Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Single, Double Review
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock – Single, Double
The last in a series of gear reviews from Therm-a-Rest, including the Slacker Suspenders and Slacker Bug Shelter, are the production models of the Slacker Hammock Single and Double.
- Manufacturer: Therm-a-Rest, Made in the USA
- MSRP Single: US$69.95
- MSRP Double: US$79.95
- Single Weight: 14.4 oz (409 g)
- Double Weight: 17.4 oz (494 g)
- Single Width: 63 in (160 cm)
- Double Width: 74 in (188 cm)
- Single Length: 116 in (295 cm)
- Double Length: 116 in (295 cm)
- Hardware: climb-rated carabiners (1.1 oz/33 g each)
- Material: low-stretch, fast drying diamond ripstop polyester
- Recommended load (either Single or Double): 400 lbs (181 kg)
I did a review of the Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock single when it was still in pre-production. The model I received is very similar in material and construction, with a few cosmetic differences so I recommend checking out my original review for the details.
The major difference between the pre-production prototype I have and these production models is that the hammocks are slightly shorter. Minor cosmetic differences include a higher-end webbing loop on the ends of the hammock, a new snap enclosure to hold the stuff sack closed, and the introduction of tribal patterns on the fabric edges.
Recommendations and Review
I was a little disappointed in finding out the hammocks were a little shorter because I was so impressed with the build of the original. Still, the hammock itself remains one of the most comfortable gathered-end hammocks I’ve tested. This is due in large part because the hammock is made from a single panel of fabric, unlike most “parachute nylon” hammocks on the market that use three panels of fabric. Because of the single panel, you can take advantage of the entire area of the fabric without restriction from seams. The polyester fabric also has a very nice hand—an almost cotton or taslan feel.
The ends of the hammock are gathered with a continuous loop that doesn’t cinch the hammock like other methods. This allows the hammock to shift slightly, opening the sides a little when laying diagonally, instead of both sides being too taut. It’s a simple yet clever approach that I like.
I can get a very nice, diagonal, flat lay in this hammock and I really prefer it to most other gathered-end hammocks I own, especially those designed for outdoor and camping use.
Suspension and Anchor System
The hammocks come with a very good illustration showing the basics of a hang.
Price and Value
The Slacker Hammock Single is larger or the same size as most “double” hammocks on the market. To be honest, the dimensions on the Slacker Single are solid and I really can’t see any reason for purchasing the Slacker Double. I think the value is spot on, especially with the Made in the USA tag, higher-end materials and components, and backed by the Therm-a-Rest brand.
What’s also really great about the Slacker Single is that at 14.4 oz (409 g) it weighs less than most double hammocks, even though it matches or beats the competition’s dimensions.
These hammocks are ideal for every kind of recreational hammock use, including modular hammock camping, backyard lounging, and indoor hanging. It’s great for beginners, but also for veterans who may be looking for a comfortable workhorse hammock.
Recently, Therm-a-Rest has come out with multiple color options that broadens the appeal for some. I also like the subtle tribal patterns that appear on the fabric. The fabric itself is very comfortable, not only in the hand, but while sleeping. It’s a good combination of form and function.
Construction and Craftsmanship
Therm-a-Rest is known for high-quality sleep gear, and the Slacker Hammock is no exception. You can expect superior build quality (made in the USA); straight, even stitching; and solid construction.
As I mentioned before, the Slacker Hammock is one of the most comfortable gathered-end hammocks I’ve tested, and I’ve tested a bunch. The combination of the diamond ripstop polyester fabric, single panel design, and gathered loop style all contribute to a nice lay. The fabric breathes well, yet feels more substantial than you might expect. Being polyester, it doesn’t stretch as much as nylon, giving a firmer feel, but it isn’t as firm as a straight polyester fabric. It has a very comfortable, but minor stretch.
There aren’t many open, gathered-end hammocks made with a single panel, but there are plenty who want to join this overly-crowded space. I don’t have enough room to list them all, but here are a few of the major players:
- Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO)
- Grand Trunk Goods
- Trek Light Gear
- Hammock Bliss
- Yukon Outfitters (also made in the USA)
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.