Sweet Gear: Bug-Proof, Waterproof Hammock
Whether you want to curl up with a book in the park or sleep off the ground during a camping trip, a hammock can be a great option for outdoor excursions.
Lawson’s Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is a good choice for anyone looking for an all-purpose design. The $140 price tag may sound steep, but that’s because you’re purchasing a tent and hammock in one. The product includes a no-see-um net canopy (also good for keeping away mosquitos), interior storage pockets and even an O-ring in the ceiling for hanging a light.
For this reason, set up takes more time your average hammock. While the directions are simple, make sure you give yourself about 15 minutes of daylight for your first assembly. This would not be a fun product to try to put together in your campsite after dark.
Here’s a list of everything you’ll find in the box:
- Large no-see-um net canopy
- Hammock body made of ripstop nylon pack cloth
- Waterproof nylon rain tarp
- Strong aluminum-alloy poles and shock corded aluminum archpoles for the canopy
- Double coil nylon zipper
- Nylon rope
- Brass-plated grommets reinforced with nylon webbing
- Stuff sack
Along with these items, you’ll also need to purchase your own webbing or hammock straps to attach the product to trees or poles.
One important thing to note is that the stretch bars designed to keep the hammock flat create a more rigid surface than a regular design. While this allows you to put a sleeping pad in the bottom for extra comfort and warmth, it also makes the fabric less moldable to your body and therefore the hammock is easier to flip over. If you’re lounging, this is easy to manage. However, if you plan on sleeping in the Blue Ridge, you should invest in additional ropes or bungee cords, as well as tent stakes. This way, you can secure the hammock to the ground via its four sides, making sure it stands up to tossing and turning, as well as high winds and rainstorms.
At 4.25 pounds, the Blue Ridge is heavier than the two- or three-pound solo tents you would otherwise take camping, but it will keep you off the ground and therefore potentially drier in wet conditions. The hammock is 90 inches long, 36 inches wide and can hold up to 250 pounds.
To find out more about the product, visit Lawson’s website.