Review – Chammock Lightweight Hammock Chair
Chammock – Lightweight Chair Hammock
The Chammock is a lightweight variation on the more common hammock chair. It lacks hardware components and foot rests you commonly see with single-point hammock chairs, but packs into a convenient pillow pocket. The chair is constructed with panels of fabric to provide an upright seat, and has slits on each side, placed where your arms can easily reach through.
The Chammock has an integrated stuff sack that uses a pillow pocket to pack up the chair.
Overall Impressions and Updates
The set I was provided included a complete hanging kit: chair, adjustable ridgeline, carabiners, and daisy-chain webbing straps. The webbing straps make set-up super easy and uncomplicated. The ridgeline has two points of adjustment that can narrow the width slightly on the chair.
The slits on the right and left sides are perfectly placed. When I first sat in the chair, I instinctively felt a cocooning effect and “discovered” the slits when I pushed my arms out. The design works very well.
My family used the chair on a few outings, where my kids took advantage of the quick set-up to create a cozy reading corner in the woods while we picnicked. I even set up the chair in my house, where I have multiple connection points in several rooms. Because of the deep sag on the hammock, the hang points have to be relatively higher to keep the sit point around 30 cm.
My only disappointment was that I couldn’t lean back as much as I wanted. The chair keeps you upright and there’s not a great deal of adjustment to provide a lounging, more relaxed chair. It would be nice if there were buckles or adjustment points along the back of the chair to accomplish this.
Recommendations and Review
Hammock chairs have been around for some time, but the extra weight and material makes them inconvenient for some trips. The Chammock is not only light, but packs down conveniently for any type of trip. This is a great camp gadget for base camping, car camping, hiking, or other day trips. For ultralight backpacking purists, this is an unnecessary luxury item, especially if you’re already packing a lightweight hammock that can double as your chair. There’s almost enough fabric here to be a complete hammock, which makes me think that if the strap + ridgeline system were modular, you could very nearly convert a regular hammock into a slack chair…hmm….
When comparing this chair to others on the market, I felt the price was high, especially for the simple design. There is nothing notable about the fabric or components that would demand the premium price.
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The included strap set and carabiners are perfectly matched for this hammock.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Has very nice fit and finish with hemmed edges and reinforcements in all the right places.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Aside from some minor adjustment to the ridgeline, there isn’t much else you can do with the chair.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Available in a multiple color options.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Compared with other hammock chairs that retail on average for $50, this sparsly accessorized chair seems high. The ENO Lounger Hanging Chair (MSRP $120) is an example of the high-end, but it also comes with a lot more hardware, foot rest, cup holder, etc. Included daisy chain straps. Imported. Update 8/16: Chammock confirmed with me|
- Manufacturer: Chammock, made in China
- Kit MSRP: $115
- Lightweight, packable hammock chair
- Kit comes complete with adjustable ridgeline, strap set, and carabiners
- Convenient side pillow-pocket stuff sack
- Hammock/Chair: N66 Rip-stop nylon – 45 × 68 in (115 × 172 cm)
- Stuff Sack: 7 × 6 in (18 × 15 cm)
- Adjustment Strap: 40 in (100 cm)
- Capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Kit Weight: 17.1 oz (485 g) (includes hammock, carabiners, and webbing straps)
- Aluminum wiregate carabiners: 10 kN – 1000 kg – 2050 lbs
- Straps: (1 × 90 in (2.5 × 230 cm) polyester, daisy-chain with 12 loops
- Hammock: 9 oz (250 g)
- Straps: 7.5 oz (215 g)
- Carabiners: 0.6 oz (18 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.