Reviewers Paid: $98.00
Great basic hiking hammock.
- Very lightweight
- Fabric choices and colors
- Foot box option
- Large size
- Whoopie hooks
- Foot box location
- Not many options other than fabric
The Dutchware 11 Foot Netless Hammock is a great basic hammock that comes in a variety of fabrics. Mine is made of Hexon 1.0 and is rated up to 250 lbs while weighing in at just under 12 ounces with suspension, which is an excellent strength-to-weight ratio.
At 11 ft long and 58 inches wide it's quite a bit longer and wider than most hammocks out there, making it exceptionally comfortable after a long day hiking. The Hexon feels soft and has just the right amount of stretch.
Dutch offers 10 different fabric varieties and you have the option of a double layer. Hexon 1.6, for example, is rated to 350 lbs for a slight increase in weight, and fabric weights go all the way up to 2.4. I find the lightweight materials just as comfortable as the heavier ones.
Here it is with no quilts, just pads with a sleeping bag and a Dutchware sock for wind protection:
What I like best about this hammock is the whoopie hook suspension system. The tree straps and whoopie sling with attached whoopie hooks are stored in a small ziploc and once wrapped around the tree, simply hook on the continuous loop on each end of the hammock. Adjust the whoopie slings for the best hang and you are done. It's the easiest system I've used and I don't know of a lighter way to do it without knots (knots are scary!)
Here's what the hook looks like secured to the loop on the hammock, hook to hang, unhook to pack up, doesn't get any simpler:
The 11ft is short on options other than fabrics, mine has a ridgeline, suspension, and Knotty Mod (for a footbox) and that's as tricked out as it gets. It's not a fault, however, as this is designed primarily as a lightweight place to get a good night's rest. Dutch does make a similar hammock with a half bug net and tie outs called the Half Wit that is almost as light as the 11ft, and I'll be trying that one out next.
If you're used to a 9 or 10 foot hammock there are some differences that go along with the extra length. This was my first 11 footer and the distance of the trees needs to be noticeable further apart than with a shorter one. The ridgeline is also much higher above the body in the longer style, and I find that I hang a bit lower now.
The only complaint I have is the location of the knotty mod foot box, it might be placed for someone much taller than me at 5'9". When I'm laying on the angle my feet don't reach the gathered foot box. It does do a good job of keeping the fabric pulled taut enough to keep things in the nest, though, so it's a good option to have. You can see below how the mod is a bit away from the bottom of my quilt:
All in all this a simple, basic, lightweight hammock that can be scaled up or down for bugs or cold. At the price point it can't be beat. It would be great for a new hanger or someone looking to shave some serious weight from their pack.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $98 US