Hammocks are lightweight, easy to set up, cheaper than most tents. They suspend you safely above the ground walked by scorpions, tarantulas, snakes and Gila monsters. They range from ingeniously designed to quality minimalistic. It got me thinking. They make a damn good stocking stuffer for someone on your Christmas-gift list.
Have a look:
Tribe Adventure Hammock ($35): Nicely priced without the excessive frills that drive up cost and weight. It’s the Motel 6 of hammocks! Pay close attention to the weight. It’s a svelte 1lb, 2oz (without the cord). This means it can pack down tiny and light into its own stuff sack to fit into your backpack. Tribe sells aftermarket treestraps and carabineers if you want some upgrades.
ENO SingleNest hammock ($59.95): The Hampton Inn of hammocks! I have two of these in my personal camp box. Total weight with the add-on straps is 1lb, 12 oz.
ENO DoubleNest Deluxe hammock ($69.95): Sleeping in a hammock slung from trees is relaxing. Sleeping in a double hammock slung from trees with your honey is euphoric. Total weight with the heavy-duty straps (recommended) is 3lbs, 8oz
Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid Shelter ($69.99): It’s a hammock with a built-in roof! A waterproof makeshift tent! Lean-to! This one looks cool because you get several options for 1lb, 3oz.
Kammock Roo Hammock ($99): Inspired by a kangaroo. Yah, I don’t see the resemblance either! Hardly the point, I’m sure. Maybe it has to do with the weight and the cost of ownership? You can kit it out with Python Straps ($29), Dragonfly insect net ($75), and a Glider ($230). The Roo, with the Python straps, weighs in at 2 lbs, 3 ounces.
Warbonnet Double-layer 1.7 Blackbird ($185): If the Four Seasons had an outdoor lodging option, this is what you’d sleep in. It has a built-in insect screen for a bug-free, star-gazing experience. Also has a built in shelf for your book, flashlight or water bottle. A “foot box” allows you to sleep flat instead of banana-style.
At 4lbs, 1oz it’s the heavy hitter in the lineup. You might need to secure someone’s Christmas stocking with a metal bolt.