Hammock Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
This guide is created to provide more useful information about Hammocks
We all have in mind this image of coconut trees on the edge of the beach, with the hammock in the middle, it smells like paradise all that for a traveler. But is this really the right plan? There must be a few drawbacks otherwise everyone would be in a hammock. Let’s see that!
The hammock is only in hot countries, right?
It’s nice when it’s 30 ° that’s for sure, to be able to slip in in the shade and feel the wind passing below, we close our eyes, we are fine. However, provided you have a down adapted to the season, nothing prevents sleeping in a hammock in winter, in Europe for example. The hammock is just a mattress, to think that it will protect you from the cold is THE bad thought of the day.
The hammock is for young people, I have back pain!
Like many people over 25, I sometimes have back pain (especially after walking 25 km). However, the hammock is excellent for the body and all the more so for slightly damaged bodies. It hurts somewhere because our weight is unevenly distributed in the same place, and presses on it, as in a bed. In a hammock, all the fabric wraps around you and evenly supports each part of your body. The weight is distributed wonderfully well and it even relieves joint pain. You can even, by shifting 15 centimeters, raise the legs a little to equalize the blood flow throughout the body and have sweet dreams.
You can fall from a hammock, it’s dangerous, me alive, never …
In a garden hammock type metal support or small sticks on each side to look pretty, that’s for sure. In reality, these are changes made by the Europeans to try to popularize the hammock a little and make it stable. A real hammock does not have a predefined metal stand or wooden bar, because it must be able to adjust it according to the moment and the need. Imagine a hammock that is 1.50m wide and 2.50m long (classic size). Once your shoulder 60 cm and your 1m60-90 inside, there are 45 cm on each side and about 40 cm in front and behind you. If you move at night, no problem, in a hammock we turn instead (we slide against the wall). I saw once in 10 years a trainee who by dint of turning, turned his mattress from the hammock, that’s about all.
I’m a little claustrophobic, I’m afraid of having nightmares in it.
This is understandable, but rest assured, if there is indeed 45cm of fabric height on each side, two things. You can see a little through the fabric, it’s very reassuring even when you have your head rolled into it (if there is a fire or a lamp on the camp, you will see it). Otherwise, you can see quite well what is beyond the hammock above the ledges. I haven’t yet had a trainee who felt unwell or stressed. On the contrary, since we are supported in the back, and we can feel a little fresh air on our face, we can see the tree branches moving … we say to ourselves that everything is fine, we are in the right place .
I don’t want to be eaten by mosquitoes …
Still not a problem, there are many solutions. The anti-mosquito lotion made from lemongrass or tea tree, make a fire, carry a citronella candle… This will keep mosquitoes away, then when you are in bed there will not be much that sticks out. Or… know that there are hammocks with mosquito nets, like mine for example. Either with velcro or with a zipper, or with small kabig buttons. There are even pocket mosquito nets for € 10 in outdoor stores that can be attached in 2 minutes.
I tested once, the fabric compresses you and crushes you, as soon as you move it stirs, I don’t like!
There is a good way to sleep in a hammock, and a bad one. It goes from dream to nightmare in seconds when we don’t know, we’ll answer it later! Once we have grasped the trick, we spend wonderful nights in a hammock.
I sleep on my stomach, it’s the only thing that works for me …
Yes, we arrive there at the limits of the hammock. You can sleep on your back, on your side, but not on your stomach (in a pinch children). Although… there is a model of a perpendicular hammock that allows you to sleep perfectly flat (but with a good budget it is true). This is the Draumr Amok , for the curious it requires a thick inflatable mattress, but it is possible. There are also 2 or 3 other brands offering for example a hammock-tent stretched out completely which makes it almost flat, with a groundsheet on it you could I suppose sleep on your stomach.
Yes but… what about the rain?
No worries, like when sleeping on the ground during a night of bivouac, you can pull a tarp over the hammock and goodbye to troubles!
Good on the other hand… goodbye also to intimacy?
Not wrong, the hammock is a fabric stretched between two trees, even with a tarp it will be difficult to reproduce a perfectly closed hut. However, with a 4x3m lean-to we could hide an entire side, by orienting it back to the camp we could change between the tarpaulin and the hammock (the trees closing the view on the sides). But let’s be honest, if we go on a hike or in a bivouac with people, it is because we know them a minimum, so showing them your underwear is secondary. However, if it is not, a good tip: put your poncho or bag protector on the ground, stand on it in your duvet that you wedge at the shoulders (like the old beach hut-towels of years 90’s) and change into it! If not smarter, pull your tarp between 3 trees to form an angle of 80-100 degrees. This gives you a half cabin to change out of sight, it works for the toilets as well. As long as there is a tree behind you, it closes the view even more, it’s royal.
