If you love hammocks, and you love hot tubs, then the Hydro Hammock is like a dream come true, albeit with a couple of caveats that will make sense shortly. After using the hydro hammock for a little over a month I’ve learned enough to be capable of answering most of your questions, the same burning questions I had before purchasing it.
How hot does it get?
How fast does it heat?
How hard is it to use?
And how does it really feel to sit in?
The biggest hiccup I had was in the learning curve of it, but much of the learning that I had to do you’ll be able to avoid, but some of it you won’t. Just learn from me, read the directions! There are some great directions given out by Hydro Hammock that if you read will help you avoid some pitfalls. You’ll just have to use it to get the hang of it, but once you do you’ll quickly realize that camping has changes forever.
Camping has changed forever
The Design and Components are Quite Simple Really
In reality all the Hydro Hammock is, is a hammock with very thick material that can hold some serious weight, then a suitcase sized container that holds the water pump, the propane heater, and the battery, that’s it. Then you’ve got two hoses to circulate the water, you now have the Hydro Hammock.
*We easily pushed the weight limit warnings / suggestions but we initially tested it with less water / weight and are avid rock climbers so we know what’s possible in load bearing situations and adequate anchor points
My First Time In The Hydro Hammock
Admittedly my hopes were quite high when I purchased the hammock, as I have always been a huge fan of hammocks by themselves, and who doesn’t like hot tubs? But the first time I laid down into it, I was shocked at how amazing it was. Just think of hanging in air, with the hottest water you can stand enveloping you, as you look out over a stunning city view. It really is the perfect combination. As you can see we set it up in the rocks with a city view, surely a place no one had ever even been in a hammock at before, and we just sank into it not wanting to move ever again. So it truly is as luxurious as it looks, if not more.
Setting It Up – A Bit of a Learning Curve
The first few times you’ll set it up it will take you a minute to figure out, but after 2 or 3 times you’ll have the thing completely dialed in and be off to the races. You see you don’t set it up like a normal hammock, a normal hammock you want a big curve in it so you can sit in it at an angle, well if you do that with the Hydro Hammock you’ll have a bunch of water at the bottom, but it won’t hold as much water as you want it to, and it’s not as comfortable. Filled with water and two people it will weigh around 700 pounds, so finding a solid place to tie it too is quite critical and sometimes will take a minute. So is it hard to use? At first, but once you’ve got it figured out after a few uses, then no it’s really not.
And if you’re worried it won’t get hot enough for you, let me put those fears to rest, it will get much hotter than you could ever stand sitting in it. It also has an easy shut off valve so you can turn it off from the hot tub without getting out of it. And even in cold weather (it was tested at 15 degrees), it had it heated up to temp in about 35 – 40 minutes give or take, so yes it can heat up fast.
You’re not bound by water either. At first you think that you’ll need to set it up near water where you can pump water to it, or near a hose so you can fill it up. But remember this thing holds about 50 gallons of water, and hauling 50 gallons of water isn’t a huge deal. In fact in this video we just hauled the water to our Cliffside location, and it took all of 20 minutes for the Hydro Hammocks pump to pump the water into the hammock.
Once you realize that the Hyrdo Hammock is the real thing, and that it truly works; now think of the possibilities…how many times have you been camping and thought “if we were sitting in a hot tub right now it would be perfect”? I know I have many times. And for those of you who have cabins in the mountains that maybe runs off of solar or a generator so having a hot tub there is impossible, now you have a solution. In fact I’ll go so far as saying if you have a cabin, you HAVE to have have a Hydro Hammock. It really is that great.
if you have a cabin, you HAVE to have have a Hydro Hammock
So the verdict is definitely a buy. You’ll open an entirely new avenue to experience the outdoors in ways no one has been able to before. Seriously, think of the places you could take this, the views, the night skies, the scenery, there are just so many opportunities for places to take it. So check out the Hydro Hammock today.