Back when life was simpler for me, when I was single and had no responsibilities, I spent a lot of time with a pickup truck and a fishing pole. I often took off to go fishing somewhere with a handful of supplies and no real plans outside of “heading to the lake.” Sometimes I’d be there for a few hours and return home. Other times, I’d decide to stay overnight or even the weekend. I rarely took a tent or anything more than a bedroll for those overnights. When the weather turned, that meant sleeping in the back of my truck, which is never comfortable.

Jammock3Well, it hasn’t been until now. I wish I’d had a Jammock back then. But now is better than never. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever had outside of my completely collapsible kick boat. It rolls into a tight bundle and unfolds into a huge, heavy-duty canvas that easily ties down into your rig to make a hammock or, in a pinch, load retainer.

There are two versions of this hammock system. The original JammockBlack is sized specifically for a Jeep Wrangler and can be tied to its roll bars when the top is off, where it becomes a load-bearing hammock you can store things on or sleep on. The larger version, which I’ve been using, is the JammockTruck, which is made specifically for the bed of a pickup truck.

Jammock1It ties down easily to whatever tie-downs you have at the top of the bed. In a midsize truck like a Tacoma or Frontier, it is about the size of the bed (five feet square) and in a full-sized truck is usually a bit smaller than the bed itself, but has very long straps that can be used to size it to whatever tie-downs you’ve got.

Trucks with top-point hoops on the bed walls work perfectly whereas trucks with tie-down rails, such as those pictured with the Toyota Tundra pickup, can be adjusted to accommodate the straps however you’d like. You can literally fit the JammockTruck to any pickup you might have thanks to those straps.

Jammock2Once it’s on, the Jammock will hold a lot of weight – about 350 pounds. That’s more than enough for me, my sleeping bag, and maybe some chips and a couple of beverages. If your truck has a shell on it, you have an instant shelter too. Even if you don’t, it wouldn’t be too difficult to secure a tent on top of the Jammock if you wanted to.

You can find one on Jammock.com. I’d highly recommend one if you have a truck or Jeep and a bent for camping and excursions. Or even if it’s just because you spend a lot of waiting around time at the job site and are tired of just sitting on the tailgate getting a butt ache.

Note: we received this product for free for review purposes. Our opinions, however, are our own.

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An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.

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