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Jul
15

How to Choose the Right Hammock Online

Choose From Rope, Quilted, Portable, Camping and Chair-Style

Either hanging between two perfectly placed trees or from a stand or pole, the classic rope or quilted hammock is the perfect addition to a shady spot in the backyard. Campers also use lightweight, easily portable hammocks to take on camping and backpacking trips. For an armchair-like feel, an avid outdoor reader may prefer to sit up and swing in a hammock chair. And, finally, portable folding hammocks with a self-contained stand make a restful swaying snooze available anywhere.

The following hammocks will fit most needs and budgets; and each one is available online.

Quilted Beach Hammock for Extra Cushioning

With its deep azure and subtle tan colors, the Quilted Beach Hammock by Pawley’s Island creates a cool, beach-like ambiance in even the most land-locked backyard. Manufactured with two layers of a mildew-resistant, synthetic fabric made to feel like cotton, the hammock has a cushioned fiberfill insert. The hammock is 13 feet long and 55 inches wide, has oak spreader bars, and includes hardware rated to hold up to 450 pounds.

Lightweight Mosquito-Free Camping Hammock

From a compact 17-ounce, 9-inch-by-10-inch stuff sack, the Mosquito-Free Hammock Bliss unfolds to become bug-barring nylon hammock with a built-in zippered screen, perfect for camping, backpacking, or the backyard. The hammock’s large bed measures 118 by 57 inches and hangs from nylon rope attached to its four corners. Weight limit: 350 pounds. Flip the hammock over when you don’t need the screen for bug protection.

Classic Rope Hammock with a Colorful Twist

The jazzy Family Sized Rainbow Rope Hammock takes a break from white and delivers red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet colored rope. The vibrant rope is made of mildew resistant synthetic fibers and is threaded through solid oak spreader bars. All hanging hardware is included. Size: 60 by 84 inches.

A Portable Hammock that Goes Anywhere

L.L. Bean’s Folding Camp Hammock includes both a nylon/polyester hammock and a steel-tube stand that fold together into a carrying bag. Weighing just over 30 pounds, the green-and-white striped camp hammock measures 25 inches high by 40 inches wide by 95 inches long. For extra sturdiness, the hammock bed attaches to four points on the frame, which includes a mesh shelf to keep belongings off the ground. Pillow included.

Hanging Hammock Chair Lets Users Sit Upright

Sit up and swing in the Ultimate Hanging Air Chair. Available in burgundy, forest green, or natural off white, the chair fits anyone up to 250 pounds in an ergonomically designed chair with four spreader bars and a footrest. Use the included main hanging rope to dangle the chair from a sturdy tree or purchase a chair stand.

To swing safely in a hammock, follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully, paying special consideration to weight limits and hanging requirements. Classic hammocks require sturdy trees or specially made hammock stands or poles to provide adequate support.

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May
2

Best Camping Hammock in 2017

Are you planning a camping trip and want to try using a hammock instead of a tent? Tired of the endless information available on the web? Then you have come to the right place. Hammock camping has changed my life, and after this guide I hope it changes yours.

Hammock camping is an amazing experience, but novice and expert alike have trouble finding the right products, and all the information available for them. I have gone over the best camping hammocks out there, and put together this list for you.

I have already gone over the specifics of the hammocks, and can show you which hammock would be ideal for the type of camping you plan on doing. Size, material, and cost are all considerations.

Alright well let’s get to it. For those of you who just want the list I am going to link the products first with my highest recommended hammock at the top of the list:

The Best Hammocks for Camping

1. Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic

2. Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent

3. Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners

4. Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

5. Kammok Roo Hammock

6. Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock

7. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

8. Grand Trunk Nano Hammock

9. Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock

10. Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

There you have it, a quick and dirty list of the best hammocks for camping. Read below for the reviews of these hammocks, and how I came up with this list!

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Camping Hammock with rainfly

PictureHammockWeightBuy Now!Rating
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic41 OZ4.8
Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent60 OZ5.0
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners20 OZ4.8
Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock20 OZ4.9
Kammok Roo Hammock24 OZ4.8
Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock22 OZ4.5
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge68 OZ4.6
Grand Trunk Nano Hammock7 OZ4.4
Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock57.6 OZ4.2
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock12 OZ4.4

How to choose the best hammock for camping

There are multiple things I take into consideration when I pick a hammock for any activity. The type of hammock, Material, Size, Maximum Weight, Hammock Tree Straps, Insulation, Accessories, and ease of use. So, let’s get right into it.

Hammock Type

Hammocks come in 3 main varieties, the one you choose depends on its intended use.

