Gear | Get To Know Your Gear Hammock Adventure 2017-09-06T08:21:14+00:00

Get To Know Your Gear

The Best Camping Adventures Begin By Choosing The Right Gear.

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What’s The Best Hammock?

When it comes to hammocks they can come in a surprising number of different shapes styles and sizes, but parachute hammocks have become one of the most popular today. What is a parachute hammock, essentially a Travel or Naval style “inline” hammock of old made from high quality “parachute silk” instead of canvas. The modern materials like silk or nylon conforms to the body contour thus providing no pressure points on the spine. They regarded as the most comfortable hammocks around.

What Fabric Is It?

Most parachute style hammocks are woven with a nylon blend material. When it comes to fabric it’s classed as Denier, “D”. It’s a numbering system for fibers, filaments and yarns. The lower numbers are the lighter finer the fabric is and the higher numbers the heavier or coarser.

Thread Count “T”, specifies the number of warp and fill threads in a square inch. The lower numbers represent a loosely woven fabric and the higher. All our hammocks are a breathable soft 210T. This is a special Diamond Weave Nylon fabric produced by Ripstop™.

Duo Swing Hammock 210T and 70D. This is Tough!

Tough enough to support 400lbs!

Everest Active Gear Hammock with Mosquito Net

How To Select The Perfect Hammock?

Comfort

The first consideration for all hammock users is comfort. A hammock is barely of any use if it’s uncomfortable and does not allow you to rest easy. Fortunately, our range of high quality hammocks make this an easy choice. The fabric is soft Diamond Weave Ripstop Nylon. This is long-lasting durable and supremely comfortable material for ultimate relaxation contouring your body.

Size

As a rule of thumb your hammock should be about 4’ longer in length than your height. This is so you don’t sleep like a banana when the hammock is set. Our range of Duo Swing Hammocks are 5ft 9’ in width, and a length of 9ft 8’. These hammocks are perfect for relaxing and stretching out “flat lay”.

Our addition of the Bug & Mosquito net range these models are a favorite, practical when you spend nights out sleeping in hammocks.

Weight

Weight is an important consideration in the role of desirability when selecting a Hammock. For most campers one of the big benefits of using a hammock over a tent is weight. A full hammock set up generally can be lighter than tent shelter with so many more benefits however.

Our Duo Swing Bug & Mosquito Free hammock weighs only 29oz. This is much lighter than most ultralight tents or carrying a hammock along with the addition of a separate bug net pack.

The Standard Lite day hammock are lighter again at just 22oz. a pack size about the same as a grapefruit.

Carabiner and Strap

Suspension

The right straps mean the difference between a frustratingly difficult set up or a surprisingly easy one. It also means that you will sleep more soundly because you know that your straps will be there to support you and keep you safe all throughout the night.

Never use ropes directly on the tree trunk as they can tear into tree bark. You want a way to setup your hammock easily and to protect your environment. Our Tree Saver Straps are perfect for this. Set up is quick and simple, just wrap, snap and swing, you’re ready to relax!

Who Invented The Hammock?

Now days hammocks are often seen as symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation, and easy living. Hammocks have a long and colorful history. A common consensus that hammocks were originally made by native Yucatán people of Mexico.  However, they were used widely across Central and South America.

The word “hammock” comes from the Taino word ‘hamaka’, translated means ‘fish net’. The Tiano people inhabited the Caribbean region around the area of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It’s believed even Christopher Columbus took hammocks to Europe on his return from the Bahamas in 1492.

In more modern days, Hammocks were used on Naval ships to save space and provide comfort allowing sailors to swing in motion with the ship. It was therefore much safer than traditional bunks. NASA even used hammocks during the Apollo missions. There were two hammocks setup in the lunar module allowing astronauts to rest in-between moonwalks.

Accessories

Everest Active Gear Carabiner
Carabiners

Anyone who has ever been out camping understands that all too often it’s the little details that make all the difference and a good, strong set of carabiners is important for your hammock setup. We provided ultralight and ultra-strong aluminum no-snag wire-gate carabiners.

Each carabiner weighs just less than 1oz. and is capable of holding 1,100 lbs! The perfect combination

hammock stuff pouch
Stuff Sack

Your hammock needs to as easy to set up as it is to pack. Our hammocks have a convenient stuff sack attached in the middle of the hammock. The sack includes outer compression straps with and emergency whistle buckle.

The straps will allow you to space save and reduce overall pack size even further. You can use your stuff sack as a storage pocket for your headlamp or any gear you need when you’re relaxing in your hammock.

Compete Hammock Accessories

For a complete camping shelter in more challenging conditions you’ll also want to consider insulation along with rain and insect protection. A sleeping pad and a good sleeping bag can keep you warm and comfortable even in below freezing temperatures. If you want to be really comfortable, a top-quilt and under-quilt combination is recommended. Learn more.

If your camping in rainy or adverse conditions, you’ll definitely need some cover to stay dry. Generally agreed full-coverage tarps, or “winter” tarps are best for all season camping. Our Adventure Dry Fly offers a traditional shape Catenary or Cat-Cut Tarp. This design has curved cuts to further reduce the weight of a rectangular tarp but still providing coverage. This also prevents the tarp from sagging or flapping in wind. This offers you the best protection from the elements while keeping size and weight to a minimum.

Hammock Fear!

This is very real, some people fear laying in a hammock for the fear of flipping or spinning out. This simply does not happen with our hammocks. I’ve have a bad hammock hang, probably like most, but these are comfort issues and easily resolved with adjusting setup or positioning. Hammocks are a kind of learned behavior. There is a right and a wrong way to lay in a hammock. Differences in height, distance between anchor points and the angle of the hang. These all influence the shape of the hammock and factor in your lay and comfort in the hammock.

Sleeping in your hammock is incredibly comfortable once you learn the right way to lie. We’ve all seen the images of people lying like a banana in a hammock as instinctively you might be trying to curve your body to this shape. This is not the correct, It’s wrong, don’t do this! Adjust your body so that you’re lying at a slight diagonal. This simple adjustment flattens out your body to the width of the hammock and you will sleep more ergonomically and with a straight back, a “flat-lay”

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