Jul 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm #1306061
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I don't see the point in this. It's a hammock that pulls out of your pack and is attached to your pack. Why wouldn't you carry a separate hammock that is not attached to your pack?Aug 1, 2013 at 5:13 am #2011399
Ken T.BPL Member
People will buy almost anything once. This is pointless as Justin says. Why? Plus it's a Kickstarter project, so probably won't come to fruition.Aug 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm #2011520
Matthew PerryBPL Member
@bigfoot2Locale: Hammock-NOT Tarptent!
Makes me cringe every time I see one of these new hammock companies using ropes instead of tree straps. Just one more of the same old thing. Lots of people jumping on the hammock band wagon with absolutely nothing new to offer the community.
MattAug 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm #2011523
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Something similar was proposed at Trailspace last year or maybe early this year…
The idea did not make that much sense to me (for hikers) but there was some enthusiasm there.Aug 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm #2011526
Greg FBPL Member
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
What would be an interesting idea is if you could just carry around a backpack harness and the hammock could be formed into the sack which would strap into your harness. This way you would eliminate the outershell of your pack.
Since Hammocks need to be a heavier weight fabric anyway and don't immediately fail with small holes you might be able to save weight this way.
As for the idea on kickstarter whay wouldn't you just always keep your hammock in your backpack at least before you attached the to you had a choice.Aug 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm #2011527
Ryan SmithBPL Member
Holy cow. Folks have already given nearly $9,000 for this with 15 days to go.
edit: Greg posted a similar thought 2 mins prior
RyanAug 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm #2011542
BER —BPL Member
Greg and Ryan,
Google "bridgeskin" and "hammockforums". It's been done as a DIY (and might cool one at that), by a gent named Dutch, owner of Dutchwaregear.com. He posted his third iteration in May 2013. In short, it is a bridge hammock with integrated straps that folds into a gearskin type pack.Aug 2, 2013 at 9:55 am #2011709
Ryan SmithBPL Member
I can see how a bridge hammock could fairly easily be turned into a backpack. That's much closer to the innovation that impresses.
RyanAug 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm #2011821
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
A camping hammock is so much more than just the hammock body. That plain hammock is okay for a hot afternoon nap, but you need tarp, bug screen, and top and bottom insulation to use it for use as a shelter. And then you are tied to that one pack model, etc, etc.
You can buy a 9oz hammock plus whoopie slings and tree straps for about $60 if you want a quality UL afternoon lounger: http://www.buttinasling.com/dolalo.html. You can buy cheap hammocks, but you'll nickle and dime yourself getting a decent suspension and then all the pieces to make it a usable overnight shelter. No free lunch!
Nice way to raise $10k!
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