Guide to Choosing the Best Camping Hammock
What could be better than hanging out, chillaxing in the great outdoors with your feet up in a comfy hammock. Fresh air, the sounds of the wild and stars overhead are just a few of the things that make hammock camping so cool. Whether you’re backpacking, hiking or just going for a camping trip, taking a small hammock is a fantastic alternative to a heavy and restrictive tent.
They come in all shapes and sizes, if you’ll be snuggling with a hammock buddy then take a look at our double hammocks, or if weight is a key issue then opt for an ultralight version weighing in at under a pound. Check out our reviews of the ten best camping hammocks below, followed by our essential guide on everything you need to know about sleeping under the stars.
- Lightweight Backpacking Hammocks
- Protective / Covered Hammocks
- Heavy Duty Double Hammocks
- How to Hang your Hammock
- Hangin’ in a Hammock Top Tips
Lightweight Backpacking Hammocks
The first section here provides you with the top hammocks that are both lightweight and offer great value. They are constructed from strong yet light material that will support you (and possibly your hammock buddy) all night long. If you’re part of the ultralight crew then rest assured these weigh next to nothing – especially compared with the standard backpacking tents.
ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) Single Nest Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 16oz
FEATURES: Single, heavy duty, straps sold separately
This is a classic hammock from the respected hammock brand ENO. They have years of experience in creating super quality products for outdoor peeps. This single hammock is built for one, however is definitely on the heavy duty side, being able to support 400lbs. There are around 30 different colors you can choose from, with red / charcoal, and charcoal / royal blue being two popular ones.
The SingleNest comes with a compression sack to minimise the packed size (4″x5″). Once unpacked you can use the included nautical grade lightweight aluminum carabiners with Atlas suspension straps to attach to any vertical object at the beach, forest, mountain or garden. Being 9’4″ x 4’7″ in unfolded size, even taller people will be able to get a good night’s sleep. Overall this is a quality hammock from a top brand that won’t break the bank.
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 12oz
FEATURES: Cheap, lightweight, simple, single hammock
The Grand Trunk hammock is extremely lightweight at just 12oz, and is constructed from easily washable 100% polyester. It is one of the cheapest hammocks available at around $20, and although not as sturdy as some of the more expensive brands, it still has 900 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5.
The benefits of this one include its ultralight construction, low price and included stuffsack. It does have two S-hooks from which to hang the hammock, however for a more secure solution it would be worth purchasing a proper hammock hanging set. It also has a 2 year manufacturer warranty, which is pretty good for a $20 product!
Hummingbird Ultralight Single Plus Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 7.6oz
FEATURES: Extremely lightweight, well-designed, ripstop nylon
This is an impressive lightweight backpacking hammock, designed by a parachute rigger so he knows what he is doing! The material is nylon, so will be resistant to tears and abrasions. The webbing and cords are also parachute spec material and as tough as nails. Even the ‘soft’ carabiner has been designed to be lighter than traditional aluminum ones.
It is available in four different colors and is definitely a single hammock. The ‘Plus’ version here gives you extra room that the original Hummingbird lacks slightly. In this one you’ll be able to stretch out comfortably and use to sleep in comfortably overnight. Even if you’re 6’5″ you’ll still be right at home in the Hummingbird. Being ultralight the material isn’t too thick (but still super strong), so you will definitely want to use a camping pad or another way to keep you insulated and warm at night.
Protective / Covered Hammocks
The next few hammocks have less of a focus on being ultralight, and more on protecting you from the elements. They have in built bug nets to prevent your face getting chewed to bits, and either a rain fly in the case of the Clark one, a fully enclosed ‘4 season’ tent.
Hennessy Expedition Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 2.75lbs
FEATURES: Includes ran fly, unique ‘bottom entry’, asymmetric
First up in the list of hammocks that will protect you from the elements is the Hennessy Expedition hammock. Although a bit heavier than the models reviewed earlier, this package comes complete with rainfly, support ropes, mosquito netting and stuff sack. Thick 210D oxford nylon is used for the hammock itself, whilst the rainfly is ripstop nylon that is polyurethane coated. This coating helps to provide a waterproof protection from the rain.
If like me you look like an animal in pain trying to wriggle into a hammock, you’ll be pleased to see the Hennessy has been designed to improve entry stability and make it easy to enter. It has a ‘bottom entry’ design so no more flipping straight out of the hammock. It is also an asymmetric hammock design, which allows you to lie more comfortably diagonally.
Overall this isn’t the cheapest, however it is a renowned brand providing unique features in this tried and tested model.
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 2.2lbs
FEATURES: Double-zippered no-see-um mesh, roomy and well made
Although it might have a weird name, the Skeeter Beeter is a real bug-beater with it’s inbuilt no-see-um mesh. It has enough material so that you can clip the mesh well clear of your face so you can sip that sweet beer or hot chocolate with ease. When you need to get out there is a double zipper for access from both the inside and outside. If you won’t be needing the bug mesh you can turn the hammock over to avoid using the mesh tent.
