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Hammock Camping in Goblin Valley

Captivating hoodoos were everywhere.

My family planned a trip into Goblin Valley during spring break. It was part of our plan to get out and see more of the natural wonders in the American Southwest. Our plans, of course, included sleeping in hammocks. Goblin…

Dream Hammock ThunderBird Review


I saw an early prototype of the ThunderBird a few years ago at Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. It was a great opportunity to meet up with Randy, who I’ve built a friendship over the past few years. Dream Hammock has become…

Thailand Jungle Hammock Review


Video link Original Camper, Made in Thailand. Dimensions: 240 x 120 cm (94 x 47 in) Weight: 746 g (26.3 oz) Capacity: 150 kg (330 lbs) MSRP: US$40 Overview The Original Camper double-layer Jungle Hammock is a new hammock from…

Sierra Madre Research Pares and xPlor Hammock Review


Sierra Madre Research Pares and xPlor Hammocks   What they say What I say Dimensions 106 × 54 in (269 × 137 cm) — xPlor 129.5 × 78 in (329 × 198 cm) — Pares 106 × 54 in (269 × 137 cm) — xPlor 128 × 78 in (325 × 198 cm) — Pares Weight Capacity 300 lbs…


Safari Deluxe Zip with XL Bubble Pad

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Hennessy Hammock recently announced the release of three new hammocks to fill their product line:

Hennessy’s “jungle” models all feature double-layer bottoms, where insulating pads can be sandwiched when it’s cold. Double-layer hammocks also provide an extra physical barrier against biting insects, although treating the fabric with Permethrin is a recommended solution for all hammocks. Double-layer hammocks have become fairly popular over the past few years, so it comes as no surprise that Hennessy is jumping on that trend, just like they did (reluctantly) with zippered bug netting.

Hennessy has taken some of their entry level models and added double layers to provide this option at a more affordable price than the Deep Jungle hammock.

AntiGravityGear Quicksilver Ultralight Hammock Review


AntiGravityGear Quicksilver Ultralight Hammock System For any review I do, I try my best to be accurate, fair, and as unbiased as possible. I make sure to really test the gear, not just open up a box and pontificate. And…

ENO JungleNest Review


When I first saw the ENO JungleNest in August of last year, I was impressed in many ways. In fact, I was preparing to do a hammock demo at a local outdoor retailer when I saw it on the shelf,…

Upcoming Reviews for Early 2015

Hammocks inside the Nubé shelter

2014 has been a busy year with hammock reviews, and I’d like to thank all the manufacturers who have sent me gear to review and evaluate. There’s still a lot of reviews I’m working on, but with the holidays approaching, I’ve wrapped…

Bonefire Gear 30°F Insulated Hammock


Bonefire Gear Insulated Hammock Details   What they say What I say Dimensions 120 x 58 in (305 x 147 cm) 114 x 58 in (290 x 147 cm) Weight 30 oz (862 g) 29 oz (822 g) Capacity 250 lbs (113 kg) — Manufacturer: BoneFire Gear, made in…