Apriller Parachute Nylon Hammock
The Apriller Parachute Nylon Hammock is an open, recreational hammock made from crinkle taffeta fabric, common with many brands in the market today. The hammock is constructed with three panels of fabric, the two “wings” in the side use an alternate color for contrast and variability. All the stitches are triple-stitched with a straight lockstitch. The end channels are reinforced with bartack stitching.
The hammock comes with a supply of nautical rope that is used to cinch up the ends. A common steel carabiner is tied to each rope to create an attachment point on each end.
Most impressive with this hammock is that it comes with a set of daisy chain webbing straps. The straps are probably the best feature of this hammock. The straps are comparabile with the ENO Atlas strap and use a seatbelt-style weaving with a colored tracer.
The fabric feels a little lighter than regular crinkle taffeta (parachute) nylon hammocks and is most similar to what I’ve found on the Byer of Maine hammocks.
The manufacturer claims the hammock “fits a small baby up to Shaquille O’neal” and states its size at 120 × 72 in (305 × 183 cm). Regrettably, the hammock is much smaller: 106 × 56 in (269 × 142 cm). Even at the claimed size, the Shaq would have to fold in half to fit. I was disappointed that it was a small as it was.
Overall Impressions and Updates
At only 106 in (269 cm) long, the Apriller hammock is a bit shorter than the average, but is comparable to an ENO Single. When I first tried laying in the hammock, I nearly slipped out, misjudging the width and length to be bigger. As a result, the hammock is lighter, which is desirable in some cases. I would say this hammock is good for anyone 5’8″ (172 cm) and shorter.
If you’ve read any of my reviews on parachute nylon hammocks, you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of the three-panel design. The reason is that the stitching on the panels stiffens the fabric and prevents a natural stretch along the seam. This can make the seam uncomfortable to lay across. The Apriller is no exception.
However, for folks looking for an inexpensive hammock for lounging at a park or at school, this is a great option. The best feature is that this hammock comes with an excellent strap set. For the price, this is an amazing deal.
Recommendations and Review
|Suspension and Anchor System (?)||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Most hammocks on the market, especially the name brands, sell hammocks without an adequate suspension system, requiring you to buy it separately. This hammock comes with an excellent strap set that is ideal for new hangers. I highly recommend it.|
|Construction and Craftsmanship (?)||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The hammock is common. There is nothing that really stands out above other brands. The seams are solid and there were a few loose strands. It’s a mass-produced hammock without any real distinguishing features, besides being a little shorter than claimed.|
|Modularity (?)||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Open hammocks are the backbone of any modular hammock system.|
|Aesthetics (?)||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||There weren’t a lot of color combinations available, but the blue/grey is fairly neutral.|
|Price and Value (?)||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The price is amazing for just the hammock, but to get a hammock and a set of high-quality straps is just unheard of. This package is a deal that I hope lasts.|
- Manufacturer: Apriller, made in China
- MSRP: US$49.99, includes webbing straps and steel S-hook or carabiner.
- Parachute nylon fabric with triple-stitched seams
- Attached stuff sack
- 15 adjustment points on the straps
- Double Hammock: 106 × 56 in (269 × 142 cm)
- Webbing Straps: 117.5 × 1 in (298.5 × 2.5 cm)
- Listed Weight Capacity: 600 lbs (113 kg)
- Straps: 11 oz (302 g)
- Hammock with rope and carabiners: 21 oz (587 g)
- Hammock alone: 13 oz (370 g)
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.
Kudos to Apriller for bundling a functional set of straps with the hammock. I hope more vendors do this – I’m very tired of instructing people not to put rope on bark (or worse, put hardware into a tree!)