1. The Gear
At first glance, the biggest difference between hammock and tent camping is the gear. This is technically true but you need the same cateogries of gear for both camp styles.
2. Choosing A Spot / Setting Up Camp
First and foremost, follow Leave No Trace principles when choosing a campsite. With both camp styles, it's a selection process to find the perfect spot. When tent camping you must find level ground, without obstructions, away from animal habitats that fit your tent footprint. When hammock camping you need to find two sturdy trees or other objects, 10-15ft apart. In both situations, always look up and make sure there aren't dead branches overhead.
What if there are no trees?
No trees? No problem. Depending on your camp style there are several ways to work around a lack of trees when hammock camping.
If you are car camping...
The beauty in car camping is that you have the luxury of bringing as much gear as you can fit in your car as opposed to just your pack. A lightweight hammock stand is perfect for this situation.
If you are backpacking...
In a pinch, your trekking poles can be used to prop up the head of your hammock to create a bivvy and hold up your rain fly. Giving you the same level of protection without having to be suspended.
Let's be honest, has anyone actually slept comfortably on a sleeping pad? Trying to get comfortable in a tent can be challenging. You need a perfectly flat area and no matter how careful you are, you still end up with a rock in your back.
Sleeping in a hammock shows you a level of comfort you thought you couldn't find outdoors. Since you literally sleep on air, there are no pressure points to cause you pain in the morning.
With hammocks like the Ninox Flat Lay Hammock, you can sleep comfortably in any position. Back, side, and even stomach, thanks to proprietary comfort wave technology.
How to sleep in a hammock (the learning curve)...
In order to experience the total comfort experience of sleeping in a hammock, you have to lay at a diagonal so you don't fold up like a banana. Wiggle in and find the perfect spot for your head and feet and spend the night stargazing.
To be completely honest, you might not love it the first time. It's new, it's different and like all things take a night to get used too. The first time you slept in a tent it was probably a miserable experience but you kept on camping anyway and now you are a pro at sleeping outdoors.
In our free course, we'll teach you step-by-step how to be a hammock camping pro. A must watch for anyone new to hammock camping or experienced campers who want to correct bad habits. We'll ease your anxieties and give you brand new confidence about venturing into the wild.
The #1 Reason To Choose A Hammock Over A Tent
Being suspended in the air has obvious benefits, but why are hammocks so darn comfy?
It's because when you sleep in the air you enjoy zero-pressure point sleep. That means there is no point in your body to absorb your weight and bear pressure. In a hammock, your weight is dynamically absorbed to keep pressure off your joints.
All of Sierra Madre's hammocks will give you zero-pressure sleep but we took the Ninox a step further and added our proprietary Comfort Wave to the casing design. This wave gives your head and your feet a 'pocket' to sink into so you actually lay flat.
No one likes feeling like they're spending a night in Dracula's coffin, having space to move around and stretch out is very important to a good night's sleep.
Our Ninox Hammock actually incorporates 4 Vertical Tie Outs that insure maximum interior space.
This creates a Home Like feeling to your personal sleeping station in the wild.
One fact that many people overlook is considering the fabric that is actually touching your skin. It's probably the most important detail related to consistent comfort.
We developed our own comfort based fabric just for our hammocks known as Teslon it's a perfect blend of softness and strength. The ultra high thread count feels silky smooth, yet is strong enough to hold 1200lbs of concrete!
We built in fabric 'forgiveness' so you never feel like you're sleeping on stiff or course fabric, our Teslon even develops a slight memory over time, fitting to your body perfectly.
The 7 in 1 adventure utensil. Our titanium long handled Knife, Screwdriver, Bottle Opener, Saw, Multi-Hex, Spoon, and Fork.
The 7oz Foldable Pole. Reinforced carbon fiber and 7075 aluminum creates this ultra-light / ultra packable poles with Kevlar elbows.
Lightweight and Strong. The Air Chair is back in stock! Add the Air Table and save big for huge camp convenience.
Supportive and Soft. This two part pillow gives you adjustable support and head cradling softness - must have trail comfort.
The All in One Air Tent, complete rain, insect, and gear protection for any hammock.
The 2 piece Air Tent, complete rain, insect, and gear protection for any hammock.
Adaptive Rain Protection, complete rain protection + vent doors for any hammock.
Insect + Gear Protection, spacious bug-free interior + gear storage for any hammock.
Comfortably lay in any direction and any side with our "Comfort Wave" technology.
Light-weight without sacrificing comfort, peaceful zero-gravity rest in the wild.
Our full-size minimalist style camping hammock, packs to the size of a softball.
Faster setup, connect and disconnect from your hammock plus infinite adjustability.
Our lightest and most precisely engineered underquilt, provides extreme warmth to weight for your backside.
5 in 1 versatility for maximum applications, blanket, underquilt, topquilt, stackable, and linkable. The swiss army of warmth.
Possibly the most coveted warmth gear ever created. Instant Heat anywhere you need it. PRE-ORDER ONLY - will not ship until September.
Imagine a spacious mummy bag without the zipper. OR a versatile topquilt WITH head and shoulder insulation.