As far as one-person shelters go this is not the lightest, but if you are planning on spending a lot of time camping in forested areas or where you need to sleep above the ground then it's as good as, or even better than, anything else I have tried. The addition of some lightweight pegs would have been nice. Aside from long term wear and tear on the suspension system and being careful with the zip I can't foresee there being much to go wrong with the Exped Scout Hammock Combi. It keeps the rain off, keeps the mosquitos (and midges) away and deals with the insulation problem. The main drawback is having to find suitable trees from which to hang it. In the treeless hills of Britian this is likely to be a major headache a lot of the time, and as such it's more suited to a lowland woodland context than to hillwalking.
Exped Scout Hammock Combi. Includes double bottom hammock with mosquito netting, tarp/with tie outs,
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Inside the hammock there is a double floor to prevent any insects biting through, but more importantly to house a sleeping mat (or clothes, dry leaves, grass etc) to provide an insulating layer and to prevent the cold-spot issue, without the mat flipping and ending up on top of the occupant. There are also a couple of mesh pockets to stash headtorch, watch, phone or anything else you want to keep to hand without losing under your sleeping bag.
Although it works best when hung between two trees (or vehicle roof racks, as we discovered) the Exped Scout Hammock Combi can also be pitched on the ground, using poles to keep the ends of the hammock and tarp off the ground.
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Sure to appeal to technical backpackers and recreational users alike, the Scout Hammock Combi hammock is lightweight, functional and easy to use.