Butt In A Sling (BIAS) Weight Weenie Micro Hammock w/ Knotty Mod

P1050204I was recently talking with Shane from Butt In A Sling Hammock Gear, and he offered to send me one of their hammocks to give a try. When looking through the BIAS site,the Weight Weenie Micro jumped out at me simply because of the weight. Listed at only 6 oz (for the tarp, channel loops, & stuff sack only), this seemed likely to be one of the lightest weight hammocks on the market. However, just to be clear, this is not the bottom line… Of course, the suspension to actually hang the hammock will add some additional weight too. However, it seemed like a great starting place, so this is the one that I requested.

Amazingly, Shane placed the hammock in the mail on one day, and on the next, it was in my mailbox. To be fair though, Shane said that he was currently caught up on orders, and already had blanks cut and ready to go, so it sounds like it was simply grabbing one up, packaging it, and handing it off to the mail carrier. Also, what I found interesting is that I am only around 150 miles from the BIAS offices! (This is very likely the closest I am to any backpacking gear cottage shop!) So of course, the close proximity also contributed to the lightning fast delivery too…. But, I was impressed with the shipping time, so I wanted to add this in… Worth noting though, like with any other, small, cottage shop, there can be wait times when ordering, so be sure to pay attention to that.

Back to the hammock.

When I unboxed the hammock, I first noticed the ACU digi-camo pattern, and I like it! As for the material itself, I believe it is a 1.0 finished weight material, which BIAS sources for their hammocks (although, I could be wrong on this). It is a quite light weight material though, which is also what contributes to the hammock’s overall light weight. But, because of this, the material is not as burly, or durable, as some other materials being used for hammocks, so it is a good idea to remember to keep anything sharp out of the hammock (or in your pockets when climbing in). It’s also worth noting that the listed weight limit for this material is only 200 lbs (good thing I lost all that weight recently!)

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The hammock came inside a double ended stuff sack (AKA: bishop bag), which as far as I understand is not standard. He also included two pair of toggles, two 100 inch pair of camo polyester straps, and two 12 foot whoopies (which have an adjustable length of 2 – 6 feet each). The hammock also came with a fixed length, 9 foot ridgeline. Other than this, he also included a few LED key chain lights and a few silicone bracelets, all branded with the BIAS name.

As for the hammock itself, I decided that I would give an 11 foot hammock another go since this seems to be what BIAS hammocks are built around. They claim that a slightly longer, yet narrower hammock can be just as comfortable (if not more-so) than a shorter, wider hammock; as well as, the longer, narrower hammock will require less material overall, so would also result in a lighter weight than a shorter, wider hammock would. So, with all of this in mind, I figured I would give the 11 foot by 52 inch hammock a try.

Then finally, this afternoon I had the chance to carry it outside and strap it up in the yard to check it out. And of course, I made a video of it…

So, after hanging it up and getting to hang out in it for about 2 hours, I gotta say, I like it. First off, after stringing it out, I noticed that he also included the “knotty mods” on this hammock. This is a feature that I did not request, but was interested in, and now glad that he did include it on this hammock! This is simply a piece of shock cord with a cord lock, threaded into the hem of the hammock at the head and foot area (for this reason, it is also suggested to notify him as to which way you lay in the hammock… surprisingly, mine came with the correct orientation!) By cinching the shock cord tight, pockets are created. These pockets will help hold my pillow in place, as well as the foot end of my quilt. Another bonus is that it tightens the side hems of the hammock, which limits/removes the extra material to flap in the wind.

The hammock that I received has the whoppies threaded directly through the end channels on the hammock, so there is no extra hardware, which means this is the lightest possible way to set it up. Other than this, simply slinging the straps around a tree, using a Marlin Spike Hitch to attach the toggles to the straps, and then slipping the looped end of the whoppies over the KNOT on the straps is all that it takes to quickly, and easily hang the hammock. This is actually my preferred way of hanging a hammock, and I learned it from Shug several years ago when I first started using a hammock. Simple, Easy. Light. Done.

As for the lay, I found it to be pretty comfortable as well. It did seem to me like I was laying at less of a diagonal than I have in other, shorter, hammocks, but I think that this may be correct for this particular hammock. Anyway, I also threw up my old Hammock Gear Phoenix UQ and found that it fit quite well under the hammock (or at least it seemed so… I am sure that I will find this out better when the temps are a bit cooler).

So, for now, I am actually pretty excited about this hammock. At a total of 12.5 oz for everything needed to hang this hammock, I am happy with the weight. As I mentioned, the lay seems to be fine, and my 20 F Phoenix UQ even seems to fit well under the hammock. So, now, if all goes as planned, I will get to take it all out with me next weekend for an overnighter with the kids! And of course, if I get to make it out… there will be more video, more talk about this set-up…

So, until then, thanks to Shane for giving me the opportunity to check out his hammock. And thanks to you for stopping by!

~Stick~

Disclaimer: This hammock set-up was provided to me for free, from Butt In A Sling Hammock Gear. However, I have no obligation to “review” these items. This article, and included video, contains my personal opinions of these items, after I have personally laid my hands on them, and gave them a try.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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7 Responses to Butt In A Sling (BIAS) Weight Weenie Micro Hammock w/ Knotty Mod

  1. Ron "Knotty" Mehringer says:

    I’m the namesake of the Knotty Mod. It’s an idea I came up with a few years ago and it’s been adopted by many. Glad you liked it. It’s my proudest contribution to the outdoor community because it’s so simple yet makes such a big difference.

    Knotty

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  2. It looks like the German “flecktarn” pattern. Looks like it would be excellent for stealth camping.

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  3. I really want to try one of these BIAS hammocks, but I have a thing about bug nets; namely, I ALWAYS use a bug net. I know they have one, but I prefer one to be sewn on. I’m curious what’s your take on the bug net issue?

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    • Stick says:

      Wesley,

      I agree about having the bug nets sewn in… it is more convenient, and this makes it nice. Saying that, for winter/cold months, I am ok with not having one since bugs aren’t an issue like they are in the warmer months. I have used a bug net similar to the one that they sell, except instead of a bottom opening, it opened on the ends and I had to slide it back to enter/exit. I didn’t really have a problem with it, and don’t think that the bottom entry like BIAS sells would be any more or less problematic. Depending on how things go, if I see that I will use the Weight Weenie Micro hammock more though, I will more than likely pick up their bug net to use it for warmer months.

      ~Stick~

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  4. Stick…another great video and product demo…much appreciated. I have a Hennessy hammock and love it.

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  5. milligan308 says:

    Checked out your YT video first and I am glad I read your blog and saw your still photo as it might give a better idea of the true color of the hammock fabric??

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