Every hammock is built on its own way; each kind varies in quality, aesthetic, size, and purpose. Depending on how you’re planning to use your hammock, you will need to consider a couple of things: what knots are the simplest, what suspension styles are the safest, or what measurements fit you best. It’s not always about finding the best lightweight hammock; rather, it’s about finding the best for your needs. Are you using it as a lounge seat, a garden accessory, or an equipment for camping?
If you’re only starting to get interested in hammocks, technical terms such as fixed eye, webbing straps, and slap straps might sound overwhelming or might make this otherwise simple shelter system seem complicated. That’s why we’ve tried to narrow down below some hammock specifications to guide you along the way.
Let’s begin with suspension styles
Through the years, hammock manufacturers have altered suspension systems to give users more options, from lighter materials to longer chains and sturdier ropes. If you’re a casual user whose hammock will be placed in your reading nook or “me time” corner, then the daisy-chain style suspension might be best for you. Though this style is very comfortable, it is on the heavy-side that’s why people avoid using them for on-the-go purposes.
But if you’re looking for a hammock you can sleep in and bring along in your next trekking trip, the cinch-buckles or whoopie-slings suspension systems are the most lightweight and versatile choices for you.
If you’re not entirely certain about the kind of landscape you’re camping in, opt for an Adjustable Structural Ridge Line. This style allows you to dependably hang your hammock whether your anchor points are close or far to each other. Essentially, it is a long whoopie-sling that gives you a range of adjustment between 80” to 116”. For a more experienced “hanger”, the All-in-One system might be best for you. As its name suggests, it has all the elements of the hammock suspension in one complete unit.
Now that we’ve got that covered, we can move on to hammock weight
The weight of a hammock is a huge deciding factor when shopping. These extra few ounces will be felt by your whole body if you’re traveling on foot (which is most likely) or climbing up a steep hill. The goal is to find a hammock with a sturdy system that is not heavy in weight and is versatile enough to be packed in a small pouch. If you are unsure, you can talk to a hammock manufacturer or seller and ask them for a recommendation based on your weight and height.
These two variables will indicate how many inches above the ground (and if possible, how far apart) you should hang your hammock so that it suspends in an ideal angle.
Another thing to consider is the strap
Hammocks are not created equal. The next time you’re shopping for a hammock, take note of the material its straps are made of. Nylon straps tend to be the safe and durable option, but some manufacturers have Polyester options that promise the combined benefits of tree protection, hammock suspension, and ease of use.
Last but not the least, you should be informed about buckle control
Probably the most famous way to hang a hammock is through cinch buckles—it’s simple, it’s easy and it’s affordable. What more can you ask for? The timeless device survives a hot summer day or a rainy summer night, so you don’t have to worry about changing them in-between weathers.
Buying a hammock is really a lot about reliability, durability, comfortability, and ease of use. You might have to mix and match until you find the right combination for your hammock needs, but at the end of the day, it will all be worth it once you get to rest and chill in it.
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