Bear Butt Hammock Review: Is It Worth the Price?

person lying on the hammock

Many archaeologists cite the bed as the oldest human invention, coming onto the scene around twenty-three to five million years ago. However, we know from studying our close relatives, orangutans, that our primate cousins build themselves hammocks to sleep in. It is very likely that long before the bed, human beings were lounging in the branches of trees, swinging comfortably in their hammocks. Today, you can taste this bit of primal joy without relying on primordial technology. It is in the pursuit of this type of comfort that we have compiled this Bear Butt Hammock review.

The Bear Butt Hammock Review Process


The Bear Butt Hammocks have certainly made a splash on the hammock market. But, they are by no means the only game in town. You have many options when choosing a hammock today. In fact, many people find the process of separating the wheat from the chaff to be quite a challenge with so many products on offer in the age of the internet.

By applying our Bear Butt Hammock review process to a wide array of hammocks, we were able to select a list of three competitors that give the titular hammock a run for its money. After we had picked out our three competitors, all four hammocks were applied to the same criteria to be scored in relation to each other.

Our Bear Butt Hammock review criteria included: price, ease of use, assembly time, design quality, portability, durability, and what sort of warranty comes with the hammock. After applying this process equally to each of our shortlisted items, we tallied the scores and selected the best of the best. We hope that this Bear Butt hammock review will help your online hammock buying process.

We will reveal all these scores and our winner, but first, let us answer a few questions about the spotlighted item.

What Is the Bear Butt Hammock?


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The Bear Butt Hammock is an excellent, modern nylon hammock that doesn't skimp on size or comfort. Additionally, it comes with a great story.

The Bear Butt was invented by a newlywed couple, Micheal and Sami Whiteley in their self-described “shack” in the wilds of Idaho. Although they had dropped out of college, had little to no money, and were expecting a baby, they did not let their situation get them down. Instead, they invented the luxurious and handy hammocks that we today affectionately call Bear Butts.

Right off the bat, Micheal and Sami began to sell fifty hammocks a day out of their little Idaho shack. The hammocks were so beloved, that they soon began to manufacture and sell over three hundred units every day. It didn't take long for them to run out of inventory. This kept happening. They would stock their top-of-the-line hammocks, and in no time, they would have sold their entire stock. As of January 2017, Micheal and Sami have “made it big” and moved their Bear Butt hammock operation into a tiny office space. By the end of that year, they had so many orders that this office space had to be expanded by forty times the square footage of their previous operation.

It just goes to show that the American dream is not entirely dead,  especially when you have a great idea and a product people are as hungry to get their hands on as a Bear Butt hammock.

Product Specs


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In our Bear Butt Hammock review process, we learned that these hammocks are composed of long-lasting and comfortable 75 D Nylon taffeta. The hammock itself measures ten feet by six feet, and it weighs only about one and a half pounds (with all its gear included). In its package, the whole thing measures only seven inches by four and a half inches.

This hammock can easily support up to five hundred pounds, making it great for cuddling up with your partner. The company likes to brag that their hammock can actually support up to three or four people if that's your bag.

You have several color options when choosing a Bear Butt Hammock. You can have either (1) Blue and Gray, (2) Dark Green and Light Green, (3) Maroon and Gray, (4) Sky Blue, Pink, and White, or (5) Turquoise, Dark Blue, and Coral.

Pricing


Perhaps the most incredible thing about Bear Butt Hammocks is their price point. Hammocks are not exactly space-age technology. (As we have seen, orangutans build themselves hammocks.) However, many less honest companies will charge you an arm and a leg for the chance to relax in the branches of a tree. All styles of the Bear Butt sell for around thirty dollars, which is quite a bit cheaper than many of the more recognized names out there.

How It Compares


We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. They are:

  • Kootek Camping Hammock
  • Hummingbird Hammocks Ultralight Single Hammock
  • Sea to Summit Pro Hammock

