Small. That is the first thing which comes to mind when you open the box. This hammock packs down bloody small. It’s about the size of an orange. I almost didn’t want to take it out of the bag because it seemed so perfect just sitting there, all packed up nice and cozy… anyways back to the review on the Hummingbird Single Hammock.
Hummingbird Single Hammock
I’ve seen a few hammocks in my time, so I was interested to have a look at what Humming Bird Hammocks claim to be the “lightest weight, smallest packing hammock on the market”. With an ample selection of colours to chose from (orange, blue and two shades of green), the Humming Bird Single Hammock was looking good before I even got it. A few days later it arrived in the post in the tiniest of boxes, and I really thought it was empty. As Humming Bird Hammocks claim again, this Single “weighs less than a lemon and packs smaller than a coffee cup”, and I gotta say they’re right. The Single weighs 147g (5.2 oz for you americanos) but still has an incredible breaking strain of 136kg (300lbs).
To make it so small they use an extremely tight fabric bag to store it in. This does keep it very compact, but it’s a right pain trying to unpack and pack it because it’s just too tight. It would have been nice to have some extra space here like in the ENO ultralight. The Single is made of PIA-C-44378 Certified Reserve Parachute Fabric (very complex…), which means that it can be extremely light but still manage the incredible weight rating. The material seems a bit odd at first, and I felt like I was unpacking a cheap poncho when I first used it. However, it holds very well and is extremely comfortable. The use of lock stitching (rather than traditional chain stitching) makes the hammock less likely to unravel, and also adds extra strength.
Setting up the hammock is very simple, and the button links on each end can easily be attached to your hammock ropes/tree straps. Usually, there are carabiners on each end, but these button links work just as well and also save weight. One thing which really annoys me about ALL hammock companies is that they never include tree straps with the hammock; even having a short bit of paracord would be nice. Luckily I have my own tree straps, but it really annoys me because you can’t really use a hammock without them.
Overall, the Hummingbird Single Hammock is a fantastic ultralight hammock. Don’t be deceived by the small size and low weight, this beast will hold up just fine and have you swinging away in no time.