The more I use it, I think so. I have several SilNylon UL shelters, one of which is a 5 man 2.5 lb tipi with a 2.5 lb wood burner, which is especially great for cold weather setups, BUT, the more I use my DIY UL hammock/tarp setup, the more I am convinced that these hammock setups are the ticket for most of our bow hunter's/outdoorsman's needs. My setup has a pocket on each side and these are a must IMO, or putting your boots, cell phone, gear, etc. Some guys in Alaska that have no trees will disagree, but the rest of us that have trees, will appreciate a hammock. This UL hammock use is relatively new in the outdoor world, compared to other types of ul shelters.
Hammock/Trap setups the perfect UL shelter? I am thinking so the more I use mine.
1. Comfort. Sleeping on the ground can't compare with these, end of discussion
2. Fast setup. These setup in on a few minutes.
3. No spiders, snakes, mosquitos, or mice can get you
4. Can setup a hammock in in standing water
5. No concerns of the terrain or rocks
6. Lightweight; my entire 10X12 tarp, bugnet, stuff sack, carabiners, rope, and hammock weighs 3.5 lbs
7. Trees are everywhere in my bow hunting adventures. By bringing extra 7/64" rope, I can setup anywhere trees are 12' to 30' ft apart. If need be, I can bring more rope.
8. I can vary the pitch of the tarp and let breezes in or shut them down, depending on the outside temp. Underquilts can be added for cold weather.
9. No need of carrying a sleeping pad to keep me off of the hard ground
10. Did I mention comfort?
Here are some pics from several outings this year field testing my setup. I made everything myself.
Some trout from today