Perfect for camping in areas where night biters are a problem, the Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More’s integral mosquito net foils the insects that can make sleeping outdoors a misery.
Integral suspended bug net
Breathable fabric for comfort
Potentially usable across three seasons
Provided ropes are short, reducing suspension possibilities
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Insects are the bane of sleeping out, a problem the Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More seeks to combat, confirming its inclusion in our list of best hammocks. It is a practical bushcraft hammock with a well-designed mosquito net, with mesh fine enough to keep out black fly, no-see-ums and other horrors, though you may still want to keep some of the best insect repellents handy.
A YKK zip completely seals the gap between the net and the opening along one long side of the hammock, while elastic guys hold the net clear. Generous dimensions for a single hammock make it easy to get a good diagonal lying position, and also holds a mat and bedding in place better than many, meaning those with experience could comfortably use this across three seasons.
• RRP: $92.50 (US) / £78 (UK) / $110 (AU)
• Weight: 880g / 28oz
• Size: 300cm x 150cm / 118in x 59in
• Suspension system: Ropes
• Fabric: Breathable parachute nylon
• Accessories included: Integral bug net, integral stuff sack
• Accessories available: Rain flys, tree savers and carabiners
• Colors: Green
In the field
The Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More was quick to put up, using the best knots for camping and hiking, though I’d change the ropes for longer ones to give more flexibility where trees are fewer or more widely spaced.
Because the entry-zip between skin and net is along one long side, you need to decide which side you’re going to use as the entrance – away from the wind, and/or uphill if there’s a slope, ideally – and orientate and hang the hammock accordingly.
Once in the hammock it was easy to close the net, and I could sit comfortably across the axis with legs drawn up, and stay protected by the net. Paired with a large rainfly this is a hammock that could be a practical multi-day, relatively light-weight sleeping system for hikers, touring or off-road cyclists or paddlers.
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.