First Look: The Two-Person Clark Vertex Hammock

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First Look: The Two-Person Clark Vertex Hammock


Using the Clark Vertex Hammock at Boy Scout Camp

This year, Boy Scout camp was exhausting (wait? Isn’t iteveryyear?). Mornings began around 4:45 AM as we jumped in the pool for Polar Bear swims or the Tenderfoot Run around camp, and ended at 10 PM (or later) with evening campfires and Cat Eye hikes. One thing that I looked forward to every day was sleeping in my hammock.

This year I brought along a variety of hammocks, thinking that some of the scouts or leaders may want to try one out. My trooplovesTentsile Stingray“alien tent,” which had to be used in turns during the week because of high demand. I also strung up theDD Jungle Hammock尤里卡!Chrysalis Hommock.,和全新的Hummingbird hammocksingle for different members of the troop to use. One of the positive feedback items from the troop’s review of camp was to现场平台帐篷沟,只需使用吊床。Sounds good to me!

This year, my 11-year-old son joined me on his first summer camp. I had just been shipped the two-person克拉克顶点吊床审查我的书,我渴望和我的儿子一起尝试。我们在顶点度过了一周,一起享受了一段时间。


这克拉克顶点吊床is a two-person hammock, designed around two Mayan-style hammocks connected together by a fabric spacer and enclosed with an integrated, zippered bug net and weather shield. The fabric spacer has four main storage pockets. Two of the pockets are separated by a hook-and-loop fastener that can be separated to make one large pocket.


这bug net and weather shield are held up above the head and foot end with small-diameter, segmented, fiberglass tent poles. These poles help create a spacious interior but are not required to pitch the hammock. Tie-out points both inside the bug netting and outside allow the fabric to be pulled out without the tent poles to save some pack weight.


A large outer storage pocket is present on the lower foot area of each hammock, and a pouch is located on the top foot end of the hammock to store the weather shield and bug net if not used.


First Impressions

这overall build quality and construction is优秀的:缝合均匀,符合,织物是高质量的。吊床附带了一个多页所有者手册,显示了如何设置套件以获得最佳性能。


这poly rope is also resistant to knots and Clark secured them with bread twisty ties until the knots “set” under weight (the twisty ties are only meant to be a temporary hold and should be removed once the suspension has been used a few times). The poly rope does have other advantages: it has a lower stretch than nylon and is resistant to wicking moisture. The stiff rope also doesn’t bind as easy when knots are used, allowing you to untie a lash or knot more easily. In talking with Clark, they admit that the poly ropes are designed to reach a broad customer base who may not have any prior hammock experience. The ropes provide a baseline suspension. They’ve also designed the suspension so it can be easily removed should you want to swap out for any preferred method.

Initial Set-up

One of the first things I did was remove the poly ropes and replace them with continuous loops of 7/64″ Amsteel. These continuous loopsallowed me to use a variety of suspension systems。On the foot end, since the two hammocks converge to a single point, I connected a single loop of Amsteel together on a ring or carabiner to make set-up a little easier.



This is the foot end where the two hammock ends meet. I used a single line to connect these together and tied a Lark’s Head in the center of the line directly on to a carabiner.




Tent Poles

这tent poles use a unique connection system since the diameter is so small. I haven’t seen tent poles this small; it’s very cool. The longer pole on the head end kept separating, so I super-glued the shock cord segments so they would stay together. I’ve been told that all the new models the pole tips have all been glued at the factory.




Besides the Clark hammocks, there are only a few hammocks on the market that use integrated weather shields to convert the hammock for 4-seasons. The weather shield encloses the top of the hammock creating a more tent-like capsule to retain heat around the occupants. The shield also helps block any wind or air circulation that the tarp cannot. This is really nice feature to have in an all-season shelter and a welcome component to the Vertex.

Bug Netting

After a week of using the Vertex, one worry I have is the sharp corners along the zipper where the bug netting meets the hammock body. There was a lot of strain on the fabric right where the zipper turns. I’ve yet to try the Vertex without the tent poles, but I speculate that if I remove the poles it will help reduce the strain along the zipper line. I didn’t experience any failures on the zipper or create any tears, but it was difficult to pull the zipper around the corner.

