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Fall Hammock Camping Essentials

Fall is my favorite time of year. You can finally go outside without sweating to death, you get to drink apple cider, pick pumpkins, enjoy campfires, and it is the most beautiful time of year to go camping! Here in Utah the leaves change so fast you really have to take advantage of getting outside while you can. (Check out this cool fall foliage prediction map to figure out when the leaves will change in your area.) Here is a list of things you’ll need, and won’t need, for fall hammock camping.

Make sure you add this to your fall hammock camping list! It will keep you dry in the case of a predicted or unpredicted storm. It is also a great way to keep you a little warmer as the temperatures begin to drop. The rain fly will insulate your heat and block any wind. 

One of the biggest bothers of summer camping is finally gone! There will definitely be less bugs during your fall hammock camping so sub your Skeeto Shield Hammock with a good ol’ regular Double Hobo Hammock. 

Bring: A Sleeping Pad or Underquilt

As the temperatures get colder, heat insulation will become more important while hammock camping. A light sleeping pad or underquilt should suffice for this time of year (depending on your location.) As you get closer to the freezing point you may need to add additional layers like a top quilt, as well as additional layers of clothing. 

Bring: A pillow

Aside from the additional comfort a pillow provides, it is also a way to keep your head warm! It provides an additional layer between the outside of your hammock and your head which insulates your heat. 

Don’t: Camp in a basin or open area

It’s not a good idea to camp at too low an elevation as the cold will pool in basins of low elevation. At too high an elevation the tree density may decrease exposing you to the wind. It is best to look for a mid elevation area with lots of tree cover for warmth. 

There you have it, your fall hammock camping essentials! We hope you enjoy your fall. Let us know if we are missing anything from our list. Also, you should head over to our website to register for a free survival knife. Check it out here. Happy hanging and happy fall!

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Hammock hanging guide: for beginners

Hammock Time!

Hammock Hanging Guide: For Beginners

I think one of my biggest fears before I purchased a Hobo Hammock was that the set up would be too difficult for me. I am not strong, I know nothing about knots, and my ability to eye a straight line is sub-par. When it came down to it, me being responsible for hanging something that was supposed to hold me up all night was just a little frightening. Have no fear! Trust me when I say if I can do it, you can do it. Hopefully this hammock hanging guide will answer any questions you might have and give you the confidence to hang that hammock!

On our website we have some amazing videos and some really helpful diagrams about how to hang your Hobo Hammock. You can check those out here. I thought it might be nice to run through how to hang your hammock and give some advice for all those out there that might be afraid to give it a try. 

The Breakdown

  1. Loop one end of the tree strap through the other. Cinch around the tree.
  2. Use the hammock knot to attach the carabeener to the tree strap. 
  3. Repeat with opposite side
  4. Hang! 

Really, it is that simple. There are some other considerations you can make for your own comfort and to protect the tree. For instance, you want a nice sag in your hammock. It reduces the tension on the tree which reduces the damage to the tree. If you pull your hammock tight you will also find it is less comfortable. You are looking for about a 30 degree angle between the ground and the line of your tree straps. 

How to Hang | Hammock Knot

The Knot

For sure the knot is the hardest part. But that’s also awesome because once you have the knot down the rest is easy! Here is a diagram that describes exactly what you need to do to make the knot. I may or may not have printed out this diagram and brought it with me (totally did) the first time I went camping with my Hobo Hammock. Then everything else is really, really easy. Promise. 

Tips & Tricks

  1. Comfort is different for everyone – I think the biggest tip I could give is that no person is going to get comfortable the same way. If you set it up and you aren’t comfortable, or you are hanging on the ground, try again! Practice a few times and I think you will find what works best for you. 
  2. Hammock Ridgeline Cord – Some people like to use a hammock ridgeline cord. Basically you attach a strong cord from one side of your hammock to the other. Some people say it makes their hammocking experience better because it controls the sag of their hammock. There is lots more information out there about it. Check out this video for more explanation. 
  3. The Hammock Hang Calculator – For more specific questions like how high to hang your tree straps, or a specific measurement for indoor hanging, check out the hammock hang calculator from The Ultimate Hang. It is a really cool tool!

Does it seem a little less scary now? Give it a few tries and each time it becomes less intimidating and you learn more about how you prefer to hang. Did we forget any tips or tricks in our hammock hanging guide? Tell us below! Happy hanging folks! 

