, I am not good at knot-tying so I am constantly aware that I may fall to the ground at any given time. Probably wouldn't get a sound sleep on that note.
-Kathy
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Joined: January 29th, 2011, 6:08 pm

August 26th, 2018, 9:06 pm #3

Knot tying is important, especially if you don't have a sharp knife.  I got straps with a row of loops and carbines that take the worry out of my 200# plus body tightening my "slippery " knots.  Anyone selling hammocks should have the straps..
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Joined: June 17th, 2018, 11:41 am

August 27th, 2018, 11:27 am #4

Thanks John. I have seen those very straps on YouTube users videos and they look very handy. From what I have seen, by the time you purchase an under quilt, a tarp, the hammock and the straps, the cost is about the same as buying a tent and sleeping bag. The amount of gear isn't that much different either because you either need a top quilt or a sleeping bag with the hammock. I think it comes down to sleeping comfort at this point.
I bought a Helinox cot at Piragis ($$) when I was in Ely a couple of weeks ago and used it instead of my inflatable. I slept better and didn't wake up near as much as I would with the inflatable. Just re-evaluating the tent/cot setup. The hammock would be less gear than the cot but maybe not worth the cost. (I would have to do two hammock setups also, to cover my son)
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Joined: January 29th, 2011, 6:08 pm

August 27th, 2018, 3:54 pm #5

I'm going to look at that cot.  I don't think I could sleet through the night in a hammock, but daytime naps do work. I bought a Helinox chair, (the taller model) and love it, but the weight of a cot would be important, but at 75, getting a good night's sleep is important too.  Heading in to John Lake on the ninth with my hammock and kindle and tow good friends.
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Joined: June 17th, 2018, 11:41 am

September 2nd, 2018, 4:10 pm #6

johngross43 wrote: I'm going to look at that cot.  I don't think I could sleet through the night in a hammock, but daytime naps do work. I bought a Helinox chair, (the taller model) and love it, but the weight of a cot would be important, but at 75, getting a good night's sleep is important too.  Heading in to John Lake on the ninth with my hammock and kindle and tow good friends.
John, I bought the same Helinox Chair (Sunset model) two years ago also at Piragis. ($164). The cot weighs less than that chair does (2.8lbs for the cot, 3.2lbs for the chair) and is close to the same size as the chair packed (cot is 2 inches longer but smaller diameter). I use both. I was impressed by the quality of the chair and so I wasn't so intimidated by the price of the Helinox cot. The cot is the "Helinox Cot Lite". Have fun on your trip.

Link to the Helinox Cot Lite - on sale for two more days much cheaper at REI.
https://www.rei.com/product/889599/helinox-cot-lite
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