Choosing your hammock

Choosing the best camping hammock for you is no easy task. There's no one "perfect" hammock because we all have slightly different needs. To help you identify some of these needs and choose the right hammock for you, please take a peek through the information below.

The "Lay" refers to the position of your body in the hammock. Different hammocks will lay differently depending on shape, size and materials used. The goal here, of course, is to find the most comfortable position possible. To maximize comfort and allow you to get a "good lay", it's usually best to lay slightly diagonal or "Asym".

Straight Lay
Laying straight down the center of the hammock. Notice in this photo how the sides of the hammock are loose and draped over the user. Also notice how the user is bent into an uncomfortable "banana shaped" position.

Asym Lay
Laying diagonal to achieve a flatter and more comfotable lay. Can be right lay or left lay. Even though this is a much smaller hammock, it has a good lay. Notice how the sides of the hammock tighten up and the user is in a much more comfortable position.

Right Lay
Laying with your head near the left edge of the hammock and your feet near the right edge. This is the most common.

Left Lay
Just the opposite, head right and feet left.

Although we normally build our hammocks for a Right Lay, you can have yours built Left Lay at no additional charge. Just be sure to let us know your preference with your order.

Length
All our hammocks are available in 10ft or 11ft lengths. The 10ft length is usually comfortable for a person up to 6ft. If you are taller than this, you should possibly consider an 11ft length. Some shorter people prefer the feel of a longer hammock because they experience less "shoulder squeeze" and it offers them a "flatter lay".

Width
Most of our hammocks are built from the full fabric width less 1.5". The exception is the Darien UL, which is built 60" wide. We can always make your hammock narrower, if you prefer, but we can't go wider than the fabric will allow.

A good starting point for most people is 60" wide x 120" long.

The fabric used in the hammock body plays an important role in how the hammock lays. A very lightweight fabric will have more stretch and give you a "springy" feeling. It will also allow your body to sink further down into the hammock and tend to close up around you. A heavier fabric or a polyester will not stretch quite as much and feel firmer under you. Your body will be held slightly higher and the fabric won't tend to close in around you quite as much, giving you a flatter lay. The disadvantage in heavier fabrics obviously, is final weight and pack size of your hammock.

We stock many different weights, types and colors from a lightwieght 1.0 oz/yd2 to a beefy 2.8 oz/yd2 fabric.
See our in stock fabrics here.


Which is better Nylon or Polyester?
Strength: For it's weight Nylon is a stronger fiber than Polyester.
Stretch: Nylon has more stretch than Polyester, especially when wet.
Absorption: Nylon will absorb water while Polyester will not.
Wicking: Polyester is hydrophobic, it will tend to wick moisture, feel drier and warmer than Nylon.
Smoothness: Since many Nylons are made with smaller diameter fibers, it's often smoother than Polyester.
Softness: Many Polyester fabrics have a softer feel than Nylon fabrics.

How heavy a fabric do I need?
See this chart for fabric suggestions for your weight.

Generally speaking, the heavier the fabric, the "flatter the lay".

Single Layer
Lighter weight, more breathable, packs smaller, less shifting around during the night. Good choice for people who use an underquilt.

Double Layer
Improved weight capacity, better insect protection, better abrasion resistance, more wind resistance. Good choice for folks who use sleeping pads in their hammock.

Are the double layer hammocks sewn together?
Yes. The 2 layers are sewn together along the sides, leaving approx 24-26" open on both ends. This gives you the ability to easily insert and adjust a sleeping pad or suplement your insulation between the layers.

Why leave the ends open instead of the middle?
• The middle edge is a high stress area when entering or exiting the hammock.
• The 2 layers don't tend to shift around nearly as much.
• Easier access to the ends (and air valve) of your sleeping pad.