Ultralight Hammocks are the lightest hammocks, and are made to be super compact. These are best for hiking trips, or hard to reach camping spots. Ultralight hammocks sacrifice comfort for weight reduction.

Parachute Hammocks are usually made of durable and weather resistant nylon. These are ideal for extended outings where moisture is a concern. They breathe easily, and are still semi compact. These would be ideal for several nights in a row, and are a bit more comfortable than Ultralight Hammocks.

Expedition Hammocks are made with the heaviest and most high end products. They are usually heavy weight, and made to withstand the worst that mother nature can throw at you. These hammocks are ideal for extended camping trips, and hammock camping in more extreme locations.

Material

Most hammocks are made of cotton or nylon composites. They both have different benefits.

Nylon hammocks are your ultralight and parachute hammocks. They are much lighter and have decent wear protection, but don’t offer much in protection other than keeping you dry and keeping the wind off you.

Cotton hammocks are bulkier, and look better, but they are more difficult to transport. Properly seasoned cotton will not leak, but will need to be air dried after the camping trip or mildew may become an issue.

Hammock Size

Hammocks come in many different sizes. The length and width affects load, and carrying capacity. A single hammock is thinner than a double hammock because it is meant for one person. A double hammock can accommodate two people, or be roomy for one person. Taller people should look for hammocks that are 8 feet in length or greater.

Maximum Weight

The maximum weight of a hammock is important. A hammock can only support its maximum weight load. So, before hammock camping it is important to recognize your weight, your partners weight, and any gear you plan on taking into your hammock’s weight. Do not overload a hammock as even if it works the straps may give, or you may wake up smacking into the ground through a torn hammock.

Hammock Tree Straps

It is important that you understand the type of hammock tree straps your hammock has, and how to use them. Make sure at home you test the hammock suspension system, and all parts are included.

More versatile suspension systems include more spots for anchoring attachments, and will provide better options for where to place your hammock.

It may be worthwhile to purchase aftermarket hammock tree straps to provide the most versatility in your camping site. Planning is everything, so consider your site carefully before leaving unprepared.

Insulation

Insulation is an important factor when considering a hammock. Most nylon hammocks are great for warm months, but provide little protection during winter months. There are aftermarket blankets available that drape inside and outside your hammock to provide better insulation and warmth during winter months.

Cotton hammocks on the other hand are often warmer by default. So it is worth checking out your hammock and planning your camping trip so you can have the proper level of insulation.

Accessories

Hammocks can come with several different accessories. A rainfly is probably what comes to mind right away. These go over your hammock, and attach to the ground and your anchor points. Keeping dry is important while hammock camping.

If you plan on camping in a more humid area it may be worthwhile to look for or purchase a mosquito net. This will save you from being devoured by the annoying insects throughout the night, and in some more remote areas save you from serious disease.

Ease of Use

I include ease of use because some hammocks appear to have been made by evil mad scientist/engineers. Hammocks must be easy enough to set up that you will actually take them out with you when you go camping.

Always test set up before you leave for your trip, and take notes of any difficulties you have. It is important to have a safe trip, but a frustration free trip is just as important.

Camping Hammock Reviews

Our top 10!

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asum Classic

My favorite pick is the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic. It features an integrated mosquito net and rainfly. It is an expedition hammock, so it is heavy. But it comes with premium materials, so it will last even the harshest mother nature has! This is a must buy.

Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent

One of the best all-season hammocks for camping, the Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent outperforms many other models. It is made to support wet and cold environments. This model is quiet expensive, but it is also the best hammock available out there. This is a one purchase and your done product!

Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners

The Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners is an affordable hammock that is light, and built for 2 people. It is extra roomy if used alone. It comes with all the accessories you need, so purchase this and set it up all in one go!

Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

ENO hammocks are one of the iconic hammock brands. These are name brand hammocks, and you can expect the best from ENO. The Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock is our favorite lightweight double hammock on the market. It is perfect for hiking to a remote campsite, and large enough for two.

Kammok Roo Hammock

The Kammok Roo Hammock is a great choice for beginners. It is a lightweight hammock, and is easy to carry. It does not come with any additional accessories, but they can be added with ease.

Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock

The Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock is on our list because it is the easiest to use. It is super wide, and comes with 100 inches of cord to set it up. It’s ease of use comes with a smaller price tag, but you also lose additional features. Purchase rainfly’s separately for this one.

Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

The versatile Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge is a hybrid hammock design. It can be used as a tent or a hammock for camping. It includes a pair of arch poles which raise the attached mosquito net to appear more tent like. This also comes with a detachable rainfly, and is a perfect option for multiple applications.