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Clever Ways to use a Hobo Hammock

Labor Day is an awesome camping weekend. We hope you found some time to get outside with your hammock. We spent some time brainstorming and came up with some clever, useful ways to use a Hobo Hammock this weekend. Check it out! 

Terrasailing

If you are a fan of longboarding, or skiing, try using your hobo hammock as a sail. Either hold the opposite ends of the hammock in your hands, or tie one side of the hammock to your gear and hold the opposite side in your hand. The hammock should fill with wind and allow you to be gently pulled. 

Rain Cover for Gear

Forgot your rain cover for your backpack? Use your hammock as a rain cover to keep your gear nice and dry on the trail. You could also set it up at camp and use it as a way to catch fresh rain water. Place a heavy object in the middle of your hammock. As the water begins to soak through place a container below, soon enough you will have a nice bottle full of fresh rain water! 

Sunshade

Set up your hobo hammock and take advantage of the shade! Sit, lay, stand, read, whatever you like to do while you get out of the sun. 

Pillow

Hang your hammock then use the carrying case as a pillow! Fill the case with clothes, or whatever you have at camp and bring it into the hammock for some additional comfort. If you already have a pillow, use the case to carry things around camp. 

*If you like the color of this hammock, it is called The Sunset. Check it out and use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order! 

Red and Orange Hammock

Bear Bag

Use your Hobo Hammock as a food bag on the trail. Place your food items in the hammock then wrap it up. It is recommended you tie the bag up at least 10 ft above ground level. You can use a carabiner or a simple slip knot to tie it up. 

Indoor Bed/Gear Storage

Hang your hammock inside as a bed, or hang it up and use it to store your gear for your next adventure. Unsure how to hang your hammock indoors? Check out this post for some great tips. 

So there you have it! Some clever ways to use a Hobo Hammock. We hope you had an awesome Labor Day Weekend. Let us know if you try any of these, we love to hear from you. Happy hanging! 

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The Best Hammocking Playlist

With back to school either here, or right around the corner, what better way to jump back into the groove than with a killer playlist. Whether you are looking forward to the structured, busy days ahead or already missing sweet sweet summer time, check out this hammocking playlist for some great music. We think it has a little something for everyone.

The Best Hammocking Playlist

Is it just me or is it impossible to find the perfect playlist? I feel like everything I follow on Spotify I skip half the songs. Our goal was to make a playlist you could actually enjoy while hammocking. Have we done it? Anything you hate? Or even better, what can we add? Comment below and we will get it added! 

My favorite thing about this playlist is I can totally imagine listening to it in my Hobo Hammock even though I am currently just sitting on my couch. It’s just got such a good vibe. But I may be a little biased. What do you think? Comment below! 

Connect with Hobo Hammocks

Are you following us on Facebook and Instagram? We often post discount codes and totally rad hammocking pictures. (There might even be a 25% off discount – I’m telling you, you gotta’ check it out!) Click on the social media icons below to check out our pages.

To stay up to date on special Hobo Hammock offers and promotions, join our email list. (There is also a pretty sweet discount if you sign up!) As always, use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order. Happy hanging and listening!

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How to: Hammock Responsibly

We love hammock camping and we want to make sure our parks and lands are protected from overuse and impact. In order to achieve this we need to hammock responsibly.

Hammock Girl

Do you hammock responsibly?

Answer these 5 questions to find out

Q: How far do you need to hang your hammock from a water source?

It is recommended you hang your hammock 200 ft from any water source. There are important plant and animal life that can be found surrounding water bodies and we do not want to disturb or upset their environment. 

Q: What are the effects hammocks can have on the environment if not properly hung? 

If hung properly hammocks have a very low impact on our environment. However, if hammocks are not properly hung they can cause damage to the tree bark. You can use specific “tree hugger” straps for the lowest impact to the tree. 

Avoid hanging, nailing, or using plastic cording to attach anything to trees as this can cause additional damage. 

Q: What are some hazards you could find on a hammock campsite?

On a hammock campsite you need to watch out for dead trees, and tree limbs. Make sure not to hang your hammock from dead trees as they are not secure and can fall and injure you or your fellow campers.

Check the area for animal habitat or insect nests, as well as poisonous plants. Be sure to only build fires if they are permitted. If possible, use an existing fire ring. 

Best Hammock Guide

Q: What makes a good hammock campsite?

The best hammock campsites first allow hammocking! Check before you go to make sure that wherever your journeys bring you, they allow hammocking. Next, look for an already established campsite to avoid unnecessary impact. Look for trees with large trunks, and little undergrowth. 

