I’m writing the review for the La Siesta Double Hammock while sitting in the La Siesta Double Hammock.
I’m hung between two juniper trees and because it’s April in Arizona, the wind is howling. Luckily the extra parachute silk material is blocking some of the gusts, at least enough to write.
You’d probably prefer to read a hammock review from a hammock connoisseur, which I will admit now that I am not. I’ve been road tripping around the Southwest in my car for almost two and a half weeks, and this is the first time I’ve unpacked the hammock and tried it out. I’ll blame this on a lack of trees in the desert, as well as general intimidation by anything involving lots of ropes and intricate knot systems.
Luckily for a green hammock-er like myself, the La Siesta suspension system is freakishly easy. Sturdy SmartHooks and easy-to-work-with rope made adjusting the hammock’s tension and location a breeze (wait, it’s spring in Arizona – more hurricane force blast than a breeze…). The parachute silk is lightweight, yet sturdy enough to stand up to feisty desert pokey plants. The whole system packs down to the size of a large Nalgene bottle and is relatively lightweight, considering it can also suspend your body midair. It can also be used as a picnic blanket, sun shade, or out-on-the-town wrap dress (okay, they don’t advertise that but you could probably make it work).
My boyfriend helped me test out the “double” feature and the hammock easily supported us both, without stretching or making any scary tearing or breaking noises. It’s still a double hammock, however, meaning you REALLY have to like your hammock companion to make this feature worthwhile. Also, double check your juniper trees before committing the hammock to a double load.
The main cons of this hammock are the nearly too small stuff sack and juniper camouflage pattern (I’d recommend the pink or turquoise so you don’t leave it at your campsite like I almost did).
I’d give the La Siesta Double Hammock two thumbs up for car camping, porch hanging, boating and cragging – but the large hooks might be too bulky for backpacking or other ultra-light travel. You could leave ‘em behind, or just leave behind your water filter, wherever your priorities happen to lie.
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Emerald LaFortune is an Idaho and Montana based outdoor writer and adventure guide (whitewater boating with OARS — Idaho) with an Environmental Studies and Non-Profit Administration background. You can see her portfolio here and her blog here. Most of her writing experience involves river sports and environmental issues.