You see, when you master the hammock well, you can do almost everything with / in it, and especially do it well. I hope I convinced you to read more, here we go!
Which hammock to buy?
I’m not going to recommend one brand over another, it would be like telling you that Nike is better than Adidas, or Reebok. In fact it all depends on you and your tastes.
However we can talk about the different types of hammocks, that’s in my ropes (hammock!).
First of all there are two families, the industrial hammock or the artisanal hammock. The first is made by machines, in the assembly line, the second is made by hand, generally in distant countries (Brazil, Mexico, Thailand…). Let us quickly evacuate this kind there, because if they have advantages (hot, ventilated, solid) they have too obvious disadvantages for the bushcraft or the excursion (high weight, bulk, very heavy if wet). They are made of cotton, acrylic or viscose.
Let’s focus on the so-called industrial hammocks. The logic of roaming involves wearing light, so modern materials will be our preference. In this family, two subtypes again: dynamic hammocks and static hammocks, as for climbing ropes.
Very light hammocks, single-layered, almost transparent, are generally those called “parachute canvas”. Be careful, however, the cheap-Chinese versions are not made of parachute canvas and damage the reputation of the hammock. They are super light and very ventilated for the summer, but they are slightly elastic (not to the point of catapulting you into the air don’t worry). They can be found at a low price, for sure, some appreciate them and praise them. This is for example in France the hammock 1 place Decathlon at 10 €. For my part, I do not like at all, the elasticity of the material means that when you push on the canvas to settle, the fabric resists and pushes you back (like any stretched elastic).
In addition, being a little stout, I really have the feeling of compression of the shoulders that we often criticize hammocks. For me it’s no, maybe you will find happiness there! From a more concrete point of view, we recognize them easily because when we sit in them, the system goes down a meter or more (because of the fabric which stretches enormously). So we have to stretch them to 1.80m to hope to have the buttocks pleasantly located 50cm from the ground (sitting position). If you combine them with dynamic lines this is really the wrong plan for me. the fabric resists and repels you (like any stretched elastic).
Then, we arrive in the classic ranges and widespread among bushcrafters around the world: nylon, silnylon, polyester or lined parachute canvas (reduces elasticity). They are not as elastic, therefore rather “static” (they do not stretch under the effect of your weight). There are famous brands in the field such as: Amazonas, Ticket to the Moon, DD Hammock, Snugpack. I am more of Team DDH personally because they are doubled and I like when the hammock does not move whether I am standing or sitting. A slightly stiffer hammock moves less sideways when you move in it, you appreciate it when you close your eyes. On the other hand, this does not prevent the lines from being dynamic, to bring back a little flexibility and enhance the angle of suspension which we will discuss below.
The best before you buy is to find friends who can give you a try for a big nap. Touching the equipment you want to buy before is always better.
What line systems?
There are surely a multitude of them. I will present 4 of them to you, that will already be a good starting point!
The two main families of lines are integrated or non-integrated straps. In the photo above, the straps are not integrated, only a small 20 cm rope comes out of the hammock. On DDH hammocks for example, the strap is integrated into it. This will not block your choice because we can switch back and forth at will.
If your straps are integrated, they are 4-6m long on average and come in two pieces (the middle of the strap being taken in the hammock), they will allow you to go around the tree and then come back to the hammock side. a shoe knot with two buckles. Super strong, quick to make and break. However the big fault, if it rains water from the sky and running on the tree will penetrate in or on your strap, even in your hammock. Yes, you will be soaked from below in 2-3 hours, end of sleep. But there are tips to prevent it, including rain-stop.
Another option with the integrated ones, if it is a fairly thin rope, some make a tension knot (it’s impressive because the whole hammock only holds with a 3 mm string). Sometimes the knot is sold directly mounted on the hammock. By fixing the rope on each tree, we pull on each knot and we adjust to measure. I am as fascinated as it takes, as shocked that it doesn’t break. I do not recommend, always use very thick, heavy but strong rope. A fall, even at 1.50 m, on the head… in short, you know.
If you only have a small rope sticking out, several options (if the straps are integrated, just cut them to have only this small rope, if desired). From the small rope, you can put a hook on it or a carabiner then put straps that go to the tree with a loop at the end to catch the hook-carabiner. It is the choice of the photo above, for example.
