The Warbonnet Blackbird XLC is by far and away the best hammock system on the market. We have tested these things in every condition imaginable and have been shocked at it's performance. The company is owned by an American veteran and all these items are handmade and not mass produced in another country like the ENO brand. If you have the money, you can't go wrong with this setup. Most of our active survival instructors own them and we are so happy to be the first company to sell them outside of the manufacturer. This is professional grade equipment that will last for many many years to come. If you want the best and price isn't your major concern, this is the way to go.

If you want the Ferrari of hammock systems, then this is it!  Please note that they are made here in the U.S. by a independent shop and may take up to 3 weeks to ship. 



The blackbird has a removable mosquito netting so you can take it off when the bugs are not a problem and the way it is constructed, when you lay in it you won't have to worry about the bug netting drooping into your face. It has side ties out to keep netting taut but when sat in properly you don't even need them. It also has a removable top cover for when the temps dip down lower and you need to stay warm. This optional top cover adds about 15 degrees extra to the hammock system.


Inside the hammock it has utility line that stretches overhead so you can hang equipment and lights from so they are convenient and out of the way. The option we like best about this hammock is the storage shelf on it, because it is so large that you can store massive amounts of gear up off the ground and still have it accessible inside your hammock. I've stored upwards of 30lbs of gear in this storage shelf and still felt like it could hold more. The hammock is also double layered for mosquito protection from underneath so they can't bite you through your hammock in the night if you want to sleep in light clothing for warm weather environments. The double layer bottom also acts as a sleeve for ground pads of all sizes. I can even fit my full size Exped 9 downmat in this thing with ease.

Lay Flat Design

It has an asymetrical cut to the design so that when you lay at an angle in it, it is almost a completely lay flat option. I'm a side sleeper and having this option is a must for me if I'm to get good rest. The other hammocks on the market just don't compare to how comfortable this is because of this lay flat option. You won't be shaped like a banana all night! This is possible by an asymetrical foot box that is sewn into the hammock on one side which allows you lay in it sideways easier. It also will fit anyone up to 7' tall. So no matter how big you are, this hammock is a good option for you!

Attachment System

You attach the hammock using webbing line and the most convenient buckle system we have ever used. You can literally attach the hammock in less than a minute and over great distances between trees. You can span a 25' gap in between trees with this hammock system.

Tarp System

We really love the tarp as well. It is 11'x10' and packs up smaller than a nalgene bottle. Because it has so many tie off points you can setup in a plethora of different ways. In cold conditions you can make it like a floorless tent by closing the side wings off and staking it straight to the ground. You can stake one side and then flare the other in order to have a view of the area. And because it has the side door flaps, even if you use it in a lean to fashion with one side flared, you can still protect from sideways wind/rain by staking off the doorway to cover your feet. The tarp only weighs 1lb 3 ounces, and is large enough for several people to sleep under. This tarp also has tie off points on the sides of the tarps for snow conditions, so that snow won't accumulate. These tie off points also add a lot of space to the inside of the tarp for more room to swing in your hammock without touching the sides. It's also great extremely high wind conditions!

This is the perfect shelter system in our opinion and if your only going to buy one shelter, then this is the one. If you decide you don't want to sleep in the hammock, you can always go to ground with it and still use the hammock as a bug bivy and the tarp as protection from the elements. It is just the most modular and easy to use system on the market today. It setups in about 10 minutes and the tarp can be setup in so many configurations, the possibilities are limitless.


Essential Hammock System


Color: Olive green
Weight capacity: 400 LBS
Item weight (webbing/buckles): 2 lb. 7oz.
Fabric: 1.7oz/70D Nylon (x2)

SuperFly Tarp

Item weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
Ridgeline Length: 11’0”
Width: 10’0”
Fabric: 1.1oz/30D 2000mm NeverMist™ Silnylon

Top Cover

Weight: 5 oz

*This must be ordered with your hammock purchase if you want one, because each one is custom made to fit your hammock.



What about the cost?


We fully understand that this system is expensive and it is a big investment. But we truly believe this the best overall sleep system for any type of camping down to 0 degrees. You absolutely can't beat it and once you get accustom to hammock camping you won't go back. Buy once cry once is our philosophy. And numerous SIGMA 3 instructors owned this system before we started selling it. We paid full retail for them and don't regret it a bit. This is the cheapest you can get this exact system anywhere on the internet and all the leg work is done for you. Buy in one place and get everything you need without having to gain the knowledge from a million different video reviews and forums around the internet first. Trust that SIGMA 3 has put together the full package for you and this system will work for anyone of any size below 6'6".

Why hammock systems over tarps, tents, etc?

The advantages of a hammock are almost to many to list. You never have to worry about preparing the ground under you or sleeping on a rock. Water seepage and moisture issues that you have with tents are non existent. They are lighter and pack smaller. Sleep more comfortably. Lay flat design is great for side and back sleepers. Leave no trace or sign on the ground for tactical purposes. You can pitch them pretty much anywhere. We have even slept right next to waterfalls in them where it would be impossible to use any other shelter. They are by far the coolest shelter in the warmer seasons, and with the right sleeping equipment you can take them down to 0 degrees. Coolest shelter you can use in the summer and one of the most comfortable in the winter with the right insulation. We even know of a guy in Ely, Minnesota that has slept in them down to -40 degrees with lots of down to keep him warm. The tarp is more modular because you can turn it into a floorless tent, you can open the tarp up for a great breeze or you can stake it to the ground for cold conditions and eliminate the wind entirely. The options are endless.



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