Camping is fun, or at least that’s what we’re told. Especially if you choose to explore the untouched wilderness, however, the sleeping arrangements are often less than luxurious.
Rocky ground, slopes, creepy crawlies, and drenched terrain can all make your night anything but restful. That, at least, is the case with traditional, earth-bound tents. This hammock, on the other hand, can be suspended between any two convenient boulders or trees (or placed on the ground just like a normal tent).
Internal arched poles support a mosquito net and rain fly a comfortable distance above your body, forming a little cocoon that’s surprisingly peaceful to sleep in and doesn’t disturb the forest floor the way traditional camping does.
Although it’s no more trouble to set up than any modern tent, assuming that you can find two good anchor points, the whole weighs under 5 pounds (2 kg) and folds up into a package you can easily strap to a bicycle or backpack.
What makes this hammock tent special, however, is that you won’t feel like a cat in a sack while using it. The base does sag under your weight a little, but it remains generally flat and stable.
At 90″ (2.3 m) long and with a weight capacity of 275 lbs (125 kg), it’s also comfortable even if you’re on the taller side, though at this time there doesn’t seem to be an option designed for couples to share.
If you’re an exceptionally rough sleeper, you might not like the rocking motion that results from turning over, though it would be pretty difficult to actually fall out of this hammock. If, on the other hand, you’re terrified of snakes (and who in their right mind isn’t?), the idea of dangling safely above ground level makes a lot of sense.
This brand just happens to have won several awards for their innovative designs. The only criticism we can make of this product is that the base model isn’t really complete: you’ll probably want to purchase some straps and carabiners to go with it, as well as some paracord for use as guy lines and so on.