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October 05, 2020
Blog written by Wise Owl Outfitters.
You may think hammocks are just a piece of fabric tied between two cartoonish palm trees. Well, listen up: YOU’RE WRONG. They’re so much more than that. There are big hammocks. Small hammocks. Summer hammocks. Fall hammocks. I’ll stop there at the risk of sounding like Dr. Suess, but you get the idea.
With all of the options out there, picking the best types of hammocks out there is more difficult than one might think. Looking for an indoor hammock? Try a hammock chair. What about one for the kids? Are you camping? If so, you’ll need a camping hammock.
See what I mean? How are we supposed to figure this all out on our own? Worry not, because we here at Wise Owl have figured it out for you!
This blog is going to give you the ins and outs of hammock buying - the correct type for the activity you’re doing, what size would be best for you, what fabrics to look out for, and the accessories (hammock straps, underquilts, covers, etc.) you’ll need for a top tier hammock experience...the whole thing!
Let’s sit back, relax, and start rocking, shall we?
With unlimited choices comes unlimited confusion - and hammock sizing can be the most confusing of all. If you get a hammock that’s too long or your space, your butt will hit the floor. If it’s too short, it won’t give you enough room to lay in comfortably. Here are the steps to take to figure out what size you’ll need for your hanging hammock:
Yes, and the limit depends on the types of hammocks you have. Most hammocks can hold about 300 lbs, give or take. Hammock chairs tend to have slightly smaller limits, and generally can hold about 250 lbs.
Wise Owl hammocks, on the other hand, have much higher weight limit averages! All of these camping hammocks can hold up to 500 lbs without any tearing, stretching, or breaking.
Wise Owl hammock chairs can hold up to 400 lbs easily, almost twice as much as its competitors - and at only 5.5 lbs, nonetheless!
Now that we’ve gone through size and weight, let’s get to business. What are the most important things to think about when choosing a hammock?
What you need for outdoor hammocks: Nylon. Most types of hammocks are made of nylon, as it’s hard to break, easy to carry, and are great against harsh weather. Wise Owl hammocks are made from 210T Parachute nylon, making them ideal for travel and outdoor adventure.
What you need for indoor hammocks: Cloth. Indoor hammocks need to be comfortable more than anything, which is why getting one with cloth or woven fabric is a must! Most hammock chairs (including ours) are made of soft-yet-durable cloth.
Here’s an important question: Will you be traveling with your hammock, or is it stationary? This should help you figure out how heavy your hammock can be. Backpacking hammocks are almost always extremely light, so as to make hiking with them easier. Camping, patio, and hangout hammocks tend to be a little heavier, as they rely more on durability and comfort.
Time for the meat of the blog! What type of hammock is right for you? Well, as we’ve (kind of) hashed out, it depends on what you plan to do with it. We’ve laid out a handy guide here:
Now that you’ve picked out the type of hammock that’ll suit your hanging needs, let’s get to the specifics. What kind of accessories will you need? Well, this depends again on where you’re putting your hammock:
Hopefully by now, you’ve selected the hammock of your dreams (and corresponding accessories)! If not, no worries - we can only hope this blog has at least helped you to be more informed on the countless types of hammocks there are in this wide world. If you’re curious or want to shop around a little more, why not check out our website?
Hope this helps!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor
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