We really believe that over the next few years, hammocks will continue to become the method of choice for campers and backpackers alike. Unless you’ve got a large group of people and find a tent or two more manageable, hammock camping is lighter, more efficient and supremely more comfortable; there is something dreamy about spending the night swaying between the trees and getting off the ground can make a huge different to how you sleep and how you feel upon waking. If you’re looking for a good camping hammock that can go anywhere and do anything without weighing you down, the Warbonnet Blackbird might be the right choice.
First, the basics. Built from a breathable nylon with a DWR finish, the Blackbird comes in both single layer and double layer fabric options; double layer adds extra weight capacity and allows more than one person to sleep in a single hammock. It will also accommodate people up to 6 feet tall; if you’re taller than 6 feet, you may decide to opt for the Blackbird XLC version, which is designed for taller folks. A full-length zipper ensures accessibility and makes it easy to get in and out, and you can roll the mosquito netting out of the way when you don’t need it.
What sets the Blackbird apart from many other hammocks, however, is the asymmetrical shape and design. Why an asymmetrical shape? Because it allows you to lie in the hammock almost diagonally, which makes for much more comfortable sleeping. There are other hammocks out there that are designed with this same purpose in mind, but the Blackbird takes it a step further and actually incorporates a footbox. This gives you some extra leg room – beyond the mosquito netting – to take full advantage of the irregular shape. Warbonnet also recommends you sleep with the foot end and the footbox raised up just a little bit for extra comfort.
What does it weigh? As mentioned, the Blackbird comes in two weights – the single layer (30d) and double layer (70d). The single layer hammock weighs 1 pound, 6 ounces, and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. The double layer adds another 8 ounces and increases the weight capacity to 400 pounds. Both are solid choices. Neither is the lightest weight out there but is in the relative ballpark of most similar hammocks with similar weight capacity; it’s meant more for camping than straight up backpacking.
Whatever you’re gonna use it for, the Blackbird is a solid choice of camping hammock. At $155 for the single layer and $205 for the double layer, it’s also reasonably priced. Take one out on your next camping trip.