Introductory Hammocks

Your Colorado Outdoor Gear Supply Hammock Guide

If you’re new to the hammock scene, it should come as no surprise that there have been many changes in the design, construction, and materials associated with hammock camping gear over time. They’ve been around longer than most people realize. Historians say that the hammock was invented by the Mayans who were eager to avoid snakes and critters on the ground and came to appreciate all the ventilation they enjoyed as a result of their suspended beds.

Original hammocks got their name from the bark of the Hamak Tree, and when Christopher Columbus stumbled upon America, his discoveries included hammocks which, by this time, were made of woven cotton and hung from trees via roots, vines, and even animal sinew.

Hammocks do more than soothe and relax. Some of them serve as beds for folks with little room and even less money. Others are indispensable when camping in the woods. You decide how to use it and Colorado Outdoor Gear Supply will help you make a good choice when you shop for the hammock that best suits your lifestyle.

Pros and cons of hammock ownership

If you’re looking for an excuse to add a hammock to your ultralight backpacking gear, you’ve come to the right place. Hammocks do more than just give you a quick-setup, easy to carry and comfy place to sack out, they are stylish too. But don't take my word for it. Consider these pros and cons, whether your intention is to install hammock camping gear in your yard, take it on your wilderness trek, or if you plan to join the growing movement of people who buy them instead of beds:


-You can expect to get deeper, more restful sleep and perhaps even fall asleep faster.

-If you’ve got a bad back, a hammock can relieve pressure because your body weight is more evenly distributed.

-Even a child can carry a hammock if it belongs to the ultralight backpacking gear class. Of course, an adult is needed if that hammock requires a stand!

-Hammocks are sized to save space, especially if you intend to use yours in place of a standard bed. It can be hung using proper hardware, thus giving you an amazing amount of floor space for your stuff.

-Hammocks are uncomplicated. One hammock can equal a mattress, box spring, frame, pads and any number of other “must-haves” required for a bed.

-Kiss dust mites goodbye if you substitute a hammock for a traditional bed. ‘Nuff said about the benefits of not having a critter-attracting mattress set?

-Roll out of your hammock and get on with your day. There's no bed to make and you can sleep longer than you would if you had to tackle that chore every morning.


-Hammocks tend to be a bit dangerous for people who are less than graceful and those with a propensity for awkward moves. Falling out of a hammock is no fun.

-Even the largest hammock may not be big enough if you can’t sleep without stretching out further than a hammock allows.

-With each toss and turn, your hammock will move. For some, this is as comforting as a cradle. For others, not so much.

-Beds are made to last for many years, but hammocks aren’t, especially if you use it as your primary bed 12 months out of the year.

-Your sex life could suffer. Not only are hammocks unwise sleeping gear for two people, but we’ll let your imagination do the talking when you consider this con.

What to look for when choosing a hammock

Can you audition a hammock to make sure it’s exactly what you seek? Not always; but if you purchase your gear from a reputable resource like Colorado Outdoor Gear Supply ( and realize your hammock pick wasn’t perfect, you can return it and get one that works. These are the questions to ask when you shop:

  1. Is it light enough to carry to your longest destinations? This is important on long hikes.
  2. Is it strong enough to support your weight? Most products support up to 400 pounds.
  3. Is it roomy enough to get you a great night’s sleep after an active day?
  4. Will it set up fast once I reach my destination if I’m not buying a hammock to use at home?
  5. Is it comfortable? This question is particularly important to folks who are tall, arthritic or large.
  6. Is the hammock you pick tough enough to stick around for years and cool enough to ventilate your body?
  7. Can the product you select also be used to stow gear and transport it?
  8. How about accessories? Items like mosquito netting, tree straps and tarps can be life savers!
  9. Does it come with the hardware I need to install it?
  10. Can I afford a great hammock without borrowing from the kid's college accounts?

Two hammocks from the Colorado Outdoor Gear Supply Mosquito Range Collection have your name written all over them. Both come with attached stuff sacks and both can be fabricated with your choice of custom thread colors.

The Mt. Herman Hammock

Looking for an affordable, tricked-out, lightweight hammock that comes in so many colors, you may have a problem choosing just one? This 11-foot, gathered-end, single layer product is made of hefty 1.6 ounce, HyperD Diamond Ripstop nylon and perfectly suits folks who weigh up to 300 pounds. It feels soft and folds up so efficiently, you’ll wonder how the manufacturer constructed this much heft in just 12.2 ounces.

Install this hammock using the 83-percent Structural Ridge Line fitted with 12-inch Continuous Loops on either end and the job is done. Named after a 9,063 ft peak in Monument, Colorado, this hammock runs only $50. Whether you plan to snooze in your backyard or take this hammock camping, you get all the benefits of a sturdy, dependable product and none of the bills in your inbox that are generated when you spend too much on gear!

The Mt. Lincoln Hammock

Another exclusive to Colorado Outdoor Gear Supply (, the Mt. Lincoln is like the Mt. Herman on steroids because it offers 500 pounds of weight capacity, so sharing this equipment with someone else isn’t just possible but probable, if the mood is right! This double layer, 11-foot, gathered-end hammock is crafted of 1.6 ounce HyperD Diamond Ripstop nylon and comes in a myriad of colors.

Install your hammock using an 83-percent Structural Ridge Line fitted with 12-inch Continuous Loops on either end. Named after the eighth-highest Rocky Mountain 14er at 14,286 ft, the Mt. Lincoln costs a little more than the Mt. Herman at $80, but solid construction, an infinite number of color choices and portability make it a hammock you can count on for years to come.

A final word

Nothing ruins a backyard nap or a camping adventure more than choosing the wrong hammock! Not only could you wind up dissatisfied with the entire experience, but you could swear off this amazing piece of equipment for all the wrong reasons. Colorado Outdoor Gear Supply’s products are designed, fabricated, and tested and they don’t get my seal of approval until I try them out in all sorts of environments. If I love the hammock, you will, too!

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