Easy Hammock bushcraft/survival hammock first review

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.

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Here is the information about the hammock direct from the Easy Hammock website.

Description

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.
NOTE:
-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.

STANDARD size:
Weight:
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.

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I used a reindeer skin for insulation and it worked very well.

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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.

perspex hammock cover

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).

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I personally did not like the back that the hammock came in,

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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”.

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I’ve bought a hammock

I have been thinking about buying a hammock and had decided to buy a Warbonnet Blackbird XLC

because it is possible to lay flat in this hammock as it is a-symmetrical.  However, I could not find a supplier here in Sweden, or even in the EU and as the shipping and import taxes would have been very high, I did not want to order direct from the States.

I then decided to buy a Dutchware Chameleon Hammock, but they did not have any outlet in the EU either.

Then a friend told me about a guy he knew who has started making hammocks.  He had been to a Bushcraft UK meet and shown his products and my friend thought they were very good.  The company is called Easy Hammocks and the guy who runs it is called Matthew.

I had a look at his website and liking the idea of supporting a small, growing business, I decided to order a Bushcraft/Survival Hammock which unlike his other models, does not have a built-in under-quilt but instead has two layers of material that allow you to put your own insulation or insulation mat inside.

More information here; https://easyhammock.co.uk/p/bushcraft-survival-hammock

Matt is hoping to get the hammock to me within three weeks, so once I have received it and tested it, I will write a review.

 

A new year

I begin the year unemployed again, as a new company has taken over Gällivare Tourist Centre.

At home, I began the new year clearing snow from the roofs of our buildings (the snow was 110cms thick).

110cm snow

We have been out walking and the girls have been practising skiing

I have also been teaching the girls to make a quinzee.

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The sun is appearing above the horizon and where we live, it has started shining on the tree tops.

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Last night there was a clear sky and with an almost full moon, it was very bright outside

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And here is a picture of the moon from early this morning to end with.

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A brief visit to my cabin

The majority of snow has now melted so I was able to drive to th cabin on Monday with dad to check that everything was ok.  Because of my slipped disk, we have not been able to get there over the winter.

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There were very few birds there, but there were several Wood Sandpipers dispalying.

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While driving along a road, there was a Moose standing in front of us.  It moved to the side and then stood there so that I could photograph it

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Yesterday we had a Common crane visit our garden

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On Friday I am going to hospital to see a doctor to find out what they are going to do about my back problem.  I’m assuming (and hoping) that it will be another operation.

The loft conversion and a quinzee

Last week I spent a day at Solberget Wilderness Village teaching their guests to build a quinzee ( I describe how to build one here; https://naturallore.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/making-a-snow-shelter-or-quinzee/

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The heap of snow was left to freeze for 2 hours

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Then the quinzee was hollowed out

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Once it was hollowed out, there was sufficient room inside to all the children.

Work on the loft conversion also continues…

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The ceiling is up and all the electric cables to lights and plug sockets are in place, plus the wall dividing the bedroom and play room is now up

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the built-in cupboards are also being constructed

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I start work again on Monday, so progress will be much slower after that.

Loft conversion week 3

Work has continued on the loft conversion over Christmas, but not as much has been completed as I had hoped.

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All the insulation is completed now and I have been wiring in lights and sockets.

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The access holes have insulated doors in place now and just need the fronts fitted to them.

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Even though the sun is not appearing above the horizon just now, on the 26th there was a really nice dusk sky with mother of pearl clouds.

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More next week!!

Settling in

We are gradually getting unpacked and organised in our new house

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This is the upstairs in our house, which I am going to convert to extra rooms.

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Here is the view from the veranda at the back of the house as the sun attempts to appear just above the horizon.

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and here is a picture of the full moon that I took a couple of weeks ago and forgot to put up here.

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