If you are camping with a  large crowd try to split up and stay in smaller camp sites to reduce impact on one site. 

Q: Why is it dangerous to leave your hammock unattended while not at your hammock site?

Leaving your hammock unattended can pose a risk to animals as well as small children. As they explore they may easily become tangled in the hammock. 

Removing your hammock while you are not at camp also keeps it in great shape and prevents small animals or insects from damaging your hammock. 

So hopefully you were able to answer these questions and learn a little more. We all can try and hammock responsibly. Do you have any tips or tricks on responsible hammocking? Leave us a comment below! Happy hanging! 

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New hammock stand in Salt Lake City Utah

East Canyon State Park Hammock Stand

PC: East Canyon State Park

Calling all Salt Lake City locals! There is a new hammock stand at East Canyon State Park. It is a  multiperson hammock stand that can accomodate up to 8 people. 

The stand, built by Nido Structures, is called “The Weaver.” It is made from reclaimed steel oil pipe. The stand protects trees and tree bark from the damage that can be done from hammock straps. Color coded hammock clips also make set up a breeze. It is a safe, easy way to hang with your friends. 

“The Weaver”

We recently spent some time talking to Dan, Head of Design at Nido Structures, about “The Weaver.” We asked our fellow hammock enthusiast a couple of questions about the product and his life, check it out!

Q: What originally got you into hammocking?

A:  “Growing up, my house backed up to Parr Park in Grapevine, Texas. It was a sanctuary – really the highlight of my childhood. It was the place my friends and I went to get away from the woes of middleschool/highschool life! One day, someone showed up with a hammock, and the rest is history.”

Q: Tell me about the ideation and creation of “The Weaver”

 A:  “When I went to college (UT Austin), I met Olivia. She was equally as into hammocking as I was – so we started a club! Texas Hammocking served as a platform to meet other outdoor enthusiasts while exploring and serving the wonderful Austin Parks system. We also hung our hammocks up on campus. A lot. So much so, that hammocking got banned on UT grounds. This offered an interesting predicament to the hammocking club… We did some research and found that hanging hammocks in urban environments – where use is more frequent than in a forest – can strip the bark on trees, exposing them to potential disease and death.  So, we needed a way to safely hang hammocks in the city – where we spend most of our time! Our solution was the Weaver – a multi-person ‘urban forest.'”
 

Q: What have you learned in the process of creating “The Weaver”?

A:  “The biggest fact I’ve learned through making the Weaver is that a good team is absolutely essential. I spend a hefty chunk of my time around Alex, Zane, and Olivia, and I couldn’t be happier about it. It takes work, and a lot of communication, but it has been a rewarding experience thus far.”

Q: How many parks is “The Weaver” currently at?

A:  “East Canyon is our first Park! We are working hard to learn from this opportunity and expand to parks, universities, and other open spaces across the country.” 

As Nido Structures is a brand new company, they are looking for cool ideas! Contact dan@nidostructures.com with any ideas or places in your life that could use a hammock forest. Give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on their progress and events.

Read on to learn more about “The Weaver” hammock stand in SLC.

The Hammock site is located at Big Rock Campground site 25 at East Canyon State Park. Day use of the site is free and the cost to rent the site overnight is $20.00.  Call 801-829-6866 to make your reservation.  

Don’t have a hammock but want to hang? No worries! East Canyon State Park offers hammock rentals for $8.00 for the duration of your stay. Yurts and cabins are also available for rent. For more information about the park visit the facebook page or website here

PC: East Canyon State Park

So go enjoy the park, check out the hammock stand, build a hammock forest, and let us know what you think! The summer is almost over so take advantage of the days while you can. Click here for directions to the park. 

Don’t forget to bring your Hobo Hammock! Use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your purchase of your Hobo Hammock. 

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Hammocks vs Tents: Which is right for you?

Hammocks vs Tents

We are certainly fans of Hammocks. That being said, we also know hammocks might not be perfect for every situation. In fact when it comes to the hammocks vs tents debate, a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Sometimes it might make more sense to use a tent. In order to help you determine whether tent camping or hammock camping is best for you, we put together a list of some of the pros and cons of each (You can click on the bullets to learn more about each point!) Check it out to determine which is best for you!

Hammock Pros

Hammock Cons

Easy set up

Set up and take down of a hammock may be easier than a tent.

Weight/Size

Generally a hammock will be lighter than the lightest tent. It is also very compact and easy to fit in a pack. The poles that come with a tent make it a little more bulky and difficult to pack.

