Here at Alton, we love hammock camping. But, just like everything in life, there are pros and cons to using a camping hammock as a shelter in the wild. Here is what you need to know:
- Enhanced sleeping comfort compared to sleeping on the ground
- Versatile campsite options as you aren’t dependent on flat or even terrain
- Lightweight and compact
- Optimal airflow and ventilation
- Doubles as a comfortable place to sit or relax during the day
- Dependant on finding suitable trees or anchor points
- Limited space – there is no additional space for gear
- Initial learning curve to get used to the setup process
- Requires different insulation strategies to stay warm in cold weather.
We've written a handy article on everything you need to know about hammock camping. Read it here to learn more!
Without adequate preparation, a hiking hammock can be colder than a tent for camping because air circulates freely around your body when you're suspended in a camping hammock, increasing heat loss. But there are ways to counter the cold and ensure you can stay warm and cosy in your hammock, whatever the weather.
Along with a top quilt or sleeping bag with the appropriate temperature rating, using a hammock underquilt, such as the Alton Ultralight Underquilt, can significantly reduce heat loss. Underquilts wrap around the outside of your hammock, providing essential insulation around and underneath you. Hammock underquilts are perfect for maximising warmth where you need them the most.
Another tactic to increase the thermal efficiency of your hammock camping gear includes using a sleeping mat in your hammock for extra insulation. As well as giving you an additional barrier between you and the cold air outside your hammock, sleeping mats also can enhance comfort by giving you a firmer base to sleep on. With some planning, you can enjoy hammock camping all year round.
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Why not do both? Hammocks and tents are excellent ways to experience the outdoors and connect with nature. Depending on the conditions, one option might be better, but that doesn't mean you have to be exclusive!
Tents are the choice for hiking locations with minimal access to sturdy trees, such as in the desert or alpine environments. They are also fantastic if you want more storage space or extra privacy. A tent offers you more freedom to sleep comfortably while hiking with your partner.
On the other hand, you might opt for a hiking hammock for many reasons. Lightweight, compact and comfortable, camping hammocks can be used anywhere you can access trees or other suitable anchor points. Giving you both a comfy bed and a spot to relax at any time of day, hammocks can make spending time outside feel extra enjoyable.
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