A traditional tropical-style hammock that’s light enough to throw into a daypack for summer use.
- Breathable fabric is nice and cool in hot weather
- Tropical colors and vibe
- Suspension system is an add-on buy
- It’s easy to tangle the end strings
- Fair and warm weather use only
The Amazonas Ultra-light Silk Traveller Techno will bring back memories for those whose experience of the best hammocks comes from travels in South America or Asia. It’s colorful, packs small (it’s the second most compact hammock on test) and has jungle-cred. Rather than the skin being gathered in at each end, the hammock is hung on a web of fine strings running to eyelets which allow it to spread out wider.
The breathable ‘parachute silk’ (actually nylon nowadays) is a boon in hot weather and this, allied to the tiny size, simplicity, and ease of hanging makes it an ideal piece of kit to throw into a day pack for a siesta or lounging option on a summer’s hike. Use a closed cell mat and a light sleeping bag (choose one from our best sleeping bags guide) and a summer night under the stars becomes a possibility.
• RRP: £45 (UK)
• Weight: 350g / 12.5oz
• Size: 220cm x 140cm / 86in x 55in
• Suspension system: Rope to eyelet, (rope not included)
• Fabric: Breathable nylon parachute silk
• Accessories included: Integral stuff sack
• Accessories available: Adjustable micro-rope set
• Colors: Orange and grey
In the field
I used my own ropes to hang the hammock – note that you’ll have to do the same or include Amazonas’s add-on buy suspension system – for a quick and easy set up. The myriad individual strings that run between skin and suspension eyelet are the traditional way of supporting a hammock and allow for a wider spread rather than bunching at both ends; the Amazonas’s system is the more comfortable. But beware – if you tangle those strings it can be as frustrating and challenging as solving a Rubik’s Cube to sort them out.
When you take the hammock down a useful tip is to keep the strings at either end stretched out and then twist them gently into two ‘ropes’ before packing everything into the stuff sack.
Even in a cold winter’s wood the fabric was soft and comfortable, whilst from experience I know that on a hot day a breathable skin stops sweaty overheating.
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.
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