Therm-A-Rest Slacker Hammock

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They Say - SLACK OFF IN STYLE AND COMFORT WITH OUR ALL-NEW SLACKER HAMMOCK.

Slack off in style with a uniquely soft polyester fabric that feels great next to your skin and offers a subtle, yet functional stretch that eliminates the pressure points of nylon. It stuffs into its own attached pocket that doubles as a place to stash a book or tablet, right before you nod off for your Saturday siesta. Available in both single and double sizes.

Soft: 100% ripstop polyester adds comfort; dries faster than nylon.

Seamless: One-piece design increases comfort and boosts durability.

Strong: 400 lb. capacity.

Portable: Stuffs into integrated pocket; sized to hold tablets and e-readers.

Easy: Ultralight aluminum carabiners for easy hanging.

Sewn in the U.S.A. of U.S. and Imported Materials

We Say – The hammock comes in a handy small bag, and is very compact.

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I was surprised to see that it didn’t come with the necessary fixings to start using it though. There are the metal carabiners at either end, of course, but these clip onto something that’s to wrap around a tree, or whatever, and that ‘something’ wasn’t supplied. I checked back on the Therm A Rest website and saw that it does list a hanging kit, which you buy separately, as well as a bug shelter to place around the hammock, but since I hadn’t ordered this at the time it meant that the hammock stayed in it’s packet for a while before I had chance to work out what I was going to fix it to a tree with.

In the end, I got a bit of rope off my mate and the first place I fixed it wasn’t between trees  but between Victorian gun placement hooks in a local fort where a few of us go camping now and again.

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The hammock (I have a single one but there are double’s available) was easy to string up, roomy and very comfy, the perfect resting place for a warm afternoon.

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The carry bag is attached to the hammock and turns into a pocket large enough to hold a tablet or book when the hammock is in use. After use it scrunches up into the carry bag again easily. I’ve found it a fun accessory for camping and also the kids love using it in the garden at home to mess about in.

I didn’t think it was a good option for sleeping overnight in though (not if you have the option of a flat sleeping bag/mattress) as I was too bent up – bum down, legs and head up at either end – to really relax for a long time. Also, whilst the breeze circulating below and penetrating through the hammock was cooling in the warmth of day, you’d want an under quilt or sleeping bag to keep it off you at night, for certain.

There’s not been many places at all this spring and summer where I’ve had the opportunity to string it up. Campsites have all been serviced and devoid of trees that are spaced just the right distance apart, as have remote mountain regions and beaches.  Before I got the hammock I thought there’d be loads of places to string it up, but that just hasn’t been the case. And even if there was, when I’m at camp I’m rarely sat around long enough to really get the benefit from a hammock. I never actually realized that until I had this hammock. Once the tent is set up there are so many things to be doing, firewood to be gathered, drinks and food to be prepared, photos to be taken and then when we do stop and chill people are generally gathered around the fire, which hasn’t been near where I’ve strung up the hammock…

If you happen to have a palm lined beach local to you though (I’m jealous if this is the case…), a place in your garden that seems to be perfect for a hammock or secluded parkland with trees to hang the hammock from (and no predators or drunks to bother you if you’re camping overnight) then great, this is a quality, lightweight hammock and I highly recommend it.

To discover more, please see http://www.cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-rest/hammocks/slacker-single-hammock/product

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