There are many different types of hammock, including net, canvas, bar or travel hammocks.
Hammock widths generally range from 1 to 2 meters. For one person, a hammock 140 or 160 cm wide is generally sufficient. However, if you're planning to share the hammock with two people, or if you'd like to have enough space to stretch out diagonally, it's best to opt for a hammock 180 to 200 cm wide. Before making your purchase, be sure to check the hammock's weight-bearing capacity. Most hammocks can support weights ranging from 80 to 250 kg.
Another important aspect to consider is the total weight of the hammock. If you're planning to take it with you on expeditions or travels, it may be wise to choose a relatively lightweight hammock. And don't forget to consider the hammock's suspension system, as without it, you won't be able to set it up and enjoy it to the full.
The advantages of a hammock
Unlike a tent, which requires flat ground for a comfortable night's sleep, a hammock can be set up on any type of terrain, whatever the slope or nature of the ground. All you need is two attachment points. So you can hang a hammock in places where it would be impossible to pitch a tent.
Once you've got used to sleeping in a hammock, comfort is generally better than with a tent.
Bivouacking in a hammock allows you to be discreet, as you can set up in unusual places.
Hammocks are relatively light, making them a practical sleeping solution for outdoor adventures.
On clear days, you can fall asleep admiring the stars from your hammock.
Hammocks also offer great comfort for relaxing and resting during the day.
The hammock is easy to remove, providing a dry, spacious space under the tarpaulin.
Sleeping in a hammock offers excellent comfort once you get used to it, and there are a few tricks to enhance the experience.
Sleeping on your back isn't the only option - you can also sleep on your side. When sleeping on your back, placing a small, soft object (such as a cushion or a cover filled with clothes) under your knees helps to avoid having your legs stretched out all night long, which can be uncomfortable. Similarly, a small improvised pillow with a piece of clothing can vary the position of the head. After a few nights, you'll get used to the position and sleep very comfortably. What's more, you appreciate the fact that you can sleep in similar conditions every night, unlike in a tent where the nature of the ground (stones, sand...) and the slope can vary from one bivouac to the next.
The back position is often associated with the hammock, but it is possible to sleep on your side, although this may be less comfortable. Sleeping on the stomach, on the other hand, is virtually impossible.
The tension of the hammock is a crucial aspect: you sleep much better in a hammock that is slightly relaxed, unless the hammock adjustment allows you to sleep diagonally. Positioning diagonally provides a flat contact surface, which improves comfort.
The tighter the hammock, the greater the risk of feeling compressed, but this also depends on the shape of the hammock. The same hammock can offer a very different experience depending on its setting. Over time, you'll learn to set up your hammock in the same way every time, and you'll enjoy the same level of comfort.
Hammocks are generally sold separately from their supports. To choose the right size of stand, we recommend adding 20 to 50 cm to each side of the hammock's length. For example, a hammock measuring 2.50 m will require a stand measuring 2.70 to 3 meters.
The choice of support material, wood or metal, depends mainly on your preferences and weight. Metal supports offer solid stability. Generally treated against rust, these supports can be used outdoors without any problem. Wooden brackets, on the other hand, are more suited to indoor use and add a decorative touch to your home.
When it comes to fastening systems, you can choose between hooks or ropes to attach your hammock to a stand or tree. We recommend using a static cord (such as Ticket to The Moon cords) rather than a conventional rope. This allows more precise adjustment and makes it easier to untie knots. You can also opt for an adjustable mounting strap, for quick installation and adjustment.
Depending on the type of mounting you choose, the knots you use will be different. If you can double-tie the rope, the overhand knot is practical, as it's easy to untie and allows you to adjust the hammock's tension easily. If you use a single strand, several knots are possible, such as the chair knot, which is easy to untie. Alternatively, you can use two carabiners to make a capstan knot, which makes it easy to adjust hammock tension even with a single strand.
If you only have one attachment point for your hammock, you can opt for a one-sided support.
Operating temperature and protection
When the temperature is below 20°C, it's essential to use a ground mattress in the hammock to prevent the underside of the sleeping bag from being compressed by the sleeper's weight, which would reduce its insulating effectiveness and accentuate the sensation of cold. Below 10°C, we recommend the use of a protective hammock comforter in addition to an adequate sleeping bag to protect you from the cold.
When you hang your hammock outdoors, especially between trees, your moment of relaxation may be disturbed by the presence of insects. A mosquito net can be very useful, especially near lakes and rivers. Ticket To The Moon mosquito nets completely envelop your hammock, offering total protection against insects.
If it rains, you don't always have to stow all your gear. You can continue to relax using a tarpaulin. This lightweight, waterproof tarpaulin attaches over your hammock and acts as a roof, protecting you from the elements while letting you enjoy your relaxation space.