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philipb

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I have never tried a hammock. I don't want to spend loads to try one only to find it is just not for me. I sleep on my front normally so I have my doubts if it will work for me. what is a low cost way to try one out
 

Suwarrow

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If you live in the South East "Pure Bushcraft" in Surrey do an overnighter in hammocks. Sort of a basic introduction where they supply all the kit at around £25.

It's how I first got introduced to it and have since bought all the kit.

Otherwise go to a local meet mentioned in some of the threads and talk to the guys who have hammocks.

Last option is buy a basic hammock and tarp from someone like DDHammocks, give it a try and sell it on eBay if it's not for you.

PS. I think it's near impossible to sleep on your front in a hammock (someone may correct me if I'm wrong), but get a long hammock and you can sleep very comfortably on your side.

(No association with any of the above companies)

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Nice65

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You can front sleep on the Amok Draumr, but it's a strange beasty, more like a suspended bed. And they're expensive.

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I think you'd get on with a long asym hammock to allow almost flat side lay, and it's possible to turn onto your front.
 

philipb

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what would be the cheapest hammock that is worth trying. I don't think an ebay string bag will be the best introduction
 

Suwarrow

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The XXL ultra light hammock from TWHammocks might be worth a go at £18.99. It's got the length you might find useful and appears to be cheaper than DD equivalents.

Don't bother with a net initially unless you're​ in midge country.

http://www.twhammocks.co.uk/Hammocks/Ultralight-Hammocks/XXL-Ultralight-Hammock-1.8-X-2.8

I've not tried their hammocks but have got one of their tarps which is a great piece of kit.

Side note: If you get a larger/longer hammock than usual (which I personally I prefer) be aware that you might need to get a bigger than average tarp to cover it.



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philipb

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The XXL ultra light hammock from TWHammocks might be worth a go at £18.99. It's got the length you might find useful and appears to be cheaper than DD equivalents.

Don't bother with a net initially unless you're​ in midge country.

http://www.twhammocks.co.uk/Hammocks/Ultralight-Hammocks/XXL-Ultralight-Hammock-1.8-X-2.8

I've not tried their hammocks but have got one of their tarps which is a great piece of kit.

Side note: If you get a larger/longer hammock than usual (which I personally I prefer) be aware that you might need to get a bigger than average tarp to cover it.



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thankyou . I think I will give that one a try
 

Nice65

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Side note: If you get a larger/longer hammock than usual (which I personally I prefer) be aware that you might need to get a bigger than average tarp to cover it.
Good point. You can pitch the tarp on the diagonal to give it more length. And you can see out which is nice.
 

SaraR

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DD Hammocks classic one is only £27 and it's a double layer one (http://www.ddhammocks.com/product/camping-hammock?from_cat=32), but you've also got ENO and thermarest. Or just about any one in a similar fabric that's long and wide enough. You can even make your own, just search for DIY hammock.

The important thing is to realise that the hammock itself is just a small part of the setup. Think of it as the inner tent, but comfier, you wouldn't go camping with nothing but the inner tent. You will need insulation underneath, a cell foam mat or partially inflated thermarest works well too start with (sleeping in a sleeping bag only and you will experience CBS - cold butt syndrome, as the filling is compressed between you and the hammock). You will also need a tarp for wind and rain protection- a long enough basha on a paracord ridge line is fine.
Finally the suspension can be as basic or as high-tech as you want it to be. But as long as you use tree huggers to protect the bark and remember that you'll generate a lot of force so don't skimp on strength, you'll be good.
 

Mowmow

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what would be the cheapest hammock that is worth trying. I don't think an ebay string bag will be the best introduction
Dd hammocks do a scout hammo for 15 quid including postage but if you're over 5ft8 n a wide chap you'd struggle to fit but they do a larger one just a camping hammock for about 25 quid they're good quality


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