User Review: Warbonnet Blackbird Double Layer 1.7
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
Great camping hammock! Very comfortable. Doesn't come with a tarp but you can purchase one separately.
- Strong and very well built
- If you cannot find trees with a suitable gap you might be out of luck!
Set up for the Blackbird is pretty simple. It comes with your choice of suspension, ropes or straps, to connect to the trees. If you are using straps you need to make sure you have them set up correctly otherwise you might find yourself on the ground. I chose the straps for ease of use and really like them.
Once you have the hammock connected to the trees you need to stake out two guylines, one in front and one in back. These spread the hammock out, giving more room inside and also stabilize it and keep it from swinging around.
The Blackbird does not come with a tarp or rainfly so you will need to purchase one separately. Warbonnet Outdoors (manufacturer of the Blackbird) has some as do other vendors.
Inside there is quite a bit of room. The Blackbird is cut with a footbox to facilitate lying at a diagonal. There is a good amount of room at your feet and by your head (I'm 6'1"). On the backside of the Blackbird is a shelf where you can stash extra clothing and a few items. You can't put a backpack in there but it is enough room for items you might need while you sleep. You can also hang items from the structural ridgeline and from the ends of the hammock where all the fabric is gathered.
When using a good tarp you can have a lot of space on the ground underneath the hammock. There are even small hammocks you can purchase that hang below your main hammock where you can store stuff if you don't want the items to lay on the ground. I just put my stuff on the ground. I also use a carabiner to hang my backpack from one of the suspension lines connecting the hammock to the tree.
One of the things I love about a hammock is how small they pack down. This thing packs down to the size of a Nalgene. A mid sized tarp can do the same and then you have your entire shelter system in the equivalent of two water bottles! It's also very light because it has no floor and no poles.
I really like my Blackbird and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lightweight camping system.