Our take Six storage spaces hang from the bottom of the hammock, and when stuffed full of gear, they double as insulation. Our tester stayed warm down to 35°F without an underquilt or pad. Interior zippers provide access to the pockets, so you never have to battle the elements. Tip: Pack soft items such as clothes at the top, closer to your body.
Features Two fiberglass poles arc over the head and foot ends, providing a dome-like structure and maintaining the hammock’s width. Our tester reports excellent livability, and he had no problem sitting cross-legged while packing clothes into the storage pockets. Mesh lines the ceiling for bug protection. A weather-resistant ripstop nylon weather guard slides over the mesh to create a shell that handled a surprise snowstorm in the Adirondacks, but testers still wanted a fully waterproof fly for heavy rain. The NX-270 does come with rope for hanging but no tree-friendly straps. Ding: price.
Trail cred “I’m a tried-and-true stomach sleeper, and I was able to sleep like a baby,” our tester reported after spreading out in the NX-270’s spacious interior during a trip to the ’Daks.