The right hammock features make all the difference. Check out five ways that Clark delivers quality:
1. THE BEST SUSPENSION KIT
You simply won’t get a better suspension kit in the box with any other hammock on the market.
The highest grade Spectra slings allow for quick hanging and slack adjustments from 2 to 6 feet while not stretching an inch when you sit in your bed. The slings are US-made and configured in-house.
Staying Comfortable and Dry
Instead of attaching your suspension line directly to the hammock, Clark provides the aluminum Timp-Hitch which spreads the hammock bed evenly for best comfort. Rubber drip points are installed on the hitch to keep any moisture from finding its way to the hammock.
Effective Tree Protection
The third component of this system is a 2-inch-wide tree protection strap that allows you to keep scuffs off the trees while setting up the hammock without any knots or hassles. 2-inch-wide straps are required in many camping areas.
2. THE PERFECT BED
It was over fifty years ago that Clark began developing its perfect, stable hammock bed (Learn more about Clark’s history). Clark beds will not tip you out, of course. But they also must meet the highest standards in three other areas:
Clark wants its products to be very light, but not so light that the integrity of the bed is compromised. Clark beds are all over 2 oz. per yard, and substantially more depending on the model.
When hammock beds are too lightweight, they stretch a lot. This means that you have to position yourself very diagonally in the bed to feel comfortable. Clark beds are sturdy enough to keep you from feeling like a banana, even when you don’t turn very diagonally in the bed.
Clark beds have been engineered with the help of entomology labs to resist penetrating bites by most of the world’s mosquitoes while remaining breathable so that you can be comfortable in hot, humid environments where mosquitoes thrive. Some environments have especially aggressive mosquitoes that require extra protection. For these environments we recommend the TX-270 jungle hammock with the added Z-Net accessory. The Z-Net netting system velcros under the bed to create extra protection against particularly large, aggressive mosquitoes in areas like the Amazon rain forest. The Z-Net also fits the NX-270 model, but since storage pockets cover a large percentage of the NX bed, it’s less likely to be needed on the NX hammock.
3. THE BEST NETTING
Real No-See-Um netting
No-see-um netting is made to keep even the smallest pests out of your tent. But not all No-See-Um is the same. Clark only uses the most protective netting, with over 1200 holes per square inch to eliminate the most pests. Other companies settle on netting that offers 500-700 holes per square inch.
Most Clark hammocks have netting that is built in panes, accounting for the seams you see throughout. We could make our netting out of one large piece of netting like other companies, but our experience has taught us to do better. By its nature, netting won’t hold up as long as the other fabrics of the hammock, unless it is reinforced to take the stress. The seams absorb this stress. Otherwise, the netting would wear thin in a much shorter time and become useless.
Another benefit to making the netting in panes is that if you were to accidentally damage your netting, it can usually be repaired for free by our sewing experts without having to replace the entire net.
4. THE WEATHERSHIELD
Clark’s WeatherShield is the breathable fabric that zips over the mosquito netting for warmth, privacy and extra protection from the elements. The WeatherShield is standard on most Clark hammocks and is a built-in feature that is not meant to be completely detachable. That’s a good thing because you can easily zip it into place without any hassle to get the full benefit of the enclosure.
The WeatherShield is highly breathable to eliminate most condensation. It is also water repellent. While the WeatherShield is not intended to protect from direct moisture, it will shed indirect moisture like rain that blows under a rain tarp (rain tarps may be purchased separately depending on the model).
Zip up the WeatherShield completely when temperatures are very frigid, or only part-way on milder nights to provide warmth while allowing you to view the stars. You can also deploy the Weathershield on just one side to create a wind break.
5. THE POCKETS
Storage in camping hammocks is a big deal. Storage pockets are a patented feature of Clark hammocks. The pockets work for you in two ways:
Where are you going to put your footwear when you lie down to relax? What if you need items during the night? Is your gear going to be rolling around in the bed with you? How accessible are the items you need and how easy is it to organize them so you can find them in the dark? Almost all Clark hammocks offer storage that is easily accessible when lying inside the hammock, allowing you to place footwear in a good-sized pocket before swinging your legs into the comfortable bed. You’ll also keep items you need during the night close at hand without crowding your bed. The NX and TX models are especially well-equipped, offering interior zippers to access gear stored in pockets under the hammock. That means you don’t have to unzip your mosquito netting to access items you need during the night. Plus, since most models offer multiple pockets, you can organize your gear to easily find what you need, day or night.
Four-season Clark hammocks like the popular NX and the VX double hammock offer storage pockets that double as insulation against the cold. These pockets are intended to keep you from needing to bring any other insulation (besides your sleeping bag) in temperatures close to freezing. In most hammocks, a stiff wind even at 60 degrees F will make you uncomfortable if you don’t have extra insulation, especially if you camp near water. Clark hammocks remove the need to bring extra insulation when camping in temperatures between about 35 F and 65 F at night. Since these are fairly typical temperatures when camping, these Four-season models can save you from the extra bulk and weight of pads or underquilts on many trips.
The pockets built into Clark four-season models protect you from the cold when you place items in them to create a stable air mass underneath your body. NX models offer the best insulating pockets because they have interior zippers that close the pockets, making it less likely that very cold air will move through them.
ONE MORE THING… HEADROOM
The design of most netted hammocks forces the netting to be so close to your nose that you can feel quite claustrophobic. Where do you hang a light when the roof is just a few inches from your eyeballs? How do you sit up in such a hammock?
Clark hammocks are designed differently, always allowing substantial head room so that you can hang a light far enough away to be useful, and allowing you to sit up when necessary.
We understand why other companies design their hammocks with no head room. It is simply cheaper. Without a design that raises the canopy above you, much labor is avoided, bringing the costs down. Clark’s goal isn’t to dazzle you with the cost effectiveness of our design. Rather, our goal is to amaze you with ways that your hammock can enhance your adventure.
CHOOSE EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING
Clark hammocks are backed by decades of testing by backpackers, professionals, tactical teams and special forces around the world. The more you use your Clark hammock, the more you will appreciate the thought and care that went into it’s design.