But for the adjustment it is always a bit random with this method. The last is therefore a clever mix: take a 3-4 mm rope, measuring 4-5 m long. Fold it in half and tie a knot with the side with the loop (the middle of the rope), to form a permanent loop. Then tie more knots every 30 cm. We get what we call a “daisy chain” in climbing ( a rope with loops ). We go around the tree, we pass the rope through the loop to clamp the tree and… we choose in which knot to put the hook-snap hook according to the distance between the two trees. This provides a wide range of settings.
As a bonus, I know a former soldier who had learned to stretch a climbing rope (like 60) between two very distant trees, every 4 m he places a forked wooden stake (in Y) and between each stake a hammock with prussik knots on the ridge cord. Despite the lack of trees, he could sleep 10 people on a rope. Useful only in groups, with few trees, and a 60 m rope of course.
How to assemble a hammock?
It is simply a mathematical question. Don’t go, it’s easier than you think. The height / length ratio between the trees must be proportional to guarantee a good angle of inclination of the hammock. The ideal length of trees is between 4 and 6 m, the height to tie it is noticeably close to the shoulders (higher it is difficult to tie anyway). To practice, place a stick perpendicular to your tree, which will mimic flat ground. Measure the visual angle of the hammock strap. If it is between 20 and 40 degrees, that’s what we want. If the angle is smaller, you have stretched your hammock like a … like a slack-line, and it will make you every movement by vibrating the hammock, it won’t be comfortable and you will have to really push over the edges with your feet to strain it. If the angle is larger, it means that your hammock is U or V, you will not be able to stretch it while sleeping in it and you will be curled up in it. Your kidneys will be broken in two when you wake up, hard to go hiking again.
Knowing that, this is another reason why I don’t like soft or elastic hammocks, you have to anticipate the angle it will have with you in it, as soon as it is placed between the trees. Not the angle it takes during installation (since it goes down a meter when you climb in). It’s treacherous, especially for a beginner.
Note that your two anchors must be at the same height between them. If we stretched a string between the two, it should be parallel to the ground. This is important so that your lying body is equidistant from the trees, and therefore flat. On the other hand, it is always good to sleep with the legs a little higher than the face (for blood circulation on the one hand, and not to slide down all night on the other hand).
To know if your rig is at the right height, you need to be able to sit in it and have your feet lightly touching the ground. It’s so much easier to get in, out, put on or take off. The more pleasant the hammock is, the easier it will be to get in and out of it.
Note, if you go 6m or more apart, you will have trouble ensuring the correct angle because there will be more straps taut than taut hammocks. So even if it is static, by going inside it will go down one meter (it is the law of math). Rest assured, over time we become good at knowing whether two trees are “hammockable” or not. Even, while traveling, you see two trees and you say “here I could have put my nickel hammock”. No, I’m not weird!
In scout camp or summer camp, when I only have two very distant trees, I build a portage goat (two X-shaped poles tending towards the A). This allows me to create a high tether point at the correct distance to one side, before stretching a rope to tie the goat to the tree. You can even do without a tree if you have poles (so yes, mostly in a sorry scout camp!) By building two tripods connected by a 4 m pole (otherwise the tripods will fall inward with your weight!).
The rain in all of this?!!!
The hammock has an answer for all friends! When it is mounted and adjusted, you can either stretch a tarp directly over it (and tie it to each tree with its so-called “guy ropes”). Either stretch a rope called a ridge (like the top of a house roof) and put a tarpaulin on it. Of course, the tarp has to be longer than the hammock, otherwise you will get wet. As I like to say to my trainees-survival: rain = wet = cold = hypothermia = death. In bushcraft we replace: cold = I fold everything up and I go home frustrated.
Three known methods for this:
In a Canadian tent : I put my tarpaulin lengthwise on my ridge, I stretch the four corners, finished.
In diamond : I tie one corner of the tarp on the tree, the other corner opposite diagonally, on the opposite tree. I thus exploit the incredible length of a tarpaulin diagonal, more math but we can save 1 m on a 3 x 3 m tarpaulin. Above all, we free the view in the hammock to be able to observe around.