Grand Trunk Nano Hammock

The Grand Trunk Nano Hammock weighs and impressive 7 ounces, and is one of the best ultralight hammocks on the market. If your camping site is difficult to get to, or requires hiking in, then this is the hammock for you!

Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock

The Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock is great for beginners as it is a bundle that includes everything you need. Rainfly, Mosquito net, and hammock tree straps are included. It is easy to set up, and takes less than 3 minutes.

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

The Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock is another example of a perfect camping hammock for a beginner. It is lightweight and inexpensive, but not very durable. This would be a great hammock for established camping sites.

There are many options, but the hammocks I have listed here are my best hammocks for camping. Don’t take my word for it, check out the other reviews for these hammocks. They are all great for their own uses, so be sure to read around, but you should be confident you purchased a great hammock if you choose one of these.

Apr
28

How to view the Solar Eclipse while camping

On August 21st 2017 the first solar eclipse will be occurring, and be viewable throughout the United States. Many hotels are already booked in the path of totality as people scramble to see this once in a lifetime phenomenon. So, what is the best way to see the eclipse in the path of totality now? Camping of course!

Most campgrounds that allow reservations are booked completely up, but there are plenty of first come first server, and rural camping spots that you can get to. I am not going to go over everyone in this article since the path of totality goes over many states, counties, and cities. The best way to find these rural sites is to look up Bureau of Land Management land along the path of totality. You can also look up state and county parks along the path as well.

Once you find a spot it is time to plan your trip. Make sure you bring all your camping essentials, including your hammock. I feel a hammock is ideal for viewing the Solar Eclipse specifically. It will get you off the ground, looking up, and cradle you in a comfortable position.

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

The alternative is looking straight up for several minutes, crooking your neck at an odd angle, and likely giving up on watching the whole thing.

I do have a couple of specialty recommendations for your hammock though. It is difficult to see through trees and shrubbery if you are looking at the solar eclipse. So, make sure you have long and sturdy hammock straps that will pull you away from the canopy above. I recommend the Eno Atlas Straps since they are 9 feet long each, and can support up to 400 pounds.

The atlas straps also have 30 different anchor points. So, while you are trying to figure out a custom configuration to give yourself the best view of the solar eclipse you have many options available to suspend your hammock. These straps will also last for years to come, and would be a perfect addition to your standard hammock gear.

For the hammock itself I would recommend the ENO DoubleNest Hammock This hammock is large enough for 2 people, but made to be extra comfortable for just one. It is easy to set up, and carries in a compression bag. Attaching it with the ENO Atlas Straps is a breeze as the products are developed for each other. The weight limit on this hammock is 400 pounds, and it comes with plenty of accessories to make sure you have the best hammock experience out there.

Now that you have your hammock and accessories taken care of it is important that you consider viewing safety. It is still dangerous to look directly into the sun and you will need to take care to either make a punch card, or purchase some commemorative Eclipse Viewing Glasses.

I have searched around and managed to find a set of glasses that comes with a commemorative poster. It comes in a 5 pack so get with your friends, and view in style! Eclipse Glasses. Here is the product. They are lightweight, inexpensive, collectible, and properly protective. These will protect your eyesight while allowing you to witness history!

The next problem you need to overcome is your camera. I am sure you are going to be taking photos and possible video. But the sun will wash out your photos even during the Eclipse. So you need a filter that can allow your device to take a good photo.

I found a Solar Filter Sheet available for cameras, telescopes, and binoculars. This is a custom solution. Using tape you attach this to your device. It will allow the camera to take photos without washing out. You need to make sure to tape all edges though. If you are using a phone or smaller device it is fine to cut the filter to size. This filter also allows you to view the sun safely through a telescope. Remember that any unfiltered viewing of the sun is dangerous to your eyes and can cause severe and permanent damage. You can attack this filter directly over the front of your telescope and it will work the same as the camera, it will filter out some of the light, allowing for safe viewing. The filter can be taped on, but again all edges must have tape to prevent light from entering from around the outside of the filter.

Anyways those are the specialty items I could think of for experiencing the Solar Eclipse this coming August. Remember safety must come first when viewing the sun, but you can easily enjoy this rare phenomenon first hand if you follow the proper safety steps.

So start planning now, and check out our other guides on hammocks, straps, and set ups so you are prepared prior to your trip.

Apr
22

How To Install Hammock Tree Straps

Hammocks are a great addition to any camping or hiking trip. They get you off the ground, provide you a more comfortable environment, and have a smaller footprint than traditional tent camping. Hammocks seem pretty straight forward, you strap it to two trees and enjoy! Unfortunately, there is more to it.

