Outdoor Gear Review: Peak Camping Hammock
Compact, lightweight and durable ' the Peak Camping Hammock is just what the doctor ordered after a long day out fishing
Your average fishing and camping trip often requires lugging around a decent amount of equipment. Lures, rods, line and more are indispensable items that add weight to your pack. The last thing you need is the burden of figuring out how on earth you’re going to also carry a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. This is where the Peak Camping Hammock comes into play.
Camping hammocks can weigh less than two pounds, so it’s no wonder why more and more outdoorsmen and women are substituting their bulky sleeping equipment for them. In addition to lightening your load, camping hammocks are advantageous for other reasons as well. Ever come upon a campsite, but can’t find an optimal tent spot because it is either a) too rocky b) too muddy, or c) the ground is really hard or soft? We’ve all been there. Luckily, the only requirement for a camping hammock is two trees relatively close together. After all, the best roof to sleep under is a treetop canopy or sky full of constellations and shooting stars.
The Peak model is all wrapped up in a compact stuff sack that is attached to the hammock itself. This makes the stuff sack impossible to lose, a dilemma I am often confronted with when tearing down my tent. For such a small carrier bag, you’d be amazed what can fit in it. Not including the hammock, you’ll receive all the necessities needed to get it hooked up between two trees – two (10-foot) quick-hang straps and two aluminum wire-gate carabiners. Surprisingly, many of the camping hammocks you’ll find on Amazon don’t include the materials necessary to successfully hang it.
Setting up this hammock was easier than shooting fish in a barrel! Each strap is comprised of loops for the carabiners. Depending on the circumference of the trees you are working with, these loops make tightening or loosening the straps very simple.
Peak offers both a single and double person hammock. The single can hold up to 350 pounds, while the double can withstand 500 pounds. If you frequently hike or fish with a significant other or companion, the double might be the way to go. While 1.5 feet longer and 2 feet wider than the single, this hammock is only an ounce heavier than its smaller counterpart.
My boyfriend and I are not without the double when we go on fishing trips. After a satisfying cast, it’s nice to set our rods down and sit side-by-side in the hammock, sip on a beer and wait for the fish to bite. The double can also be your friend when flying solo, allowing for extra space to sprawl out and relax. On the contrary, if you are going on a long backpacking trip and space is limited, it might be wise to save yourself a few inches of packing room and go for the single.
One cool thing I learned about Peak, post-hammock purchase, is that a portion of all profits go to environmental conservation efforts, such as cleaning up our oceans, reversing deforestation and protecting National Parks. So, by purchasing a Peak hammock, not only do you get a stellar tree nest, you are also giving back to the great outdoors.
- Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz. (single); 1 lb. 15 oz. (double)
- Packed size: 4"x6"x4" (single); 5"x7"x4" (double)
- Unpacked size: 8.5'x4.5' (single); 10'x6.5' (double)
- Lifetime warranty
- Top-notch, triple-stitched 210t nylon
To purchase a Peak Camping Hammock and learn more about the company, visit PeakCampingHammock.com. Use Discount Code: OUTDOORSG for $10 off every hammock.