As a lean-to : then I do not recommend the full lean-to (the tarpaulin tilted entirely on the side where the wind comes from) because if the wind drops or turns, the lateral protection angle that you gained with the slope of the tarpaulin disappears and concretely it will rain on you. On the other hand, if your tarpaulin is specialized for the bivouac (tarp) it will have ties every 30-50 cm. There you can then adjust the lean-to ¾ and let ¼ protrude over the ridge to deal with changes in winds. Basically the quarter on the other side falls and will be stretched by its two corners to form a protective visor. We then release half of the view or we give the fire a chance to be close to us (for the heat or to cook from his hammock, chair version).
There are even specialized tarps for the hammock, it is the famous 2 x 3 m that we often find in MULS (ultra-light walking). There is no margin for error if the wind strengthens and the rain passes a little below on the sides. Just like if you want to set up a temporary camp without a hammock, it’s light 2m (like a 2x2m poncho). But if you only use a hammock, go for it because by adjusting the height of the ridge you can really insulate the hammock (by sleeping close to the ridge, but no visibility and a little condensation).
How to sleep in a Hammock?
There is only one good way to sleep in it, and that is to stretch the hammock with your body so that it becomes almost flat. For that no mystery, you have to push with your feet on one side, and your shoulders on the other side. In other words, it is necessary to sleep in the diagonal and not in the alignment of the ridge.
So if you sleep like this it’s not good at all (back pain guaranteed):
On the other hand, if you sleep like this (without the shoes hey hey) it’s perfect:
We can clearly see here that the feet are at an angle and the inclination of the legs shows us that the body is also diagonal. This brings the fabric to perfectly hug your kidneys, buttocks, legs and of course back. So unlike a bed that presses on the highlights, the hammock hugs your curves even better than Christian Gray in 50 Shades of Hammock.
Here’s a very funny example for an advertisement, but completely bogus for a camper (before reading on, try to see what’s wrong):
As pretty as this photo is, we can clearly see that the two anchors are not at the same height so by sleeping in it the lady would fall down and spend the night straining her legs. In addition, sleeping on your stomach is not possible in a traditional hammock, your thighs are raised upwards, your pelvis is low and your back goes upwards. It’s a bit of a whiplash, but for your lower back, you would be snapped in two when you wake up, and you would spend the night with your face in the hammock… We have seen better breathing. Finally, if it’s fun to sleep by a river, without a mosquito net, it’s really reaching out to get beaten up.
The hammock in winter
Not even afraid ! I sleep down to 0 degrees in winter, I could do less but my down does not want (it’s an old Deuter -5 degrees)! Quite simply, because the hammock isn’t giving you heat, it just keeps you up in the air. When we know that a tent gives only 2-4 degrees more to the ambient air in winter (and if it is not suitable, a lot of condensation), we take the plunge!
On the other hand, we must rely on the ambient protective layer, I named the down. For information there are three things to watch out for when sleeping in the forest (bushcraft or survival). Personal protection (body = clothing), environmental protection (proximity to the body = sleeping bag, blanket), environmental protection (around the body = tent, shelter, hut, tarp).
I’m not relaunching the discussion whether to sleep dressed or naked, there is a response from professionals but half of people do not want to believe it. However, if you sleep in a hammock, your down must have 5 degrees less comfort, than the minimum possible in your region for the season (I did not say the minimum announced on D-day). So if the winter in the Green Valley it can be 0 at the coldest, your down must be -5 comfort (-15 extreme, because a good down does not have 30 degrees of difference between comfort and extreme, it is an illusion). If it’s 5 tonight you’ll be like a pasha, if it’s 0 you’ll be warm.
On the other hand, sleeping outside involves an exterior covering that resists humidity. My sleeping bag has a slightly kway-like coating (not cotton like on an indoor bag) and I have never taken in moisture although I have a feathered down (I find synthetics too heavy / big). Some people use a bivy-bag, a waterproof overbag that serves as a kway for wholesale down. The idea is nice, especially if you sleep on the floor, under a small tarp or completely without anything. However, waterproof means non-breathable, but in winter we are cold so we produce heat. Concretely we will find ourselves full of heat, locked in a non-breathable fabric, where will our perspiration go? Come on little hint… it’s not going anywhere, you sleep in it. If you are very hot, as is often the case with beginners who buy a DEF4 at -20 degrees to sleep in France where it is rarely colder than 0 degrees, you will be soaked when you wake up.
Others will answer, no big deal, I will machine wash the down and it won’t smell bad anymore. Yes, but if you wash your down at each bivouac, you will wear it out prematurely, and when you know that a good 0 degree down costs 100-200 €… And by the way, did you know, to avoid stuffing the insulation of a sleeping bag, we can put 5-6 tennis balls in the washing machine with it? This allows you to gently tap the insulation to avoid clumps (and therefore voids in other places).
