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David Dombrowski

David Dombrowski

Adventure Is Out There!

David Dombrowski's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Paddling
Climbing
Surfing

David Dombrowski's Bio

I'm a professional raft guide and biology student. My other passions are backpacking and climbing. I do other stuff too when I have the chance. I enjoy photographing my adventures.

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David Dombrowski

David Dombrowskiwrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this thing to use as an exercise after climbing, and for while I am studying/watching tv/whatever. It works really well for its purpose. Not much to say, you just squeeze it. It has held up to daily stress really well. It will develop some marks/discoloration, but has not broken. When it gets rubbed against anything, the rubber will be a lighter blue. I didn't find the smell bad at all. When it first comes it has that "new tire" smell, but it wore down to a light rubber smell after a few days. It does what it is meant to, and holds up well. Great stress buster.

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David Dombrowskiwrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this hammock. My brother had one for a while before I sprung and got my own. I have now had it for a year, and it looks like-new. My brother's is still going string after 3/4 years and it is still going strong. Good quality, you get what you pay for. If you will be backpacking with it I highly recommend replacing the carabiners with a lightweight aluminum set. The included steel set is heavy. The pouch is nice, and the hammock easily fits into the bag; plus it is a great stash pouch at night for a headlamp and glasses. The weight is not bad at all, and the length is good. I am 6'1", and this hammock would fit someone a good bit taller than I am. I have used this thing everywhere, from forests to the backyard to my dorm room. (No, really, I hooked it up from the bed to the closet hanger rod.) It is suprisingly comfortable if you know how to sleep in it. (There IS a right way.)

You will need to buy straps as they are not included. I recommend the hammockbliss straps, they are lightweight, easy to use, and long enough for almost anywhere.

One important note:

I used to have a love-hate relationship with hammocks. They were awesome for hanging out/napping at camp, but I could not sleep in one. There was too much curve to them for me to sleep well, and my back would always hurt the next day. Then someone told me how to sleep in them. Life = Changed! I used to try and tighten it as much as I could, and sleep in line with it. DON'T try to make it as flat as possible, leave a curve. It should look like a banana when empty. Then, sleep at a 30-45 degree angle to the original line. You will be able to sleep with your spine in a straight, flat line. This eliminated my back-aches, and now I'm a hammock lover. I use it all the time for overnight trips!
I hope this helps anyone with a similar problem!

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David Dombrowskiwrote a review of on February 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These straps are easy to choose what length you want, because of the many loops, but it makes them heavy. You are also limited to the loops, because they are not easy to adjust in smaller increments. I prefer other setups, like the hammockbliss straps, for the weight. These also have a little more stretch than I would like. However, these things are tough as nails, and I'm not sure there is a longer set of straps on the market.

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David Dombrowskiwrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had the eno slapstrap pro, then I got these. They are awesome! They are MUCH lighter, and surprisingly easy to use. They can be adjusted to almost any length you need, and are so light you can throw in some paracord as an extension. I have used them all over the place, and they have held up well. These are the lightweight option. The only downside is the price.

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