A good-value classic, whether you are just starting out with hammock camping or building on bushcraft skills for longer trips.
Simple, sturdy construction
Easily adjustable suspension system
Single-skin so practise needed to arrange mat and bedding
Tarp required to make wet-weather proof
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Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock: first impressions
Simple is good, and the single-skin Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock does all that’s needed for comfortable nights out in wooded country. The easy-to-adjust ladder-loop and carabiner suspension system is an improvement on traditional ropes and knots, making it easy to set up correctly, and the kelp green colour won’t draw attention to your camp.
You’ll need Alpkit’s own brand tarp or another rainfly to sleep out in all but the driest of weather, but the Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock is still one of the lightest and most practical hammock set-ups. Though lightweight the stitching, fabric and suspension straps are all good quality and robust – critical when you’re going to be trusting your weight to them.
Develop your hammock camping skills, learn how to set up a tarp for maximum shelter and have the right sleeping kit and the Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock could be used across three seasons, making it one of the best hammocks available.
• RRP: £40 (UK)
• Weight: 515g / 18oz
• Size: 300cm x 145cm / 118in x 57in
• Suspension system: Quick adjust, ladder loop, tree straps with carabiners
• Fabric: 20D Nylon skin, 1000D polyester webbing straps
• Accessories included: Storage bag
• Accessories available: Bug net, tarp, under quilt
• Colors: Kelp
Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock: in the field
I had the Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock set up and adjusted for optimum comfort in under four minutes (learn how I got so fast in how to use a hammock and the best knots for camping and hiking!). This was helped by the ladder-loop strap and clip-in carabiners suspension system taking the fiddle and guess-work out of centering the skin between trees and making it easy to get the correct hang for comfort, (loose enough to allow you to sleep at an angle across the axis, and at a height where you can sit in the hammock with feet on the ground).
Each strap on the Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock goes around a tree or other hanging point and then back through a loop before the skin is clipped into one of the loops. The straps are long enough to cope with most trunk diameters and distances between suspension points and provide a good grip to prevent slippage.
Nylon skins are slippery and so it takes a bit of practise to place and keep an insulating mat under your body as you arrange your sleeping kit, and the Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock is no exception. I used a full-sized foam mat that fitted well into the generous dimensions of the hammock and once in place the mat stayed in position even as I moved around between different sleeping positions.
All in all the Alpkit Mora Single Sleeper Hammock is a well-priced hammock that is light enough to take along as one component of a versatile bivvy sleeping set-up.
After a wild childhood in west Cork, Jasper Winn began embarking on long cycles, walks, horse journeys and kayak trips across five continents – adventures he’s decanted into books, magazine articles, radio and television documentaries. Keen on low-tech but good gear, Jasper is an advocate of slow adventures by paddle, pedal, saddle, boot and sail. He has circumnavigated Ireland by kayak and cycled across the Sahara. Twice. Having ridden north-to-south across Algeria he discovered the only way to get back was to turn round and pedal north again.