Aqua Quest tarps.

We have recently partnered with AquaQuest to supply our shop with tarps as they are in my experience one of the best product currently available on the market.
Most importantly the are 100% WATERPROOF. The Aqua Quest guide tarps will keep you completely dry, even in extreme weather. With a hydrostatic resistance of 20,000 mm, you can be absolutely certain that not a single drop of water will get through your tarp. Despite being so lightweight and compact, this tarp is incredibly durable and resilient to the forces of nature. 40D RipStop fabric + Non-toxic dual Silicone & PU coating + Reinforced stitching + Heat taped seams = The best ultralight tarp on the market.

After trying most other brands available the main advantages over the competition are:

- Ripstop fabric. Stronger and tear resistant.

- Silicone impregnated with PU coating, which is embedded in the fibres and will not peel off with age.
- Properly engineered tie outs, which transfer force on to edges. Especially corner ones.
- Reinforced stitches with webbing so it can be tensioned properly.
- DWR finish preventing wetting out so you don't end up packing a soaking wet rug.


Choosing the right size.

You can choose one of two sizes from our range of full size hammocks, Standard and XL. The only difference is the length of the hammock body and the under quilt. Width and construction is the same on both models.

XL is recommended for anyone over 185cm (6' 2") tall to avoid loss of comfort like face pressing against the mosquito netting or cold feet from compressed insulation. You will also benefit from more living space and bigger underquilt coverage. If you are below that mark the Standard size will be perfectly adequate and you won't benefit from the XL model, which actually will have some drawbacks like weight penalty or zippers out of reach.

If you are right in between the sizes you have a choice between the weight saving or added comfort. I'm myself 190cm (6' 4") 120kg guy and can sleep comfortably in the Standard size, but I need to make sure I lay just right in the hammock and I really enjoy the peace of mind and freedom of the XL version where I can twist and turn how much I want.


Interpreting temperature ratings.

Finding the temperature rating of any insulation is never easy due to infinite combination of outside factors like weather conditions, and internal parameters like fitness level or tiredness of the user. Therefore the best answer we can give you comes from our own experience and testing in most common (not perfect) outdoor conditions. We have spent numerous nights in our gear during development stages and we are continuously using the same hammocks found in our shop as this is currently the best way to sleep in the wild.

In short, the average person sleeping in average conditions for listed temperature should be warm and comfortable without any special techniques.


Looking after your hammock.

Easy Hammocks are made from nylon fabric and polyester filling so can be machine washed on gentle program in 30 C. Special care have to be taken when hand washing or hanging your hammock to dry. The weight of the insulation saturated with water might cause internal seams to rip when mishandled.

As with all synthetic materials our products need to be kept away from fire and sparks.

Synthetic filling is much more resistant to moisture and mould but your hammock should not be stored wet/damp for more than 48 hours at a time. Make sure you air/hang to dry your hammock as soon as you have a chance after getting it wet.

To preserve the insulation properties please do not overcompress your insulated hammock too often, also try to store it as loose as possible like you would store your sleeping bag. We recommend a drybag of your choice for camping trips, so you know that whatever the weather, you have a dry and warm "bed" waiting for you in your rucksack.


Climashield Apex insulation.

Climashield reaches new heights in combinations of weight and thermal efficiency. Developed from a culmination of over 25 years of manufacturing experience, this innovative insulation is the lightest and most thermally efficient continuous filament insulation on the market today. Like other high-end synthetics, it also maintains warmth in wet and humid conditions.

Chimashield APEX also delivers superior warmth at lighter weights with its unique, continuous filament properties, reducing the overall weight of a sleeping bag, jacket or pair of pants. Climashield APEX insulation is highly compressible and maintains thermal efficiency even after multiple uses, being stretched, packed or washed.


Fabrics selection.

It’s is possible to find and use lighter fabric so you carry less, but this a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns. Ripstop nylon we are using now is almost half the weight of polycotton, polyester or even netting we have tried before, while having the same or greater strength and still reasonable price. There are options to go 10% - 20% lighter but the strength and durability is greatly compromised. Our classic hammock weights 600g, we decided that 30g - 50g weight saving won't be worth the constant worry about snagging or ripping the fabric. Same goes for the mosquito netting, we use 36g per sq meter netting, each hammock uses 2sqm so that's 70g for the bug protection. We came to the conclusion that saving maybe 20g is not worth the loss in durability. There is a possibility of a ultralight version in the future but for now we are focusing on things that work best in real life.


Down insulation.

One of the biggest contributors to the weight of our hammocks is the synthetic insulation. Hi-end solution would be to use down filling. Unfortunately down is very expensive and very high maintenance on the user end, also quite complex to implement on the production side. Which means about 300g can be saved on the filling but about 100g of fabric have to be put in to contain and compartmentalise the down. In short, for the 200g saving you would literally double the price of the hammock and force the user to be very careful with the product. If you have the money, much bigger weight savings can be achieved by investing in to a good tarp or a down sleeping bag/top quilt.


How it's made.

Little insight in to the birth of your hammock.

EasyHammock are hand made in our workshop using mostly hand tools and a sewing machine.

It takes on average 8-9 hours for a full size insulated hammock to be made.

60m of stitching goes in to each unit using the best Gutterman Tera polyester thread which have been picked for it's tensile strength and resistance to abrasion, wet and UV light.
Each insulated hammock contains about 15 separate elements that have to fit together perfectly.

All non-load bearing joints are double stitched with independent seams for redundancy, each suspension point is triple stitched with three independent seams (single stitch is sufficient to hold one person).

All excess fabric is trimmed away to keep the weight to the minimum and to streamline our design.

For any enquiries on availability, custom work or any hammock related topic please don't hesitate to contact us on sales@easyhammock.co.uk.