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Lightbulb Hammoc instead of a tent??

Hi guys , I am getting ready for a trip accross Central America and I am contempleting to take a Hammoc with net instead of a tent , I use hammoc while travelling in Asia and also some part of South America ,much lighter than a tent . safety wise its like a tent and the good one are water proof the only big default is you cannot put anything inside while sleeping ( gear ,luggage , girl friend).
does anyone use these for South and Central trip ( love to travel light)

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You might already have seen these hammocks but there are a lot of reviews and testimonials (provided by the manufacturer) here:
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Thanks for the link , those are expensive but they look really good and you can't get lighter than that.

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Hello Hendi

I'm afraid I'm not adding much to this thread except to say that I have a Hennessy hammock and am intending to take it, rather than a tent, for a European roadtrip this year.

I haven't even tested it yet.. bad Mike.. get off yr backside and get cracking Mike.. but in *theory* it's the perfect solution: lightweight, small, flexible, comfortable, protective. If you can wait three or four months I should be able to post a more constructive report!

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Hammoc instead of a tent

Never have figured out yet how to sleep in a hammoc after buying one in Mexico years ago. Is it diagonally or in line with the hanging points ?
Many of the old local hotels in Mexico and Central America contain hooks in the wall to suspend hammocs, I suppose for folks who crowd more into a room than the available beds. Handy, but then , as a tourist why would I hang up a hammoc if there are beds ?
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Hi Mike, I am French and travelled pretty much everywher in Europe , to be honest the Hammock will be pretty useless, take a tent or go to Youth Hotel.
If you need some more info let me know.
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Hello Hendi

I'm interested to know why you think the hammock will be useless in Europe.. not enough trees to hang it off?!

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Hi , I travelled for a long time in Europe and it is very difficult to now do camping ouside of campground , the hammock will work but not your adventage as the site are not done for it and the weather even in the summer is not the safest , the last reason will be for the safety of your gear , I know most of these countries and I can tell you that you need to keep a eye on your staff.
Nothing impossible and I was there this year again , I confirm there are still a lot of threes but the choice is yours.
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All good points, Hendi, but I don't think they're enough to offset the pleasure of the hammock:
- good for my bad back
- set-up requires trees/ buildings etc but copes with rough ground
- extremely light and small

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it is very difficult to now do camping ouside of campground
Yes, I know. But some campgrounds do have trees. I'll also be staying with friends who have trees in their gardens (or -- hopefully -- spare rooms...)

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the weather even in the summer is not the safest
That's all part of it, though, isn't it? I can stand a little rain - the Hennessy is as waterproof as a tent. (Although I could probably cope with some of the weather you get in Ft Lauderdale too)

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the last reason will be for the safety of your gear , I know most of these countries and I can tell you that you need to keep a eye on your staff.
No more or less than anywhere else. No more or less than in a tent. And i'll have Metal Mule panniers for anything I don't want stolen.
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Hi Hendi
A Hammock for Central America is good - apart from tucking your gear out of site - like you can a bit better in a tent - the only real way to secure your gear is to have it with you or lock it up/away.
Putting it in a tent does not make anything secure - in Costa Rica thieves have a habit of cutting your tent open at night with a razor blade and grabbing things out - while you are sleeping !
I spent a year working in CA as a Tour Guide - id say 75% of the time I was sleeping in a in a Hammock - 25% in a tent -when there were no trees to use.

( I used a woven Guatamalan Hammock and a British military Basha with Nomad Mossie net - which ties into the Basha - good combo and cheap)

A Hennessey would be good here as there are some HEAVY rainfalls in season - it is MUCH MUCH cooler than a tent too - you get some gentle breeze through or you can swing it if its hot - and make your own !!!

For travelling now I have both - Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 + a Hennessey Ultra light Backpacker - together they are less than 2 kilos - best of both worlds.
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Never have figured out yet how to sleep in a hammoc after buying one in Mexico years ago. Is it diagonally or in line with the hanging points ?
Many of the old local hotels in Mexico and Central America contain hooks in the wall to suspend hammocs, I suppose for folks who crowd more into a room than the available beds. Handy, but then , as a tourist why would I hang up a hammoc if there are beds ?
Sjoerd,

They best way to sleep in a hammock is diagonally. Recommended is a 30 to 35 degree angle. This way your back is kept straight and the hammock more easily conforms to your body. The this is also true with spreader-bar hammocks, although they are more tippy when you do not lay loop-to-loop. A couple of great sites to buy high quality yet inexpensive Brazilian hammocks: http://www.hammockbarn.com or http://www.hammockzone.net
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Currently in northern Norway with a Hennessey Hammock. No trees up here (surprisingly for Scandinavia) which means no sleeping in the hammock, but otherwise it's been terrific. Highly recommended.
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The problem for me with using a hammock as a sole shelter in Europe, is the lack of privacy. Since most times I camp in campsites (in Northern Europe anyway) and like to have some private space in which I can unpack and relax. Comfort is another consideration, and being pestered by mosquitoes and other bugs while I'm relaxing is uncomfortable for me. That's why I will always use tents.

PS. Hammock are great by the way and that's why I carry a mexican hammock as well for those sunny, lazy afternoons.
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The problem for me with using a hammock as a sole shelter in Europe, is the lack of privacy. Since most times I camp in campsites (in Northern Europe anyway) and like to have some private space in which I can unpack and relax. Comfort is another consideration, and being pestered by mosquitoes and other bugs while I'm relaxing is uncomfortable for me. That's why I will always use tents.

PS. Hammock are great by the way and that's why I carry a mexican hammock as well for those sunny, lazy afternoons.
Yes Mudlark! the voice of reason! Forget the seasoned traveller look of a hammock - youre right- what about the mossies eating your face all night. A tent is the thing.....
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hensessy hammocks are great

i have been using mine for the last 3 years of travel and i love it ,i also have a small whitewater raft www.alpackaraft.com that i use for sleeping on it is great and i can go paddling when i want to as well greatest thing since sliced goars balls
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