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Hammocks: Expectations vs. Reality

May 06, 2022 4 min read

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9 Common Myths About Hammocks - Debunked!

Did you know that sleeping in a hammock helps you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper? Hammocks are for more than relaxing on a camping trip. Setting up a hammock in your backyard is a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the relaxing, rocking motion!

While getting a hammock this summer might seem like a good idea, some myths about hammocks might deter you from making a purchase. There are rumours that hammocks are dangerous and even more expensive than a camping tent.

This guide will debunk some of the most common hammock myths. Purchase a new hammock with confidence to enjoy all of the benefits.

1. Hammocks Can Be Dangerous

One of the most common things people ask themselves before buying a hammock is, "are hammocks dangerous?" If you install your hammock correctly, there is no risk of you getting injured while on your hammock. Additionally, getting into the hammock the right way will cut down your chances of getting hurt.

Follow our tips on how to sit in a hammock safely:

  • Approach the hammock backwards
  • Spread the hammock's fabric and sit in the middle

Hammocks have been around for hundreds of years. People used to even sleep in hammocks high up in the trees. They were designed for people to lay in and won't tip you out.

 

2. Hammocks Are Easy to Carry

This hammock myth is true — hammocks are easy to carry. Hammocks are made from a lightweight material, such as rope or fabric. They don't have a lot of extra parts that add more weight.

Some hammocks even come with their own sack and weigh just over a pound. The sack allows you to easily carry your hammock and store it when it's not in use.

3. Hammocks Are Complicated to Set Up

There are some hammocks on the market that you can set up using a hammock stand. However, the bulk of hammocks available requires very few parts. You can get your hammock up in just a few minutes by attaching it to a tree with an S-hook or a carabiner.

You also don't need to know any special knots to secure your tent to a tree or pole. If you can tie your shoes, you have the skills necessary to hang a hammock.

4. Hammocks Are More Expensive Than Tents

Hammock camping is a popular alternative to tent camping. Not every hammock is sold with everything you need to ensure it's weather-proof for camping. While you can sleep in a hammock, there are a few things you need to ensure that your experience is stress-free:

  • Hammock
  • Tarp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad
  • Bug net
  • Rain fly

Hammocks tend to be less expensive than tents, and they're ideal for camping in fair-weather conditions. If you want to be prepared for all weather conditions, you'll need the additional items above, which could increase the cost. It all depends upon the quality of things that you choose to buy.

Sleeping in a hammock is typically best for one person as it's difficult to fit two people into one hammock. You'll need to have enough supplies for everyone who wants to hammock camp.

Read More: A Beginner's Guide To Hammock Camping

5. Hammocks Can Only Work for Small or Skinny People

Anybody can sleep and relax in a hammock. Some hammocks have a weight capacity of up to 800 pounds, making them an excellent option for multiple people to chill out. Don't feel discouraged if you want to purchase a hammock — they're designed to support everything.

 

6. Hammocks Can't Be Waterproof

Whether or not a hammock is waterproof depends upon the fabric it's made out of. Many nylon hammocks are designed to be mould and mildew-resistant.

The main reason they're not waterproof is that water would collect in a solid material hammock. You should look for hammocks that mention "quick-drying" or "water-resistant" in their description.

7. No Gear Storage

Many people assume that there's nowhere to store gear in a hammock. This myth is not valid. There are plenty of ways to add storage to your hammock. Some of our favourite ways include:

  • Underneath the hammock
  • Ridgeline organizer
  • Mesh pockets
  • Ridgeline Loft

8. You Can't Use the Hammock When It Rains or Snows

You can use your hammock in the snow or rain, so long as you're prepared. Opt for a hammock that's made from nylon that's quick-drying. You'll also want to add a mosquito net to keep moisture and critters away.

Secure your hammock with additional straps, so it doesn't blow around in the wind. You'll also want to add a tarp or waterproof rainfly. The rainfly will help keep you dry and warm.

You should also bring the following items to ensure you stay toasty and comfortable:

  • Underquilt to insulate under your body
  • Top quilt Sleeping bag pod
  • Sleeping pads
  • Pillow
Read More: How To Use A Hammock In The Winter

 

9. Hammocks Offer No Bug Protection

Some people assume they'll be exposed to the elements if they sleep overnight in a hammock. Some hammocks on the market sell mosquito nets separately or have a built-in one. You can quickly enter and exit your hammock through the zipper on one side.

A hammock mosquito net will give you 360° of protection from mosquitos and other pests. The mosquito net will also prevent bugs from landing on your hammock's outer layer. This decreases the likelihood that insects can bite you through the fabric.

You should also set up your hammock in an air that wouldn't attack mosquitos. Mosquitos tend to hang out around water sources. Set up your hammock as far from nearby water sources as you can.

Read More: Tips For Hammocking Like A Pro

The Takeaway

The benefits of hammocks are countless, from achieving the ideal sleeping position to having a nice spot to read a book. Don't let common misconceptions about hammocks deter you from making a purchase. There are many types of hammocks to choose from to fit your needs.

Ready to take your camping and outdoor experiences to the next level? Browse our selection of hammocks today.