Choosing a Double- or Single-layer Hammock – The Ultimate Hang
Many backpacking-style hammocks come in double layer or single layer models. How do you decide which hammock to get and what are the consequences of choosing one type over the other? A double layer hammock is so-called because the part you lie on has two layers of fabric. The two layers form a pocket that can be used to hold a foam or an inflatable sleeping pad.
The Original Blackbird is the hammock that built our company and our following. Tent stakes are sold separately in our accessories section. Note: The weight ratings listed below are based on comfort, not absolute tensile strength. So for instance the single layer is rated for a max of lbs because users above that weight will experience more stretch than is ideal and so would be more comfortable in something with more support like the Heavyweight double. The comfort ratings can be pushed somewhat but you will be trading in comfort in doing so.
Despite the cost and added weight of hammock shelter and sleep systems, there are very real advantages to sleeping in hammocks over ground-based shelters. The Warbonnet Blackbird is the most comfortable gathered end backpacking hammock you can buy. Entry is from the side through a long two-way zipper, which makes it easy to swing your legs out when you want to exit.