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The Hammock Backpack
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Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: The Hammock Backpack on 07/31/2013 23:11:05 MDT Print View

I don't see the point in this. It's a hammock that pulls out of your pack and is attached to your pack. Why wouldn't you carry a separate hammock that is not attached to your pack?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
The Hammock Backpack on 08/01/2013 06:13:30 MDT Print View

People will buy almost anything once. This is pointless as Justin says. Why? Plus it's a Kickstarter project, so probably won't come to fruition.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Big Deal. on 08/01/2013 16:11:20 MDT Print View

Makes me cringe every time I see one of these new hammock companies using ropes instead of tree straps. Just one more of the same old thing. Lots of people jumping on the hammock band wagon with absolutely nothing new to offer the community.


Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
The Hammock Backpack on 08/01/2013 16:33:31 MDT Print View

Something similar was proposed at Trailspace last year or maybe early this year...
The idea did not make that much sense to me (for hikers) but there was some enthusiasm there.

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: The Hammock Backpack on 08/01/2013 16:54:39 MDT Print View

What would be an interesting idea is if you could just carry around a backpack harness and the hammock could be formed into the sack which would strap into your harness. This way you would eliminate the outershell of your pack.

Since Hammocks need to be a heavier weight fabric anyway and don't immediately fail with small holes you might be able to save weight this way.

As for the idea on kickstarter whay wouldn't you just always keep your hammock in your backpack at least before you attached the to you had a choice.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: The Hammock Backpack on 08/01/2013 16:56:21 MDT Print View

Holy cow. Folks have already given nearly $9,000 for this with 15 days to go.

edit: Greg posted a similar thought 2 mins prior


Edited by ViolentGreen on 08/01/2013 16:57:37 MDT.

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Hammock as backpack on 08/01/2013 17:51:30 MDT Print View

Greg and Ryan,

Google "bridgeskin" and "hammockforums". It's been done as a DIY (and might cool one at that), by a gent named Dutch, owner of He posted his third iteration in May 2013. In short, it is a bridge hammock with integrated straps that folds into a gearskin type pack.

Edited by BER on 08/01/2013 17:57:43 MDT.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Hammock as backpack on 08/02/2013 10:55:37 MDT Print View

I can see how a bridge hammock could fairly easily be turned into a backpack. That's much closer to the innovation that impresses.


Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: The Hammock Backpack on 08/02/2013 18:44:13 MDT Print View

A camping hammock is so much more than just the hammock body. That plain hammock is okay for a hot afternoon nap, but you need tarp, bug screen, and top and bottom insulation to use it for use as a shelter. And then you are tied to that one pack model, etc, etc.

You can buy a 9oz hammock plus whoopie slings and tree straps for about $60 if you want a quality UL afternoon lounger: You can buy cheap hammocks, but you'll nickle and dime yourself getting a decent suspension and then all the pieces to make it a usable overnight shelter. No free lunch!

Nice way to raise $10k!