For my part, I only washed my down once in 8 years (because the black did not come off by hand hey hey). Yes, I never sweat in it (I never close it entirely, it’s just placed on me), as soon as I’m hot I take out an arm or a leg, every morning I put it on the ridge for the to ventilate. Sometimes I rub a little dried mint in it, then I shake it upside down to get it all out and it still smells awesome. Above all, when I get home if I don’t leave the following weekend, it goes directly on its hanger to stay ventilated and not to take bad folds.
By the way, and this will be my last “winter” tip, if your back is well insulated in the hammock, no need to break your head to fit fully in it, just close it over 30 cm to make a bowl. -feet down, then lay it on yourself like a blanket. It holds well up to 10 degrees (below that, you can feel the cold entering the sides). Let’s take a look at these isolation issues.
Highly Useful Hammock Tips
There are at least fifty tips to learn, this is the highlight of our “hammock” workshops. Here are a few.
I’m going to bed, what to do with my backpack, my shoes, my clothes… Several possible answers (in particular take out the backpack protector and presto). The easiest way is to buy a small mesh hammock (not to sleep in #Saucisson #Pouleurs) that you attach under your hammock or on it if you don’t have a mosquito net. It becomes your shelf, for 5-10 € and 200 gr, that’s all.
If the rain seems to be falling a little below the limit of your tarp (on the ground) and you fear for your shoes, in direct contact or in splash-effect, plant two poles and put your shoes on inside out, the sole will not don’t fear the rain.
Where to put your glasses, your phone, your headlamp at night? The idea is not to crush them but to keep them close at hand because… you know… the little night flips. If you have a double-anchored mosquito net (it rises in a rectangle), stupidly put your things on it. If it only has a linear anchor point (it goes up in a triangle) change plan, it will fall. If you do not have a mosquito net, use the ridge of the tarp as a rest (by wedging the equipment or by providing small carabiners all mimi). You can also use the pockets if your hammock has them, they are at the top of the sides to avoid rolling over them at night. Some hammocks have D-rings or small straps at the 4 corners to attach an under blanket, so you can also slide a carabiner over it.
If you sleep with a quilt or an under blanket, toss your stuff in it while lying in the hammock, it won’t budge until you wake up (and it will keep you warm, especially the electronics). Just slide your hand in between to quickly retrieve the material. If you have an integrated mosquito net, the builder may have kindly left a piece of strap drilled inside (where your head is, in the air) to hang small equipment. Do not be ashamed the first few nights if you sleep with your glasses on your nose and the front… on the forehead. It’s human not to want to be caught off guard. Some reading all this will say to themselves, “einh the ridge below the tarp? I put it on top of me! “. Yes, it is possible, provided you use either the outer loops of the ridge of the tarp (every 30 or 50 cm) or else to block the two ends of the tarp with very tight prussik knots, which gives a very rectilinear tension angle to the tarp , quite stylish it is true. In this case you do not have a ridge above your head to hang material. You are free to stretch one just for the material, as long as you stretch the bass and on the side where you never go out, at arm height. This will be more practical than having to sit in the hammock to hoist your arms 50 cm above. In this case you do not have a ridge above your head to hang material. You are free to stretch one just for the material, as long as you stretch the bass and on the side where you never go out, at arm height. This will be more practical than having to sit in the hammock to hoist your arms 50 cm above. In this case you do not have a ridge above your head to hang material. You are free to extend one just for the material, as long as you stretch the bass and to the side where you never go out, at arm height. This will be more practical than having to sit in the hammock to hoist your arms 50 cm above.
Drawbacks of Hammock
Of course, no system, however successful, can be perfect. The hammock has for example the disadvantage seen above, of having to be insulated so as not to feel the cold in the back, under 15 degrees. This involves taking an extra mattress or blanket. However, do the math, it always comes out lighter than a tent with mattress and duvet. My DDH underblanket weighs 1 kg, the hammock 600 g, the down 850 g, the micro-ball pillow 250 g. Or a total of 2.7 kg; weight of a classic 1-2 person tent = 2-3 kg, plus the down, the mattress, we often arrive at 4.5-5 kg sleeping.
