When you’re out camping, how do you sleep? If you answered “in a sleeping bag, on the ground,” then we have to ask, is that comfortable for you? While many campers like sleeping in a tent, the reality is that spending your nights on rough terrain can be terrible for your back and leave you feeling sore in the morning.
Instead, why not try sleeping in a hammock? This way, you are elevated off the ground, and you can sleep far more comfortably. In fact, many campers prefer to sleep this way as it helps them feel more rested and can provide a much better experience overall.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at ten of the best camping hammocks you can find, as well as see what features and benefits you should pay attention to when making a decision. If you’ve never tried camping with a hammock before, now is the perfect time to start.
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The first thing about a camping hammock is that you have to make sure it is durable enough to carry your weight without any problems. For the most part, hammocks are made with either nylon or polyester, or some combination of the two. Both of these materials are super strong and can withstand most environments, and best of all they are breathable and easy to clean.
The other thing to pay attention to concerning material is the stitching. The stronger the stitch, the less likely that it will tear or rip over time.
While most hammocks are not that heavy, where you do have to pay attention to the weight is if you are planning on taking it camping for a multi-day trip. Since space is valuable in your pack, you want to get a hammock that takes up as little room as possible without losing any durability or comfort.
Usually, hammocks will weigh about a pound or less, so find one that fits your needs. If you are planning on setting it up for a day trip or in your backyard, however, then weight won’t make much of a difference in the end.
To help make sure that your hammock experience is as enjoyable as possible, you want to make sure that it is the right size to fit your body type. There are two things to pay attention to here, which are the dimensions of the hammock itself and how much weight it can hold.
The length and width of the design will be hugely important in determining if you can fit comfortably inside, as well as if you can maneuver around and switch positions. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you have to take off about a foot on either end as the points will be too narrow to hold your body adequately. So, for example, if a hammock is nine feet long then it will provide roughly seven feet of usable space.
As for weight retention, you want to get something that is rated for more than your body weight to ensure that it will be extra strong and won’t wear down faster. Some hammocks are even designed to carry two people, meaning that they can hold up to four or six hundred pounds.
If you are getting a double-wide hammock, however, keep in mind that if you use it for yourself, then it will wrap around your body much more than normal, turning it into a cocoon. Thus, if you are a bit claustrophobic, you might want to get a narrower model that won’t envelop you so easily.
Although the basic shape and design of a hammock are straightforward and simple, there are plenty of extra bonuses that you can get to make your experience more enjoyable overall. Here are some common features that you can find with camping hammocks if you want to get the most out of your purchase.
If you plan on spending the night in your hammock or want to travel for multiple days, it will be imperative that you get a rainfly. Even if you don’t expect any rain during your travels, having this addition to your hammock will provide some extra shelter and can keep you warmer by blocking out the wind as well. Many models do not include a rainfly, however, so you might have to order it separately.
Much like a rainfly can help protect you from the elements, a high-quality mosquito net will make sure that you don’t wake up with all kinds of bug bites all over your body. This add-on is especially necessary if you plan on camping out during the summer, as mosquitos love to feast on blood in warmer weather.
While you can keep your backpack with you in a hammock, it can be nice to have a gear bag handy as well. That way, you can keep your essential items close to you without having to dig through your pack every time you need something. In many cases, though, the stuff sack that comes with the hammock will double as a gear bag. For extra convenience, however, you will want something that stays on the inside of the hammock rather than the outside.
While sleeping in a hammock can be so much more comfortable than being on the ground, that does mean that you have to forgo the protection of a tent surrounding you, meaning that you are more exposed to the elements.
Fortunately, with the Expedition Series from Hennessy Hammock, you don’t have to worry about that at all.
Along with the basic design, this particular model comes with a rain cover and a mosquito net to help keep you protected from the weather and the various insects that will try to eat you alive. Whether you’re going on a single or multi-night trip, having these extra components will make your experience much more enjoyable.
As far as durability goes, this model uses 210D Oxford Nylon for the base structure and 70D polyurethane polyester for the rainfly. That allows it to carry upwards of 250 pounds, which is more than enough for one person up to six feet tall.
The other thing we like about this hammock is that it is specifically designed not to tip or roll over, making it much safer and more comfortable than the competition. Also, it comes with everything you need to get set up in the trees, which makes the total package.
What we like about this hammock is that it is extra long and wide, making it ideal for larger users and couples alike. While it can be too wide for one person when sleeping, it is perfect for relaxing and sitting under the sun.
With 100% parachute nylon and triple stitching, this hammock is guaranteed to stay strong and will last far longer than most other models. While it is a bit bulkier than other models, weighing in at 28 ounces, it shouldn’t be too much to be a deal breaker, unless you are going on a weeklong excursion and need to be as space-saving as possible.
The other thing that we appreciate is that this hammock comes with everything you need, including rope and harnesses to get hung up in a few minutes time.
