Onewind Tempest 12′ Hammock Review

Fraser testing out the Onewind Tempest 12' camping hammock for our review

Tired of uncomfortable and flimsy hammocks ruining your outdoor experiences? 

It’s a nightmare when you’re struggling to find a stable and comfy spot to relax in nature, only to end up with a sore back and a damp spirit. That’s why we’ve set out to test the Onewind Tempest 12’ double hammock.

The Tempest is a modular hammock design which comes with a built-in bug net and all at a fairly budget price. But how does it perform?

Find out in our Onewind Tempest review!

Our verdict on the Onewind Tempest Hammock

Overall, I was fairly impressed with the Onewind Tempest hammock. It does the majority of the basics well. It’s comfortable to lie in, it comes with a useful built-in bug net, and you can pick up storage space which clips onto the ridgeline for just a few bucks extra.

I personally wouldn’t use it in cold weather, at least not without picking up the extra hammock underquilt. And the instructions could be more beginner friendly by explaining what all of the bag contents are for.

But for all other uses, it’s a lightweight hammock that provides decent all round performance at a very reasonable price. This hammock earns our award for “Great value”.

Great Value Review Award

My ratings:

  • Ease of setup: 6/10
  • Comfort: 8.5/10
  • Durability: 8.5/10
  • Versatility: 7/10
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Who is the Onewind Tempest for?

The Tempest hammock is great for:

✅ Budget hammock camping
✅ Backpacking (in well forested areas!)
✅ Couples hammock camping

I do not recommend it for:

❌ Extreme weather
❌ Cold weather (unless you pick up the extra underquilt)

Our hammock review criteria & testing 

Just like many modern hammocks out there, the Tempest is modular. This means you can jazz it up with extra add-ons to turn it into a comfy sleep spot that will keep you warm and dry through the night. You might want to also pick up a tarp to go over the hammock.

Carry Bag contents for the hammock
The carry bag includes the straps, hammock, a guyline, two stakes and some basic instructions.

[6/10] Ease of setup

While we set up this hammock in a stable enough position, instructions were severely lacking for this hammock. Many beginners may be confused by why there is only one short elastic guyline (hint: it’s to reduce swinging) and two stakes and I worry that Onewind have assumed that only the bare minimum instructions are required. 

The good news is that the hammock is perfectly stable without being staked down. If the wind is particularly strong or you’re especially exposed, you might find issues without the stakes but for most trips, it won’t be an issue. 

The rest of the set-up is straightforward and didn’t cause any issues. The tree-friendly straps loop easily enough around trees and the buckles of the hammock are fairly intuitive. The ridgeline is adjustable which can be a little tricky for newbies but once you figure out the knack for tensioning the line, it’s very easy. 

When it comes to putting the hammock away, the double-sided stuff sack is a fantastic feature to help make the process so easy. You just unattach the strap from the hammock buckle and feed the material of the hammock into the sack.

Then wrap the tree straps before putting them in the remaining space of the stuff sack. You can even leave a buckle hanging out one end of the sack to make set-up easier for the next adventure as well. 

The double stuffsack makes putting away the hammock easy.
The stuff sack can be left over the straps which makes it super easy to pack the hammock back up again.

The double-sided stuff sack also means you can pack away the hammock without dragging it across the floor. Not only is this hammock easy to clean, but it’s also easy to keep clean as well. 

So, as long as you don’t need to stake down the hammock set-up shouldn’t present any issues – even if you’re a hammock newbie. 

[8.5/10] Comfort

When it comes to comfort, there really is nothing like a hammock after a long day in the great outdoors. 

The material for the hammock is a little thicker than in the ultralight model from Onewind (the Onewind Whirlwind) which we tested at the same time. Like the Whirlwind, the material for this hammock is soft enough that it doesn’t feel scratchy or rough against your skin which is a big bonus.

This Tempest model is a double-size or two-person hammock. However, people will often also get double hammocks intended for solo use. So I have considered how well this Tempest would handle one or two users. 

One thing I noticed does raise a big concern for me when considering sleeping in this hammock. As the bug net only has two zippers and can only feasibly be opened from one side, if the person on the other side of the hammock needs to go out in the middle of the night, it’s going to involve a lot of disruption for their sleeping partner. 

