As you already know, recently I was working on a project entitled: “I’m going ahead” This assumption – to have a small backpack (easy to move, only hand luggage on the plane) and everything compatible so as not to lose the comfort of traveling. At first glance, there was the issue of sleeping – of course I will use hostels, bungals or motels / hotels, but what if I sleep outside of them?
After two days of thinking, I came to the conclusion that the best option would be a hammock. I chose this Sea to Summit Ultralight.
The manufacturer’s price is PLN 429, and I managed to bring it down to PLN 309 with delivery. Why this one and for such a price?
The answer is simple. It may happen that:
– I don’t always find a hotel / hostel,
– the weather (the heat will be like this) where the only option will be just sleeping under the cloud.
So I am left with a form of accommodation called “bushcraft“.
The selection criteria were quality, ease of disassembly and, above all, weight. This gem (I chose the XL version) weighs only 155 grams in the L version and 200 grams in the version I bought (the normal weight of hammocks is at least 750-850 grams) !!!
In addition, when folded, it fits in the hand (it is not much larger than a baseball) and fits easily in the pockets of pants (in extreme cases) – which is also important – it simply takes up little space.
With the luggage I assume (small hand luggage up to 7 kg), it is the weight and size that are decisive.
You will ask why such a small luggage?
I know from experience that:
- more than half of the things taken will not be useful when traveling,
- large luggage is a burden – remember that in India or Indonesia (not to mention Australia) it will be 30-35 * C every day and lugging 20-30 kg luggage is nonsense,
- large luggage is the cost of air transport (I have about 20 flights – this can be calculated assuming that 1 checked luggage is at least 50 euro),
That is why I will buy all the necessary accessories (food, clothes or e.g. a knife) on the spot, just like local people, and leave or give away before the flight so as not to accumulate unnecessary ballast.
The company I chose was founded by a group of Australian climbers who made a bold ascent to Mount Everest in 1984, paving a new route from the north without oxygen and sherps’ help. A few years later, Tim Macartney-Snape returns to Mount Everest, and in 1990 he sets off on foot along the Ganges towards the Himalayas. After a few months it reaches the highest peak and the expedition is named “Sea To Summit”
Back in Australia, Tim Macartney-Snape joined forces with his climbing companion, design guru Roland Tyson, to create a company that offers professional, well-made yet affordable outdoor equipment (based on his own experience with expeditions). The company was named “Sea To Summit”. Currently, Sea To Summit offers the most innovative tourist accessories appreciated by travelers from around the world.
Here is the product presentation on the official website:
I took the XL version because I had to choose a mosquito net for it – after all, I fly to the malaria areas and I have “full protection”.
Additionally, the universal Mosquito Net by BUSHMEN (the cheapest option is available at the Scout Storehouse) – cost PLN 145
In addition, a fastening system that does not damage trees or tear off the bark or cut into it (as in the case of lines), i.e. it will be eco and I will not leave any trace of myself. 2-clamp assembly in less than 30 seconds. You can buy such a system for PLN 65. The mounting system is included in the set with the hammock – I bought a spare set.
And the last element – a tarp (i.e. a waterproof protective canopy – the so-called camping cloth), which on the ground can be used as a substitute for a tent. Here again, I chose compatibility as a criterion, and above all weight (450 g – normal weight starts from 750 g). Of course it’s a scales with herring which I probably won’t take on board the plane – so I expect it to be a lighter package.
Dimensions 2.8 x 1.8 m. – I think it will be enough to protect the hammock against tropical rain.
Hiking equipment test:
The hammock is actually very light and compact (when compressed, it fits in a hand or a trouser pocket).
The hammock in the XL variant it is huge – as you can see in the photo, you can wrap yourself up completely. Airy, transparent fabric, very durable. The belts are really fast to install and do not cut into the trees. Cool. It was tested in Norway and Greece – I slept perfectly. Dimensions and weight are the main advantages.
As for mosquito net I have a mixed feeling, it gets tangled but does its job. It can be combined with a hammock (usually a given manufacturer produces mosquito nets for hammocks of its type), which is not always possible. Note – if you care about time, look where you buy – Scout’s Storehouse is not the fastest option.
The Tarp is light, it works great, although the corners quickly showed abrasions. It is also worth purchasing your own links separately to be independent.
The fact that everything works great is proved by the recording from the trip to Kalamata in Greece.
Pictures from Norway – I stayd at the end of August.
Summing up – I sincerely recommend this form of rest. In addition to the comfort of sleeping and transport, it is a very good form of relaxation in nature and a great alternative to a traditional tent.
You can buy a hammock on the manufacturer’s official website – https://seatosummit.pl/.
I was buying on the website of the travel shop – https://www.skalnik.pl/
If you have any questions or want to share your impressions of using the hammock – feel free to comment on the post.