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 Hammocks – A Buyers Guide 
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Hammocks – A Buyers Guide
by: Anastasia Phocas

Used for relaxation and leisure, the hammock, a symbol from our ancient times, still survives with constructions that are more complex. Originally, hammocks were the beds for the many poor people. Arwaks and Caribs, the first known settlers of West Indies used hammocks as their beds. In most of the Latin American countries, hammocks are common household items in almost all homes.

Hammocks consist of a network of twin or thin rope and cloth, which is stretched between two stationary and stable points. Some of these hammocks are made with eye-catching colors and with intricate designs. Hammocks are also made especially for backpacking which include mosquito nettings and provide night time storage space in the attached pockets. Most of the hammocks are sold as pre-made but some enthusiasts prefer to assemble their own hammocks.

Since the movement of the hammock is in concert with the vessel’s movement, sailors use them for sleeping. Additionally, in a moving ship, sleeping in hammocks avoids the risk of being thrown onto the floor. Find more info at

Many of the users worry that they will fall out of the hammock while asleep. The sides of the hammock – traditionally designed – covers and wraps around the sleeper like a cushion. Therefore, it is practically impossible to fall down from it.

Hammocks are made from cotton rope or polyester rope. The most traditional and most recognized style of hammock is the rope hammocks. The spreader bars, which are an accessory of the rope hammock, keep it open by separating the sides of the hammock. These hammocks can be hung between a couple of trees or on outdoor stands. Rope hammocks are generally made of polyester or cotton yarn.

The rope in cotton hammocks stretch and contour the body. It is more comfortable than polyester rope hammocks. Polyester hammocks can withstand higher humidity, UV rays and salt water. However, they are not as flexible as the cotton rope hammocks.

In cooler climates, the quilted hammocks are more comfortable. Unlike the rope hammock, there are two layers of fabrics in the quilted hammocks and the layers are separated with fiber-filler. It is more like a comforter.

Camping hammocks should be portable, lightweight and should protect the user from the elements. It should also be suitable to an occasional vacationer as well as to an avid outdoorsman. In order to withstand various types of climate, it is preferable to buy a camping hammock made of parachute nylon which is a more durable material. For the protection against mosquitoes and insects when camping or hiking, purchase a style that includes a net.

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