No, the big real problem with the hammock is the anchors. You need two anchors not to sleep miserably on the ground with your hammock. I am not saying two trees, I am saying two anchors. I have already slept in a site hole, one side planted on the ground with a triple anchor, the hammock suspended above a five-foot hole, the other side attached to a backhoe loader parked in front of the hole. I was sheltered from the wind, no rain, rock’n roll! And not for the comedians, they did not start the machine while I was sleeping ha ha! I slept in a chapel, hung from two beams, in a grain store. While camping while roaming with teens, I even hung one side on a tree (on campsites there is often a hedge to separate) and the other side on our truck.
You can also provide a sturdy walking pole during the day and at night to attach one side to a tree and if a tree is missing, use the pole with a double anchor equidistant to create stability. A good anchor must have 3 sides to be strong and stable. The strap is already 1, so with 2 other anchors we get 3. Some MULs have developed removable tube sticks that they store in their bag. In the evening they take out the poles, each a double anchor (so the hammock has 2 x 3 anchors) and they can sleep anywhere. Clever, but over 100 kg I would like to see the heads of the sticks 5 minutes later.
You can also opt for shed poles if you sleep near a farm, you can also sleep in rocks. How? ‘Or’ What ? Provide two flat straps (such as climbing anchors or even a “daisy chain”) and attach them to protruding rocks then clip the hammock onto it with carabiners. It can be fun in the mountains to look for lunulae on the wall, but beware if it breaks during the night. In addition, along the walls, pay attention to falling rocks, it is better to sleep on the side of a rock rather than on the side of a cliff. If sleeping with a harness doesn’t bother you, I am setting up courses with a young graduate to sleep on climbing routes (“insured” sleeper on a climbing anchor).
Sometimes we have no poles, no tubes, no trees. So yes, this will be hard to sleep in a hammock (although, if you have opted for the groundsheet, you can just sleep on the ground by folding your C-tarp to make a floor and a roof). A good knowledge of bushcraft will allow you to get by, especially by tinkering with a moss-fern-fir litter. I slept well in the straw with a donkey, in Ireland (in a separate box of course) using my hammock as a ground sheet. I even planned that, if there were mice, I would quickly tie the mosquito net and slip into it. In reality, after having chained the headed corners of a dozen countries, there is always a place to mount a hammock, it is a false argument. If you are in the middle of a desert, what are you doing there? Challenge accepted,
Some brands sell hammocks with a waterproof bottom and a free-standing mosquito net with poles to be able to put it on the ground like a mini-tent (problem solved!) For a budget of 150-200 € (yes, it’s a hammock tent first of all). By the way before I am asked the question, there are nice hammocks from 25 € (the DDH Scout at 20 € if you are less than 100 kg, less than 1.80 m). The jungle hammocks (Snugpack or DDH type) go up to 70-150 €. A classic hammock should not exceed 40-50 €, especially for a beginner.
Finally, some might argue that the hammock lacks comfort, it is not like a bed. They would be very right, it is not a bed, which is why we usually go to bivouac in the middle of nature just to change a little. All kidding aside, it’s not a bed it’s true, if you’re really old and moving around in bed hurts you, the hammock isn’t for you anymore. Likewise, for a child under 4 it’s complicated, if the child wants to go out in the dark and gets hurt… On the other hand, over 4 years old think of the hammock, even at home, it’s great . Always close at hand, the child can sleep anywhere (at the wedding we wedge the hammock under a table in a corridor, bim!) And especially in the bedroom during the day, if the hammock is on 2 hooks, we can fold it to one side and have the whole room to mess around. In the evening we put the hammock back on the hook, the bed is made. In addition, a hammock with a sheepskin on the bottom is an ancient remedy for sleeping babies who often cry in bed, tested and validated.
We could also talk about the rain-stop system, the closed diamond, the special “starry night” sliding tarp, the snake-skin to store the hammock quickly, hammocks stacked to limit the number of tarps (good for families), side-by-side hammocks for playing cards or sleeping with your loved one… The list is long, the hammock is a fabulous tool for the traveler who wants to gain in lightness without losing comfort. There are all sizes, all colors. The big and big strong like me, no excuse there are hammocks for people of 2m20 and 150 kg (like Shrek). There are also family hammocks (Tentsile type) for 2-3-4-5 people, it’s pretty amazing. On the other hand, even if a hammock is said to be 2 places, does not mean that we can sleep 2 inside. How would it fit your curves if there are two bodies in it? It just means that this hammock is very big.
As you can see, the hammock is the future of the classic hiker, the seasoned bushcrafter, the reasonable explorer (therefore excluding mountaineering and crossing Greenland in winter). If you don’t like traveling you can always buy a balcony hammock.