Whether you’re a die-hard camper or think days at the beach are the ultimate way to enjoy the great outdoors, a hammock arguably is an ideal way to channel some serious chill vibes.
In the last decade, hammocks have undergone a major overhaul, with modern versions evolving into lightweight, compact, and portable versions of their heavy, hand-woven (and often stationary) counterparts. Luckily, with almost every outfitter out there having a hammock these days, prices have also become more competitive.
But offers as cheap as this one on Amazon are rare: a little more than a tenner for a camping hammock from the proven outdoor brand Wise Owl Outfitters.
Wise Owl Outfitters hammock for camping: $10.62 (Amazon; digital clip coupon)
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The Wise Owl Hammock version weighs just over a pound (24 ounces, to be exact) and folds down to the size of an eggplant, making it a cinch for any weekend getaway where you fancy lots of chilled out hanging out . It’s also great for using at home – or whenever you need an infusion of coolness into your day.
Made of lightweight, durable parachute nylon with triple-lock seams, the hammock measures 9 feet long by 4.5 feet wide and is ideal for one person (weight limit is 400 pounds). The stuff sack is attached to the side so it won’t get lost, and doubles as a handy pocket for your phone and the like (and you’ll definitely want to snap some selfies when you sit back).
You won’t get confused when setting it up either. Included are two 9ft tree straps and carabiners, with five different connection points on each strap allowing for easy adjustment. All you have to do is find two trees about 12 to 20 feet apart, loop the straps around the trees (don’t worry, they won’t damage them) and snap the carabiners from the hammock to a connection point on the straps (trust us, it’s a lot easier than it sounds and a setup video makes it practically foolproof). In about a minute, you’ll be swaying in the breeze and well on your way to the kind of relaxation that only a hammock can provide.
Care is also child’s play: simply remove the carabiners, throw the hammock in the washing machine, hang it up to dry and you’re ready for the next hammock.
Whether you’re buying one for yourself or as a gift, the Wise Owl hammock is a proven crowd favorite: it’s the best-seller in its category on Amazon and has more than 39,000 five-star reviews. And with a current price below the cost of a couple of lattes, it’s a very smart choice indeed.