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A camping hammock is one of the most comfortable ways to spend the night when you are out in the great outdoors. Many websites advertise their hammocks as being tent replacements; many people shop with this idea in mind. Comfort and sleep time enjoyment should be your primary concern when shopping for a camping hammock, permanent hammock, oversize hammock or any other type. Why? When you sleep outdoors, nobody wants to sing a chorus of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head". Camping hammocks can't protect you from the rain. True, there are diehards out there who will simply pull a poncho over themselves and wait out the storm, but your best bet is to pack a tent as a backup in case of a turn in the weather.
what about a simple rain fly?
Actually most hammocks actually designed for camping come with a rain tarp that is fastened over the hammock as well as a bug net that surrounds the hammock...one of the best ive seen and that i also own is the one link system from eagle outfitters....it works great! OH and also its a good idea to have a tarp over you no matter what the weather...youd be surprised what drops out of the trees throughout the night...my tarp is usually covered with needles and other tree crap thats fallen...
A backpacking hammock usually comes with a rain fly, therefore it DOES replace a tent.
what a moron. I'll bet a tarp over top will beat a tent. Have you ever actually used a "camping hammock?"
I assume that they meant to say "your best bet is to pack a TARP in case of a turn in the weather."
did you forget about a tarp roof?