Bear Butt Hammock


Bear Butt Double Parachute Camping Hammock, Blue / Gray
  • LUXURIOUS & DURABLE - This big 10 ft long 6 ft wide original Bear Butt Hammock is made from specially formulated 210T 75D Nylon Taffeta the strongest and most comfortable fabric available - much more durable than any net or mesh. Also the panels have reinforced triple stitching to provide extra strength durability and safety. So with a legal weight capacity of 500 lbs (we’ve tested it for over 800lbs) it comfortably holds one or two people so you can hang worry free between any two trees
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED - Our outdoor hammock and tree hammock comes with all the hardware: 2x 10 ft (others use 8 ft) high quality tactical grade rope suspensions specially formulated reinforced polyester end straps (holds a whopping 2000lbs) and a set of two solid steel d-shaped carabiners. This large backpacking hammock does not require a special stand stands or equipment to be set up. It works great in any setting whether outdoor or indoor or between two poles or two trees!
  • FOR ALL LIFE'S ADVENTURES - Perfect for men women and kids who love backpacking traveling hiking & camping or even just taking a nap and sleeping on the patio porch deck beach, by the pool, tree in your own back yard or even your bedroom. Weighing only 1.5lbs this folding packable ultralight hammock packs up small for storing and is the perfect 1 person or 2 person hammock for you to take on any trip hike camp or adventure
  • PERFECT PRICE - We know that price matters to you. So we found a way to make the highest quality and best rated hammock in market at the perfect price point for you. We’re literally half the cost of our competition called eno. Check out the reviews to see for yourself. We promise you won’t be disappointed. Plus it’s the perfect gift your mom dad brother sister girlfriend boyfriend wife husband friend or complete stranger
  • 100% HAPPY CUSTOMER POLICY - We have a happy customer policy. It’s pretty simple. We want to make you happy. Whatever it takes. Hit us up at any time for any reason (replacement return exchange etc.). We want you to hang hassle-free and with no worries so you can sit back relax and enjoy the greatest hammock in the world

Ease of Use 5 Stars

In our Bear Butt Hammock review process, we were hard pressed to find a hammock that was easier to use than this titular item. You can purchase their “Kodiak straps” to make setting up your hammock even easier, but it already comes with everything you need to get yourself up in a tree.

Assembly Time 5 Stars

Some people find that the Kodiak straps help to expedite the setup process. We found that even with the basic, included straps and ropes we were in our hammock in no time. The assembly time is minimal.

Design Quality 5 Stars

The Nylon taffeta that Bear Butt uses is among the most durable and comfortable fabric around. If you have tried a net or mesh hammock, this is a much more comfortable experience. We were impressed with the additional durability measures at the stitches that ensured a long life for the product.

Portability 5 Stars

The hammock folds up small and it is extremely lightweight to carry. In its package, it measures only seven inches by four and a half inches. Even with all its gear, this hammock weighs only a little more than a pound.

Durability 5 Stars

The stitching is where many hammocks break down. This is not so with the Bear Butt. Its panels have reinforced triple stitching which guarantees use for years to come. They even have reinforced straps, as this can be the weak point on many hammocks.

Warranty 4 Stars

Bear Butt does not offer a warranty per se. However, what they offer could be considered even better. They offer what they call an “Easy peasy lemon squeezy money back or exchange promise.” That means that if you are not satisfied with your product at any point in its life, they will give you your money back or send you a new Bear Butt. It shows they really believe in their product.

Kootek Camping Hammock


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Kootek Camping Hammock Double & Single Portable Hammocks with 2 Tree Straps, Lightweight Nylon Parachute Hammocks for Backpacking, Travel, Beach, Backyard, Patio, Hiking
  • Enjoy the Swing: Lie down and rest with your friends, kids or lovers, relax in complete comfort under the sway. There are multiple colors available in the Kootek hammock. Large size (118''L X 78''W) fit for 2 persons, holding up to 500lb (226. 80kg).
  • Super Lightweight: Can be folded into the small attached sack, portable to carry and fits into backpack. It is a great replacement for tent, sleeping pad, ground mat, swing, cradle, etc.
  • Adjustable Tree-friendly Straps: Each strap 10 feet long with 18+1 loops, easily locking the carabineers to any loops which adjust a perfect height and comfort level. No need to tie any knots and not damaging the trees.
  • Durable & Comfortable: Made of 210T parachute fabric material, has excellent antifraying, anti-tearing, dirty resistance. Easy to be cleaned and dry quickly after being wet.
  • Great Gift: Various of color to select, ideal gift for friends, kids, lovers, father, mother, traveler, beach visitors, tent campers who loves traveling camping, backpacking hiking for a relax. Or hanging the hammock and relaxing on it in the patio.

Kootek has been making a name for itself in the camping gear game lately. Their camping hammock is a great option for those who want to take an airborne relaxation device to the forest or the beach or a music festival. This is a large sized hammock that easily fits two people.

We did find it struggled to hold more than two people. While our Bear Butt Hammock review revealed that up to four people could fit into a Bear Butt, we did not want to push it with the Kootek.

That said, the Kootek Camping Hammock is made of 210T parachute fabric material. 210T is famous for resisting fraying and tearing, and it even has anti-crud properties that help keep it clean. This hammock is tested to hold up to 500 pounds. It comes with adjustable ten-foot straps and durable steel carabiners. It is made in nine color options that you can choose between.

Ease of Use 4 Stars

Set up is quite easy. All you have to do is wrap the straps around your tree or pole and clip them to the hammock. We found it only marginally more difficult to use than the Bear Butt.

Assembly Time 4 Stars

Since no knots are required, most people can set this hammock up in a relatively short period of time.