Hammocks must bear the weight of the user, stand up to high winds, and stay in place while attached to the trees. So it is important that you install the hammock tree straps properly. The guys over at DFOHome have made a simple youtube guide on how to install hammock tree straps. I recommend you give the video a quick view before starting your hammock adventure.

And there you have it. Now you can properly install your tree straps, and have confidence that your hammock will work properly while on your outdoor adventure. Stay safe, and Get Outdoors!

Apr
22

Double Hammock

There is no experience perhaps that brings you closer to nature than hanging around in the outdoors. Sleeping outdoors, however, is no easy feat. Have you ever wished that you could sleep comfortably outdoors without worrying about getting drenched in the rain? If you have, you should know that you can do so with the help of hammock tents. You've heard of hammocks and tents, but most of you do not know about hammock tents.

Hammock tents are beds usually made of tarp that is suspended with the help of ropes between two trees at a distance of at least seven feet. These hammock tents have zippers which can be conveniently used to cover the sleepers inside it, similar to how one does in a tent. The problem here is that the hammocks most of us have seen are only made for one person. So, what can you do if you want to lie down with your significant other in close proximity? You could either lie in two separate hammocks or you could purchase a two person hammock tent and lie together in it.

There are a number of two person hammock tents available on the market. Some of the best ones include the Clark Vertex, Hammock Bliss Sky tent, and Wolfwise mosquito hammock. All of them are made in a way that will help you ward off mosquitoes and keep you away from the creepy crawlies on the ground. Now, with the availability of these hammock tents for two people, you can trek the outdoors and stay out during the night without having to worry about sleeping arrangements or being too far away from your loved ones. The best part about all of this is that you can sleep in this tent in the jungle just as well as you could in your backyard.

Apr
22

Camping out in style with a tree hammock

On a sultry and sticky summer afternoon, staying indoors can be a painful and exhausting experience. The beds and sofas offer no comfort and you sweat profusely with no idea how to get comfortable and get your much-needed sleep. People in this situation need not fear, for the tree hammock is here. The tree hammock is the kind of hammock you have seen around usually. Previously, the hammock used to be simple, but now, it comes with many additional features such as a tent that can be zipped up to save you from mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies.

Tree hammocks do require a bit more effort than the other sorts, but this effort is worth it in the end when you get the sleep you have desired so much. It is not even necessary for you to be in the wild to make use of this hammock – you might as well be in your backyard as long as there are trees to tie the hammock to. One concern that most first timers have is about the durability and resilience of the hammock. You can put your mind at rest regarding that since these hammocks are made of tough materials like tarp and parachute.

To summarize, a hammock is what you need if you want to do something different from your usual sleep routine. It is not only easy to set up, but it also does not take a lot of time. A few minutes are all you need to set up the hammock, and then you can experience the pleasure of the outdoors in full force. There is no shortage of options available for hammocks in the market, so it is time you go find one for yourself, because who's to stop you from sleeping in style?

Apr
22

Camping Hammocks Made Easy With Hammock Stands

When we think of hammocks, we usually imagine ourselves sleeping in it while stranded in the middle of a jungle. However, a lot of us want to experience the thrill of sleeping in hammocks within the safety of our homes or even the nearest neighborhood park. We also think that it is necessary to have two trees somewhere nearby and at a distance of at least seven feet from each other to be able to tie our hammock and comfortably sleep in it. You need not worry, though – with a hammock stand, you do not need to have a tree nearby and neither do you need to venture too far to sleep in a hammock.

Hammock stands are usually made of sturdy wood or metal and can be assembled from smaller pieces. The wood ones are not nearly as portable as the metallic ones since they are heavier and bulkier than their metal counterparts. A hammock stand comes in various shapes and sizes and makes the process of sleeping in it extremely easy and quick. With normal hammocks, you have to tie up the hammock again and again in case it gets loose, but that isn't much of an issue with this one. Additionally, you can just push the hammock stand away if it is in your way, whereas in a hammock tied to a tree, you need to go through the tedious task of untying the hammock.

All in all, the hammock stands comes in really handy if you are the type that likes to move hammocks around a lot. This hammock can even be brought indoors. It also looks more aesthetically appealing as compared to normal hammocks, so if you are in the mood for a change in the way you relax but don't want to make the effort to tie and untie your hammock, you can buy yourself a hammock stand.

Mar
18

What you Need to Know About Hammock Tents

Before you embark on your next hiking trip, take a step back and think a little bit about the hammock tent. Even though many people perceive the tent as a minimalist design, the hammock tent can boast to offer more comfort than the conventional tent. In addition to that, it gives you more fun and joy to lay in. also, the hammock tent is simple and easy to setup compared to a typical tent. However, the most crucial step when considering a hammock tent is the kind of experience you are going to have, and not how to set it up. The tent is definitely worth your comfort zone.

