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Old 06-24-2013, 11:46 PM
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Low Cost / Cheap / Budget Full Hammock Setup

Let's post some low cost* options for a full hammock setup. Please avoid DIY (sewing) options, names of retailers (non-manufacturers), sites and links.

Please suggest such things as a low cost hammock model, suspension, netting, tarp, et cetera.

Thank you for your participation. This information will help others give hammock camping a try.


*Note: It's understandable that cheap or low cost can vary depending on a person's budget. However, please do your best to list the lowest cost items that you feel remain good options.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:36 AM
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HighMiler HighMiler is offline
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Home between jaunts -- been a great summer so far! Lots of off-trail exploring mostly close to home. Gasoline is expensive!

Anyway, I have two low-cost hammock solutions. I use the same tree straps, tarp and underquilts with both. I confess now to a couple of instances of "adapting" purchases to work.

Tree Straps (one of the DIY items) are 1" wide X 10' long flat nylon webbing with overhand loops tied at each end - cost about $10. I wrap, or don't wrap, the tree trunk as needed to get right length for hammock pitching.

Original Tarp is 10' X 10' nylon at 2 lbs. and $40 -- pitched over hammock diagonallly mostly.
New tarp (a gift) is 9' X 9' Silnylon lighter, but costlier -- about $70, I think.

1. Byer Traveller Lite -13 oz. - $20 with a U.S. Army "Skeeta-Tent" also 13-oz and $20. About $40 total.
2. Byer Moskito Traveller - 1 lb. - $45 +/- a gift after I had set up my first unit.

Summer underquilt is a 13-oz. All-Weather Sportsman's Blanket -$15 - clipped to hammock with mini-biners. Wind and water proof, does insulate some, use as a groundsheet, too.
Winter underquilt - about a pound and about $20 each - is either a down-filled or a synthetic-fill "throw" with grommets installed (other DIY) at corners for attaching to hammock with mini-biners

About $100 to $120 +/- per unit, I guess, not counting my overquilt which can be about any zipped-open bag or quilt/blanket conditions dictate. Not a specific "hammocking" purchase.

Both set-ups work well for me. I kinda like the first setup with the enveloping bug net as being not so restrictive as the zippered unit. I can lay diagonally and flatter in the hammock. I've also used both set-ups as ground shelters above tree-line and when I didn't like the widow-makers above me.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:49 AM
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i'd like to think my setup was on the cheaper/more affordable side.

ENO doublenests run in the $70 range. a kelty noah tarp about that.

my suspension has undergone a bit of evolution and now consists of somewhat heavy-duty 1" cargo straps cannibalized out of a pair of old ratchet-straps. they aren't light, but they were free. they also manage fine double-duty as tree-protectors. roughly 30-some feet long too, so they give me major utility. in a pinch i can loop them together and use them to descend a cliff face...

i don't rock bugnets up here, though i've been thinking about it. no cause to yet.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:00 PM
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Low-weight setup

There is always a balance between cost and weight. Grand Trunk Nano 7 is less expensive than Eno and only weighs 7 oz and you can use paracord for the suspension. Gossamer Gear has great insulation pads for hammocking. The most expensive part is the rain tarp. like a sleeping bag, the lighter the more expensive. Zpacks has a tarp that only weighs 5 oz. Borah Gear has a tarp that weighs 7.5 oz.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:45 PM
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Snugpac Jungle Hammock $40.00 just under a pound.
Snugpac All Weather Shelter (tarp)$69.99. This is a 10x10 sylnylon tarp with grommets, loops and snaps. It is the best $70 you will spend on a lightweight (1.5# I said light, not ultralight)tarp.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:47 AM
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Not an utralight set up but it is solid and complete for $150 US .... $140 if purchased in quantity- Tom Claytors Jungle Hammock or Mosquito Hammock I can't really remember what it was called. Hammock,Rain Fly,Integrated bug netting , and suspension(not very good) included.
I replaced the suspension with an ENO atlas strap system... easy but not the lightest option.
The rain flys (13' long x 10' wide diamond)that came with ours are pretty decent ... solid , waterproof, and sealed well - I've read some older reviews that complain about them - we've had zero issues so far

edit: Forgot to mention I use a REFLECTIX pad in the hammock in cooler weather - the hammock is a double layer- there is a full length "pocket" for a pad .The reflectix can be bought in rolls at hardware stores .. its basically mylar covered bubble wrap - our roll was 27$ for a 25 inch by 30 foot roll . I made 3 pads and used the extra for a few freezer bag/pouch cozies

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Old 02-06-2016, 04:32 PM
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At Appalachian Trail Days the last 2 years Hennessy Hammocks were half price. In 2014 I got an Explorer Asym for $80. That includes tarp, hammock with integrated bug screen, and snakeskins. Also had two threaded funnels to attach to tarp and catch rainwater in bottles screwed to funnels (can add in-line filter if desired).
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