I have started making ultra lite weight camping / lounging hammocks. They are made of rip stop nylon and each one is made to order.
I am 6’2″ 250lb and use mine everyday. Now I have my whole family and all my friends enjoying hammocks.
Most of them are traders , just a few a real manufacturer !!
There are only a few, maybe one or two, who resale the same hammocks with just a different label. A few others (mostly those who sell parachute nylon hammocks) get their hammocks made from the same factories in Indonesia, as this is one of the only places in the world where you can find parachute nylon fabric.
If you check out my post that compares parachute nylon hammocks, you’ll notice a difference in dimensions among all of the hammocks. Each company who sells hammocks are getting them manufactured to their own specifications, even if they use the same factory as a competitor.
So, I guess it depends on how you define “manufacturer” because, strictly speaking, you’re probably correct as very few procure the materials and sew the hammocks themselves. Economies of scale limit that somewhat.
Many “cottage” manufacturers do everything in house: research, development, prototypes, product manufacturing, marketing, sales, and human resources to name a few. But even the cottage companies outsource manufacturing, even if it is with sewing shops in their communities, to meet demand.
Maybe a better phrase would be “hammock companies”?
What fabric available in the USA would most closely resemble the parachute material found in ENO and Yukon Outfitters hammocks?
What you are looking for is a crinkle taffeta nylon. Nearly all those hammocks are produced in the same factories in Mali. The closest thing I’ve found are the tablecloths from the tablecloth factory http://theultimatehang.com/2013/10/make-hammock-3-minutes/
Do you know the name of factory in Mali? What is the closest fabric available in the US to this? The tablecloths are great, but just a little too shiny.
Send me a note to my email and we can talk offline.
Check out Sierra Madre Research. We design our own products AND founded our own manufacturing company in Managua, Nicaragua, SMr illuminate. We don’t use the common “parachute nylon material” that everyone else uses. Our fabric actually feels good on your skin, the high density thread count gives it a silky smooth finish / feel with just the right amount of stretch.
SInce we own the manufacturing facility, we have created a very high standard for Quality Control on our products. Rather than relying on another company in Indonesia or China trying to meet their monthly quota.
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Thanks Richard! I will add you to my list!
Just backed your newest kick starter Nubé
I’m sure they will appreciate it. Just to be clear, I am not associated with the Nubé project in any way, nor have I personally backed that particular project. It is great to see all the new hammock-related gear options coming out, however.
There’s one out of Canada I didn’t see listed: Chrysalis by Helsdon Outdoors, bridge style hammock design.
I’ll add them! Thanks for the update.
Found these guys a few weeks ago. Not sure if they are any good. Plan on getting one for a friend. Decent price for the package. http://appalachianhammock.com
Thanks for the info! I just added them.
In this list, as in the book, Kammok is listed as having tarps and netting, which are not yet available on their website. Is this what the (TBA) in the notes refers to?
Good question, Grant, and thanks for the reminder — I updated Kammok’s listing online. When I was working on the first edition, Kammok was just emerging into the market. I met with the owner and we worked together to get as much up-to-date information as I could in print. Unfortunately, Kammok wasn’t able to bring all their products to market as quickly as hoped. It’s always a little risky in print publishing to take these sorts of gambles.
On a related note, do you think the Funky Forest Tarp is a good fit for hanging under it in a Kammok Roo?
Yes, absolutely. The Roo is a big hammock, but the Funky Forest Tarp will swallow it whole.
Hi, I think you missed out Tenth Wonder Hammocks (twhammocks.co.uk) from the UK! I’ve got a hornet hammock and a sargasso tarp from them – similar price and quality to DD.
Thanks! I just added them to my list.
Out of business or I could not get to their site list
Leigh Lo Under Quilts
Northwoods Hammock Company
Tree to Tree Trail Gear
White Mountain Hammocks
Thanks. I’ll get the list updated.
Another possible add would be Haiku Hammock Swings. ( http://www.e-hammockswings.com )
Thanks Ashley. This list is primarily for hammocks ideal for camping. I have specifically excluded rope-based hammocks, including woven Mayan and Brazilian hammocks because they are too heavy and bulky for camping and are not mildew resistant (certain models). I’m a huge fan of Mayan hammocks, however, but use and recommend them for indoor or limited backyard use. They are without doubt the most comfortable hammock, but the purpose of this list, I’m being somewhat selective.
hey, do you give a ranking of the best hammocks in general, and maybe a listing of best hammocks for backpacking? i’d be interested in hearing what you have to say
I’m working on a second edition of my book and I’ll have a better comparison list to show products side-by-side that may help in the selection process. I learned early on that the “best hammock” is a choice best left up to the user. Everyone has their own criteria on what “best” means. You might be interested in my a la carte hammock post where I explain some of these criteria and how they help you refine your decision process.
Yeah that makes sense.
I’ll check out the post you reference.
On another note,
I’ve been using your app on the last 4 hammock hangs I did, but I wasn’t able to get it right (my own fault I’m sure) …really looking forward to figuring it out sometime soon
Rishi, let me know what questions you have about the app.
My company makes ripstop nylon hammocks (http://www.etsy.com/shop/MichiganGearHammocks)
Fantastic, thanks. Added.
I am using a hennessey hammock for the past 3 years. They are great and very comfortable to sleep in. I use the oversized fly to provide me protection and a nice porch roof when it is rainimg or a large shady spot to relax.
Hey Derek! For those looking to do DIY hammocks/tarps/quilt, feel free to check out http://www.ripstopbytheroll.com. I started the site specifically to cater to the DIY guy/gal by offering DIY fabric at wholesale prices without having to buy in bulk. Looking forward to the second edition of the book.
Great addition. I’ve updated my list, thanks.
Maybe Lesovik Duch (Ghost)- interesting hammock from Poland?
This page is great, although I do not speak perfect English.
Do you know this producer? http://www.ddhammocks.com/
sincerely, Leslie from Hungary
Yes, DD Hammocks is a great company with great products. I just received a Jungle Hammock from them that I’ve been reviewing and I really like it. The other models are also highly praised.
Reassured! I also have a DD Frontline hammock and I really like him. I am inexperienced in this area so I was cold at first forest sleeping in the hammock I study a lot of useful things your site. Your book has been published by in Hungarian language?
Not yet! I haven’t done any translations yet, but it is a great idea that I will consider for the e-book.
Warbonnet hammocks. The best of the best!
Not listed: Infinity Outfitter, LLC Hammocks and suspension systems. Sioux Falls, SD.
Thanks. I just added them.
You ever have a look at http://www.harmonyhammocks.com? I see they have a decent FB site and product images, but was wondering if you’ve ever tried the product since it’s not in your vendor list.
Thanks! Yes, I’ve seen that site. I’ve added them to the list.
Any experience with Harmony Hammocks, before I commit to buying? I’ll have a look at Warbonnet as well.
I dot have any experience with them. I looked at their mayan hammocks, which are fairly expensive. I didn’t see a lot of camping hammocks. The Warbonnet brand is fantastic. Great hammocks.