It is a well made and roomy hammock with a 400lbs carrying capacity. Although Grand Trunk have provided suspension paracord, it is recommended to purchase stronger straps (such as the Kammok Python straps) for extra durability. Unlike the Hennessy hammock above, you’ll also have to purchase a separate rainfly if you expect it to rain.
Clark NX 270 Four Season Camping Hammock
PACKED WEIGHT: 2lbs15oz
FEATURES: Rain tent, four season, insulating pockets
This is a beast of a camping hammock tent system. Although it most definitely isn’t cheap, it has the extra durability and features that some of the others don’t. It has a unique ‘tent’ style design with two lightweight fibreglass poles (just 3oz) that create a hoop over the hammock to support the rain tent.
When you’re laid fast asleep in the hammock you’ll be first protected by a layer of no-see-um mesh, which is then attached to the WeatherShield sil-nylon rainfly tent. This is completely breathable yet still insulating – so in cold winter conditions not only will you be protected from falling rain or snow, but it will trap your bodyheat inside – keeping you that much warmer than being in a traditional hammock and tarp.
Storage is also great in the Clark NX270, as it has six pockets under the hammock in which to store your gear, and two internal pockets you can access from inside. In warmer weather you can zip down the rain fly and bug mesh, keeping it in the storage pocket by your feet.
Heavy Duty Double Hammocks
Get nice and cosy in a double hammock. Who needs a tent when you can get a fantastic night’s sleep swinging from a tree by the beach or in the woods while watching the stars – what could be more romantic?! The double hammocks below are both strong and roomy, perfect for your next trip away.
Kammok Roo Double Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 23oz
FEATURES: Double hammock, nice and big, LunarWave strong fabric, lifetime warranty
The Kammok Roo is a very spacious double hammock in which you can sleep soundly side by side with your partner. When unfolded it is roughly the size of a queen bed (10′ x 5’7″) comfortably sleeping two people. The hammock has been developed to be ultra strong and durable, and is available in six cool colors (such as Nakuru Blue and Roo Red for example). It can hold a whopping 500lbs, and has lightweight LunarWave ripstop diamond nylon fabric and climbing rated carabiners.
Although the Roo incorporates Dyneema slings, for extra strength the Kammok Python suspension straps would be a good additional purchase. Similarly a bug net isn’t included however the Dragonfly is a great net that would be a good choice. To prove that Kammok don’t expect you to be breaking this hammock any time soon, they provide a lifetime warranty.
For a double hammock it is lighter than some of the single person ones, and comes with a compression stuffsack so you can really pack it down nice and small to go in your backpack. Price-wise for everything it includes it is a great deal, well worth the money.
Legit Camping Double Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 1.75lbs
FEATURES: Cheap, lifetime warranty, double hammock
The ‘Legit’ double hammock is a budget hammock that still offers great quality. It is constructed from military-grade nylon and is available in eight great colorschemes. It doesn’t come with a rain fly or mosquito net, however it does have some basic straps, rope and steel carabiners so you can get out and enjoy the freedom of hammock’ing straight away.
It’s got a sturdy weight capacity of 400lbs, not quite as much as the 500lbs offered by the Kammok Roo, but still not to be sniffed at. The Legit one also packs down to a tidy 9″ x 4″ in the provided stuffsack. Again although this is a cheap double hammock, Legit still offer a lifetime warranty on the product which offers peace of mind for any potential rips or material failures (hopefully not!) further down the line.
Unfolded the hammock is a nice 10′ long x 6.6′ wide – plenty of space for two. All credit to Legit for producing this, it really has a high build quality for a relatively low price, is loved by its customers – and what’s more, Legit offer fantastic customer service.
Winner Outfitters 2 Person Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 1.4lbs
FEATURES: Includes rope, carabiners, strong fabric, double hammock
The Winner Outfitters 2 person hammock is spacious at 118″ x 78″, and is constructed from strong yet lightweight 210D parachute nylon material. Two people can easily fit side by side in this hammock. As with others, you are able to sleep almost flat by lying diagonally across the hammock to enable you to get a perfect night’s sleep. You might want to buy a rain tarp and mozzy net as they aren’t included, but they do include strong 0.3″ rope to hang your hammock from the nearest tree or rock.
The Winner Outfitters model is a bargain basement model, yet has hundreds of positive reviews about the product. A variety of colors are available including a dark green or khaki one that should help camouflage into your surroundings. If you’re out and about hiking or backpacking and don’t want to break the bank then this is a cheap 2 person hammock you should definitely consider. Overall it offers great value for money and gives some of the more well known brands such as ENO and Kammok a run for their money.
Bear Butt Double Parachute Camping Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 1lb
FEATURES: Ultra lightweight, masses of room for two
This Bear Butt model has masses at room at an unfolded size of 10′ long x 6′ wide. It is made from nylon and is nice and smooth, with some people even saying it is comfier than their ENO hammock. Triple stitching and with claims they tested it with a lion (?! hmmm maybe not) – it will effectively resist rips and tears from sharp branches or objects. If you’re using it in a rainy environment then get yourself an extra rain fly or tarp to stop you getting soaked.
