Sling a tree
Wrap the suspension strap 1-2 times around the tree. Hook the strap back on itself using the titanium hook, ensuring that the strap that extends to the hammock is fully captured by the hook.
Tip: For the strongest results, ensure that the tree strap extends in a straight line from the tree, not angling where the hook grabs the strap.
Tip: A good hanging angle can be achieved with tree straps at about eye level. The hammock will sag with weight and assume its intended hanging geometry.
Thread the cinch buckles
Take the tail of the strap from the tree and thread it behind the curved bar (the hammock side) of the cinch buckle, and then pass it back down in front of the curved bar (the tree side). Pull the tail to tighten, and tie a light overhand knot or hitch with the tail around the tree strap to lock it in place.
Caution: Always ensure that the webbing strap is flat and square to the buckle as it is threaded. If the strap is folded or uneven damage to the webbing is possible.
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Install the two piece pole
Take the pole section with the black ring and insert each end into the pockets at the shoulders. One pocket is located below where the rainfly zipper runs into the side seam, the other is opposite this pocket on the other edge of the hammock. Use the ample thumb loops to pull the pocket open and insert the pole.
Install the head pole
Insert the remaining straight pole section into the black hub of the other two poles. Bend the end down towards the head of the shelter and towards the tree strap. Insert it into the pocket near the “Made in USA” tag.
Hook the poles
Hook the poles up the sides and along the head. The top center hook hooks back onto the head pole, just installed.
Adjust the rainfly tension
Use the cinches on either end of the hammock to adjust the bungee tension on the rainfly. Leave it slightly loose, as the tension will increase when you hang in the hammock.
Adjust the pole tension
Use the adjusting drawstring under the hammock to adjust the width. This is important for bivy mode, but can also tweak the setup geometry when hung.
Materials were chosen for their balance between weight, performance and durability. To extend the life of the zippers, be gentle and use your other hand to push and pull on the path of the zipper to relieve tension and ensure a clean, easy zip.
If the rainfly tension is too tight, the zipper will be hard or impossible to close. Play with the hanging tension of the hammock and the rainfly bungee tension to dial in a good pitch that is easy to zip up.
Always inspect the suspension and hammock gathers for damage or wear before every use. Inspect the hammock bottom for wear, especially after using in bivy mode when holes are more likely to form from abrasion with the ground.
Seam sealing is crucial for the Alpine Hammock to be weatherproof. A thorough and generous seam sealing is crucial. Poor seam sealing is the number one reason users get wet.
Seam sealing is best done in several stages with the hammock laid out on a floor without the pole setup. Seal what you can without folding the hammock to get to other seams. The the sealant dry, move onto the next section that was obscured before. Sealant usually takes 2 hours to be dry to the touch before you can move on to the next section without the hammock sticking to itself.
Using SilNet or a comparable topical seam sealer, start on one end of a seam and pull the tube slowly towards you, with the back of the tube tilted slightly back and applying a moderate and even pressure on the tube. The bead of sealant should be spread and pushed into the seam by the back edge of the tube nozzle. Use your free hand to spread the seam open in front of the sealant so that it can fully penetrate into the crease of the seam.
ALL seams need to be sealed. Anywhere there is stitching that passes from the outside to the inside, or a seam that joins, needs to be sealed so that water does not soak through the thread and into the hammock. This includes the perimeter of the face vent, the underside of the logo tag, each side of the pole hooks and along the zipper and hammock edges.
Dry the hammock after use. For stains, such as sap or mud, use a sponge and water or light soap to clean it topically as needed. Do not machine wash and only air dry. This will protect the integrity of the waterproof fabric. Keep away from chemicals such as camping stove fuel, solvents and lotions.
The Alpine Hammock is a lightweight, high performance outdoor tool. Be gentle with it. Never jump into it or bounce excessively. The Alpine Hammock is not intended for use by two people. Wearing shoes or having sharp objects on your clothes can lead to rips in the hammock fabric.