Dd Hammocks Camping Hammock
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This hammock by DD Hammocks is one of the best you can find at this price. It served me well for many camping trips with my local scout group and makes a nice change to sleeping on the floor on sometimes uneven and lumpy campsites.
The DD Camping Hammock is ideally suited for people who want start exploring the options that hammock camping provides, without spending a fortune.
It comes with:
- 2 zippers (on 1 zip) for easy entry/ exit
- Two layer design that allows cocoon-like sleeping
- You can lie out in the open (on top of both layers) with the option to put a thermarest/ camping mat between the layers as insulation
- Comes with 10m of webbing/ rope attached ready to hang
- Stuff Sack (size when packed approx 30cm x 10cm)
The 2 zippers (on 1 zip) might sound like a gimmick but it does make life much easier when entering and exiting the hammock. Its much harder to touch your toes whilst in your sleeping bag and swinging in a hammock than you may think.
The two layer design comes into its own when camping in colder conditions. Having the option of adding a roll mat under you at night greatly increases the warmth and comfort of the hammock.
10 meters of webbing is more than enough for 99% of situations where you will want to hang your hammock. If you are new to hammock camping, I would not recommend rushing to buy the Whoopie Suspension System straight away. It is a luxury item and is not essential (I have used both and they both work well). Add it on at a later date if you feel you will benefit from it.
The stuff sack is what makes this hammock the ultimate camping setup for 99% of people. At only 30x10cm when packed, this hammock can fit in most combat trouser pockets (leg pocket). This option has allowed me to take this out when hiking, find a nice quiet spot by the river and set up the hammock. The hammock makes an excellent seat or you can have a lay down for a power hour if you are going for longer walks. This hammock allows you to escape the limits of traditional tent camping.
The only issue I found with this hammock is when zipped up inside the hammock, it can be slightly claustraphobic as the top layer has no support and does hang in your face. It also has a habit of gathering condensation on the inside during the night. These points are only minor and can easily be resolved with the use of tarp clips (cheap on amazon) to hold the top layer up during the night.
Overall, I would truely recommend this hammock to anyone looking to start hammock camping. Its an affordable way to start seeing camping in a whole new light. CAUTION: Hammock Camping is very enjoyable and can get quite expensive once you are addicted... There are as many optional extras for hammocks as there trees to hang them from.
Really robust and great quality. The hanging strings are a bit DayGlow for my liking, but apart from that it's spot on. It is basically one sheet of rip-stop lightweight nylon, folded in half and zipped. This means you can put a thin air mattress in the fold and zip it up, which makes a great insulator. It does need to be the thin variety of inflatable ones though so it can shape itself to the hammock once hung. Top tip: put the inflatable mattress in first before trying to hang it!! Alternately you can use blankets, or - my favourite - a nice thick sheepskin (Ikea do some great big ones for £50) assuming you don't need to hike it 20 miles to your camp! If it's dry, you could consider stuffing the gap with dried leaves or ferns, not tried it yet, but I plan to. Make sure they're absolutely dry though otherwise the moisture will wick through to your sleeping bag in the night.
The hanging chord is thick and long, so you can pick trees from between 3 and 6 metres apart.
Use tree huggers (DD do some excellent ones, best I've come across), and always use a hitch with a loop when hanging, you'll never get a know undone again if you use a simple overhand!
In any weather where the overnight temperature drops below 12 degrees you'll need some sort of thermal protection beneath you: a sleeping bag looses it's 'loft' when you sleep on it, so crushing out the trapped air, which means you loose heat from underneath you. If your not going to stuff yours with a mattress or blankets, consider the DD under blanket, 2which works very well.
Update: I have now added a Frontline hammock to my collection as I am very happy with their products.
There is a video on the product page at DD that shows how to wrap this around a tree and its so simple. It "stuff packs" (i.e. fist meets bag) back down to roughly the same size and shape.
There customer service is fricking amazing as well....i asked a question about stopping me getting wet, thinking there would be some daft product i could buy....they pointed me to a youtube video for using a 'drip-stop'. It works...so simple and just some spare para cord.
I've slept out in this on 3 or 4 separate nights up to now and even though I never sleep on my back in a bed I was fine sleeping on my back in this. (although sleeping on my side is possible in this hammock)
I'm 6'1" and 100kg/nearly 16 stone and had zero problems with the length or weight support of this product.
Arrived really quickly and the I ordered the order a few times and cancelled due to my son confusing things the people here cancelled the order brilliantly.