When buying a hammock there are lots of other factors to consider such as durability, strength, and breathability – which is a large part of the reason that Trek Light Gear’s design is as popular as it is. The parachute nylon hammock material is both breathable and durable (as well as anti-rot/mildew, quick dry, ultralight and it holds up to 400lbs but you can read all about that ) and the silky smooth material is so comfortable on your skin it makes the rope hammock seem like an ancient torture device. I did my best to focus this article more on what you should avoid rather than just telling you what makes a hammock like Trek Light Gear’s rock as hard as it does – fortunately I just can’t say it any better than this picture:
Hammock fabric options abound. This is despite the fact that there are now more modern hammock materials available. What choices are there when it comes to fabric hammocks? Which options are the best?
|Ships Within||1 to 3 Business Days|
|Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
|Hammock Size||2 People|
|Hanging Hardware Included||Yes|
|Weight Capacity||450 lbs.|
|Width||4 ft. 7 in.|
Whichever style hammock you choose, I hope you’ve learned some more important details about what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to choosing a hammock. If you’ve experienced the Human Waffle Effect in the past or had a bad hammock experience because of poor construction or hammock materials, share your story with us in the comments. Or just let me know if you’re enjoying this series and learning anything new!
The most important consideration for hammock material is strength. As long as it's strong enough, everything else is just details. Some folks who don't weigh much (like my kids) can get away with 1.1 oz material, but most people with homemade hammocks recommend at least 1.9 oz ripstop nylon for the main body. Some 1.1 oz materials can be suitable for the main body...just make sure you know that material's characteristics so it's strong enough. If you're getting material from the Walmart $1/yd bin, I'd stick with 1.9 oz ripstop. But really, any material that's strong enough will work, and Walmart often has a few kinds of non-ripstop material that would be suitable for a homemade hammock. Many of them are heavier than the ripstop nylon, so weight may be a consideration.