Leave the Tent at Home, The Guide to Hammock Camping

June 15, 2018

Leave the Tent at Home, The Guide to Hammock Camping

For some of us, camping is our own personal safe haven. See that boss that is micromanaging you? Or that family member that has been getting on your last nerve? Well, camping takes care of that. But what if we were to tell you that you don’t always need a tent to camp? Would you believe us? Tents can be great if you are trying to escape excessively cold or hot weather. But what if you live in paradise, where the sun shines just enough and the breeze is just right? Sounds like a fantasy right? Well, it’s not! Hammock camping is the way to go if you really want to escape the nagging, loud noises, and smog in the city. Lucky for you, we’re laying out all the details to hammock camping!

Choose Your Hammock Wisely

If this is your first-time hammock camping, then first impressions are everything. The last thing you want to do is spend hours trying to set up your hammock. Or what about when you think the coast is clear and the hammock either flips over while you’re in it or buckles under the weight. Not really the trip in nature’s paradise that you imagined, huh? The key to do this is fairly simple; spreader bars. These are the bars that help to evenly distribute the weight across your hammock. Bridge hammocks are one of the few hammocks that are designed well enough to evenly distribute the weight. 

Bring Your Selk’bag 

There really is no kind of camping without a Selk’bag. By now, you should have about four or five different ones attached at your hip. If you don’t, then it is never too late to catch up and join the party. But really, your Selk’bag is great if you do end up feeling a little chilly under the stars. While you may not notice anything during the day when the night hits you don’t want to be that person who is shivering for the next 8 hours. So come prepared!

Keep the Bugs Away

Insects love hammock campers because there is nothing separating them from the camper. Do yourself a favor and get a bug net! You’ll not only sleep peacefully but you won’t wake up to new insect bites in the morning. If you decide to wear your Selk’bag while sleeping, having a bug net is still extremely beneficial.

 Okay, enough handholding! Get out there and experience hammock camping for yourself!



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Size Chart

Kids (Ages 7+)

Please note, Selk'bag Kids models are intended for children ages 7 years and older.

A proper fit is essential to fully enjoying all the Selk'bag has to offer and for ensuring the safety of your child.  A bag that is too large for your child can represent a tripping risk when your child attempts to walk in the bag. 

Please note, that the sizing recommendations are meant for children of average weight as sizing is impacted by user weight.  For example, a Selk'bag will fit a child of below average weight with a taller frame, similar to a child of average weight and a shorter frame. Likewise, a person of above average weight will require a bag meant for someone taller.


Kids Medium:
Minimum Height: 4'0"  / 122 cm
Maximum Height: 4'6" / 137 cm

Kids Large: *
Minimum Height: 4'6"    / 137 cm
Maximum Height: 4'11" / 150 cm

* Please note, Kids size Large is significantly less wide than the Adult size Small.  An adult that measures between 4'6" and 4'11" should use the Adult Small over Kids Large.

 

Adult

A proper fit is essential to fully enjoying all the Selk'bag has to offer.  Please note, that the sizing recommendations are meant for people of average weight and sizing is impacted by user weight.  For example, a Selk'bag will fit a person of below average weight with a taller frame that exceeds the guidelines.  Likewise, a person of above average weight will require a bag meant for someone taller.


In-between sizes?  Please first consider the weight recommendations in the previous paragraph.  Second, please understand that a looser fit is better for more comfortable sleeping, while a tighter fit is better for mobility - but may restrict sleeping comfort if booties are left on.

We always recommend to size up if you are not completely sure. It's better to have a little bit more room while using your Selk'bag!

 

Size Small
Fits up to 4’11’’ / 150 cm Tall
It can fit up to 5'4'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size Medium
Fits up to 5’5’’ / 165 cm Tall
If you are between 4'11'' and 5'5'' this is your size. It can fit up to 5'9'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size Large
Fits up to 5’11’’ / 180 cm Tall

If you are between 5'5'' and 5'11'' this is your size. It can fit up to 6'1'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size X-Large
Fits up to 6’4’’ / 193 cm Tall
If you are between 5'11'' and 6'4'' this is your size. It can fit up to 6'5'' if you intend to use it without booties

 

Size X-Large Wide
Same as X-Large, but for heavier body types (approx +2'' in girth throughout the torso vs X-Large)

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