OneTigris is a new company from China that came out swinging with a full assortment of budget hammock gear, including a modular jungle hammock and synthetic under quilts. I’ve had a chance to review the KOMPOUND Hammock and matching Night Protector Under Quilt for several weeks.
The hammock is small, roughly 9 x 4.2 feet, which is a little smaller, but around the same size as first-gen Hennessy Hammocks. It has a built-in, one-sided zippered bug net, mid-point tie-outs, and continuous loops on each end for suspension. The hammock comes standard with 1-inch x 10 ft daisy chain webbing straps and complementary carabiners. Lightweight zipper pulls with high-visibility cord pulls, adjustable ridgeline, and matching stitching complete the package.
The features that really stood out to me are the stuff sack and top cover. The stuff sack is not attached to the hammock and is designed to double as a ridgeline organizer. This is one of my favorite ideas that I now want on all my hammocks. Clips along the Ridgeline allow me to hang the organizer and move it along and lock it in place. Mesh pockets are big enough for a large smartphone, flashlight, and other nicknacks, while opposite is a longer zipper pocket for larger items.
The top cover is a brilliant idea. Really, I want this on a few other hammocks. Unlike most modular hammocks that require you to replace or cover a bug net with a fabric cover, the OneTigris design is a smaller fabric sheet that zips between the hammock and bug net inside to create a sort of membrane cross-section. This cover can zip down and stow in a pocket on the foot end and has clips down the middle that can lift the cover to the ridgeline for additional air flow if needed.
Besides being a tad small, I wish the top cover were a little wider so I could lay more diagonally in the hammock and maximize the space.
Overall, the hammock is well-built — above the standard mass-produced hammocks from China. The stitching is clean and straight with reinforcements in all the right places. They even use lightweight zipper pulls. I just wish it were a bit bigger.
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.
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I agree, there are plenty of American companies making quality Hammocks here in the US. We have enough Chinese jun. My Warbonnet made it thru a 5 month AT Thru Hike. I doubt this knock off crap would last more than a month.
This reply is a bit long, but please do not take this personally. I want to clarify this point for other readers who may not understand the scope of this argument.
I really enjoy my USA-made gear, and many of the US-based cottage vendors have really been the catalyst for some of the best stuff out there for hammock camping. However, I think it is important to be honest about the outdoor industry — even for USA companies and hammock gear. Several years ago, Brandon at Warbonnet was exploring moving production overseas. It wasn’t just the lower labor costs, but the reality of supply and demand and finding enough sewing operators locally. He received a huge backlash. But even in that moment, he admitted — as did many hammock cottage vendors — that having something “purely” made in the USA is nearly impossible because most of the raw goods (fabrics, thread, accessories) are imported. Many “made in the USA” are walking a thin line (for context, check Ripstop-by-the-Roll’s catalog of ‘made-in-the-USA’ fabrics; it’s small. Many cottage vendors buy wholesale from RBTR).
It would be more accurate to say “assembled in the USA”.
I don’t mean to start or flame an argument here, but rather to quell grandstanding. I have reviewed a TON of hammocks and there are only a handful that actually produce their own fabric AND assemble them in the USA. Ironically, most of those companies are out of business, lasting only a few years. The hammocks tended to be too expensive both to produce and to sell.
The appeal for “cheap” labor in non-unionized countries is high, especially when margins are are so tight.
Now, to your argument about whether a Warbonnet or an overseas-made hammock would survive a 5-month AT thru hike? Have you heard of Hennessy? That’s a bit tongue in cheek. Hennessy made their mark on the AT and are one of the most popular brands for thru hikers (if you want proof, spend a weekend during Trail Days in Damascus and see those hammocks fly off the shelf compared to all the cottage vendors there). Hennessy (among other notable high-end hammocks) is made in China. Hennessy is arguably one of the most robust and well-made hammocks out there. _Any_ cheaply-made hammock will suffer from abuse — USA-made included, but I have seen some very well-made overseas hammock gear that has lasted years of abuse. I also have tested USA-made / assembled gear that was just crap: poor stitching, bad design, cheaply made. The USA doesn’t have a monopoly on quality.
What about hammocks made in the UK? Germany? One of my all-time favorite jungle hammocks comes from UK Hammocks. Where a hammock is made tends to feel more like Xenophobia than a true argument about quality or durability. Let’s call it what it is.
I think sometimes we rush to judgement on something based on a non-sequitur argument. Just because a hammock is made in another country outside the USA doesn’t mean it’s of poor quality or durability. When I do my reviews, I try to keep my pride in check and just evaluate on real-world experience, not assumptions. I hope my readers value that.
