Hammock camping has seen a serious surge in popularity in the past several years. In most cases, hammocks and tarps prove to be lighter gear than tents, and when set up properly they’re far more comfortable than even the best sleeping pads on the market. Furthermore, great camping hammocks can usually be purchased for a far lower price than tents. Here’s a look at some of the best camping hammocks available today.
This first recommendation is a bit of misconception in that it really isn’t recommended for sleeping in overnight. It’s included on the list because of its incredibly small size and weight, making it an ideal option for day hikers or tent campers that want a hammock to chill in while on the trail. The Hummingbird Single only weighs 5.2 ounces but will support 300 pounds.
Grand Trunk Nano 7
At only 7.4 ounces, the Grand Trunk Nano 7 is one of the lightest camping hammocks you can get. It packs down incredibly small and comes pre-attached with two lightweight carabiners. You’ll need to get your own straps to hang the hammock, but there are plenty of great options on the market (look for a future article recommending hammock straps).
Eagles Nest Outfitters has been a leader among hammock producer’s for many years now. The Doublenest is a great option for campers because of its size. By day, two adults can lounge in the hammock together comfortably (the Doublenest will support up to 400 pounds). The 112 x 74-inch dimensions will provide plenty of room for a single occupant sleeping through the night. All that room does come with a price in the form of weight though, as this hammock comes in at 19 ounces, and that doesn’t include hanging straps.
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite
Hammock camping requires more gear than just a hammock. You’ll need the above-mentioned straps, but most hammock campers also use tarps for overhead shelter and bug nets during the summer months. The Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite is a fantastic option because it comes with a rain tarp, but net and a handful of other useful options. Given all of the gear you get, the 1lb 12oz weight is still pretty light. You’ll still have to pick up a set of hammock straps, but considering everything you get, the price tag for this kit is really reasonable for those wanting to break into hammock camping.