Whoopie Sling Suspension - Click here for photo

  • 6ft Whoopie Slings made from 7/64" Silver Samson® Amsteel (rated at 1,600lbs)
  • 6ft Tree Straps made from 1" Black Polyester Webbing, 4" loop on one end (rated at 1,500lbs)
  • Toggles made from aluminum arrow shafts, 3" long

Cinch Buckle Suspension - Click here for photo

  • Continuous Chain Links made from 7/64" Silver Samson® Amsteel (rated at 1,600lbs)
  • 10ft Tree Straps made from 1" Black Polyester Webbing, 4" loop on one end (rated at 1,500lbs)
  • Cinch Buckles, Black, Steel (rated at 1,000lbs)

During the warmer seasons, you'll likely to need some sort of bug protection. Noseeum netting does add a little warm to your hammock by blocking some wind. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the temperature. The netting also keeps quilts and other items from falling out of your hammock onto the ground.

We offer several different styles of insect netting:

  • Removeable bug net using dual #5 seperating zippers. It stores in it's own peak bag at the foot end and can be zipped onto the hammock when needed. Both the netting and peak bag are completely removeable and can be left at home during colder weather, if you desire.
    Available in the ThunderBird.

  • Bug net attached to the end of the hammock. It stores in it's own peak bag at the foot end and can be zipped onto the hammock when needed. The netting is attached to the hammock and cannot be taken off and left at home.
    Available in the DangerBird and RoamingGnome.

  • Integrated netting sewn onto one side of the hammock. The net can be flipped over the back of the hammock when not needed.
    Available in the Darien.

  • The BugSock can be added onto any netless hammock. It's hung on the foot end of the hammock and pulled over the hammock when needed. Nothing is attached, so you can choose which trips to bring it.
    Good addition to the FreeBird or other netless hammocks.

An overcover can really be enhance your hammock camping experience by allowing you to camp more comfortably in colder weather. It works by blocking or slowing airflow that robs heat from your insulation. A properly vented WinterSock or overcover can add 10-15 degrees inside your hammock, depending on the conditions. It also blocks wind and moisture that finds it's way under your tarp. Some people also use it for added privacy while changing and darkening the hammock when snoozing during the day.

We offer 3 different styles of overcover:
  • Removeable overcover using dual #5 seperating zippers. It stores in it's own peak bag at the foot end and can be zipped onto the hammock when needed. Both the overcover and peak bag are completely removeable and can be left at home during warmer weather, if you desire.
    Available in the ThunderBird.

  • Overcover attached to the end of the hammock. It stores in it's own peak bag at the foot end and can be zipped onto the hammock when needed. The overcover is attached to the hammock and cannot be taken off and left at home.
    Available in the DangerBird.

  • The WinterSock can be added onto most any gathered end hammock. It's hung on the foot end of the hammock and pulled over the hammock when needed. Nothing is attached, so you can choose which trips to bring it.
    Good addition to the FreeBird or almost any other hammock.

Keep in mind that an overcover or sock must be ventilated properly to avoid building up condensation inside your hammock.

Ridgeline Organizer - All of our other hammocks come with a Noseeum Ridgeline Organizer.

Tie-Out System - The DangerBird and RoamingGnome hammocks feature our unique tie-out system. This allows the hammock to automaically adjust to whatever angle you choose to lay in. You can even switch from "right lay" to "left lay" without having to adjust the tie-outs.

The ThunderBird hammock uses our unique Pack Hook Tie-out System which features 1.4 gram pack hooks on reflective grosgrain loops and shock cord guy lines. The shock cord guy lines can easily be removed and re-attached by simply hooking them onto the pack hooks.

Underquilt Loops - The DangerBird and RoamingGnome have reflective grosgrain loops installed along the edge of the hammock (approx 16" from each end) that can be used to help support your underquilt suspension to ensure a tight fit under the hammock.

The ThunderBird takes the loops one step further by providing convienient pack hooks on the loops so that no other hardware is needed.

Click on logo to view product page.
- 4 season hammock
- Removable net.
- Removable overcover.
- Topless mode
- Seperating zippers on both sides

- 4 season hammock
- Built in net.
- Built in overcover.
- Topless mode
- Zippers on both sides

- Built in net
- Topless mode
- Zippers on both sides

- Integrated netting
- Zipper one side

- Netless
- Simple and lightweight

- Add-on bug net for netless hammocks
- Lightweight
- Easy to use

- Add-on sock for colder weather
- Lightweight
- Easy to use

- Suspension items
- Ridgeline Organizers
- Double Ended Stuff Sacks