Category: Suspension

The Ship in a Bottle – Toggle Rope Straps

When I was doing some research on toggles, I came across The Ship in a Bottle website and was pleased to find they sold hammock gear. I was intrigued by their unique and innovative hammock suspension system based on a military “Commando” or “Toggle Rope” design: the Toggle Rope hammock straps. At first I dismissed the design because I’m…
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Tips For Pitch-Perfect Hammock Camping

The humble hammock has been around for thousands of years, and it is still used today in parts of the world as a primary sleeping accommodation. Yet many people I speak with think hammocks are “uncomfortable,” or it will hurt their back,” or  “they’re great for summer lounging only,” or “it’s too easy to fall…
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How To Sleep In A Brazilian Hammock

People in South American have a tradition of sleeping in hammocks that dates back thousands of years. The traditional Mayan or Brazilian[1. I use the terms “Mayan,” “Brazilian,” or “traditional” to refer to any hammock that has a gathered-end design. There are distinct differences in gathered-end hammocks in terms of materials or fabrics used, but…
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The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #1 – Hammocks Are Lighter Than Tents

Are hammocks really that amazing? I thought it would be interesting to do a series and play devil’s advocate by punching through some of the more popular claims about hammocks as they relate to camping. After all, I’ve had my fair share of misery in a hammock: cold butt syndrome, shoulder squeeze, mosquito bites, leg hyperextension,…
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Re-Threading A Gathered-End Hammock

So, you got that brand-new, gathered-end hammock, but you want to upgrade the suspension? Maybe switch out the heavy “S”-hooks or steel carabiners with a Whoopie Sling or a continuous loop? I don’t know about you, but trying to thread suspension through a gathered-end hammock can be a challenge. Have you tried slowly feeding the…
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The Dutch Buckle

I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Thom “Dutch” Ressler back in 2011 when I was putting together my first draft of The Ultimate Hang. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to help Dutch illustrate and design some marketing materials for his very popular hammock related products sold through DutchWare. If you haven’t been introduced…
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