In terms of the space for one person, I found that there was probably a little more material than I would have been comfortable with. I felt like at times I was sinking quite deep into the hammock and felt really removed from the rest of my campsite – which might be a selling point if you are looking for some privacy! But for me, it would affect the early-morning and late-evening feeling when it’s nice to lie back in the hammock and still feel part of the conversation going on around me. 

Something that would have improved my comfortability in this hammock would have been a more efficient pocket organiser like the one on the Whirlwind. The Tempest comes with a slightly larger bag which is more beneficial for storing larger items but I prefer the multi-pocket system of the Whirlwind. Being able to easily access your phone, water bottle, torch or anything else whilst lying back in your hammock is a much more comfortable experience than having to rummage about at the foot of your hammock or in an unorganised bag. 

However, a point where the Tempest is more comfortable than the Whirlwind is the built-in bug net. I cannot stress how much more comfortable you will be in this hammock with a bug net than without, especially if you are camping in an area with mosquitos or no-see-ums.

[8.5/10] Build quality and durability

The overall construction of the hammock feels pretty reliable. Unlike the Whirlwind, I didn’t find any issues with loose stitching or frayed threads on the Tempest. 

Whilst the zipper for the bug net seemed to slide around most of the hammock fairly seamlessly, I did find that at the foot of the hammock the material seemed taut and it was a bit of a struggle to pull the zip around. I would be worried about being too rough and causing damage to the hammock. 

The adjustable ridgeline was a little stiff to begin with as well, as it was on the Whirlwind. However, after initial use, it loosened slightly and was easier to use. Like the zipper going around the foot of the hammock, I would be wary about using too much force and damaging the hammock when first adjusting the ridgeline. 

The hammock straps are safe for trees
These types of hammock straps are much better for leaving no trace as they are less likely to damage trees.

One quality piece of construction for the Tempest is the wide and flat tree-friendly straps that come with the hammock. Poorer quality straps, which are more similar to rope than these straps, can damage trees when you sling your hammock with them, which is something we’d rather avoid. 

In terms of the quality of the material used for the hammock, it feels sturdier than the ultralight Whirlwind without sacrificing comfort which is a bonus. Onewind says that the Tempest can comfortably handle 500 lbs which means it should be perfectly able to hold two campers. 

Whilst it might not feel like the material will last forever, the 70D hexagon-shaped ripstop and abrasion-resistant fabric design should protect the material against being snagged on branches, keys or other hazards when camping. 

The bug net was small enough to keep out the no-see-ums that were about when I tested this hammock – which is a must-know when it comes to getting out into the wilderness in Scotland. A midge-infested hammock isn’t going to be an enjoyable experience! 

A final note for campers looking for a hammock to sleep in to be aware of – the Onewind Tempest is a single-layer design. If you prefer using a pad in the hammock (hello, winter campers!), you would be better off looking for a double-layer option or picking up the hammock underquilt extra.

The Onewind Tempest carry bag is very portable
The carry bag is very portable and fairly lightweight – hammock camping means no needing to carry tent poles!

[7/10] Versatility

This hammock is a fair bit heavier and larger than the ultralight Whirlwind but is still relatively portable, coming in at only 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg). It’s a significant improvement over my two-person hammock from Decathlon, which doesn’t have a bug net and is larger and heavier than this Tempest. 

Given how much you would pay for a tent of a similar weight, this hammock provides excellent portability. But bear in mind that you’ll need to plan your backpacking trips more carefully. My nearest trail is the West Highland Way and I know that there are stretches of this which do not have enough trees for hammock camping. 

But if you’re backpacking somewhere with plenty of trees or going camping, the Whirlwind is a strong performer.

Price comparison

At the time of first testing the Onewind Whirlwind Hammock, Onewind sold the 12 foot version for as little as $92 on their website including shipping. In my opinion, this is a very reasonable price for a hammock of this quality.

Onewind has reached out to us and offered all of our readers an extra 5% off their store using the coupon code: WILDERNESS

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Wrapping up our Onewind Tempest review

So in conclusion, I was pretty impressed with the Onewind Tempest. Personally, overall I did prefer the Onewind Whirlwind model that we also got the opportunity to try out because it is lighter and smaller which fits my needs and preferences better. 

However, I can’t deny that the built-in bug net is a massive benefit of the Tempest. Being able to relax in the evenings, swaying in the wind and being sheltered from the bugs is really a joy. 

So would I recommend it? If you’re wanting a slightly roomier hammock with storage and a bug net, the Tempest provides good value for money.

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