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how to choose a hammock
The two most common kinds of
hammocks you’ll find are rope hammocks and fabric hammocks. Rope
hammocks are more traditional, and are terrific in summertime because
the wide open weave will let those nice cool breezes come through from
the bottom. The rope can be cotton or synthetic – cotton tends to be
softer and will conform more to the body, but synthetics will do a
better job of resisting rot. If you find yourself falling in love with a
colored rope hammock, make sure to verify that the fiber was dyed before
being woven into yarn, not after, since the latter scenario can result
in dye being transferred to your clothing.
The one drawback of rope
hammocks is that they have a tendency to leave those not-so-lovely
indentations in your skin after you’ve been lying in them all
afternoon. This, of course, is a problem you’ll avoid if you go with a
fabric hammock instead, which come in a wide variety of different
fabrics. Choose cotton for best breathability, coated polyester if
you're looking for something waterproof.
like the cocoon-like feel of a hammock, get a Mayan-style
hammock, which doesn’t have spreader bars. These hammocks do
tend to feel slightly more stable, making them a good choice if
you’re not the most graceful person in the world, or if you
suffer from some obscure falling-out-of-a-hammock phobia. They’re
also lightweight and fold up nice and small, which means you can
easily pack them along with you on your next beachside retreat.
Otherwise, spreader bars will give you more spread-out space
(duh), which is particularly nice if you have two people sharing
the hammock. The more strings that come through the spreader
bars, the better, since it’s indicative of the tightness of
the weave. This means more support (good) and in general a
higher price (not so good).
to score a cheap hammock online*
Ramona’s Hammocks www.hamix.com
just type in "hammock" to search listings
*We have not personally
ordered from any of the websites listed above. Use these resources
as a guide when you begin shopping around for your hammock.
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