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    The first time I saw a camping hammock on a motorcycle trip they seemed kind of ridiculous, but the more I thought about it, the more they made perfect sense. I like camping but these days I can't get a good night's sleep without an air mattress, a pillow and a two person tent to stretch out in. Plus I need a folding chair to relax in while I drink my beer after a long day's ride. Problem is, even with my bags and trunk, I end up having strap everything to the bike which isn't too secure from the less honorable. The beauty of a camping hammock is they were created for back packers so they're extremely compact; about the size of a football for everything except sleeping bags. And you don't need a mattress, or a pillow, or a chair. I just got mine today and hope to try it out soon. So what say you? Have you done any hammock camping? What was your experience? Are they as comfortable as people say?

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    Did as a young man in Havasu Canyon at the west end of the Grand Canyon. Not comfortable because you can only sleep on your back since other positions aren’t comfortable. Your spine doesn’t bend sideways or backward comfortably.

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    • #3
      I have when camping with my boys and when i was a Scoutmaster. But as you get older (past 35) it was harder to get in a good sleeping position and to get out of the hammock and i always felt like my ass was prone to attack from some varmint, plus you have to find the right trees. I like a good bed now for my sleeping

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      • #4
        Took a nap on the one in my backyard. Does that count?

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        • #5
          I don't believe my back would like that, I could be wrong, but I can no longer sleep on my back, sides only.

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          • #6
            When we were kids my mother went to Army supply and got a couple of the Jungle hammocks with the roof and all the little pockets inside. They were alot of fun.

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            • #7
              I've led such a sheltered life that I've never even been in a hammock. Now that I'm 67 I think the most preferred way is a nice comfortable hotel room.....or possibly a cabin, although I do still tent camp with an air bed.

              If I were to try a hammock type bag I would snore terribly! I'm quite certain that I would scare away any varmints that may be lurking around, as well as predatory beasts!
              I DO, however, wish I would have tried it in my younger days.....

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              • #8
                Well from the portability standpoint I can see the appeal. But anything more than a nap and I doubt I could do it. Keep us posted on how you like it when you try it out.

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                • #9
                  I bought one last year to do the same thing but haven't had a chance to try it out yet

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                  • #10
                    Believe it or not there's actually a *wrong* way to sleep in hammocks, and unless informed otherwise, it's the way most people do it. [Which would explain why most find it uncomfortable.] The key is to lay "diagonal". [Not in the middle] This puts you flat in the hammock, [not bent like a banana] and you can sleep on your side no problem. These camping hammocks are a bit different than the old school canvas or macrame hammocks. There are a few other things you need to do to get it right, but from what I've read and heard, if done correctly they can be more comfortable than most anything else. Even your bed at home... I'll let you know how that one works out.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                    Believe it or not there's actually a *wrong* way to sleep in hammocks, and unless informed otherwise, it's the way most people do it. [Which would explain why most find it uncomfortable.] The key is to lay "diagonal". [Not in the middle] This puts you flat in the hammock, [not bent like a banana] and you can sleep on your side no problem. These camping hammocks are a bit different than the old school canvas or macrame hammocks. There are a few other things you need to do to get it right, but from what I've read and heard, if done correctly they can be more comfortable than most anything else. Even your bed at home... I'll let you know how that one works out.
                    You are correct. I have a Bear Butt hammock that I have used for several nights in the backcountry. If it is below about 50 degrees an under quilt helps the comfort. If you hang it right and sleep diagonal it is very comfortable.

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                    • #12
                      I plan to use an old sleeping bag as my under quilt. I've ordered some heavy duty locking tarp clamps with eyelets to string it up; we'll see how it goes. I've even thought of getting a snap tool to put some snaps on the bag. I'll use the another bag on top of me and I've got a rain fly from my 4 person tent plus a 4x6 tarp for the ground. I plan bring some extra para-cord for a ridgeline and back up. Now I just need to practice some of my knots.

                      Is there anything I'm missing?

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                      • #13
                        I love my hammock that I bring to the the beach for a couple hour nap some days in Puerto Rico, but my bones are to old to try and sleep in one for the night. Must be nice to be young...err... younger.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                          I plan to use an old sleeping bag as my under quilt. I've ordered some heavy duty locking tarp clamps with eyelets to string it up; we'll see how it goes. I've even thought of getting a snap tool to put some snaps on the bag. I'll use the another bag on top of me and I've got a rain fly from my 4 person tent plus a 4x6 tarp for the ground. I plan bring some extra para-cord for a ridgeline and back up. Now I just need to practice some of my knots.

                          Is there anything I'm missing?
                          Nope. That should cover it. I was backpacking with mine so went very light. The whole setup was like 4 lbs.

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                            • #16
                              Hi Doc,

                              He's a link on you tube to a series on hammock camping, hope it helps....

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuEPBHp2hs

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                              • #17
                                Great video, thanks Grigby. I'm looking forward to this; all my hammock gear, including ground tarp and rain fly etc., is smaller than a sleeping bag. I should be able to fit it and a couple sleeping bags in my trunk. If this works out for me, I hope to do a lot more motorcycle camping.

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                                  You're welcome Doc. Let us know how it goes. greg.

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