You’ve seen the beautiful pictures of colorful cotton hammocks overlooking the beach. And then you’ve seen the travel hammock off the side of a trail.
While both offer relaxation and a place to rest, there are many differences between the two. One has a vibrant history tied to its multi-country heritage, and the other provides an easy carry on for adventures.
By looking at how each is made and used, you can choose the best hammock to use.
Material Makes a Difference
South American hammocks are well known for their comfortable material and showing off wonderful stitching to create a beautiful design.
Using high-quality cotton makes the hammock one of the most comfortable options and easy to care for. South American hammocks are machine washable and need air drying. Hammocks should be kept inside at night because overnight moisture can hurt the hammock over time. These hammocks are great options for primarily indoor use to avoid hanging and taking down the hammock each day.
One option for those who love South American hammocks but want a more weatherproof material is the HamacTex® hammocks like the AVENTURA. While they may not be as comfortable as cotton hammocks, the polypropylene fiber used in these hammocks ensures a more durable fabric for outside use.
Parachute hammocks are typically used more for traveling. Because they can be folded up into a small sack and are extremely lightweight, they’ve become a favorite for adventures.
The lightweight, fast-drying material make it a great hammock for the outdoors as it’s easy to carry and can withstand the elements. These hammocks can be machine washed and air dried as well. With the use of a more weather-resistant material, parachute hammocks can be left outdoors overnight.
However, small holes can appear in the parachute material easier than cotton or hammocks made of polypropylene fiber. The lightweight material can become less comfortable too in windy conditions because they don’t keep their shape as well as South American hammocks.
Using Your Hammock
Because of the style and material, each hammock has unique uses.
South American hammocks are made with detail in mind. Many South Americans view the hammock as expressing their culture with the exciting colors and stitching patterns. South American hammocks serve as decorations in homes, porches, decks, and backyards, and can replace all kinds of furniture, from living room sofas to beds.
South American hammocks usually are longer and sometimes wider than parachute hammocks, and therefore offer more space. The extra space can help you find a little more comfort while lying down in a hammock.
A parachute hammock’s fast-drying and lightweight characteristics lend the hammock to be used more for traveling and in instances where the material could get wet. You can hang these up next to a waterfall or sleep in it overnight without having to worry about moisture damage to the hammock.
A Unique Culture
South American hammocks are integral to the South American culture. Hammocks exemplify the relaxed culture of Latin America and originate from the area as well.
Many people enjoy the culture and heritage behind the South American hammock and bring them back to their home countries so that they too can appreciate the Latin American way of relaxation.
Parachute travel hammocks, meanwhile, have become synonymous with outdoor adventures. Campers and hikers like to bring the lightweight and easy to pack hammock with them on their trips to enjoy time hanging out after strenuous activities.
Parachute hammocks have become a staple for outdoorsmen packing lists.
While both hammocks have their different advantages and uses, both strive to offer a peaceful respite to the people who use them. Whether you want the comfort of cotton or the durability of the parachute material, you can find a variety of quality, long-lasting hammocks in either category.There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?