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Warbonnet Blackbird XLC

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Warbonnet Blackbird XLC hammock

State of the art


  • Light
  • Quality build
  • Length
  • Shelf


  • Struggles with calf ridge
  • Zipper not YKK

This is a good hammock. I own 5 hammocks and only three camping hammocks so it is unfair for me to rank this hammock as best or worst etc. If you read reviews it is often suggested that this is the "best" camping hammock but I would not go that far.  But if you buy one you will have loads of company. It does everything well and has a cool shelf that no one else has but IMHO it is more difficult to get rid of calf ridge than (for example) my Hennessy or Thermarest or even my Hammock Bliss. In other words, it is not my most comfortable hammock. Now the cognoscenti will tell you raise the foot end, tie the head end farther from the tree, make sure you have enough slack in your Ridgeline and I say OK but my Hennessy etc does not need all that to not have a calf ridge. Also I think my Hennessy is stronger - and heavier. No perfect world. Try before you buy (if possible). The XLC is like a Ferrari - props when it is running. My Hennessy is like a Toyota - always runs but no status. My Bliss is like a 30 year old Toyota. Should go to the junkyard. YMMV!


Over 10 years of messing with hammocks.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 150?

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