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Juliana Cho
(choyoyo) - M
Anyone have a Warbonnet Blackbird that I can try out/rent? SF Bay Area on 09/20/2012 14:31:25 MDT Print View

Hi all,

My husband is interested in trying hammocking out (I have no experience in this area) and seems particularly interested in the Warbonnet Blackbird. It'd be nice to try one out before committing to a purchase, since I'm not sure if he'll like it :).

I was wondering if anyone here had one that we could rent or borrow for next weekend? We are heading to Carson Pass/Silver Lake on a car camping trip, so it'd be a good time to test it out. I know this isn't a hammocking forum, but this is where I lurk after all :) I live in Oakland, and can drive to wherever you are. Hopefully somewhere not too far away in the bay area. Let me know if you are willing to lend/rent. I can also leave camping gear collateral as well. Thanks in advance!

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Trying a Hammock on 09/20/2012 15:01:27 MDT Print View

Juliana,

Another option is to try a Butt In A Sling/a> hammock. For $49.95 - $56.95 you can buy a full hammock setup (tree straps, whoopie slings, and an 11' hammock). The different prices are for different weight hammocks.

I'm 6 feet tall and about 250 pounds - I don't know how big your husband is, but the extra length on the BIAS hammocks really adds considerably to the comfort.

Note - these do NOT come with a bug net. We're going car camping in PA this weekend and it's going to be nice and cool (low 50's) at night so we won't have to worry about bugs.

Another thing...If he's sleeping in it at night he'll definitely need some sort of insulation under him. A wide (25") Thermarest works well. This is even if he's in a sleeping bag.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Warbonnet Traveller on 09/20/2012 15:52:28 MDT Print View

I have a Traveller that you guys are welcome to try.

Juliana Cho
(choyoyo) - M
Thanks for the suggestions and offer! on 09/20/2012 17:35:57 MDT Print View

Kevin- Thanks for the suggestion and advice! He's a little shy of 6 feet, so sounds like it would be comfortable. We have neoairs and z rests that he can play with.Thanks for the buttinasling suggestion. I'll run it by my husband. I think he was looking forward to the security of a bug net, even though the bugs should be minimal. Unfortunately their production and shipping schedule is one to two weeks, so probably not in time for a trip next weekend but maybe the next one.

Kat- Thank you so much for the offer!~I really appreciate it. I think you might be a bit too far away for our gas guzzler to reach though. You are around Santa Cruz? If all else fails, we might just go with a more inexpensive hammock for hubby to try first.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
watch out on 09/21/2012 00:32:12 MDT Print View

Be careful. SF is a hotzone for bedbugs. I'd shower and shake before re-entering my living space if you do end up trying out a hammock in SF. Good luck.

Edited by FeetFirst on 09/21/2012 00:38:28 MDT.