Fwd: IR Crazy Creek Hammock -- Brian T
- I posted this for edit 10 days ago and I hope I did not miss them. If
I did then my apologies, if not could it be edited?
I also did not see it in the yahoo database last week.
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From: Brian <tannehillclan@...>
Date: Jun 20, 2006 9:49 PM
Subject: IR Crazy Creek Hammock -- Brian T
Here is my Initial Report for the Crazy Creek Hammock. You can find it
in the test folder
Initial Report Crazy Creek Crib LEX Lightweight w/ UltraLite Tarp
By Brian Tannehill
Personal Information Background Information Product Information
Field Locations Initial Thoughts Questions
Concerns Test Plan
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 185 lb (79 kg)
Name: Brian Tannehill
Date: 18 Jun 06
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
I am fairly new to backpacking, but I have hunted/fished/camped all my
life in East Texas, Colorado, and California. My young kids (4, 10,
12) limit me to weekend overnight camping trips, or day hikes
Geocaching. I am also an avid mountain biker. Currently I live in
Colorado Springs, Co at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Pike National
Forest surrounds me at 9000 - 14,110 feet (2743 m - 4301 m). Snow can
happen 10 months out of the year and summer is the hottest reaching 65
deg F + (18 C), The other months average 45 deg F (7 C).
Manufacturer: Crazy Creek
Year of Manufacture: 2005
MSRP: $ 199.00 USD
Weight: 54 oz (1531 g)
Weights as I measured them:
Poles each: 3 oz (84 g) x 2
Aluminum Stakes each: 3/8 oz (12g) x6
Tie Out Ropes: 3 1/2 oz (100 g)
Rain Fly: 12 5/8 oz (356 g)
Hammock: 2 lbs 3/4 oz (928 g)
Stuff Sack: 1 1/4 oz (36 g)
The locations of my tests will mostly be in the Rocky Mountains of
Pike National Forest just west of Colorado Springs. Elevations will be
from 7000 feet (2134 m) at my house up to around 10,000 feet (3048 m)
in the local mountains. Weather at this time of the year is fairly
warm. Temperatures will range from a high of mid 80's (26 C) and a low
of mid 50's (10 C) through the month of July to mid 60's (15 C) for a
high to mid 30's ( -1 C) for the low in the month of October. The
terrain is typical rocky mountain terrain for the Rockies with
numerous trees to hang from.
My initial thoughts and description:
This is my first real hammock besides the homemade ones I have
unsuccessfully used in the past few months. My first thought was this
thing is not as heavy as I expected. For some reason I thought this
hammock weighed in around 5 lbs (2.2 kg). There are basically 4
sections to this hammock. The hammock, the poles, the tarp, and the
rope to tie out the tarp. I've set the hammock up on my back porch a
few times just to check it out.
This is how it came shipped to me inside the stuff sack. The blue
thing is the tarp, and the green is the hammock.
The top part is all bug netting, while the bottom has a place for the
sleeping pad and one of the two inside mesh pockets.
Bottom of the hammock showing the sleeping pad holder.
One of the problems I have had is my Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad is too
wide, while my Z Rest just folded up while trying to stuff it in
there. I will keep trying to get the Z Rest in but so far I've had no
I climb into the hammock from the top through a zipper that runs the
length of the ridge. Another one of my concerns is the zipper. At each
end of the bug neeting is a set of poles that hold the bug netting up
like a tent. I'm concerned about where the zipper meets that area as
it is really tight.
I can actually see the blue sleeping pad holder through the zipper in
this area while I can not in the other areas.
Here is a close up of the buckle. The little blue piece I almost
ripped off until after I read the instructions. It causes the rain to
run off. Go figure!
Finally here is a picture of the end of the hammock. This shows the
webbing, buckle, and how the end of the hammock is constructed. The
webbing actually slides through the end of the hammock in a little
sleeve with reinforced ends.
I have yet to set up the tarp as it has been too hot. However the tarp
is supper slippery and is tough to roll back up. SHould be interesting
to try and figure that one out.
I'm not sure of the weight limit of this hammock but I have placed
myself and my daughter in the hammock at the same time. Together we
weigh in at about 220 lbs (100 kg). I have only done that for a few
minutes as she squirms too much and I kick her out. I have also taken
a quick cat nap in it and it is fairly comfortable. I do notice the
sides tend to roll my shoulder up some and my knees are flexed.
Setting the hammock up right is a major concern. I'm hoping that I can
get the pad in place inside the pad holder and the bottom will flatten
Oh and by the way for all the hammockers out there, I have rolled out
of this one already....
Some of my questions and concerns:
Is there a proper way to set up the hammock?
Will the material stretch some so the zipper is not as tight?
How easy is this thing to set up? How long does it take? Is it easier
or harder than I expected?
How easy is the Crib to get in and out of?
Does it balance well? Will I fall out? LOL I've fallen out of every
hammock I have used.
Does it lend itself to sleeping on my side? Stomach? At a diagonal
across the bottom or with my feet off either side?
Can it be used as a quick camp chair?
How will it stand up to the wind?
Some of the old reports mentioned the lines on the hammock fraying.
Has this changed any?
My test plan consist of answering the above questions, and using this
hammock with a few different sleeping bag configurations. I also plan
to use it on the ground as a bivy. I think it will make a pretty nice
one man tet/bivy. I will be using it on numerous hikes up a local
place called Stanley Canyon in the Pike National Forest. Temperatures
will start to drop after July so I may be moving to a bivy.
Thanks to BGT and Crazy Creek for allowing me to participate in this test.