Originally Posted by Dan Alexander
This is exactly why I'm interested, not for any weight savings. I'm looking for comfort. I've been camping for over 50 years but the hips and knees don't bend like they used to and are making crawling in and out of my one man tents too uncomfortable.
There isn't much storage in the hammock but I have a light weight bike cover so I figure I can leave all the riding gear on the seat and cover it.
Most hammockers are also lightweight backpackers and they almost lose control of themselves over grams to ounces (kind of like the KTM Vs. BMW debate except grms instead of pennies). They would suffer an anurism if they even saw what my wife and I used to shoulder on our backpacking trips. Our backpacks, tent, and sleeping stuff alone weighed more than their entire set ups now. Our battle is more over pounds and space. I have two fairly new titanium knees and hear you all too well. Plus the thought of floating while wrapped in a lightweight fluffy warm down nest just sounds nicer than any camping I have ever done. It's all about enjoying the outdoors instead of simply surviving it.
Molly Mac on HF has a very neato enclosed gear hammock set up for sale...though it would not be that tough to make one. It suspends tree to tree or even under your hammock tarp in water proof convienience either way. Out of the mud and dirt for me.