Comfort

Many people prefer the comfort that comes from sleeping in a hammock over sleeping on the ground in a tent. 

Can use to lounge/sit at camp

Aside from being a very comfortable place to sleep, it is also nice to use as a chair to lounge in after a long day of adventuring. 

Rocky terrain isn’t an issue

No need to worry about rocky or wet ground with a hammock (which can be a big problem with a tent). All you need is a sturdy place to hang!

Need a place to hang

It doesn’t require much to set up your hammock, but you do need something sturdy to hang from. If you often camp at the desert or beach, you may find trouble finding a place to set up your hammock.

Protect from cold

While you can easily face being cold in both your tent or hammock, your tent may provide a little more protection from the cold. To protect from the cold in your hammock you may need some kind of underquilt and overquilt. 

Gear outside

Unlike the tent, you are not able to store your pack with you in your hammock. This often means it is lying underneath you on the ground. While it is protected from rain by your rain fly, it may not be protected from animals, or other elements. 

Tent Pros

Tent Cons

More area than hammock

You just have more space in a tent. You are able to store yourself and your gear easily.  

Don’t need trees for setup

If you often camp in areas where there aren’t sturdy hanging areas, it may be easier to tent camp. Red rock desert, or beaches may be good examples of this. 

Closer to camp mates

You can sleep next to your camp mates in a tent while you sleep above/below them in a hammock. 

Protection from cold

Again, you can easily be cold in a tent. However, generally tents offer a little more protection from the cold than hammocks. 

Requires flat, dry land

Scouting for a good spot can be one of the toughest parts of tent camping. You need a spot that is dry, relatively flat, and without rocks. Depending on your location, that can often be difficult to find. 

Takes longer to set up

It may take you longer to set up and break down a tent than a hammock. 

Hard in inclement weather

Tent camping in the rain can be hard. Mud in your tent, water in your tent, water under your tent, the list goes on. In a hammock elevated above the ground, a lot of these problems are non-existent. 

Can be more costly

If you are looking for a lightweight backpacking tent you may find that it is more expensive than a hammock, and still weighs more. 

Hammocks vs Tents Summary

So there you have it. A solid list of pros and cons for both tent camping and hammock camping. For me, camping is all about comfort, and ease. I find myself reaching for my Hobo Hammock more than my tent for primarily those two reasons. If you decide hammocking is the way to go, use code  hhblogfollower for a discount! What about you? Hammocks vs tents, which is better? Happy Hanging! 

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5 Awesome Health Benefits of Hammocking

Aside from the obvious reasons to love hammocks, there are also a few awesome health benefits you may not have thought about. Check them out…

  1. You may sleep better – So in 2011 a really awesome study was conducted in Switzerland. What they basically found was that people sleep better while swaying! (better as in deeper). They had 12 participants who slept in a regular bed and then in a swaying bed that mimicked the movement of a hammock. Michel Muhlethaler of the University of Geneva said this about the study “We observed a faster transition to sleep in each and every subject in the swinging condition, a result that supports the intuitive notion of facilitation of sleep associated with this procedure.”  So if you are having trouble sleeping, try a hammock! Even better, try a Hobo Hammock
  2. Better cognition – So now that we understand why you sleep better in a hammock, let’s discuss some of the benefits of a better sleep.  First, more energy. Who knows what you can’t accomplish with a little more energy. Also, better focus which can also contribute to increased productivity. So, if you want to have a killer day, sleep in a hammock!
  3. Helps reduce stress – Here is the Hobo Hammock guaranteed recipie to relieve stress. Get outside and hang in your hammock. Works for us every time.  
  4. Helps with a sore back – When you hang in a hammock there are no pressure points, unlike your bed at home. So next time you find yourself with a sore back try a hammock. You may find that it eases your discomfort.
  5. Eases congestion & more – Due to the slight upward angle of your head when you hang in a hammock you may notice your congestion is eased. This angle also helps relieve reflux. It also improves the circulation to your brain and allows for more unobstructed breathing. 

So there you have it. Some new and interesting health benefits to sleeping in a hammock. Have you noticed any of these in your hammock experience? Happy Hanging!

 

 

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The Ultimate Hammock Comparison

Compare Hammocks

First off, I just want to clarify that all of these companies are great companies. Each one brings something unique to the table, and no matter which one you choose, you’re going to be happy with your purchase! However, we wanted to provide an in depth guide to compare hammocks. We searched through the official website of each company. Our findings are what follows.

