Even here in Thailand, where you can buy a woven hammock along most any highway, I hadn’t seriously thought about picking one up. There’s the matter of finding a place, hanging it up, storing it, and otherwise taking care of it (some hammocks apparently can have mildew issues if you pack it while still wet). Enter the Parachute Expedition Hammock from HammockUniverse.com.
Disclaimer: I received this very hammock for reviewing purposes, and will be using it well beyond this review.
Getting setup requires the usual pair of trees (or anchor points), and the included straps make setting up a breeze. While I got myself up in about five minutes without needing much in the way of directions, the basics go like this:
1. Find a couple of trees (or anchor points) about 5-7 meters apart (more for bigger hammocks).
2. Position the strap’s loop where you want to hook in the hammock. Wrap the strap around the tree, then pull the metal ring through the loop and pull the strap tight.
3. Wrap the strap around the tree the opposite way, then put the metal ring through the loop. Attach the hammock’s S-hook to the metal ring. Repeat with the other strap.
If you prefer video to text, check it out on Youtube. Even if you don’t set it up the ‘right’ way, it’ll hold you.
The entire hammock comes out of this bag, save the straps. It stays attached to the side of the hammock, and is at a perfect place to hold your water bottle.
The bag and straps weigh a mere 1.2 pounds (about half a kilo), and take up less room than a rolled-up hoodie. Since the straps don’t go in the same bag, you could easily use the hammock as a pillow or something soft to cushion your camera.
Anyway, we’re all set up here and I’m ready to take a nap… If you’re in Chiang Mai, head towards Doi Suthep and pass Chiang Mai University to find a quiet little tree-filled park. Yes, reviewing this hammock was a really hard job…
It turns out the hammock not only capably handles me, but the 400 pound weight limit means it’ll hold my wife as well. The bed is 6 x 10 foot (2 x 3.3 meters), nearly twice the size of a king-sized bed. Either side of my green hammock sports a beige fringe, which is perhaps a warning you’re getting close to the edge. To me, it was an opportunity to wrap myself up like a burrito.
My only quibble: I forgot a pillow.
Eventually, this hard job came to an end – there’s coffee to drink and stuff to write. In the span in five minutes I was packed up – hammock back in its own bag, straps in theirs – and on my way. A quick protip: keep folding the ends towards the center so the bag doesn’t get lost in the hammock. It would’ve taken me three minutes if I had done that.
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