As far as hammock makers go, Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) is one of the most respected and well-known brands out there. While these models are a bit pricier than the competition, you’re getting the highest quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Overall, ENO hammocks are perfect for the great outdoors, whether you plan on a day, weekend, or multi-day excursion.
When it comes to durability, this model is made with high tensile 70D nylon and uses triple interlock stitching to ensure that it stays in shape for as long as possible. Also, because it’s a double-wide model, it is rated to hold up to four hundred pounds.
As far as dimensions go, this hammock is nine feet long and six feet wide, which means that taller users (over 6.5 feet) may feel a bit cramped, but everyone else should be perfectly okay. This hammock comes with nautical grade lines to help you tie to the tree, but doesn’t include suspension straps, which means you have to buy them separately.
Although this is a SingleNest Hammock, it can hold up to four hundred pounds, meaning that you can have two people on it at once. However, at only 4.5 feet wide, we don’t recommend having to people sleep side by side in this hammock, unless you want to get real cozy with each other. As for length, this unit is just over nine feet tall, which makes it ideal for most users, unless you’re pushing past 6’ 5”.
To help you get started, this hammock comes with carabiners and tie lines, although support ropes are sold separately. Best of all, once you’ve packed the hammock into the stuff sack, the whole thing weighs sixteen ounces, meaning that it shouldn’t take up much room in your bag.
The Hammock Bliss Double is made with 100% parachute nylon material and can hold up to 350 pounds. While not as strong as other double hammocks, it still should be big enough to carry a couple as long as you don’t push or cross that threshold. As for dimensions, this hammock measures over nine feet long and almost seven feet wide, which means that if you do wind up using it for yourself, it can get a little claustrophobic as the fabric will wrap around your whole body.
What we like about this particular model is that it is machine washable and dryable, making it super easy to maintain. Most other hammocks require you to clean them by hand, which means that it can be a pain to take care of on a regular basis. We also like that this hammock conforms to your body so as to reduce pressure points and give you a more comfortable night’s sleep.
Next, we have the Ultralight model from Hammock Bliss. As far as compact hammocks go, this is one of our favorite because it is so easy to maintain and is much stronger than most of the competition.
The hammock is made with high-quality parachute nylon that is soft, breathable, and mildew-resistant. Best of all, it is machine washable and dryable, meaning that it is relatively low maintenance.
Along with the hammock itself, you get carabiners and tying rope to get set up quickly and easily, and it comes with a stuff sack that can be used for gear when opened. As far as dimensions go, this model is almost eight feet long and 4.5 feet wide, meaning that it’s more for shorter users than tall ones. Also, it can hold up to 350 pounds, meaning you can have up to two people sitting on it at once.
The Traveller Lite is made with parachute polyester and can hold up to 250 pounds, making it a durable and viable option for single campers everywhere. Also, at 8.8 feet long by 4.5 feet wide, it is ideal for most users up to about six feet. Overall, this is a light and easy to maintain hammock that is perfect for your backyard or the woods.
While not as well-known as ENO, Grand Trunk is another respected hammock brand that makes some incredible products for campers.
Best of all, the price point for these models is much more affordable, and you don’t get much reduction in quality, meaning that these can be a cost-effective solution for many campers out there.
When it comes to durability, this Nano Hammock uses ripstop nylon and triple stitched seams to provide as much strength as possible. What’s even more incredible about this hammock, though, is that even with such high-grade materials the whole things weighs just under seven ounces, making it the lightest model on the market.
And, to top it all off, the Nano can hold up to 300 pounds, which is impressive given the weight of the material. Finally, the measurements of this hammock are nine feet by four feet, making it ideal for a single user, unless you’re exceptionally tall.
What we like about this hammock is that it comes with high-grade polyester and triple stitched seams and that the material is machine washable and dryable. Cleaning hammocks is always such a pain, so it’s nice to know that we can simply throw this in the wash after our latest excursion.
The only major issue we have with the Ultralight is that it can only carry two hundred pounds, which is not quite enough in our book. Assuming that you will be sleeping in this thing with gear by your side, you have to be rather small to avoid crossing that threshold. Nonetheless, if you are light enough, then you will get a lot out of this hammock.
One of the best things we like about this model is that it will conform to your bodies, making your sleep much more comfortable, and it comes with ropes and carabiners to get you set up in no time. As far as measurements go, this hammock is almost ten feet long and nearly seven feet wide, which is more than enough room for most users, even for the big and tall.
After comparing these best camping hammock models, we have to say that our top two picks would easily be the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series and the ENO Single Nest models. We like that the Hennessy version comes with a rainfly and mosquito net and is perfectly balanced, and we love the durability and reliability of the ENO Single Nest. Each of these hammocks will work in various situations, but most of them are designed for day trips or lounging around the backyard. These two, on the other hand, will last for multi-day camping trips and beyond.
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