Peanut butter needs jelly. Batman needs Robin. Backpackers need hammocks. It’s science, really.
A hammock is one of the most useful things a backpacker (or any traveler) can have. Whether you want to hang out and relax, trade in your hostel bed for a hammock bed, or go on a camping trip, a lightweight portable hammock should be on every traveler’s packing list.
I know what you're thinking...Why in hell do I need a hammock? Will I really use one? What kind of hammock should I get?
Read on worthy adventurer to find out why you should always pack a hammock on your trips...
Below are the most widely used travel hammocks. We have broken down each type to help you decide which one is right for you:
Parachute nylon hammocks are generally the most highly recommended traveling hammock. They are lightweight, quick to set up (even for those who have never hung up a hammock before), durable, and give some stretch that makes them ideal for lounging/sleeping. Because of this, the parachute hammock is the best portable hammock for the majority of travelers.
Compact and made with very light materials, ultralight hammocks are ideal for quick trips. While they are less comfortable than the parachute hammock, they can get the job done and are (slightly) easier to travel with. An ultralight hammock is a great option for the bare bones minimalist backpacker as it won't weigh you down.
Jungle hammock, marine hammock, "Holy shit" hammock; whatever you want to call it, these hammocks are for the hardcore travelers. They are made with high-end materials to provide maximum protection during rugged backpacking adventures. Expedition hammocks usually come with accessories like a rainfly, extra guy-lines, and mosquito nets, and are more expensive than the other portable hammocks. Most likely, if this is your first time hearing about expedition hammocks, they’re not for you.
Okay, so these are more for aesthetics than practicality, and you definitely won’t be using a rope hammock when you’re traveling, but I wanted to cover all my bases! Not made for traveling, but fun to have around the house.
Parachute nylon hammocks. These are the best hammocks for an overall great hangout session. These portable hammocks are versatile – they are perfect for camping trips (big and comfortable) and the best two person hammock on the market for those looking to get a little snuggle session in. They are lightweight, pack small, and are great for bad weather, which is always a concern when traveling. Basically, these portable hammocks are a perfect compromise of all the hammock options on the market. And best of all, they are extremely affordable.
We’ve been working for a long time to make the perfect hammock for every kind of traveler, and we think we’ve finally achieved that with the Active Roots Camping Hammock.
This double hammock was made by adventurers, for adventurers (okay...and everybody else).
The Active Roots hammock is lightweight, portable, fits 2+ people and comes in a bunch of sexy color combinations. Our portable hammocks are equipped with the best quality gear, from strong EXW straps to tough nylon fabric, to help you feel safe and comfortable wherever you are. Set-up takes less than 2 minutes...when you’re done hanging just unhook it from the tree, stuff it into the attached pouch, and be on your way. Easy as pie!
*Side note: if you get 70 of ANY puppies together in a hammock we will give you a free hammock, but we need ALL of the pictures.*
As noted before, we love our straps. They are sturdier and last longer than standard hiking hammock straps to make sure you lounge worry-free all day and night. They also come with steel carabiners for extra support. Best of all, this is truly a portable hammock; it weighs less than 2 pounds and can easily be stuffed into your backpack.
It is also important to note just how damn easy it is to use a parachute hammock. Our hammocks are so simple to set up that I taught my 80 year old grandma how to do it in 3 minutes. And she still uses AOL as her main search engine..
If you’ve never experienced life with a free standing hammock, it’s time to make a change.
There’s a lot on our plate to beat out the existing plethora of portable hammocks on the market. Hennessy hammocks, ENO hammocks, and others have owned the industry for a long time. However, it’s time for a younger, newer, more ambitious company to reinvent the hammocking game. Our travel hammock is just as good as theirs (for a much lower price) and will make you wonder how you ever lived without one. With the highest quality hammock gear, coolest colors, and best customer service, we believe we have the best hammock on the market.
How sure are we? When you purchase one of our hammocks we offer a 100% no questions asked money-back guarantee. With your support, we want to help bring you the most badass gear in the travel industry.
I don’t know why you’re still debating it. Just imagine; a huge, comfy hanging hammock that you can put up ANYWHERE. Ever wanted a hammock bed? Want to lay beachside with your bae looking out at the ocean? Feeling left out on National Hammock Day (yes that’s a real thing…and a day in which you need to be hammocking)? There are a million and one reasons to get a portable hammock, and the Active Roots camping hammock is the perfect one to get you to the promise land.
A wise man once said “A hammock is like a steady drip of morphine, without the danger of renal failure” (Dale Gribble). Let the Active Roots portable hammock be your morphine.
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