One of the funniest camp-moments was when a visitor, after touring our van and Parkliner trailer we had at the time, saw two of our hammocks up in the trees…
After a pause, he looked back at the van and Parkliner…
and asked why we would sleep in the trees when we had two perfectly nice rooms in the van & trailer. To which I answered; “Well, for the same reason people jump out of perfectly good airplanes with parachutes on, It is fun!”
And it is : )
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons we went through a testing period and have, as of the winter of 2016 found a happy-hang-place in the current gear list.
Cari started out with a Hennessy Expedition Asym gathered end hammock. She added their “Hex” tarp and used this as her go-to hammock through the 2015 season. I grabbed a Warbonnet “Blackbird” gathered end hammock, and it will be my primary hammock for the upcoming 2016 season under a WB Superfly tarp.
During the 2015 season, being the gear junkie I am, I ordered up two Amok v3 hammocks. These are unusual in that rather than hanging parallel with the ridgeline strung from tree to tree, you hang perpendicular. You can see the difference in this image from their website:
Look comfy right? Well…that is what I thought from my research and reviews. For Cari, it was evident that for her 5’2″ frame the Amok was not near as comfy or convenient as her Hennessy. For myself the Amok was more of a conversation starter. It was comfortable for me to sleep and lounge in, but getting in and out was a bit more complicated than I needed. The other issue was having all this hammock gear was going outside our preferred minimalist mindset. So in the fall of 2015 I was able to find two new homes for the Amoks and we were back to basics.
Then…Cari decided to do some more research as she was trying to figure out a way to have more room under the bugnet for both lounging and rest. I suggested she look at some of the other hammocks offerings by Warbonnet. After quite a bit of research she decided to sell her Hennessy, which quickly sold at the hammock forums, and go on to purchase a WB Ridge Runner bridge-style hammock. When it arrived we set up the hammock and second Superfly tarp on one of our TATO stands:
The first test hang in our yard told her she’d made the right decision.
For the most part we utilize hammock stands rather than hang them from trees. For us, since we are vehicle based and have good storage for items this size, it has worked out to be so much simpler to set them rather than be at the mercy of whatever trees may or may not be available in a given camp. It takes about 10 minutes to set the stand, hammock, and tarp.
So the 2016 season will most likely see us a 100% Warbonnet Outdoors hammock setup. This is a bit stretching the minimalistic philosophy…but having one brand in a particular category (hammocks) works for me just fine.
: ) Thom