Cloth Non-spreader Bar Hammocks
Cloth non-spreader bar hammocks provide easy portability with warmth (due to less airflow through them) and are generally very comfortable. Once again, I have decided to use three different styles – Brazilian, camping and fabric
Brazilian hammocks are hand-woven from cotton fibers into a thick fabric which produces a warm hammock bed for sleeping. They are known for there vibrant colors but can also be found in neutral tones and they are usually accented with an elaborate fringe making them a very attractive hammock as well.
These hammocks can be used indoors or out but care must be taken to keep them out of the weather to keep them looking their best. The cotton fabric is somewhat susceptible to rot, mold and mildew and is therefore not the best choice for warm humid climates.
The tightly woven fabric makes these a great choice for families with small children as the hammocks have no holes to get caught on. However, remember that these hammocks are more difficult for children to get out of, so they shouldn’t be left unattended.
For the hiker, backpacker, cyclist, or any outdoor enthusiast, this is the hammock of choice. They are very lightweight, durable and compact for easy transportation. They usually come with a bag that they can be easily stuffed into for transporting them and for protection.
Made of parachute nylon, these hammocks come in a variety of colors, including two-tone, and are very easy to care for. They are weather resistant and quick drying. These hammocks are a “kid friendly” choice as they are machine washable and there aren’t holes in them.
The camping hammock provides a safe, dry, relatively warm spot for sleeping. Some even include a mosquito netting protection. For colder temperatures, a sleeping bag can be used in them and for additional warmth a pad can also be purchased.
The fabric hammocks have similarities to both the other two types. They are similar in looks to the Brazilian hammock except that they don’t have the decorative edging and they are made of a cotton/polyester blend instead of cotton. This makes them less susceptible to the elements and very easy to care for.
Fabric hammocks come in a wide variety of colors, including striped versions and they are available in both single and double sizes. There is little air flow through them so they are best suited to slightly cooler climates. These hammocks are a great choice for families with children because it is a solid bed with no holes.
Like the camping hammock they are lightweight, though not quite as light as the nylon ones. This makes them easy to transport. They take much longer to dry if left out in the rain so it is recommended that they be brought indoors when not in use.
Whether you are heading to the backcountry or just heading to your backyard, a hammock is great way to relax and enjoy nature and even if you just want to have a cozy place to hang out indoors I hope that this information has been helpful as you make your selection. Just remember the 5 W’s – Who, What, When, Where and Why – and lay back, put your feet up and enjoy life!