I think most people don’t like sleeping in hammocks. I get on quite well with mine and a 3x3 tarp.
Up in 10 minutes. Zero faff. No knots. Whoopee slings.
Don’t use my tent at all any more. Rarely sleep on the floor nowadays.
I use a DD superlight, with a cumulus underquilt, and a criterion sleeping bag.
I ditched the groundmat technique and it really made a huge difference. Underquilts are amazing and on warm trips I use that alone.
Trick is (for me) to attach it as high as you can reach, evenly, then let it sag quite low. It has to be even otherwise you’ll be sliding to one end all night.
That makes it easier to lay diagonally in the hammock, so your back is reasonably flat. I can sleep on my side or even on my front this way.
Wicked to wake up in the morning, sit up, and make coffee or breakfast from in bed. Also nice to have somewhere comfy to be if you’re rained in.
Shortcomings are that (when it isn’t warm) you’re carrying an extra thing (down bag + underquilt) - but if I can make space, I 100% will. Well worth it for me.
Cheers for input
I rembered i did sleep in a hammock maybe half a dozen times several years back. And think i slept well. Mayve I'll get one again and try.
Not tried an underquilt yet, on warmer nights just use a normal 3 season lightweight down bag and been happy apart from a cold patch on my back, didn't bother using a mat underneath. In colder weather (-2 to +3c) used a winter bag and an inflatable. Did ONCE try and get the bag (its massive) to go through the hammock, and use it like a part over part under affair, but was too late at night to really get it to work. Seen others do it but maybe my bag just isn't quite the right shape for it. Can imagine it really does the trick if you can get it to setup right.
Have found all the kit for me at least weighs about the same as a good light tent (1.6-1.7kg) and gives me less options (need tree's, which half the time is a problem), its just poles that are always a PITA, especially my new bike which is super curvy, only place is to stuff them in my hydropack.
But do sleep really well in a hammock, and packing up is a genuine 5 minute job, tent maybe adds 10, as its really thin material I'm always really careful to scrape off the slugs and little stones etc before ramming it in a bag where it will be jiggled around with other things all day on the bike.
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