Review: Chill Gorilla Silverback Hammock with Straps

Chill Gorilla Silverback Hammock with Straps

Product Description

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The Chill Gorilla Silverback hammock compares favorably with other “double” hammocks on the market, including the ENO DoubleNest, Grand Trunk Double, and others. It is an open, gathered-end hammock style with a three panel fabric construction. The fabric uses a diamond ripstop pattern is has a nice hand and feels lighter than most “parachute” crinkle taffeta fabric. The end channels are gathered using a continuous loop of webbing.

The hammock comes with a pair of anodized steel carabiners and a pair if polyester, 10-foot-long daisy chain webbing straps.

Overall Impressions and Updates

The Chill Gorilla Silverback hammock has the common three-panel construction (not my favorite), but the interior bed fabric is wide enough that I can lay diagonally without laying across the seams, thanks to the generous dimensions. I really like the webbing loops that gather up the ends of the hammock. By connecting the two ends of the loop to the carabiner, it opens up the fabric to get a better diagonal lay.

The inclusion of the daisy-chain webbing straps is the key selling point for this hammock. These are excellent for new hangers and pair nicely with the hammock, making it easy to set up. The straps have 16 loops per strap (one loop for cinching around the anchor point) and are heavy-duty seatbelt-type construction.

It’s a little confusing because this hammock is listed as different names across different platforms, everything from a “double”, “pro”, and “Silverback” by the manufacturer. Be sure to check the specifications to ensure you’re getting the right one. The MSRP lists this hammock as $99.95, but I also was told it retailed for $49.99.

Recommendations and Review

Criteria Rating Notes
Suspension and Anchor System ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Including the straps is so important and ideal for this type of hammock.
Construction and Craftsmanship ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Same construction and build as most common hammocks.
Modularity ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ An open hammock is the backbone of any modular hammock system.
Aesthetics ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ A few color variations are available, but nothing out of the common way.
Price and Value ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This one is hard to pin down because while the MSRP is on par with similar hammocks on the market, it is sold discounted nearly everywhere I look.

Available Features/Specifications

Features

  • Open, gathered-end hammock
  • Sewn-on stuff sack
  • Diamond-ripstop fabric
  • Three-panel fabric construction
  • Webbing-style continuous loops on each end channel

Specifications

  • 1 in (2.5 cm) “seatbelt” style polyester webbing straps
  • Stainless steel anodized carabiners
  • Hammock Dimensions: 124 × 72 in (315 × 183 cm) (my measurements differed from the listed dimensions)
  • Suspension Dimensions: 120 × 1 in (305 × 2.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 400 lbs (150 kg)
  • Weight: 47 oz (1337 g)

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Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear. I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.

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