People have known both the concept and the view of the hammock for a long time, but nothing stands still and moves transforming. So the hammock from a privileged garden attribute has turned into a light tourist structure, which is called a hammock tent.
A hammock tent is a piece of durable fabric equipped with rope joints, thanks to which it is attached between the trees. It is equipped with a mosquito net and additional shelter from the weather.
It is intended for traveling light, have a different size range. There is no need to talk about maximum comfort, but with all this it has many pros and cons.What a hammock tent looks like
Hammocks are made with and without crossbars, but for travelers there’s nothing to do with extra sticks.
Separately about the fabric - a strong waterproof fabric is chosen, it can be a classic - linen or cotton, or artificial materials endowed with increased strength and lightness.
Also, the difference in design features, it can be a light, smooth canvas or endowed with many components, in the form of pockets, insulation and other improvements.
Advantages and disadvantages
Before proceeding with the characteristics, it is worth saying a few words that everyone chooses exactly what he needs.
Therefore, it is unambiguous to say that good and bad are impossible, but the main differences exist.
The best qualities:
- low weight is an excellent solution for minimalist tourists;
- does not require a special place, the main thing is two reliable support for suspension;
- quickly mounted;
- with a set of sleeping bags and awnings it is more convenient to sleep;
- Ants and various creeping reptiles will not reach;
- Having reached the place of spending the night even at night, one does not need to look for places for installation and free it from stones, sticks and cones;
- it is quite possible to do it yourself from an ordinary awning by pulling the canvas between the trees.
By cons include:
- designed for one or two people;
- in bad weather, lack of comfortable accommodation;
- in cold weather it freezes much faster.
Nevertheless, such things as an uneven terrain, dense forest and the opportunity to go unnoticed speak in favor of a hammock, especially since you can always protect yourself from mosquito netting from mosquitoes and have a full view of the area.
Criterias of choice
This is the most interesting, if you choose between a tent and a hammock, it’s definitely difficult to say, but we’ll try. The tent is good in a company where there are children, long parking, transport accessibility and a relatively flat and large area. It’s also difficult without a tent in the steppe, where there are no trees.
The hammock is for fans of extreme hiking, where tourists pass through the forest and mountainous terrain, which excludes the installation of tent camps, for this category hammocks are indispensable, and how can we talk about the advantages.
There are conditions under which tourists adjust. Usually hammocks are always equipped with an awning, here all the pluses are on the face. A stretched tent in the form of a tent and a hammock under it, a dream of comfort. An improvised bed does not pull moisture from the ground, a reliable roof protects from the weather. The use of additional insulation in the form of a sleeping bag or lightweight rug will not freeze.
In a tent it is much easier to wait out the weather, you can get together in company and have freedom of movement, you are deprived of this in a hammock, you will have to enjoy the sound of rain and wait for its quickest completion alone.
Like tents, hammocks are best placed away from walkways and driveways, to determine places away from dead wood and protected from the wind.
How to use
Installing a hammock is much easier than a tent; it takes no more than 10 minutes. The only problem remains to find suitable trees. But the remote distances are well compensated by an elongated rope.
It is necessary to uncover the hammock and fasten the ends to the trees. For fastening, it is better to use slings instead of the usual smooth ropes. The advantages of slings are free cords, which are interconnected by rare knots, these cords reliably cling to the bumps of the bark and do not allow the mount to slide under the weight of a hammock.
A protective mattress is placed in the lower part for protection from wind and cold, and a sleeping bag is spread on the surface.
It is good if the hammock is equipped with a mosquito net.An example of mounting a rather unusual hammock tent
Further, it all depends on the completeness and the selected model. Hammocks are equipped not only with additional pockets, but also with a lower liner, where you can put a backpack and it can serve as additional protection from the cold.
Top also provides rain protection, it can be bundled or you can use a regular awning. To do this, above the hammock mount, we pull the rope, throw the awning through it and fasten it to stretch marks to the ground. It turns out an impromptu tent, with a comfortable bed under the roof.
Which model to choose
Hammocks are distinguished not only by the use of fabric, but also fill them with technical capabilities. The simplest is considered to be an ordinary canvas at the edges tightened with ropes from two sides, which are connected in loops for fastening. Then begins a revelry of fantasy and design.
They are divided into summer and winter, the forms are simple and complex, equipped with pockets, mattresses, mosquito nets, and additional functions. Prices range from fullness in the range of 10000-30000 rubles. By design, some of them resemble whole tents floating in the air. Convenient in that the mosquito net is mounted on additional rails, where it is just as easy to attach a protective tent.
The best models worthy of attention:
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro, a summer hammock new to summer use, is equipped with a mosquito net, is large, it is comfortable not only to lie in, but also to sit in. Simple and convenient, minus - the lack of a protective cover;
The Eagles Nest Outfitters Blaze model - a hammock camping mattress, thanks to a special filler, protects from the cold even in severe frosts, and the protective fabric will not allow moisture to penetrate. The downside is the lack of pockets, protection, use in the summer is not rational;Eagles Nest Outfitters Blaze Hammock
Hammock Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest - a basic model made of durable material, capacity for two people, able to withstand heavy loads. Minus - the lack of additional accessories, it is used without insulation only in the summer;
The Lawson Blue Ridge hammock is an entire suspended house equipped with a raised mosquito net provided by aluminum arches. It has additional fasteners for the blanket, and a special bottom design that does not sag, providing comfort during placement, additional waterproof protection will provide comfort even in heavy rain. The downside is the high price and stops can cause rollovers.
This device is reminiscent of a bean pod, made of fabric with no moisture and wind, it is equipped not only with a mosquito net, but also with many pockets and linings, with additional insulation, even severe frosts do not penetrate inside.
A great thing for a two-seater option, there is no possibility of leaning against each other, it’s more convenient to settle down, the disadvantage of this design is the risk of overturning even with a slight wind or a change in position relative to each other.
Any fabric that can withstand the weight of a person can be adapted to make a hammock, for this purpose a regular tent can also be used, which can be firmly attached between the trees.