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Very good question. In terms of comfort, this is probably the most important issue to address. It’s true that knee hyper-extension can start to happen for a whole night, compared to a short hang where you wouldn’t notice. It’s not as though you won’t be able to walk the next day, but if not dealt with can cause a little discomfort. But good news- there are some simple effective solutions for this.
1. Take a stuff sack and stuff it with some soft things like clothes and then tuck that under your knees. That’ll do the trick.
2. Another very good solution that seems a little strange at first is to lay diagonally in the hammock. When you turn diagonally even just a little, you’ll find that the hammock really flattens out. Our hammocks are designed partly with the use in mind. Those are the top two things I’d suggest.
3. You also try other creative positions like tucking one foot under the other knee or bending both knees and touching your heels together.Last updated:
Good question. Unless it’s literally 80 degrees at night, the answer is an emphatic yes. Anything colder than about 65 or 70 degrees F and you’ll definitely feel cold underneath. Even if you’re inside a very warm sleeping bag, you’re compressing the insulation underneath so it can’t insulate and you’ll definitely get the infamous ‘Cold Butt Syndrome’. So with few exceptions, you’ll want some form of insulation under you such as a foam or air sleeping pad, underquilt – or of course the Superior Hammock!Last updated:
I personally think that underquilts are the second-best way to camp, so I’m going to say that they’re terrible. And depending on the underquilt model, they could pair with our Daylite hammock. But there are 3 main reasons why we feel that having built-in insulation is superior (pun intended).
1. First is setup speed and hassle. After I’ve hiked all day, I’m tired and I want to set up my bed as fast as possible. I don’t want to make all sorts of adjustments or attach extra things.
2. Decreased weighed and increased strength. With an underquilt design, in terms of supporting weight, the whole thing is hanging deadweight. By contrast, The Superior hammock’s middle layer serves two functions. In addition to containing the down, it acts as a second supportive layer increasing the weight rating and longevity of the hammock. So really the Superior Hammock is a two layer hammock, yet still weighs only 35oz.
3. No air gaps. A notorious issue with underquilts is that they can allow air to seep in at the ends. I wanted to create a hammock where this would never be an issue. This becomes especially true at colder temperatures.
4. 2-Hammock Philosophy. Ever notice how a futon bed/couch makes a pretty lousy bed and a pretty lousy couch? In our homes I think most people agree that it’s worth getting a great couch and a great bed. Similarly, why not get the best hammock for sleeping at night, and the best hammock for lounging on a hot day, or taking for a day hike without needing to tear down your campsite.? That is the two hammock approach. Bring two hammocks that you can use for different purposes but that are both the best version for that purpose. I always bring two hammocks on every trip. My insulated Superior Hammock for sleeping and my Daylite for daytrips.Last updated:
Yes actually, and we have even experimented with it a bit. This is a cool idea and perhaps in a later product we’ll add this feature. But for now, we feel that it reduces the modularity, flexibility and comfort of the system. Adding this feature would make it harder to use the hammock without the top insulation. It also makes a diagonal lay impossible, which would be a downside. Things are always a trade-off between comfort, performance, usability and modularity.Last updated:
To be perfectly honest, I don’t think anyone would enjoy sleeping in the same hammock with another person. It’s one thing to lounge with your significant other for an hour, and another thing to try sleeping all night when every little movement would disturb the other person.. However, we are working on a product that will make group hangs much easier to be in the same area and even be under the same shelter. So stay tuned for that.Last updated:
No it is not technically waterproof, but it does have some good water resistance because the outer gray fabric is treated with both DWR and a process called ‘calendaring’. Some misting water or even light rain won’t get to the down. But if dunked under water or left in the rain, the down would definitely get wet and no longer insulate effectively. So just like anything else you’ve used with down, you need to protect it from the rain with shelter of some sort.Last updated:
All our hammocks come with 15-foot suspension straps and when suspended, the 10.25 foot hammock extends about 9 feet when factoring in the sag. So a tree spacing of about 10 to 25 feet will generally work. The biggest variable is actually the thickness of trees (or rocks). This is one of the main reasons our included straps are fairly long, so that they can handle wider diameter trees. If you are also using our shelter, then make sure to allow at least 14 feet – the length of the tarp along the ridgeline.Last updated:
A ridgeline is a rope or strap extending from one end of the hammock to the other. In our hammocks, we use the same strap material for this so that it’s easily adjustable and extends from carabiner to carabiner. This ridgeline serves several valuable purposes:
1. Keeps the bug net out of your face and creates a nice open space in the hammock
2. Improves the hang angle. You’ll find that you generally get a flatter more comfortable hang by not pulling the hammock too tightly. The beauty of the ridgeline is that you can create that sag, but still pull the suspension straps on the tree nice and tight. This also means that you can get the same exact hang angle each night which is a huge benefit for comfort and a big time saver. I generally leave my ridgelines permanently attached to my hammock.
3. Storage area. It’s really handy to clip things on it with a carabiner, dry out wet clothes, hang a flashlight etc.. So between that and the attached stuff sack, there are lots of places to keep your stuff handy.
4. Backup suspension. In a pinch, with a lost strap or very wide trees/rocks or an especially large tree gap, our ridgeline could function as a suspension extender. It’s always a good idea to consider back-up gear like this.Last updated:
Pretty crazy right? Sometimes I still can’t believe how thin and strong these cutting-edge fabrics are. Our products literally couldn’t have existed 3 years ago because of some great technological developments (that few companies are utilizing). But despite how how light and soft the fabric is, I can assure you that it’s very strong and durable. It has withstood a lot of field testing and being stuffed and unpacked hundreds of times. The only thing to be careful about is puncturing the fabric. I would watch out for any sharp objects in pockets when you get in. But as long as you aren’t completely reckless, you’ll get many great years out of use out of you Superior products.Last updated:
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