Design Quality 3 Stars

Although it comes in many different colors, none of these had the same quality as the color options offered by Bear Butt. The stitching and carabiner quality is satisfactory.

Portability 4 Stars

The Kootek will easily fit into a backpack. It can be packed into its own bag that is a part of the hammock itself. However, it is not quite as compact when folded up as the Bear Butt Hammock is.

Durability 5 Stars

The Kootek will easily fit into a backpack. It can be packed into its own bag that is a part of the hammock itself. However, it is not quite as compact when folded up as the Bear Butt Hammock is.

Warranty 3 Stars

All Kootek hammocks come with a 12-month warranty from the date of purchase. You can register your hammock with Kootek and gain an extra six months for a total of an eighteen-month warranty period.

Hummingbird Hammocks Ultralight Single Hammock


Hummingbird Hammocks Ultralight Single Hammock, Skydiver Blue
  • Weight: 5.2oz (147 g) Maximum Suspended Weight: 300lbs. (136 kg) Dimensions Packed: 4x4x2 in (10x10x5 cm) Dimensions Unpacked: 104x47 in (264x119 cm)
  • Type IV certified webbing Lock stitched Built to FAA parachute rigging standards
  • Spectra cord rated to 1500 lb. tensile strength PIA-C-44378 certified reserve parachute fabric Soft link carabiners included
  • Our hammocks weigh about 30% less than anything else on the market
  • Handmade in Denver, Colorado All materials made in the USA

Not everyone wants a hammock for the cuddling scenarios it provides. Although this is a great pastime for outdoorsy couples, many people seek hammocks for the solitude they can provide. Hiking to a secluded spot and then relaxing in the air is one of life's exquisite joys.

People seeking that sort of experience ought to check out Hummingbird Hammocks's Ultralight Single Hammock. This hammock will not provide enough space to host two medium-sized people, but it will fold up small enough to fit in your back pocket. However, so far it is the most expensive item we have considered in this Bear Butt Hammock review.

Ease of Use 5 Stars

We never ran into difficulty with this hammock. It is as easy to use as the simplest hammocks around.

Assembly Time 5 Stars

Hummingbird Hammocks love to brag that their hammock takes no more time to assemble than it does to put on buttoned pants. In going throughout Bear Butt Hammock review process, we found that this was indeed the case.

Design Quality 4 Stars

We liked the parachute material that these hammocks are composed of. Some people like their button straps, but we did find them to be a bit lower in quality than other items' strapping methods.

Portability 5 Stars

Thanks to this being a lightweight, single person hammock, you will be hard pressed to find a more portable model.

Durability 3 Stars

Several users complain about the lack of durability of this product. We found that it worked for the Bear Butt Hammock review period, but reviews indicate that buyers should beware.

Warranty 2 Stars

There is much that the warranty does not cover. Several reviewers found that they were out of luck when their hammock ripped even shortly after buying it.

Sea to Summit Pro Hammock


Sea to Summit Pro Double Hammock, Lime
  • Quick connect buckles with tensioning and adjusting hammock straps/tree protectors
  • 70D nylon with good airflow for comfort
  • Integrated Cardura nylon compression bag for compact travel
  • Holds 180 kg/400lbs - approximately two people
  • Handy print on the buckles help you orient the buckles correctly while camping or backpacking

Simplicity is a virtue when it comes to hammocks. Nobody wants to get away from the rat race of city life just to end up with a complicated task before them. That's why we were intrigued by the Sea to Summit Pro Hammock. Everything from its quick connect buckles to its color schemes screams “simplicity.”

We loved that it came with adjustable hammock straps that included tree protectors. Its 70D Nylon does a great job keeping a breeze on your back. It is a great choice for warm environments.

If only it were not one of the more expensive hammocks that we found in our Bear Butt Hammock review process, it would be a top contender.

Ease of Use 5 Stars

Useful labels help you keep your straps oriented. Plus, this model uses convenient quick connect buckles.

Assembly Time 5 Stars

The quick connect buckles really do cut down on this hammock's assembly time. It is as quick to set up as it is easy to use.

Design Quality 3 Stars

While this hammock performs well, we were not the biggest fan of having usability labels and simplistic color schemes for our color options.

Portability 5 Stars

This hammock packs up into a compression bag that makes it extremely portable.

Durability 5 Stars

Many reviewers find this hammock to be as long-lasting as many of its “high durability” and “heavy duty” competitors.

Warranty 5 Stars

Sea to Summit products come with a lifetime warranty that protects the user against defects in workmanship and materials.

Conclusion


It may be surprising, but none of the “big names” could compete with the intrepid start-up company, Bear Butt. Ultimately, when we processed our shortlist through our Bear Butt Hammock review criteria, none could stand up to the quality, the price, or the “Easy Peasy” guarantee that the Bear Butt Hammocks sported. They sold out Michael and Sami's shack for a reason.

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