Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Single Review

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38 Responses

  1. Kevin R. D. says:

    Very nice review. Look like a great option.

  2. Ben Bowen says:

    Derek,

    I don’t see this on the Cascade Designs website. Is it available to the public?

    Your review has me wanting one as a backup to my WBBB.

  3. Gavin says:

    I wonder if you can get it a Wal Mart along side of their sleep pads. Oh yeah, I said Wal Mart and they are in there.

    • Derek says:

      Gavin, I’m not 100% sure what you mean here — are you talking about using a sleeping pad inside the Slacker hammock? If so, then yes. The Slacker hammock is just a basic hammock so any under quilt, pad, or common insulation will work here. There are no special modifications needed.

  4. Patricia Neville (grannypat) says:

    Good review. My DIY hammock is due to be replaced and I think I’ll wait until these are available.

  5. sirrka says:

    Thanks for the review. Been very curious since I first heard about it. That fabric looks gorgeous, and by the sound of it, feels great too. Looking forward to seeing this when it comes out.

  6. Canoedad (CB) says:

    I have a lightweight Grand Trunk hammock with the same diamond pattern. They don’t make it any longer. It is my small, always take it with you hammock, unless I am hammock camping. It is more comfortable than any other material I have with the exception of my HH. The 400 lb weight limit is also a benefit for the large person. I may have to add a 7th hammock to my collection mainly because of this polyester diamond pattern. I hope they add a pocket or place to hold a pad in place.

  7. Edward says:

    How does the diamond ripstop compare to the type used in the Kammok Roo hammock? It looks very similar and is the only other brand I know of that uses it.

  8. thetentman says:

    The Slacker Straps are ingenious. Adjustable heavy duty webbing. Cinches tight with just a pull. Infinitely Adjustable. Very cool.

  9. Rick says:

    Derek,
    I like the idea of this hammock. Therm-a-rest makes nice gear. The price is good. The double is a nice width, and ripstop-poly sounds great. I’m 6’2″ so I’m thinking that 116″ might feel short. What do you think? Do you know of another company that has similar specs in a longer length?

  10. Walt. says:

    Enjoyed your review, just ordered me one of the doubles. My first hammock so we will see how things go.
    Thanks Again for your reviews and Info.

    • Walt. Railey says:

      Loving the Hammock, Using It as an Indoors Hang to sleep in. It’s Great Little to No Stretch. Well made I got the Double Size and it’s just right.

  11. Dylan Peeples says:

    Great Review, Im looking to get one of these. It doesnt seem like Thermarest are doing a proprietary tarp for this yet. With the size being larger than most “single” size hammocks, do you have a recommendation for any particular tarp that will work for this? Will the Eno tarps be ok? Thanks!!

    • Derek says:

      Any of the ENO tarps will work fine, as will the Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp, or the Ticket to the Moon tarp, to name a few that are in the same average price range. Most hammock tarps have a ridge line of around 11 feet, which provides a good amount of coverage off the end of a hammock that is hung with a good sag.

  12. Evan says:

    Hey Derek,

    I’m looking at this as a first hammock. It will mostly be used for lounging around camp on backpacking trips with my girlfriend. Do you think 2 slim/athletic people can sit comfortably in the single hammock? Also, would you prefer this one or the Grand Trunk Parachute Nylon Hammock?

    Thanks!

    • Derek says:

      Yes! The single from Therm-a-Rest is as big as most “Double” hammocks on the market, but I find it so much more comfortable and convenient, thanks to the single-panel fabric design. Yes, I would pick this hammock over any of the parachute nylon hammocks on the market, including Grand Trunk. The fabric on the Slacker hammock has such a nice hand, and to me, feels more like cotton than any synthetic. It feels great.

  13. Craig says:

    Hi Derek,

    Great review as always, I am looking to buy my first hammock. My primary uses for it will be to just comfortably “hang out” in the many parks and cabins I visit. And also some overnight car camping. I’m 5″11 200 pounds. With the super simple straps that offered from Therm-a-rest could this be the “perfect” hammock for me.

    I’ve also been looking at the Trek light double, from what I can gather their product is good as well plus they have a great web site, customer support and a good vibe. Do you know anything about this company. I found you through them.

    Coming back to comfort, ease of use, and possibly using indoors as a sleeper being the biggest factors for me what would you recommend out of all the basic hammocks for that matter?

    Thanks.

    • Derek says:

      Trek Light is good. It’s a common parachute nylon hammock like many others. Nothing terribly outstanding. They do have a great vibe. They are all equally easy to use. Other factors are cost and availability. I like the Therm-a-rest fabric the best.

    • Walt. Railey says:

      Love my Therm-A-Rest Double. Sleeping in it full time Indoors and took it on my first camping trip a few weeks ago. Love the Hammock and the feel it has, less stretch than nylon, you don’t belly out.
      I am 5′ 9″ and 240 lbs. The wife is using a single, she’s a lot smaller.
      A Quality Product made in the USA.
      Try Back-Country or Austin Kayak they usually offer 15 to 20 % off coupons.
      All the best!

  14. Craig says:

    Hey Derek,

    This is Craig again I forgot to ask about single vs double, I’m hesitant on the double cocooning me and giving me shoulder squeeze. I don’t want to necessarily be swallowed right? One review I saw had a guy laying diagonal with the side up high putting pressure on the top of his head, would a single do the same. Sorry for all the questions, I’m new at this. Thanks again!

    • Derek says:

      Sleeping diagonally is the way to go! Flatter lay and better sleep. Doubles are wider and often allow more room. But for me, the single Therm-a-rest is better. Shoulder squeeze most often happens when you pitch the hammock too tight and you sleep in line with the hammock.

  15. Craig says:

    Anybody thats interested in purchasing the Therm-A-Rest should check out Campmor.com. Their $10 bucks cheaper then anywear else I could find and have free shipping. Also through Father’s Day enter FATHERS as a promo for an extra 20% off. My double and straps came to 84.00. Other sites have deals but when you add a promo the price drops just below the threshold for free shipping basically making it a wash. Thanks to all for the help, I can’t wait to take a siesta lakeside!

  16. Craig says:

    So I just got my Slacker and while I haven’t hanged it yet, I was a bit worried about a negative review on packabililiy and usability from a different well established reviewer. Without divulging that source all I can say so far is unfurling and cleanly repacking the slacker is a easy and clean endeavor for anyone with experience folding a boat cover tarp. So much so that I had room to add the slacker strap set, in its own pouch, while able to maintain the square profile of attached hammock sack! Now heading out the door to see how I do on my maiden voyage setting up not just this but any hammock, will report when done.

  17. Jessica says:

    Does the weight include the carbiners?

    • Derek says:

      No. My weights are just for the piece indicated. I usually weigh individual components and then summarize them. In this review, I was working with a pre-production prototype and the hardware wasn’t final. I was given production samples that I will be reviewing soon.

  18. Eddie Powell says:

    Derek, Thanks for submitting the review on this hammock as it was the driving persuasion that covienced me to buy a Thermarest prototype Hammock this past weekend on eBay–I really like this hammock. I have never hammocked before, so I speak without any experience. I would like to know in your opinion what rainproof tarp would best mate up with this 116 inch long hammock? Thank you in advance for your response.
    Eddie

    • Derek says:

      Most any hammock tarp will work. Remember that a hammock, when properly hung, has a sag, which reduces its overall length by around 20%.

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