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A great product which is changing the way people camp,
This review is from: DD Camping Hammock - Compact, Lightweight Hammock
This DD product is great because it is strong, good quality and very simple.
I resisted the hammock camping craze for quite a long time, mainly due to an unreasonable unwillingness to try a new approach to a problem I thought had already been solved (by the tent/bivvi bag and the roll mat/thermarest).
Actually, hammocks are a great way to camp when you know there will be trees around. They are more comfortable than lying on hard rough ground and less hassle than putting up a tent. A hammock like this is so quick to put up, you can do it every time you stop for a rest - something you would never dream of doing with a tent. I often use mine for an after-lunch siesta, or as a lounge chair for a sun-downer. It takes me around 60 seconds to rig it. The dark green colour means you can go un-noticed in places where you might otherwise raise eyebrows.
Caveat: so far I have used it only in warm weather (about 10 nights slept in it so far, all in woods in southern England during the hot summer of 2013). I have yet to use mine under a tarp in rain, but it is obvious that drip-rings or some similar modification would be needed, as the supplied webbing will presumably wick water onto the hammock if used in wet conditions as-supplied. I have not deducted any stars for this, as whatever solution DD provided would inevitably not suit some customers and would add extra cost for all customers; they have taken the sensible approach of leaving it simple and letting each customer customize it if/as required.
By the way: Although many people mess around with karibiners, ring-buckles and other over-complicated contraptions to fix their hammocks to trees, I recommend you learn two classic knots and forget all the extra gear. You only need to know the round-turn-and-two-half-hitches and the bowline.
You could also use this in your garden.