Love it !!!
Well put, Derek, thanks. I would even go one step further: I think it very important to promote high quality Chinese gear. This is the best bet to counter their cheap low quality production.
Being Swiss I love my Swiss-made hammocktent, I adore my US kayak paddle and I use a fantastic Chinese headlamp. I think that’s just as it should be. Let’s be intelligent, not nationalist.
I really like your review. Unbiased and fact based. I was wondering if you have an opinion on the durability of hummingbird hammocks. I’m upgrading from a Amazon $20 hammock with net to an UL hammock for section hikes of the AT we do every year. We typically do a 4-5 day and I use for weekend campouts too. Any thoughts on durability?
I love the Hummingbird Hammock. They have great hammocks. By “durability” I would say it is fine; it will last you many years. But any UL hammock I am much more careful about keeping it off the ground to avoid punctures and scrapes.
exceptional reply. thank you very much, and agreed on all points.
Surprised you are promoting off shore hammocks when there are very high quality, cottage manufacturers here in the USA.
All, please shop HammockForums.com
Nuff said …
Please see my other reply about the non-sequitur argument about USA=quality, non-USA=crap.
I’m a photographer who has been living in Japan for nearly thirty years and probably going to start hiking here soon. Want to get some pictures of the mountains. This might be the very thing I need for some overnight trips I have planned. Good review!
Thanks so much!
Thanks, Derek…Great review!
I so totally hate the hammock shaming happening on the forums and FB groups right now. Absolutely, promote the cottage vendors, but understand that many people are not going to chunk down $200-300 dollars on a basic hammock setup; they just want to go outside and have fun. ANYTHYING that gets people hooked on hammocking is a good thing, and the budget-minded deserve the same high-quality reviews as the big money spenders.
Thanks Kris! I agree. I try to be fair to both sides.
I have just started shopping for a hammock for camping in black fly and mosquito infested Northern Ontario. I saw this hammock and it was in my price range. This review helps me as I work toward making a decision.
I’m glad it helped!
Any comments on the underquilt?
Me and my girlfriend are shopping for our first hammocks for a backpacking trip (1 or 2 nights) this summer, and this looks pretty good without breaking the bank.
The other option is henessy hammock with their “supershelter” system (undercover + pad). However thats almost 3 times the price of the onetigris hammock + quilt. Henessy does come with a rainfly however.
If you’re just starting, the OneTigris is a great option. Also check out OneWind.
Hey Derek, just to let you know that this hammock + onetigris UQ worked really well for our first backpacking trip! Bought the double sized onetigris UQ (roomier for asym lay), temps dipped to 50f and I was toasty warm.
Only complaint is indeed the smaller size. What I found is that its possible to get comfortable, but the comfort really depends on the suspension angle. Anything too “tight” and it will make it hard to get a good diagonal going. When trying the setup at home (parks, etc) I was very comfortable (30 degree angle), really no problem. Could sleep in this for hours. However out in the woods I only had trees that were wayyy furter apart than what I really wanted. Even putting the suspension as high as I could, I had to adjust the suspension (whoopie slings) to be pretty tight (or else the bottom of the hammock would touch the ground). That made everything less comfortable. Not sure that’s really the fault of the hammock or operator error…
Will probably want to upgrade later, but still really happy that this hammock got me out in the woods for cheap. Thanks!
Thank you for the review.
I am considerung to get this as my first “overnighter” hammock, but I am concerned about the size of the hammock.
I am 6ft(182cm) and 195 pound (87kg) – would you think it is too small for me?
I think it would be too small. The zip-in also constricts the way you can lay as does the ridgeline, so in all accounts, I would skip this hammock for your height.
Any specific thoughts on the under quilt? I’m looking for something to add to a Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro.
They will work fine and are budget friendly. Other options are Arrowhead Equipment and OneWind.
Americans belittling Chinese-made products is incredibly stupid. A Chinese factory will make any product at ANY specified quality. A cheap, crappy hammock (or any other item) is cheap and crappy BY DESIGN. Because the company (often, the US-based) specified that they wanted the cheapest options for greatest profit… which means the cheapest materials and assembly (number of stitches, bolts, etc).
Americans’ hunger for having the cheapest possible products created the very demand and manufacturing of the products that Americans now love to complain about.
You want quality product? Pay for it.
And because of lower labor costs, access to raw goods and manufacturing experience, I guarantee that I would get a better product for my $100 in a Chinese factory than anywhere in the U.S.