5 Stars By reviewer on 2014-01-14
Seems to be as good or better then the trek lights hammocks
I bought the trek light hammock first, but then I found this hammaka hammock for a real good deal, so I bought it to have a spare one. I was glad to see that this hammaka hammock can hold 50 more pounds then the trek light hammock and is lighter in weight and is at a cheaper price then the trek light hammock, but time will tell which hammock will hold up longer.
The only two things I didn't like about this Hammaka hammock is the two small ropes on each end aren't extremely strong and the metal hooks on each end are slightly heavy. So I replaced the two end ropes with very strong ropes and I replaced the two metal hooks with four metal rings, that's two metal rings that are Girth Hitched onto the new ropes I put at each end of the hammock.
Then I used two pieces of 15'foot heavy duty nylon webbing so I can wrap the two long pieces of nylon webbing around the two trees and then put the webbing through each end of the two metal rings, then I can very quickly lift the hammock into the exact height I want it at. This way if the hammock is too high or too low or one side is too much higher then the other side, I can very quickly and easily adjust the hammock by sliding the webbing through the two rings.
To wrap the webbing around the trees I form a bite in one end of the webbing that is a long enough bite to be able to tie a simple over hand knot in that bite and this forms a loop. Then I wrap the webbing around the tree and put the webbing through that loop and pull it on through until the webbing is securely against the tree. Then I put the working end of the webbing through the two metal rings and then partially through the two metal rings again in the same direction, but this time on the second pass through you bring the webbing out the middle of the two metal rings and then the webbing will jam and not come unjammed until you bring the rings apart slightly, but the webbing will only jam up when pulled in one direction and run freely in the other direction.
To understand how I'm using the two metal rings better, look at this video on youtube.
'The Best Way to Hang a Hammock || Rap Rings'
But instead of using rope like he's using in the video to go through the two rings, I'm using the nylon webbing to go through the two rings.
Being in this hammock or the trek light hammock is extremely relaxing and so when I get in, I don't want to get back out.
If you want a mosquito net for your hammock buy the netting from Eno, not from trek light. Eno's netting is vastly superior to trek lights mosquito netting.
5 Stars By The Maestro on 2014-07-21
Best thing to camp in, hands down.
After years of schlepping around a tent, rain fly, ground cloth and sleeping pad just to get a decent nights rest in the bush, I decided to take a chance with the Hammaka Double Hammock. My goal was to cut weight and bulk to my pack, while maintaining some level of comfort and protection from the elements. Coupled with the Chinook 9x12 tarp, you can't beat the set up.
First, the hammock is super light. I placed it on a food scale and it came in right around a pound. Most of that weight are the metal hooks attached to the hammock (it comes with 2 more crappy carabiner-type hooks, but I discarded those). It also folds up into its own little pouch, which saves on weight as well.
When I got in the hammock, I wasn't sure it would hold all my weight (190 lbs), as it doesn't feel like it should. But it did, as well as the weight of a woman I met out on the trails as well.
When setting it up, make sure the hammock is stretched straight across, with no slack in it. Too much slack and your butt will be on the ground. Also, don't worry about $20 commercial hanging straps. I cut (2) 6' lengths and (1) 10' length of 2" nylon webbing, and between those lengths I have yet to find a place I can't set up.
Finally, the only downside to the hammock is it can be a bit difficult to get into the sleeping bag. I'm 6'2", and I have to squirm quite a bit to get in the bag. I can get in it though, and the comfort level is unmatched.
Also, this might be a bit unnerving to people not used to sleeping exposed in the bush, even with the tarp over it. Don't think your wife or girlfriend is going to enjoy this.
5 Stars By Todd C. Poulton on 2013-02-19
Being a big guy(230 pounds), I wanted the two person hammock for my singular use. I didn't want to be asleep in the rainforest and suddenly be deposited on the forest floor due to excessive wear.
This hammock is wonderful, and it folds up a lot smaller than the locally made ones in South America (leaving a lot more room in my pack than if I were using one of the local/cotton hammocks).
This is the first hammock I have ever owned, but only took ten minutes to get used to. Luckily the guide had a mosquito net and basha(light weight tarp) for my use, I didn't know to get those. Oops. Since then I picked up a mosquito net in Georgetown (be sure to get the kind for the hammock that ties around the ropes and drapes long so it can be tied on the bottom--have someone who knows show you that last part, easy to do but tricky to describe) and have purchased a basha on amazon in case I am trekking guide less.
