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    Question One thing you wish you would have known when you first started hammock camping?

    I'm expecting my first, ever hammock. It is a WB Ridgerunner.

    When you look back, what is one thing you wish you would have known when you first started hammock camping?

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    That buying a hammock is only the beginning of the drain of the bank account!!!

    Seriously, although I knew UQs existed and that some swore they were essential, I didn't quite "get it" at first.

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    Same here, about the UQ. I'm convinced that an UQ is the most important thing I have and what I've spent the most coins on.

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    Buy quality gear USED here and other online outlets-especially when just starting out as you're not really sure what you're going to like. That way, you don't have a huge investment when you invariably decide a certain item is not for you. For instance, if you want to try an underquilt (I agree with others on this being a game changer for me), you still don't know if you would like a full size or 3/4 length. Then, find a good used quilt made by a cottage vendor and if it works for you, great, but if not, since you bought a quality quilt you should be able to sell at only a very small loss. Don't expect everything to work right for you just because it works well for Shug, or Sintax, or any other hammocker. Give it time and you'll settle into what works for you.

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    Knowing about these forums.

    It would've helped me avoid the seemingly cheaper route of buying Walmart/Amazon/etc hammocks and insulation instead of just going straight to the cottage vendors. I could've put that money towards the gear I ended up with. Of course, I didn't know what I didn't know...and it wasn't until I joined the forums did I get more info that led me to where I'm at now.

    Also, if I had joined the forums before I started buying gear, I definitely would've had an easier learning process. I started with ratchet straps (for cargo), a Walmart hammock, a camo poly tarp and a Coleman sleeping bag. It compressed down to the size of a 10 lb bag of charcoal. Seemed to weigh about the same too. But, I was hooked. Slept way better than I ever did on the ground.

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    That I prefer netless hammocks

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    Again on the underquilt. There is no substitute. Underquilts are not expensive hammock accessories; hammocks are cheap underquilt accessories.


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    When I ordered my new hammock, I got a full length 20F Lynx for the WB Ridgerunner. Is 20F that right temp rating for most situations?

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    Depends on where you live and what time of year you hang. I have a 20 & a 40, being in the SW I expect to use the 40 the most.

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