PN Hammock Review
Another lightweight hammock to contend in the market, the PN Hammock boasts a higher weight capacity, yet packs small and includes webbing straps and carabiners.
- Manufacturer: PN Hammock, made in China
- MSRP: US$60 (hammock + straps + carabiners)
- Soft, high-strength, breathable ripstop nylon
- Triple-stitched polyester stitching
- Independent compression stuff sack
- Hammock: 108 × 55 in (274 × 140 cm)
- Straps: 2 × 72 in (5 × 183 cm)
- Capacity: 600 lbs (272 kg)
- Hammock: 9.2 oz (261 g)
- Straps: 9 oz (255 g) (two steel O-rings on each end)
- Carabiners: 4 oz (113 g)
HAMMOCK—The PN hammock is a single-panel, end-channel hammock. The fabric is ripstop nylon and the seams are triple stitched. The hammock uses 0.5 in (1.3 cm) wide webbing loops to gather the ends and create an attachment point. Depending on how you configure the loops, you can add an additional 8 in (20.3 cm) on each side of the hammock.
The hammock comes stuffed in a detached stuff sack that has a circular bottom.
WEBBING STRAPS—The straps are very similar to the Ox Straps I recently reviewed in that they use steel O-rings to aid in clipping the hardware. The PN Hammock webbing is wider at 2 in (5 cm) and uses a less-expensive material. Each strap has a steel O-ring attached at each end. It’s a curious design because the O-rings prevent you from threading the strap back through itself. This makes it more difficult to keep the straps snug to the tree and limits their adjustability.
CARABINERS—The carabiners have a black matte finish that looks great. However, the steel ‘biners are the common variety attached with so many hammocks as an inexpensive clip. My biggest complaint with them is that they snag easily on the hardware “tooth.” The gate opening is also small.
Overall Impressions and Updates
I’ve tested most of the lightweight hammocks on the market and one thing common among them is thin nylon fabric that suffers from high stretch. The PN uses a slightly heavier fabric, and in the weeks that I’ve been testing it, I haven’t noticed any significant stretching. The hammock has remained comfortable and I haven’t noticed any stretch pocket forming that I slide into like in other lightweight hammocks.
While the PN is a little heavier than the front runners in the lightweight category, at 9.2 oz (261 g), it’s still a contender, especially for those looking for a less-expensive option. You can shave a few more grams off the hammock by swapping out lighter Amsteel continuous loops.
I love how small the hammock packs away. The stuff sack also adds some class that I wouldn’t expect for the price point. It is curious that the stuff sack isn’t sewn on the perimeter like most hammocks in this category, but it’s not too much of a big deal. I actually loop the stuff sack through one of the end loops on the hammock so it acts like an end sack when I pack it away.
For shorter, narrower hammocks, I tend to hang them with a shallower hang angle, which allows me to lay at a diagonal and maximize the fabric. The dimensions are actually appropriate—not too wide for its length.
I would rate this hammock comfortable for folks up to 6 ft (1.8 m).
I’m grateful that the hammock came with wide webbing straps and hanging hardware, but the design is somewhat difficult to use. For those looking to recycle the straps, you could dismantle them and remove the O-rings to make them more serviceable and lighter, or simply replace them with an upgraded set from another vendor.
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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.