We noticed Bear Butt advertising an incredibly low price of $39 double hammies, but after you add in the cost of shipping and straps…it’s still a good deal, but not quite as good as it originally looks. With free shipping and straps included in your purchase, Hobo Hammocks are the least expensive option. 

At 19 ounces, Hobo Hammocks are very light weight and comparable to the competition. Hobo Hammocks have a weight capacity of 540 lbs. This far exceeds the weight capacity of the competitors. Then the extras! You just can’t beat a lifetime unlimited warranty. Not to mention the recycling program and donating a meal to the homeless for every purchase. Here’s the head-to-head matchups… 

ENO vs. Hobo Hammocks

ENO vs. Hobo Hammocks: Hobo hammocks are lower cost, with a higher weight capacity, lifetime unlimited warranty, recycling, and giving back program. Keep in mind, all this information has been acquired through the company websites!

Bear Butt vs. Hobo Hammocks

Bear Butt vs. Hobo Hammocks. We love these guys. They have a pretty good gig going on. But after you factor in shipping and straps, Hobo Hammocks are actually lower cost. They’re also the same weight, higher weight capacity, similar size, and have a giving back program. 

Trek Light vs. Hobo Hammocks

Serac vs. Hobo Hammocks

Trek Light Gear and Serac Sequoia XL are both much more expensive, with a lower weight capacity, no lifetime unlimited warranty, and no recycling program.

Fox vs. Hobo Hammocks

Fox Neolite is more expensive, with a smaller weight capacity, limited warranty, and no giving back program. 

Hummingbird vs. Hobo Hammocks

Hummingbird Hammocks are so rad! But it does come at an extra cost. Hobo hammocks are lower cost, with a larger weight capacity, lifetime unlimited warranty, and a giving back program. 

Kammok Roo vs. Hobo Hammocks

When you compare Grand Trunk and Kammok Roo to Hobo Hammocks you can see they are higher cost, larger weight, with limited warranty, and no recycling program. 

The Results

So there you have it. An in depth comparison to the top competitors. When it comes to making a hammock, Hobo Hammocks has it down. They are light weight, large, have a high weight capacity, and an awesome cost! Not to mention when you buy a Hobo Hammock you receive a lifetime unlimited warranty, and donate a meal to the homeless. Don’t forget to use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order when you purchase. How do you think Hobo Hammocks compare? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy Hanging! 

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What you get (and give) when you buy a hammock

Aside from getting a high quality product when you buy a hammock, you will also receive things most other companies don’t provide (for free). Not to mention, with each purchase you are giving back! Check out some of the awesome things you get with your purchase and a little more about why we are so passionate about helping the homeless. Also, don’t forget to use code hhblogfollower for $7 off your order because we think our readers are awesome.

 

What you get

Lifetime unlimited warranty

We offer lifetime unlimited warranty on your Hobo Hammock. Send your broken or malfunctioning hammock in and tell us why it broke, and get yourself a brand new hammock. A Hobo Hammock is a hammock for life. Today, tomorrow, or ten years down the road, the warranty still stands because you know… unlimited.

We also want your old hammocks! We recycle and repair old portable hammocks, and then donate them to the homeless. If you have an old hammock, click here to find out how to trade it in and receive a brand new one at a heavily discounted price.

Free shipping

Hobo Hammocks offers free shipping on your order. The price of your hammock is the price at checkout. No need to tack on an additional cost for shipping. Awesome. We know.

Hanging straps

While most other companies charge an additional fee for their hammock hanging straps, we provide ours with the purchase of your hammock. This is a cost savings for you of $10 (or more!) When you buy a hammock you have everything you need to head outdoors and set it up. No additional purchases required.

 

What you give

 

Buy a hammock, feed the homeless

We realize the homeless have a lot of difficulties and our mission and passion is to find solutions. To start, when you buy a hammock we provide one healthy meal to the homeless.

But that’s not all. We wanted to do more so we teamed up with the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. Together we are focusing our efforts on not only feeding the homeless, but helping them find jobs and apartments. Learn more about the Rescue Mission’s program here.

We are passionate about creating scenarios where everybody wins, and that’s exactly what your purchase with Hobo Hammocks will do.

Portable Hammocks

 

Now you understand why Hobo Hammocks are the best. You get a great quality product, unlimited warranty, free accessories, free shipping, and you get to give back. So go buy a hammock, you know you want to. Happy Hanging!