Hammock Gear Reviews

The Hammock Lab

My guidelines for gear reviews

I have been fortunate to review a lot of hammock-related gear over the past few years and it is here that I post most of my thoughts and reactions to gear for the public. Most of my hammock gear testing is used as research for my book, but it has expanded to provide ongoing, relevant insight on gear throughout the year.

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If you are interested in having me review gear, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

I like to take my time and be thorough.
I prefer to conduct a mid- to long-term test of gear whenever possible. Anyone can offer an opinion, but I strive to dig into the gear and prove it a little in the field. I usually test the gear indoors in a more controlled environment before I take it out in the field.Timelines are variable. With my background of experience, I’m usually looking at unique options that I haven’t experienced before or I may not have spoken about. Some reviews might turn around in a few weeks, while others may take a month or more. Scheduling field trips is the most time consuming, but there is nothing truly to compare with a field test.
I expect to keep the gear.
With only few pre-arranged exceptions, I expect to retain the gear I test. Part of the reason for this is because I often use the gear for reference in writing and research. When people write to me and ask questions, I can refer to the gear. I also often break the gear down to weigh and measure the individual components, making the gear less reusable. Probably the biggest reason I prefer to keep the gear is because I use them during hammock demos and clinics that I present. If and when the gear is no longer as useful to my research or responses, I usually donate used gear to youth groups or use as giveaways at events where appropriate.
I reserve the right to be honest.
I realize that some companies are looking for an endorsement or a positive review for their gear, but I am not here to be a corporate spokesman. I do take into consideration design tradeoffs and functional limitations and I’m conscious of recognizing my own bias while striving to make a balanced and fair review. I see my role as a reviewer to provide a close-up look at gear for folks who are looking for more than just polished marketing spin. I’m very guarded about speaking about “comfort” in a hammock simply because it is such a subjective measurement.
I provide the right of first refusal.
For most items, it is my policy to let the manufacturer see a review before it is published. This is primarily to ensure I haven’t missed any key feature and to fact check. If for whatever reason the company chooses not to publish the review, I won’t. Not all of my reviews make it on this list. Sometimes a manufacturer simply wants me to test gear and provide feedback prior to bringing a product to market.

Do you have gear you want reviewed?

If you represent a manufacturer or cottage vendor and would like me to review a piece of gear, or if you want some R&D support, please email me!

Looking for a review?

I’ve tested and reviewed a lot of hammocks that aren’t represented on this list. Sometimes that is due to the arrangement I made with a vendor or manufacturer, other times I just haven’t had a chance to write a solid review. Either way, please contact me with specific questions. I’m usually very quick to respond and I’m glad to help where I can.

New to hammock camping?

If you are new to hammock camping, I recommend checking out my post on Tips for Pitch Perfect Hammock Camping, along with this collection of start-up tips.


Gear Reviews

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Anna’s Hammock

AntiGravityGear

Apriller

Arrowhead Equipment

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Ar•Ya Hammocks

Bakpocket Hammocks

Behold Bungee Hammocks

BIAS

Bonefire

BooneDox

Byer of Maine

Clark Jungle Hammocks

Claiborne Designs

Canny Designs

DD Hammocks

Dream Hammock

DutchWare Gear

Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO)

Elevated Movement

Eureka!

FishBone

Flying Squirrel

Gear Best

Geaux Hammocks

Go! Outfitters

GobiGear

Grand Trunk Goods

Hammeck

HammockGear.com

Hammock Bliss

Hammock Tent

Handy Hammock

Hennessy Hammock

Hoo-Rag

Hummingbird Hammock

Jacks “R” Better

K2 Camp Gear

Kammok

Lawson

Maverick Gear

NEMO

Ohuhu

Outdoor Products

The Outdoor Trail

Ox

PN

Sawyer

Sheltowee

The Ship in a Bottle

Sierra Madre Research

Simply Light Designs

Speed Stakes

Tato Gear

Tentsile

Thailand Jungle Hammock

Therm-a-Rest

Ticket to the Moon

Treble Hammocks

Tribe Provisions

UK Hammocks

Ultimate Hammocks

Underground Quilts

Warbonnet

Wilderness Logics

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Yukon Outfitters