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If those are your same goals, read on. I’ll cover where traditional hammocks go wrong and what you need in your dream hammock. I’ve even made a video (with help of my kids) to showcase where camping hammocks go wrong.
As a rule of thumb, stability in hammocks comes from having the anchor points high above the sleeping platform. The bigger the differential between where you lay and where you are attached to the tree the more stable the hammock becomes.
Unfortunately, there are consequences to putting the anchor points so high. Yes, you gain stability but now you are folded like a banana! To try to get the system to lay flat, most hammockers will pull the suspension tight.
With tighter suspension, the banana sag is reduced but now the hammock becomes unstable. Tricky to get in and just when you’re starting to relax. Flip! You’re on the ground. Great for kids, not so much for adults!
Hammocks as an idea are amazing. In practice, traditional hammocks often fall short of our expectations. At Haven Tents we’ve done things differently. With our system, the anchor points are permanently fixed high above the sleeping platform. The tension is carried by two arcs down the sides, which suspend our flat sleeping platform (marked in red). So you have stability with a flat sleeping platform.
What a beautiful test-team you have!! A friend of mine keeps falling out of her hammocks, so she defenitely needs to see this :-)