*ready to hang weight – includes Bishop Bag weight.
**Suspension weight depends on tree strap selection.
The Quicksilver Ultralight Hammock itself is made of 30D Breathable 1.1 oz. Ripstop Nylon. It’s a roomy 11’ long and 5’ wide with a weight capacity of 250 lbs. It’s stored in convenient bishop bag which makes setting up and striking camp a breeze. The suspension loops are 7/64″ AmSteel® Blue with a 1600 lb. breaking strength.
The Hammock’s Suspension consists two 10 straps of 1/2″ MULETAPE®. Oh, how we love MULETAPE®. So, much so that we don’t even mind that you can’t get it in any color but white. We knew it had to be a part of this system no matter what. This 1250 lb. test material is made of lubricated low stretch polyester which glides softly around trees. Plus we’ve made them extra long to allow you to wrap a couple of times to distribute the weight. The MULETAPE® joins to the QuickSilver Hammock loops with a quick, simple and secure Becket Hitch knot. This knot is a cinch to tie, allows fine adjustments to be made with ease and tears down with just a tug. We’ve tested this knot in wet, cold and hot conditions. It holds strong and does not slip. And no hardware means zero weight added and fewer opportunities for hardware failure leaving you on the ground in the middle of the night. One set of MULETAPE straps included with hammock.
Simple Polyester Tree Straps for tree protection. Available in either 4′, 6′ or 8′ lengths. Low-stretch, Flat Weave 1″ black Polyester webbing exceeds 1200# breaking strength per manufacturer. Use together with our MULETAPE® suspension straps for a ultralight, hardware free suspension solution for your hammock system. One set of 4′ Tree Straps are included with the hammock. Choose to upgrade length in the options area to the right.
*Top quilt and under quilt in photo not included. Bug net & Tarp also available.
Low-stretch, Flat Weave 1″ Polyester webbing reduces friction on trees. Exceeds 1200 lb. breaking strength per manufacturer. Black.
How to tie the becket hitch knot
A word about hammock safety
It is of utmost importance to inspect your gear every time you use it. Exposure to elements, sharp objects, tree branches, etc. can cause even the most quality materials and construction to wear. Please understand that you are hanging above ground and equipment failure can happen. Inspect your suspension and hammock each time you use it to make sure all components are uncompromised. Also, inspect your hammock site and make sure you are not hanging over sharp objects or rocks, or under dead tree limbs or other overhead unsecured debris that could fall on you. Also check to make sure that any tree, rock, pole, structure, etc. that you choose as an anchor point is steadfastly secured into the ground and will not fall over when weight is applied.
In the interest of maintaining the safety of our wilderness areas, we offer 1″ polyester tree straps to be used with our Muletape suspension straps. We sell them separately because we realize some may own a set of tree straps. But we highly recommend that everyone utilizes tree straps that are 1″ in width or greater to protect the trees. The Muletape attaches quickly to the Tree Straps with a simple larks head knot.
The 250# max weight rating on our Quicksilver Hammock is based on what we know about the material component ratings and on our observations. We have done long term testing on the hammock at 220# with no excessive wear. In fact, we’ve never felt like he we’ve even started testing the limits. We believe 250# to be good working max with a comfortable safety margin.
George and Carolyn Andrews (our founders and the designers of the Quicksilver Hammock) sat on one together for a combined weight of 370+ pounds as a test. Starting gingerly and increasing stress gradually, they bounced up and down hoping for failure. They grossly overstressed the hammock. Their combined weight along with the bouncing load probably exceeded 450# to 500#. It performed perfectly without any damage or indication of stretching/failing fabric or stitching… and without any damage to George and Carolyn. 😉
Please keep in mind this is very unscientific and we are still keeping the stated capacity at 250# until we are able to do some static load testing to destruction. It’s worth noting that applying more weight to your system could cause higher than average wear and tear on your gear. EVERYONE should inspect their gear each and every time before use to check for system compromise. This is hammock safety 101.