A discussion on deciding which backpacking gear items to buy / upgrade first when first getting started with hammock camping.
A viewer, Chuck C., recently sent me the following question:
“I have been buying my gear spread out so the wife won’t kill me. Rank these in the order you would buy:
- Cuben Fiber Tarp
- Down Under Quilt
- Down Top Quilt
In the video I try to answer this question as well as get some discussion going on the topic of hammock camping gear in general. Which items would you upgrade or buy first?
Day Hiking and trying out the Amok Segl hammock, as well as some general talk about Hammock Setup and Camping vs Lounging on the trail.
Topics Discussed on this Episode
- A detailed look at the features and setup of my new Amok Segl Hammock.
- Proper hang angle for hanging a hammock (ideally, 30°) and why you should avoid hanging your hammock suspension too tight / flat.
- Proper strap position when using carabiners or Dutch Clips.
- Nylon vs Polyester tree straps
- Hammock length and how it relates to diagonal lay.
- What I look for in a camping hammock compared to an on-the-go lounging / sitting hammock.
- Hammock strap length and why you may or may not pack longer or shorter straps.
- Fabric differences for hammocks (stretch, texture, water resistance)
Specs and Features of the Amok Segl Hammock, as per the Manufacturer
- Plug and play suspension system included.
- Ultralight weight: 15 oz (total)
- Weight Breakdown – Hammock (7 oz), Suspension straps (5 oz), Carabiners and buckles (3 oz)
- 20D Robic Nylon (30% stronger than regular nylon)
- Capacity: 330 lbs
Other gear seen in the video: ULA Ohm 2.0 Pack, Dutchware Half-Wit Hammock, Amok Draumr 3.0 Hammock.