Strain on the zipper is due, in part, to how the Vertex is hung. With this test trip, the trees were not very cooperative in providing three perfectly spaced trees. The distance between them was longer than desired and I had to climb higher up on the trees to set an anchor point. While the hang itself was suitable, it wasn’t ideal for the Vertex, and since there is no ridge line to keep the hammock in an ideal sag, the further apart the anchor points, the more the hammock will splay, which puts more strain on the zippers for example.

In talking with Clark, they highly recommend looking for locations that have trees closer together to achieve an optimal hang.

Outer Storage Pockets


Inner Shelf and Pockets

顶点 - 中心存储区

这inner shelf has a listed weight capacity of 150 lbs (68 kg), so my son and I placed our packs and gear in this area, keeping it protected from the elements and bugs. Interestingly enough, when this center area was loaded up with our gear, it made my sleep less comfortable. All the gear really loaded this area down and negatively affected the way the hammocks performed. I finally removed most of the gear and got a much better lay in my hammock bed.


I was really impressed with the tarp included with the Vertex. The deep green hue is very attractive; it’s a shade I’ve not seen with silnylon. The tarp has a rectangular shape with six side tie-outs and two ridge line points. Hook-and-loop fasteners line the peak sides of the tarp, which I’ve guessed can be used to seal closed the ends, much like doors, if pitched correctly.



Sleeping in the Vertex

With two separate hammocks, my son and I could enter and move without disturbing the other. I often went to bed after my son, and when getting in, I never shook his side or made him wake up. As I mentioned before, with the center panel loaded with gear, I wasn’t able to get the best lay, but when I removed the heavy gear, it worked out much better.


这hammock beds themselves are typical.


I’ve pitched two tents side-by-side before, much like how the Vertex is set up, but I found some challenges when setting up the hammock at camp. You’d think that with a forest full of trees (or in my case, a particular camp site), it would be easy to find three trees that would work, but it proved harder than I thought. The Vertex cannot be set up if the two trees on the head end are too far apart (width) for fear of ripping the hammock apart. If the trees are closer together, that is fine; it just means the center panel is not taut, but it still works as a storage area.





Set-up on the Vertex was more difficult than using two separate hammocks, but I really liked having an enclosed space that my son and I shared together. It made it more convenient to stay protected from the bugs, and being so close, we could talk and feel close even though we were in separate beds.

Upgrading the suspension system really improved the setup time and usability, plus I could use tree straps; a necessity in many areas.


披露材料连接:作者(Derek Hansen)提供了制造商的免费样品,用于测试和评估目的。这篇文章(书面和口头)的评论是我自己的意见,我在个人处理装备后形成。I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.


  1. Karl Smith says:

    Cardiac Hill, huh? I feel for you brother.Which week? We were week 3 site 13. I brought my ENO double-nest for naps and book reading. If you don’t mind the mice crawling on you at night, the adirondacks aren’t bad. At week 3 we were hitting the mid-30’s at night, so it was a bit chilly for my hang.

    • Derek says:

      We were in session 7, the last week. We had a few adult leaders in the adirondack who got “mixed.” I had multiple under quilts to keep everyone toasty in the hammocks.

  2. Have you done a review on the Hummingbird Hammock? I am curious. Their weight limits and even their suspension is interesting.

  3. Steg says:

    Ain’t it possible to put a rope between the 2 head anchor points so as not to rip the hammock apart and be able to use farer trees? This way the strain would be on the ropes and not the hammock body…

    • Derek says:

      Clark actually does have something like this — a webbing strap between the two points, but it is a stop gap. The hammock isn’t designed to be pulled apart so dramatically.

  4. John says:



    • Derek says:

      Yes, you can do long hangs easily if the trees are in line. Just use long straps or other suspension to span the distance. I used a whoopie hook suspension, which is lightweight and can be made pretty long.

