Beginner’s Guide

We know that starting a new hobby can be a bit daunting, so we thought we’d break down some of the mumbo-jumbo that you might come across when  you first start out hammocking.



That bit of fabric that kind of looks like a banana. Also known for being superior in almost every way to a tent.


The thing that attaches your hammock to trees/other objects. There are many different types including our Super Simple Strap System. Click here for a demo.

Insulation (if sleeping)

On an overnight trip you’ll most likely have a sleeping bag or quilt, but using a hammock will compress the lofting of these items and the wind is free to sap your body heat from right out underneath you. Therefore hammockers have come up with a few different solutions to C.B.S. (cold butt syndrome). These range from using a sleeping pad or reflective material to underquilts. The general consensus of hammockers is that the underquilt is the superior method but sleeping pads are fine for if you are just starting out.

Tarp (if you’re expecting rain or you live in the UK)

Something to keep the rain off of you if caught out by a downpour and made from a variety of waterproof fabrics. The usual recommended size is a 3×3 tarp which can give you a decent amount of flexibility of how you can set it up.

Midge net

A fine netting to keep the bugs at bay. Some hammocks have these built in but you can also get removable ones like the Rogue “Bug-Off” Net.


A bit of cordage tied to either end of your hammock. There are two different types of ridgeline:

A standard ridgeline can be used for accessories such as pockets or as somewhere to hang your headtorch. It can also be useful for keeping your midgenet off of your face.

A structual ridgeline is made with a cordage that is strong enough to be weight bearing. This takes some of the load and also allows you to set your hammock to the same amount of sag everytime once you have found out your preference. This can still be used in the same way as standard ridgeline.

Tree straps/huggers

To avoid damaging trees and their bark, considerate hammockers will use tree straps/huggers made from a webbing of at least 1″ in width. These stop thinner cordage scarring trees.


A device used to redirect any drips that are making their way down your hammock suspension. This can be as simple as a tying some string to your suspension or buying a specific bit of hardware for the job. Our cinch buckles used in the Super Simple Strap System double as a drip line.


Points on either your hammock or tarp that you can use to pull out the fabric to make more room or to create tension.


Something to anchor your tarp or hammock tie out points to the ground. Can be as simple as a stick or a rock but most people will carry a set of stakes made from some kind of metal.


For info about how to hang your hammock click here.

For info about choosing the correct size hammock click here.