Eureka! Chrysalis Hammock Review

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8 Responses

  1. Mij Recneps says:

    Is the listed Ridgeline length correct? 212 inches = 17.67 feet. That’s huge!

    • Derek says:

      I was wrong. The centimeter measurement was correct but I didn’t convert it correctly. The ridgeline is approximately 10 feet (120 inches) long. Thanks for the edit!

  2. TLB says:

    I have one of these as well, and I agree with you that this is one comfy hammock. I have read on HF several ways to reduce the overall weight of the unit by half with swapping out strapping for Amsteel, and the steel bars for fixed length aluminum poles from Quest Outfitters ( I will likely do the same for mine.
    I do appreciate the illustrations, Derek!

    • Derek says:

      You’re welcome, and thanks. I agree that there are several mods you can do to make this a lighter hammock. The webbing weighs it down significantly.

  3. tommy marling says:

    VERY heavy and not made very well…I would not recommend for backpacking…if you’re a car camper and don’t mind pissing you’re money away…go for it…there are much better made, cheaper and lighter alternatives…this thing was a complete and utter waste of my money…

    • Derek says:

      Tommy, thanks for posting. While I respect your view, my experience is markedly different than what you describe. Did you use the 2013 model? I found mine in great condition, very well-made. I would go so far as to say “bomb proof,” thanks to the thick webbing reinforcement, uniform stitching (no strays), and quality ripstop material. Nothing I saw was inferior. It doesn’t use lightweight silnylon or Cuben fabric by any means. It is built for the mass market, not the lightweight crowd. You may want to qualify your claims of quality.

      Yes, there are less expensive and lighter bridge hammocks, but there are other qualities people use to determine a purchase. I own all three. The Warbonnet Ridge Runner, for example, is 708 g for the double layer with bug net, not including the poles (284 g). The JRB Bear Mountain Bridge is 707 g plus 242 g for the poles. The Ridge Runner ($195) uses the lightest, less durable fabric than all the models, yet it is heavier than the JRB model ($190).

      My favorite lay is the Ridge Runner, followed by the Chrysalis, and then the Bear Mountain. However, I won’t loan the Ridge Runner because the material is light and I don’t want anything to happen to it :) The Bear Mountain needs some TLC to make sure the netting doesn’t rip (I loaned it once and the user accidentally ripped the bug net by getting out of the wrong side). The Chrysalis, in contrast, has been roughly treated, and after a season of camping, still looks great and works like new.

      So, while I may not take it backpacking, I’ll gladly take it on family camps, summer camp, or other base camping adventures.

  4. Gertrude says:

    Hey Derek! I found the sleeve pretty interesting. I’m researching right now, and saw the sleeve could possibly be used on another hammock. I was thinking of a gathered end hammock such as the Dream Hammock Freebird, and using the tieouts to help deal with the diagonal lay. For a 10′ hammock, I think the ridgeline would be more toward 9′ though. It would also be about half a pound heavier than a net and tarp set-up, but for ease of use….

    Do you think it would work? Have you tried it?

    Thanks for the review!

    • Derek says:

      I have not tried the Eureka Camper Sleeve on any other hammock, but it could work. You would need to add tie-outs to the four corners to pull the tarp taut. You will also need to add some sort of adjustment on the ends to keep it taut along the ridge line. Oh, and having a ridge line will really help too.

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