September 2, 2014

Bushman Hammock Chair -- review

I like hiking and going off trail when exploring new waters for tenkara. Because I'm trying to keep my load light I don't carry much with me. But one thing that I have learned over the years is that I don't like sitting on the ground. I find sitting on the ground to be uncomfortable and since my back surgery I have a hard time just getting up off the ground.

I used to sleep in a tent, but now I hang in a hammock. This keep me off the ground and I find it a whole lot easier to get into and out of than a tent. Sleeping in a hammock is great, but finding a light weight, comfortable chair to take with me has been a challenge. I have tried various designs, but none seem to fit my need of being ultraportable, light weight and comfortable -- until now.

About a year ago I bought a Bushman Hammock Chair from Arrowhead Equipment. This cleaver little item is made in Idaho and has been a real life saver for me. Essentially what the Bushman Hammock Chair is is a small hammock that can be positioned to make a comfortable chair. In my neck of the woods there are always trees, so taking the hammock chair with me is the best way I've found to having a comfortable place to sit when I arrive at my destination. Whether I just want to sit and rest, eat my lunch, or even take a nap, this hammock chair has been perfect.

I really like this chair in that it is ultraportable. It comes with 1 inch webbing and clinch buckles attached to both ends. All of this comes in a light weight nylon pouch that packs down to near nothing -- smaller than a 1 liter Nalgene bottle! I find two trees the right distance apart, strap the webbing to the trees and sit down. It takes about 60 seconds to set up and take down!  I have the 1.1 oz fabric hammock chair and combined with the webbing, clinch buckles and pouch it weighs a mere 300 g (10.5 oz).

This chair is very comfortable to sit in.  Recently, while I was fishing, my daughter fell asleep in it after reading a book. The warm sun on her face, combined with fresh mountain air made closing her eyes irresistible.

If you are looking for an ultraportable, light weight, comfortable chair to take with you into the woods, then consider the Bushman Hammock Chair.  Get up out of the dirt!!

BTW, Arrowhead Equipment is your full service hammock camping supplier. Just shoot Paul an email or Skype him when he's online with any questions or camping needs you may have! And say "Hi" to him for me!


  1. Great Review Tom. Glad that you're enjoying the Hammock Chair.

  2. I'm also one who discovered Paul (Arrowhead equipment) and have purchased some hammock kit from him in the past. I still use the lines you made for me, Paul!

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