Most hammocks are not designed for wet weather use. While many outdoor
hammocks stand up to the elements, they do not offer the cover and
protection for a human who may be using them to sleep or escape from
the rain. Outdoor hammocks provide a unique combination of durability
and features. They are usually lighter and may be a lot more portable
than fixed or standing hammocks.
One of the main applications for an outdoor hammock is backpacking or
mountaineering. People who engage in these activities generally require
protection from changeable weather in mountainous areas. However, some
backpacking hammocks offer rain flies, and, in a pinch, you can substitute
a tarp. Just make sure you offer yourself plenty of ventilation!
One of the key distinctions of a these types hammock is the covering.
The covering protects from rain and snow and also can protect from
insects and mosquitoes and other critters. It also can help to protect
a person from wind for some of the thermal hammocks. These hammocks
can also protect a person from the cold.
The material of these types of hammocks is durable enough to survive
outdoor use. It is waterproof since it provides a canopy for the user.
Moreover the hammock material sometimes is good enough to protect the
user from cold and wind. This material is often resembles Gortex of
other waterproof material.