Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock


Find two suitable trees. Insert both the Slacker Single Hammock and yourself between them. With this category contribution from the sleep specialists at ThermaRest, neophyte tree-dwellers get a chance to try animating their suspended life. Created with a focus on anytime relaxation, Active Junky views the Slacker Hammock as the ideal starting point. Most notably, the nurturing feel of 100% ripstop polyester imparts an easy-going feel to the product (in contrast to many military-inspired models that favor hard-core durability to face-soft texture). Despite Slacker’s interior graphics (the only found on all models evaluated), the 400lb capacity covers all prospective campers-in-training, currently known as nappers. While nearly all camping hammocks stuff into integrated pouches, the Slacker tucks in to form a flatter, easier-storing footprint with a carry weight of 20oz. Not designed for more than one occupant, Slacker favors a more V-shaped hanging position while others create a flatter, more bathtub-shaped volume. Users up to about 6’2” are fine and the 5’3” width should suit nearly all. Entry and exist are slightly more challenging when the Slacker is pitched in a pronounced V. Should dusk turn to night and then stretch to morning, this hammock will work as an introduction to overnight outings. The Slacker Hammock Pad will be key to add enough structure and support to be able to surf the stars until daybreak.

Pros: Totally comfortable, fast-drying due to polyester fabric, packs to reasonable 7”x 10” pouch, one-piece design reduces seam wear points, affordable

Cons: Stretched position not ideal for sleeping bags or restless sleepers, bunched up attachment ends subject to snagging on branches and excess wear

Tester Comments: “Slacker is the perfect housewarming gift for friends with trees or who need to get out in nature more. So comfortable, quickly ready to relax and the carabiners clip effortlessly. As with others, a tree-hugging strap system is extra and can’t wait to try the Slacker Bug Shield for times the little critters make being out a challenge. Thermarest is quality, with this one a great introduction to sleeping outside – including learning how to pitch the hammock.”

Key Attribute: Design

Best For: Afternoon into evening relaxation sessions, testing out the merits of overnight camping without any additional investment

Tech Specs

Key Features:

  • Ripstop polyester
  • One-person capacity
  • Attached stuff sack

Size: 116 x 63 in. 

Capacity: 400 lb.

Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz.

Material: 100% ripstop polyester

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