Hammock Bliss Travel Hammock ReviewBy Admin | Permalink | 1 comment | October 20th, 2006
Hammock Bliss, based in sunny Tucson, AZ, recently sent us their portable jungle hammock along with a sleep sack for review. For our review, we wanted to test the jungle hammock in a not-so-ordinary environment to make sure it performs, so we included it with our recent trip to windy, rainy Seaside, OR.
The quick & dirty:
Where you can get one:
Why it rocks:
Light Weight – only 16oz Long Length Comes with Knot Instructions Enough Material to Cocoon Attached Pouch for Storage Priced Reasonably
Why it bites:
Umm, we’re not sure.
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9.5 out of 10
Long Winded Version:
Let’s just get this out of the way: This isn’t going to lay flat and wide like one of those Frontgate hammocks that costs about $400 with a stand – so if you’re looking for a hammock to put on your back deck, go find something else.
In our preview, we did the 340lb test, to make sure this hammock will support a big ol’ boy, or you and your honey if you’re able to squeeze in but we recommend getting the double if that’s what you want. Strength – check. Make sure your knots are tight…
Speaking of knots, one of the neat features I love, is that the product came with instructions on how to tie a hammock knot to save you some embarrassment and putting your bootie on the ground. I promptly gave up trying to learn, and went with my favorite. The farmer knot, which worked fine.
Hanging the hammock from a stop sign and a tree got us a bit of curious looks from drivers, but it just wasn’t the right spot to test it. What’s better than to find some nasty weather and really give it a go – Sun? Bah! After climbing in, I found that there was plenty of material to cocoon myself in the hammock, and using it’s own material as a rain-shed. That with the cover of the trees, kept me nice and dry.
From the picture (above) it does kind of look like my butt is touching the ground or tree, but I’m actually suspended over a little mini-cliff, putting my life in the hands of Hammock Bliss, and, of course my farmer knots. That was the scary part. Once I’m in, I was wonderfully relaxed and covered from the rain, just watching the waves crash in somewhere south of Cannon Beach, OR.
With our couple days of testing, both in the city and in the “wild” I have to say this hammock has surpassed my expectations. I didn’t think we’d get 340lbs on it without at least tearing the seams around the rope holes, or that it would repel any water. After extended time in the rain, it does start to soak through some, but that’s to be expected. And the travel pouch works well for folding it back up, even for someone like me who takes about 2 seconds of brainpower to try and do it logically before I just stuff it back in.
Honestly, I can’t think of anything wrong with it. And trust me – I’ve tried!
If you’re in the market for a light, portable jungle hammock, this one’s a gem. And the price is completely in line with others I’ve seen.