Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kroex Double Hammock

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Kroex Double Hammock
Within the last month or so, I was on the search for the best, lightweight, backpacking hammock I could find. Hammocks have become super popular in the last few years, as a lightweight alternative to sleep while backpacking, are used to simply hang out by a lake or river, at picnics, at ballgames, and the outdoors in general. So when I came across the Kroex Double Hammock, I knew it would be the best fit for me. 

Typically, hammocks come as a single, but since I travel with my partner and dog most of the time, I wanted a hammock that could fit two people or one person and one dog. Charlie is 70 lbs, so basically a small child lol. Since I know that Charlie and I can be kind of ruff (get it?) on our gear, I needed a hammock that was durable and could withstand the outdoor elements.
Kroex Double Hammock
The first time I tested out my new Kroex Double Hammock, I packed in with me to Amethyst Lake in the High Uintas. The first place I set it up, was right on the lake, after I backed 6 miles in. I desperately needed a break and to get off my feet, and found the perfect spot on the shoreline. Knowing that this hammock can span 10 ft 6 inches, I found two trees that worked out to be about 6 ft across. Perfect!
Kroex Double Hammock
 Weighing in at only 19 oz, the Kroex Hammock is easy to fit into any small day pack or backpack. The packed dimensions are 7 in tall x 5 in wide. It's slightly taller than my hand.
Kroex Double Hammock
 The really nice thing about this package, is that it can all fit into one stuff sack. The package includes two tree straps, 2 carabiners, and the hammock itself. As a bonus, the stuff sack turns into a pocket while sitting in the hammock. It's large enough to hold a book, cell phone, or nalgene bottle.
Kroex Double Hammock
The Kroex tree straps very easy to understand for your first set up. I was worried that since I had backpacked alone, I might not be able to hang it myself. All you need to do is loop one end through the other. Once I set it up myself, it was so easy and took less than 5 minutes! Each strap is just over 9 ft with 16 attachment loops so that you can easily adjust the hammock level, creating the perfect "hang". No more fussing with knots and messy suspension systems!
Kroex Double Hammock
I absolutely loved that I didn't have to tie knots anywhere. The carabiners already come with the hammock knotted into it, so that all you have to do is clip the carabiner into your desired strap length. If you already have a hammock, but are interested in straps by themselves, you can buy them from Kroex. The Kroex tree straps work perfectly with ENO, Kammok, Jennessy, Yukon, and Grand Trunk hammock brands.
Kroex Double Hammock, dogs in hammocks
The Kroex tree straps are made from 100% polyester, so they won't stretch, even when wet. No more having to hang you hammock super high to keep your bottom off the ground! 
Kroex Double Hammock, dogs in hammocks
Charlie gives me the "look" after I get out of the hammock. I was surprised he stayed in by himself! We cuddled up in the hammock with our sleeping bag on top of us, and Charlie wore his Ruffwear Quinzee coat to keep warm. Even in summer, the High Uintas will drop to a refreshing 30-35F at night.
Kroex Double Hammock, dogs in hammocks
A second later, the yawn appears. I was a little worried that Charlie nails would cut right through the material, but as long as you pick them up and set them down so that their paws can't scratch the hammock, it works great. When he lays in between legs, his paws rest on me, not the hammock. My recommendation is to trim their nails before you let your dog on it.
Kroex Double Hammock, Hammocks in Havasupai
Holding up to 400 lbs, the Kroex Double Hammock is super comfortable for two people, or you and your dog. At 6 ft 6in, this hammock is luxurious for a single person as well. Charlie seemed to enjoy this hammock as much as me - dog approved!
Kroex Double Hammock, Hammocks in Havasupai
The Kroex Double Hammock is made of breathable neolite nylon that drys quickly. The high grade triple interlocking stitching means it will hold up to years of use. Since I backpack and hike a lot, a quality product is essential for me to keep a piece of gear around for a long time. 
Ian takes a break in Havasupai to relax.
Kroex Double Hammock, Hammocks in Havasupai
Hanging out at Beaver Falls in Havasupai, AZ!


PROS
Lightweight (19 oz)
Compacts into one stuff sack
Fits two people
High quality material
Drys quickly
Tree Straps works like a charm
Affordable ($49.95 on Amazon!)
Dog friendly
Can take anywhere!

CONS
None!

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