  5. 麦克风 says:

    If say, my wife and I were to use this hammock together, would it be bad parenting if our two year old daughter was to sleep in the center gear shelf? If she could, we’d all get a better nights sleep.

    Looking at the pics it’s not clear to me if we could safely and responsibility do that.

    • Derek says:

      It’s technically possible, and I’ve thought of doing the same thing. The trouble is that you have to have a near-perfect pitch where the hammocks are pulled apart just right because that center section is kind of like “flex” space that will move around as the hammocks move.

  6. CJ Saavedra says:

    我注意到你有顶部和底极线条?我的顶点没有两个......这是一个原型还是较新版本?我的Flex 180都有两者,我喜欢它才能迈出一个杆系统。

  7. Pablo Airth says:

    我看了克拉克的视频上的顶点ite and it looks very slick. Yet i don’t see it being very practical for any kind of outdoor camping. The price is high, the weight, and the set up sounds laborious compared with any kind of solo hammock. Finding two well spaced and sited trees can be a challenge at camp sites at times so I can see this being even harder needing the perfect triangle of trees. I can see the benefits of being together with a loved one however hanging in hammocks is a solitary affair. Hanging hammocks really close to each other ( side by side or bunking two or more hammocks) is usually enough.

  8. 嘿德里克,好的评论。我昨天刚收到了我的顶点。在我的房子里,我只有一个选项或空间来设置这个。它看起来我的配置是正确的,但我注意到当我躺着时,我的吊床上的侧面真的是紧紧靠在肩膀上......我的妻子有同样的投诉。我没想到它像NX-250一样宽敞,但这是毗邻令人窒息和不舒服的。我希望它只是设置......我也注意到我的中心区域看起来并不像我在一些照片中看到的那样嘲讽......

    Did you notice the hammock squeezing in on your shoulders and body?

    • Derek says:

      I didn’t notice it much when I hung it with the right distance/angle in a controlled area in my hammock lab. Out in the field it wasn’t so easy and so the two of us had to work it out a little. I think my son faired better than I did. The hammock isn’t that large, so if you are tall and wide, it may very well feel tight inside. It doesn’t offer as much room as bigger hammocks; a trade off on the design. It may be that you look at going back to single hammocks and sharing a tarp over the top of you both.

      • 杰里米 says:

        I am 6’1 170. I really do hope it is better in the woods. I am going hiking this Friday with my 9 year old. When me and my wife tested it out here like i said there was only 1 area that was possible to set up. However it seemed to be pretty close to what they recommend as the ideal configuration. But we both immediately noticed how confined we felt at the shoulders. When you would lay completely down the hammock would just about completely close above you. The only way i found to stop this was to lay sideways and use my body (knees in fetal position) to push against the hammock… It isn’t a big deal for sleeping but I had hoped to hang out in the hammock at night, maybe watch a movie on my tablet…. There video title that I watched several times before purchasing claimed real comfort for two people. So I guess I maybe got more excited about this “comfort” then I should have. Again maybe it was just that one configuration… I’ll report back after the trip.

        • Derek says:

          您也可能尝试踩脚部高一点高于头端,看看这有助于让您设置。也就是说,顶点确实妥协了尺寸,作为重量的权衡 - 这是一个大套件。

    • Steve says:

      这solution to your problem is found on the set-up video from Clark. If your shoulders feel squeezed it is because you have hung the hammock too taut between the trees. If you hang the ropes a little higher and then give the hammock a little more slack, the beds relax and feel great. This is easiest when you choose trees that aren’t more than about 18 feet apart.

      If the trees are very far apart (from head to foot end) then most people think they should just pull the hammock tight to keep it off the ground. This makes it uncomfortable. Instead, raise the ropes as high on the tree as you can and then give it some slack to make it feel comfortable.

      Me and my wife have done this and it is the best sleep we’ve ever gotten camping. Have fun!

