The 11th Essential: Lightweight Hammock

Sometimes Christmas comes twice a year. I was cleaning out the garage last month and getting my gear in order, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a brand new hammock from Trek Light Gear! I had forgotten all about buying these – I gave away several of them last summer, one in a contest and another to the 1,000th reader comment, here on CampingBlogger. Obviously I kept one for myself, and proceeded to forget all about it, until stumbling across the hammock six month later.

Trek Light Gear hammock is small and lightweightLike a kid with a new toy, all further thoughts of spring cleaning went immediately out the window, as I proceeded to checkout my new-found hammock. The Trek Light Gear hammock is made out of a nylon that reminds me a lot of the parachute material we used in the Army. It’s extremely tough and does not stretch, but it’s also really light weight. The hammock is ten feet long and five feet wide, yet it only weighs sixteen ounces. That’s light enough to keep in my daypack, where it will make a great ground cover for lunch breaks on hikes, when not serving its primary purpose.

Relaxing in my Trek Light Gear hammock
The best part about the Trek Light Gear hammock is that you lay down in it, instead of on it like the traditional hammocks most of us are used to. There is no sense of tipping and balance isn’t an issue at all, because your body weight is lower than the attachment points, on each end of the hammock.

I had a lot of fun with the Trek Light Gear hammock, over the weekend and I’m looking forward to using it on our next camping trip – if I can get the kids out of it.

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10 thoughts on “The 11th Essential: Lightweight Hammock

  1. I remeber has kid all of us grandkids fighting over grandpa’s hammock. We had so much fun it. It is a nice tool for camping or just in the back yard.

  2. That looks like a great piece of equipment to have on family trips as well as backpacking trips. Thanks Roy, you’re now personally responsible for one more addition to my gear wish list!

  3. And I was that winner! We set it up camping last summer and it worked great…well…if it hadn’t been 100 degrees out that is. I will try to use it more this summer in lessor temps…

  4. As you mention, a hammock that you lay in, rather than “on”, with a low center of gravity is much safer.

    I have always steered clear of hammocks as I fell off one when I was a kid.

    About 4 years ago I tried a double hammock at a camping show and it had a low center of gravity and was very comfortable. It was made in some exotic location in South America.

    The hammock now features as a “must take” piece of gear when we go camping. It’s like bees to a honey pot – as soon as I set it up there’s two kids in it.

    It is probably one of the most enjoyed and used pieces of gear we take camping.

    Allan McDonald @

    • That’s been my experience too, Allan – I never could get the hang of balancing on a hammock, when I was a kid. I am pretty sure I’m going to be putting some time in on this one, though 🙂