Reasons you should consider a hammock tent

Camping Hammock

Tent Hammock

Although this may seem as a cliché, the truth is that a hammock tent gives you a nice sleeping environment. You only need to set up the tent in the right way, and get ready to enjoy your hiking trip. Sleeping in a hammock is just like sleeping in your bed, you won’t miss home at all.

Well, the truth is that you will encounter trees and weirdly shapes stones and rocks on the ground, but with a hammock tent, you don’t have to worry about this at all because it floats in the air and you won’t get any disruptions by rocks and roots when sleeping.

Far from what most people think, finding the best place for your tent is very easy, and it doesn’t matter the kind of ground there is, as long as you have the hammock hanging kit, you are good to go. What you need to do is to alter the hook on the hammock into straps for the right distance.

What you will love about the hammock tent is that, it only needs you to breathe in and out nicely and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Mar
18

How to Find the Best Camping Hammock

There are three types of camping hammock you can choose, but this depends on how you want to use it. Let’s check them out:

Parachute nylon hammocks

This types of camping hammock is resistant and long lasting. It has a small stretch that makes it more comfortable. This camping hammock is ideal for sleeping a couple of nights simultaneously. The parachute hammock is available in single and double variants.

The ultralight hammock

This one is very light and compact at the same time. It is designed to be used for lightweight and fast hiking trips. Note that, when you cut weight, comfort declines as well.

The expedition hammock

Hammock Tent

Hammock with Fly

This one is made of very high quality materials to give you the best protection when you are on backpacking expedition. The hammock features various accessories such as a rainfly, extra guy lines and a mosquito net.

Material

There are many hammocks on the market, and most of them are made of either nylon or cotton. For the cotton hammocks, they are pretty much attractive, thanks to their weave. But, it is bulky, heavy and attract a lot of water. This makes them dry slow during wet weather. On the other hand, the nylon hammock is the way to go when it comes to camping trips. It is lighter, repels water and less bulky, offering the best performance in harsh weather conditions.

Size

The width and length of the hammock are all about personal preferences. If you want to sleep alone, choose a hammock that is bigger enough for one person, and not something that that’ll make you feel claustrophobic.

Maximum weight capacity

You should take into account the weight capacity of the camping hammock as well as your weight. There are bigger variants ideal for heavy and tall campers, as well as double variants for people who want to .share with partners or friends

Mar
18

Benefits of an Outdoor Hammock

An outdoor hammock is the new way of outdoor camping, particularly for people who have bodies that get grouchy when they sleep on the cold ground over night. They are much easier to manage, lighter and much easier to look after previously and throughout outdoor camping.

There are hammocks that are more costly however they generally include more functions and are constructed out of products that are more durable to the components than a sleeping bag.

Outdoor Beach hammock

Hammock on the beach

Hammock camping tents are likewise more flexible. You can suspend them, you can use them on the ground or you can put them above you when you desire shelter or wish to have a fire. All these uses can originate from that one hammock.

Some people use their sleeping bags inside an outdoor hammock for more support. Because they will leave no trace and they will not hurt the trees, many people use hammocks.

When it is a warm night, another great concept for utilizing an outdoor camping hammock is that air will stream through the hammock camping tent. There are some outdoor hammocks that are developed so that they safeguard you from the components no matter the temperature.

When you are not camping, this is an excellent way to enjoy your hammock camping tent. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that your outdoor camping hammock can be used in a lot more ways than your sleeping bag.

Some hammocks do take some getting used to because you either enter into them from the side or the bottom; the side opening ones appears to be a little much easier to get in and out of however both types will take a little time to get used to.

When you are camping however is the fact that you will not require a fancy bed to take with you, the best thing about having an outdoor hammock. You do not require a flat surface and you can still search for at the stars.

Hammocks are terrific for the whole family, you can motivate your grandchildren or kids to get outdoors and delight in the weather condition. Provide a book to check out, and let them take pleasure in some alone time. Motivate them to do their research while swinging away in the hammock. To secure your hammock you need to merely cover the strap around the tree and pass the loop through the metal ring. You must then connect the hammock to the ring utilizing S-hook hardware. You need to keep in mind that while the straps are extremely reliable in their working they have the tendency to trigger damage to the trees that they are connected to. After a hard-days work, absolutely nothing beats calming down in a hammock, these items will really bring favorable modification to your life quickly with hardly any expense.

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