Top Five Camping Hammocks
Off the ground and Under the Stars
Hammocks have come a long way since the time I cheated in eighth-grade modern language class and had my mom make my Latin American project hammock out of two rods and some basic rope crocheting.
Today’s camping hammocks come in a variety of types and materials like parachute nylon. Some are meant to be strung from sturdy objects such as trees while others come with portable stands, and some can even go right on the ground and act as a bivy tent if you are camping in the desert or above the tree line. Some are covered to keep out the elements and the No-see-ums (a cute name for biting midges, sand fleas, and the like, which believe me are not so cute, in fact, if they were called You-see-ums you would really think they were ugly, sorry I digressed there for a moment.) Some are meant to keep your view of the stars intact. The best ones out there are meant to be lightweight, sturdy, and easy to put up and take down.
When deciding on which hammock is right for you, consider these factors:
- Will you be alone in the hammock or with your better half?
- How much weight does the hammock have to support?
- How are you getting to your campsite? If you are packing it on foot, a hammock with a portable stand is probably not the best option.
- Will there be a way to hang or support your hammock?
- What elements stand between you and a good night’s sleep? I.e. rain, cold, insects, dust?
- How much time will you have at camp to assemble your hammock?
Here are our Top Five Camping Hammocks:
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
This ideal high strength, 400-pound max. capacity two person hammock is ideal for hiking, camping, and backpacking. It shrinks with its attached compression stuff sack down to the size of a grapefruit. It features nautical grade line with stainless steel snap links to attach to trees or poles as well as aluminum wire gate carabiners, triple interlocking stitching, and breathable woven nylon.
ECLYPSE II Backpacking Hammock
This ultralightweight pro-grade hammock is made with ripstop nylon and triple stitching; it’s breathable and reliable. It also collapses to the size of a grapefruit and expands to 9 feet long, 4.4 feet wide, and with carabiners and rope only weighs in at 20 ounces. It is easy to set up, and the mosquito net keeps the bugs out for a good night’s rest.
Rocky Peak BEST ultralight single person parachute hammock
Handmade from super strong 210T parachute nylon fabric and capable of supporting 400 pounds. Unfolds from a sack the size of a grapefruit to 8 feet 6 inches in length and 4 feet 7 inches in width and weighing in at 21 ounces with all attachments.
2016 Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2
This novel item is not a hammock in and of itself; instead, this oversized ripstop nylon rainfly provides a “Sky Tent” to protect up to 2 hammocks and gear from the elements and bugs like those tormenting No-see-ums we mentioned earlier. Don’t have access to trees or poles, no worries it can be used on the ground too! Packed up it measures 12” x 12” x 4” and expanded it measures over 11 feet long x a little over 6 feet wide by 3.5 feet high and weighs in at 42 ounces or a little over 2 and a half pounds. Hammock/s not included.
Lamoo Single Camping Hammock
This ultralightweight portable parachute nylon hammock is perfect for backpacking or the beach. Compression stuff sack shrinks hammock and accessories down to the size of a football. Unfolded it measures 8 feet 5 inches by 4 feet 6 inches wide and weighs in at 16 ounces with a weight capacity of 400 pounds.
As always we are here to help you make an informed decision so that you can trade being between the sheets for sleeping between the trees.