I have tested my Easy Hammock bushcraft hammock a couple of times now and I am very pleased with it. The quality of the hammock and the workmanship is very good.
Here is the information about the hammock direct from the Easy Hammock website.
A hybrid between the classic, and our insulated hammock with all the standard features like integrated bug net (mosquito, midge and fly proof) and suspension. Main feature of this version is the bottom insulation is replaced by a second, loose layer of fabric finished with a side zipper which creates about 2.5cm space between the layers. This can be filled with insulation of your choice to effectively create an insulated hammock. Netting can be stored at the foot end using shock cord loop installed in the foot end hood. There is also another tying point at the head end for hanging accessories like your jacket, pillow, or empty compression sack for storage.
-Unlike classic double layer hammocks this model works quite well with roll mats or self inflating mats as there is actually space for the mat to expand. Also the mat goes in diagonal corners of the underquilt layer holding it in place exactly under your body. Unfortunatelly I can’t guarante compatibility with every mat in existence, you might have to fold a corner to make it fit.
-For bushcraft applications a roll mat, self inflating mat, folded wool blanket or even an old sleeping bag can be used for insulation.
As a survival hammock dry gras, leaves or moss can be used, as well as cardboard or newspapers.
Included with every hammock:
– full suspension with 2 x 4m straps,
– ridgeline organiser,
– cotton storage bag.
As well as bottom insulation, you will need some form of top insulation in the shape of a blanket or sleeping bag, which can be unzipped and used like a duvet for maximum comfort and freedom of movement.
Like all other hammocks a suitable tarp (min 3m long) is required to protect from the elements, especially wind as the botom layer is breathable/wind resistant and not windproof.
Hammock – 700g,
Bag – 50g,
Suspension – 300g (carabiners-70g + Tapes-230g), Tapes can be cut to size to save weight.
Pack size: Hammock with suspension – 2.4 liters (20cm x 24cm x 5cm).
Hammock dimensions: 3m (10ft) long body, 249cm ridgeline, 270cm from carabiner to carabiner. Fits people up to 185cm height.
The material used for the hammock is uncoated, non-waterproof, breathable, true rip-stop (reinforced, not square textured) nylon. The mosquito net material is strong and non stretchable.
No.5 zips are used, which helps to prevent snagging and there are two zips. One to attach the moquito net to the hammock and the other to gain access between the two bottom layers to allow the user to put insulation between.
I used a reindeer skin for insulation and it worked very well.
The construction of the hammock is a-symmetrical and this allows you to lay flat when sleeping (or on your side). I had a down back which I opened and had over my body like a quilt. As it was snowing, I used my infamous piece of Pertex as a tarp.
The first night I experienced some cold spots, but the second night I constructed what I am calling a “hammock skirt” out of lightweight parachute material, which hung between the ground and the hammock to prevent cold air circulating under (it was also a good place to store my kit).
I personally did not like the back that the hammock came in,
so I designed a new bag which my wife sewed together for me. This back has an opening at both ends, making it easier to hang the hammock from the bag, and the bag remains on the hammock all the time.
I am unlikely to use the hammock much during the winter, but I will write another review next year when I have used it more. I will also be working with Easy Hammock to develop my idea of the “hammock skirt”.