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How to Pick the Right Hammock

How to Pick the Right Hammock

Hammocks can be a great add on to your travelling gear if you like the idea of chilling in the nature reading a book or playing your favourite music. You can park anywhere and set up your bed between the trees anywhere you like. Make sure to pick a hammock which can last you long. Here is what you need can consider while purchasing a hammock.


There are two types of hammocks you can consider based on the size. The single hammocks can range from 4 to 5 foot and is a convenient option for a single person to relax outdoors. They can take from 300 to 400 pounds of weight. The double hammocks can be 5 to 6 foot in width and are more spacious for two people to sleep comfortably. It can also withstand a weight of 400-500 pounds without an effort.

The length of hammocks depend on the manufacturers, but generally, everyone follows the same range of length for both single and double hammocks, which is idle for all height people. While picking a hammock always take the one at least 2 feet longer than your height.

The fabric

You can get heavy-duty hammocks and the lightweight hammocks. The heavy-duty fabrics are more durable, but the ultralight fabric can wear off soon. The need for the fabric of the hammock depends on the application as well as the usage over time. If you are planning to travel with a backpack, a lightweight hammock will be a good option, but if you want one for your backyard or going on a road trip, you can go for a much durable heavyweight option.


You can find different accessories for your hammock to get better comfort. Most of the accessories are standard for all types of hammocks, but it is always safe to read the product info before you pick the item. Some of the accessories you can get for your hammock are:

Suspension system:Apart from the carabiners that you get with your hammock, you can purchase an attaching suspension system to allow more stretch and flexibility.

Underquilt: You will also need to keep yourself warm if you are planning to spend a night under the stars, especially in the case of ultralight hammocks. You will freeze if there is no insulation around you. Underquilt is a warm attachment for the outside of the hammock so you can keep warm.

Rain tarp: Rain tarp will protect you from the rain and is attached over the top of the hammock. The bigger tarp you buy, the better it will be able to protect you during windy rain.

Bug net: Camping in a forest can be full of bugs and flies. A bug net can provide 360 protection around your hammock. Pick the net which can keep even the smallest fleas away.

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