just an example, my list shows a way to keep things light. i am and have been (as a convert) always under the 10lb ul status bar, and hope to keep it that way. this set up pro'lly wouldnt work for some, or even most, but for me its a part of a sub 10 lb pack that im never going to part with. i dont care if a pad that is 6" thick and only weighs 12oz comes out someday, which is likely never to happen, but it would be too hard to leave the Dark Side. Besides, i have a vested interest. :P
WBBB 1.1 single w/ whoopies and straps 21oz even
big, 11x10' winter tarp and stakes 19oz even
2 season, 32° top quilt 12.6oz
3 season, sub 30° under quilt 13oz
leg pad 3.1oz
roughly 4lbs, 5oz. swap the BB for my GT ul @ 12.4oz, and im under 4lbs at 3lbs, 12oz.
im trying to figure out how anyone can use a contrail, a neoair, and a sleeping bag (wm highlite?) for 54.5oz and save much over this (5.5oz, respectively). hence, another reason im a convert. if im given a choice of super versatility and unmatched comfort and a difference of 5-6oz, i'll do it. and these specs include a huge tarp, maybe twice the size of a contrail, and plenty of good storm protection if needed.
outside of weight comparisons as an example, it can also be clearly mentioned that the versatility of my hammock is high..
1)the best camp chair in the world, period
2)can be used as a ground bivy
3)pad is pack frame and sit pad for Murmur, Jam, and Comet
4)tarp can be used to house all the wet, cold groundlings who want to play cards but cannot fit 5 in a contrail
6)stealth, add a few bushes, trees, youd have to look REAL hard to see me
7)in a good forest, finding trees that let you lay side-by-side with your honey is easy to do (under one tarp). then you can share margaritas!
8)tarp can be pitched in a variety of shapes, coverage, and left behind if needed. so in reality, a hammock is a "double wall" shelter.
9)views, even with tarp in place - but not so much dependent on rotation.. meaning i can usually put the zipper side of my hammock anywhere within 360° with ease.
10)fun getting questions and doing show-and-tell. then seeing same ppl. next week, with hammocks of their own. :)