This is another cheap double hammock but has tons of highly positive reviews. Weighing in at a miniscule 1lb packed weight, it is an ultralight backpacking hammock that would be ideal for camping, trekking or hiking – slipping neatly into your backpack in a compressed size of 6″ x 4″. Although the Bear Butt comes with rope, you should get tree-friendly Bear Butt straps ideally to prevent damage to the bark.
ENO Double Nest Hammock Review
PACKED WEIGHT: 19oz
FEATURES: Attached compression sack, strong breathable fabric, double hammock
ENO is one of the original brands for camping hammocks and all things outdoor-related. Their products have stood the test of time, including their ENO Double Nest hammock shown here. This isn’t surprising considering the build quality – it is constructed from breathable woven nylon fabric to wick any moisture and sweat away from your body, combined with triple stitching for the ultimate in strength. As with all of the hammocks shown here, it would be wise to opt for a mummy-shaped camping pad to lie on to prevent cool breezes from making you chilly through the night.
It comes with nautical grade rope and stainless steel snap links that can be used to hang the hammock from trees, however you’d be better off opting for the Atlas suspension system for the ultimate hanging solution. It has an attached compression sack that shrinks the hammock down from an unfolded size of 9’4″ long by 6’2″ wide to a humble 4″ x 5″.
How to Hang your Hammock
Most of the hammocks above come with basic ropes or cords that you can use your Scouting skills to tie knots to the nearest tree or rock. It’s a better idea to invest in a quality additional set of straps as these are invariably more secure, easier to hang, and won’t damage the tree. Straps are great as you don’t have to tie any knots (just loop them together), and the tautness is adjustable by just using a different loop to hook your hammock onto.
Bear Butt XL Kodiak Straps
These are tried and tested straps that you wrap around the tree to support your hammock. They are super strong being able to support 1000lbs (way more than a double hammock can support), and the straps have 20 loops to make the hammock easily adjustable between different tree widths. Simply clip the attached carabiners on and get chillin’!
ENO Atlas Suspension Straps
Another tried and tested Eagle’s Nest product, the Atlas suspension straps are made from heavy duty nylon / polyester webbing that can support a combined 400lbs. They have fifteen loops on each side for adjusting the tension, and they are extremely lightweight at just 11oz. Overall solid straps, solid stitching, and tried and tested hammock straps.
Hangin’ in a Hammock Top Tips
There’s nothing better than chillin’ in your hammock on a warm summer’s night – choose the right one with our top ten tips below:
- Strong suspension straps – Rather than using the manufacturer provided paracord to hang your nest, get yourself a high quality strong pair of straps (such as the two above). They’re dead easy to hang to the tree, and don’t damage the bark or cambium.
- Check the weight capacity – if you’re sharing your hammock with a partner then without being rude, make sure that your hammock won’t be overloaded. They all have different weight ratings so it’s worth a check.
- Get a bug net – the last thing you want is to be eaten alive through the night. Get yourself a no-see-um mesh net to drape over your hammock at night. You can also get head bug masks if you would prefer. Alternatively some hammocks, such as the Hennessy Expedition and Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter come with mosquito nets built in which is great – however these are usually found on the more expensive models.
- Take a rain tarp – being out in the wild watching the stars is great, but when it starts to rain you’ll wish you were under cover. Either choose a hammock with a rain tarp or rain fly that you can string above your hammock, or buy one separately. Go for one that allows you to tie down the corners and has a good waterproof rating.
- Choose a good camping pad – Don’t be freezing at night, you can either look for a camping pad or go for one of the best hammock underquilts out there (such as the ones buy Snugpak or ENO). One top tip about camping pads – don’t get a square one as it will fold awkwardly and dig into you through the night. Get a mummy shaped camping pad as this will sit better either underneath you, or in the camping pad pocket that some hammocks have.
- Layer your clothes – It goes without saying really but it can get really chilly at night, so wrap up well with warm clothes and fleeces – snuggling up with a partner also helps 🙂
- Compress your hammock – If you’re backpacking or hiking then space will be at a premium in your backpack. If your hammock doesn’t come with a compression sack then get one so you can squish the hammock down to a tiny size when it’s packed away.
- Don’t hang too high – speaking from experience you want to make sure you only hang your hammock as high as you are happy to fall. If the straps should unfortunately come loose, or if you wriggle a bit too much in the night then you might end up on your butt!
- Doubles can be used as singles – don’t think that if you’re solo hammocking that you have to get a single hammock. A double one would give you loads of extra room and typically don’t actually add too much in terms of weight and packed size.
- Lie diagonally – make the hammock asymmetric by lying diagonally. This stops you being curved up too much and it’s much more comfy this way.
Thanks for reading our reviews of the best camping hammocks, I hope you’ve found it useful and it’s whetted your appetite for getting out in the wild. There are a few online communities where you can get more hammock tips – such as Reddit or HammockForums.net. We’ve also got a shorter article about the main manufacturers of hammocks and which one you should choose.
If you’ve used any of the hammocks we reviewed then we’d love to hear your thoughts on these – please let us know in the comments below.