  9. Derek ...在这里很大的信息。我刚刚在亚马逊上订购了你的书,迫不及待地想读它,我知道我会学到很多东西。我的妻子和我刚刚购买了克拉克顶点,我们还没有右边的周末试一试,但很快就会。一个问题:很可能我会带着顶点出来的绳索,并用四个Amsteel环取代,以及四个Carabiners和Atlas肩带。你认为AMSteel环的最佳长度是什么?感谢您可能提供的任何建议。

  10. […]模块化设计,集成,interchangeable and removable bug net and over cover (the Clark Jungle Hammocks were the first to have a winter cover built-in, but not removable). It was the talk of Trail Days […]

  11. [...]德克萨斯州的亮点为我闲聊包括篝火周围的音乐,周六的惊人壶运气,检查每个人的吊床,并满足这么多令人愉快的人。在我的部分,我带来了几个吊床的展示和讲述,包括流行的方便吊床,全新的Therm-A-Rest Slacker Hammock,Maverick Hammock,Amok Draumr Hammock,Sierra Madre Researchs和Nubé庇护所,和双人克拉克顶点吊床。[...]

  12. DeWayne Westphal says:

    I am fairly new to the whole hammock scene, I am 6’2 and 250lbs, been a camper for years but being a side sleeper I have begun looking for alternatives to the ground… The girlfriend and I would love to get one where we could be together in the same shelter… Is side sleeping possible in the vertex?

    • Derek says:


      • DeWayne Westphal says:

        Do you have any recommendations on a hammock system that will work for someone my size and sleep position? And also thank you for all the info, will definitely be buying your book here soon!

        • Derek says:

          任何吊床都会让你睡在你身边。至于大而且,有像吊床的基本吊床,Kammok Roo;丛林吊床喜欢Warbonnet XLC和Hennessy Hammock Safari。

  13. kyle says:

    Is there any other two person hammocks you have tested that compare to or are better than the vertex ?

    • Derek says:

      Not really. The only other comparable option is the two person hammock from Tentsile. They are fairly different though so a direct comparison probably isn’t advisable, unless you are car camping.

      • kyle says:

        谢谢你的快速反应 !No car camping we are mostly deep woods camping in the mountains of Pennsylvania so I’m looking for an alternative to a heavy tent set up but I need something comfortable for me and my wife for weeks on end here’s the hard part I need something that can also sleep our 2 year old son safely . I guess I’m wondering if the vertex is designed for this kind of set up safety being the first concern

  14. John says:


    I may have missed it. Do you still suggest hanging this at 30 degrees? Clark site wants to lead you into mounting the traps pretty high and a steep angle.



  15. 罗素 says:


  16. [...]比其简单的设计能让吧。与固定的多人吊床和平台类似于Clark顶点吊床或Tentsile的Stingray,树-O框架是可调的,这意味着您可以附加到树木[...]

  17. zeldalovestreats says:

    My fiance and I are considering buying this hammock, but I have a couple of concerns:


    我们有一只狗,就是我们把英航约22磅ckpacking with us. Would she be able to sleep in the gear storage area comfortably? We are also about to add a second dog, so would two dogs (total weight approx 50 lbs) fit in the gear storage area? I am not a fan of storing gear in that area since we backpack in bear country, so the dogs would be the only things occupying that space.

    • Derek says:

      I hunk you’d find the Vertex too small and confining. The middle gear area would hold your dog. The vertex has an appeal for couples but owing to his height I would recommend an 11 ft hammock for him and a separate hammock for you. Share a tarp and stay close together. Dream Hammock has a lot of custom options for a hammock with big netting. The winter dream tarp from underground quilts gives a lot of shelter and privacy.

  18. [...]铺设。这是一种与来自克拉克丛林吊床,顶点的流行的2人吊床类似的方法。设计中的串联更简单,具有自己独特的模块化[...]

  19. Jonathan Mcdonald says:

    In theory couldn’t I just bring a strong telescopic pole backpacking and tie around the ends of it ,from the 2 corners(head).Then from the center of the pole tie around a tree which will still allow you to only use 2 trees instead of 3?

  20. Daenon Janis says:

    Do you think that in situations where you can’t find the perfect trees for the head section, that you could connect the rope/straps around two trees that are too wide, give it some slack, and then use some spare rope to tie the two pieces of rope to a more optimal angle?

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