Review of the Fox Outfitters Neolite Hammock
The humble hammock has undergone something of a renaissance in the world of modern camping. Camping hammocks are a lightweight, low foot-print equipment that bridges the gap between sleeping under the stars and the discomfort of hard woodland floors.
Fox Outfitters’ latest entry into the camping marketplace is the Neolite Hammock available as either a single or double. It tucks neatly into an integrated stuff sack when you’re on the move, weighs just 15 ounces and carries a max load of 400lbs.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Fox Outfitters is an adventure brand that designs practical, effective camping gear known for its solid material construction and minimalist focus, perfect when planning a trek with a restrictive pack load.
- Integrated stuff sack
- Rugged nylon and steel materials
- ‘Tree-friendly’ padded straps
- 400lb load could be restrictive for two campers plus packs
There’s a no-fuss approach with the Fox Outfitters Neolite hammock with everything ready to go straight out of the box- or stuff sack, in this case. Each hammock includes two carabiners, two hang ropes, and two ‘tree-friendly’ rope sleeves. All you need for set up are a few knots and a couple of trees.
Things to consider before buying a hammock
Who’s it for?
The Neolite hammock prioritizes carry-weight and portability, which is well-suited to adventure, backpacking, and travel. Those looking for a yard hammock might want to opt for comfort or permanence rather than the pragmatic material-construction afforded by nylon and tree straps.
A long trek needs meticulous weight-planning. Essentials like food, water, and tools are heavy, which gives very little room to maneuver for luxury. A hammock could slow you down during the trek, so think carefully about your use requirements before investing.
Equipment reliability and durability are vital. Experienced hikers trust the equipment that works and discard the equipment that doesn’t. A hammock is reusable, so investing in quality materials like steel and nylon is a wise choice.
There’s nothing worse than leaving a trail of destruction for the next trekker. Modern camping brands have a catalog of environmentally responsible equipment. Opting for a hammock without pins reduces your foot-print and keeps a heavy mallet out of your pack load.
Features and Specifications
- Super Strong Breathable Woven Nylon
- Extra Tough Nautical Grade Ropes
- Max Weight 400lbs
- Durable Triple Interlocking Stitching
- Perfect for Outdoor and Indoor Use
Weight, Size, and Load
Keeping control of weight can be a dealbreaker when it comes to packing a hammock. The Fox Outfitters Neolite hammock adds up to fifteen ounces- about the weight of a football. The solid materials mean you get ample room (10ft 6″ x 5ft) and 400lb capacity, which is enough for you and your pack. However, the double hammock has the same max load, which could be limiting for two users. Nylon Body
Parachute style nylon is the material of choice for hammock camping because it is water, mold, and stain-resistant, while the woven style makes it incredibly strong. It is all about the strength of materials and reliability when you are out trekking, which this hammock delivers.
Tree Friendly Rope Sleeves
Rather than hammering into the bark and leaving a foot-print behind, the Fox Outfitters hammock uses padded sleeves to wrap around the tree ropes around the tree trunk. They can be tightened or adjusted using the nautical-grade ropes, knots, and carabiners.
Tethering the camping hammock relies on a series of campers knots which tighten like a drawstring. While not classified as adjustable equipment, there are three variable lengths for the hang ropes, which gives you some versatility. The tool-less setup helps to keep carry-weight low.
Accessories: Nautical-grade ropes and stainless steel carabiners
The carabiners are made from stainless steel, which lasts forever and is resistant to rust or mold, which is ideal for outdoor equipment. Hang ropes are nautical-graded, which allows them to support up to 400lbs of weight.
Integrated Drawstring Sack
Using an integrated drawstring stuff sack is an inspired design choice that prevents the vital carry case from blowing away during the night as it stitches into the nylon. The bag is compact and easy to hang off your backpack freeing up vital storage space inside.
Camping hammocks are not complicated pieces of equipment, so you want as little maintenance and weight as possible. Although less suited to yard hammocks, Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek delivers a solid adventure hammock that is built to last, lightweight and won’t leave a foot-print on trees.
Further reading: Check out our review of the Equip hammock and see how it stacks up against the Neolite.
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