The hammock was very roomy, but I doubt I would want to sleep in the hammock with a girlfriend or wife, every time one person moves at all it will affect both.
Not only would I recommend this to a friend, I have already told business partners to get them before coming to Guyana, they'll need them.
4 Stars By Eunice on 2017-05-21
Been using this since August 2014
Bought it in August 2014, and I still use it now May 2017. It has a hole on the side now, but I'm OK with it, I could still use it. I have been using this while camping, lounging in the beach, and picnics. I love how the fabric feels and it is roomy that 2 people can fit.
I would love to buy another one again - but please do buy the hanging straps so you wouldn't hurt the tree branches or posts, and also for easy set up and SAFETY! P.S. This doesn't come with those straps.
5 Stars By mdigginit on 2016-03-21
I could hang, nap, and sleep at night in this baby!!!
I ordered this when vacationing in Phoenix. I was able to string it up from my friend's back patio porch awning and hung in the sun with a smile on my face. When I went back to Nebraska, I used it all summer. The orange and grey go great together and the self-store bag doubles as a pocket for a bottle of water &/or phone while you lounge. The parachute silk breathes super well, so I was able to swing in the heat and keep cool. It fit perfectly snug in my luggage for the journey back, and will continue to be a necessary part of my travel equipment regardless of where I go.
4 Stars By Peter C. Davis on 2015-10-05
Great hammock, poor suspension
We had the same experience as other reviewers. When my love and I first got into this hammock together the original cords almost pulled out of the S hooks at both ends. It didn't drop us, but wasn't much fun.
I replaced the cord with some foam core rope I had on hand and ordered a pair of beefy carabiners. The foam core stretched out quite a bit the next time we got into the hammock, but held just fine.
We love this hammock and we chose it because its weight rating was the best we could find. We would buy it again. Just don't understand why they sell such a great hammock with such inadequate suspension.
4 Stars By Red on 2014-03-11
SSo I got this hammock, it didn't come in a box like in one of the pictures. I inspected it and it appears to be new. The ropes that go through the end loops weren't installed but they were in the built in stuff sak. They were too short to work with, so I got some climbing rope, cut 2 new pieces. 2x length. I had to look at my old eagles nest to learn some cool new knot, but I installed them perfectly and it looks great. Same quality as an eagles nest or grand trunk minus a few bux. Ultimately I subtracted 2 stars for the unfinished ends and no box, but +1 for the opportunity to customize my hammock end ropes. The olive/wood color sceme is the best for outdoorsmaning. Speaking of, every outdoorsman should watch nutnfancy while hanging out in one of these.
5 Stars By Quirky_Ralph on 2016-05-09
Holds up under 5 years of weather, durable as heck!
I bought this 5 years ago and it is a durable sucker. For 5 years I left it out on my balcony with rain, sun, and snow beating down on it. And it STILL holds my weight. Okay, it looks like hell now and I'm going to have to give it a proper viking funeral but for the abuse I put it though, I totally think this hammock is worth the money.
Pro Tip: hang it as tight as possible and you can keep stuff trapped in there. Food, supplies, cats...
4 Stars By Aspen266 on 2014-08-29
Not bad, but watch the hooks.
Pretty good hammock for a good (but not crazy good) price. Used this on a recent backpacking trip and it was nice for lounging around the campsite. The hooks on either end are rather interesting - one is a true S-hook, but the other is more of an 'L" shape. I'm sure there's a reason for this, but other folks on the trip had similar hammocks from other makers and none of us could surmise a reason for this set up. On at least one occasion, I had the hook turn sideways and slip out of the rope that held it to the tree. Luckily I was just testing the firmness of the fastening, but it could have been a disaster if someone had their full weight in the hammock. I added my own S-hook to fix the issue.
Otherwise, it's a great addition to your camping gear or for just lounging in the yard.
5 Stars By C. Tansy on 2012-12-02
Best hammock you can buy!
This is the greatest hammock I have ever bought. It's lightweight, durable, and comfortable. I even came back and bought one for my 82 year old father because he fell in love with mine when we went camping. He used to lug a full hammock with a wooden bar around and then complain because his knees would start hurting after laying in it too long. With this hammock that doesn't happen. Not only is it the easiest thing in the world to transport but you can actually lay in it with your knees bent as much as is comfortable for you and have your legs completely supported. Just put your legs in the channel made by the outer seam line and relax. This makes a great gift for any camping or hiking enthusiast!