Cost, weight, and portability are the main reasons that many people are switching to camping hammocks. Camping hammocks were first used in South America, to keep people off the wet ground. Over the years, there have been changes to the design of these hammocks.
When you are looking to find the best camping hammock, you can easily get overwhelmed with the huge amount of options available. Each hammock is different and has its own pros and cons. It is important to read reviews on the hammocks that you are thinking about buying. Here are some of the features that you should think about when you want to buy a camping hammock.
Size of the Hammock
When you are looking for the best camping hammock, you need to think about the size that you would need. This would be the size of the hammock when it is out of the packaging and unfolded, as many hammocks are compressed down when packed. The best choice for many people is to pick a hammock that is a bigger size than what they need. This is especially true if you are looking to sleep in the hammock. A two person hammock is many times better for one person who plans to use it for sleeping.
The overall size of the hammock will have an impact on the weight. Most times, the larger the hammock is, the more it will weigh. This makes it important to know how much weight you have in your pack before buying. There are lightweight options on the market; however, they are made from lighter, less durable materials.
How portable is the Hammock
A camping hammock should be foldable, easy to carry and lightweight. When you are hiking or camping, you won’t to want carry something that is heavy or bulky. Nearly all the camping hammocks on the market are designed to be folded down to compressed sizes and are easy to store and carry around. Also, think about any accessories that you need to have with your hammock. They should also be in easy to carry packaging. Historically, hammocks were always portable.
The Construction of the Hammock
How the hammock is constructed is another factor that you need to take into account. The first thing to look at is the materials that the hammock is made from. The materials should be both comfortable and durable. Since camping hammocks are designed to be used outdoors, the materials should be waterproof, or quick-drying.
The next part of construction you must look at is how the hammock is hung on trees. Most will come with rope and steel carabiners. However, some brands will not provide the hardware to hang the hammock, so check what is included with the hammock before ordering it.