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There’s a growing trend for campers swapping out their tents in favour of hammock camping. But when it comes to hammocks and the great outdoors, you need one that is lightweight, easy to carry and weather resistant.
There are a range of great hammocks made especially with this purpose in mind, known as camping hammocks. In this guide I’ll run through the different types of camping hammock and the key considerations. Plus, I’ll share my top recommendations to help with your purchase.
The considerations for buying a camping hammock might vary a little compared to other types of hammock. Here is a quick summary of the things to keep in mind:
- Material: Whilst cotton is the most popular material for lounging hammocks, when it comes to camping hammocks it’s the synthetic materials that rule. Most camping hammocks will be made from Nylon or Polyester, these offer increased strength and durability over cotton. Nylon is a particularly good material as it has a good strength-to-weight ratio making it lightweight to pack away without compromising its ability.
- Size and Weight: Camping hammocks don’t vary much in length and will usually be between 9-11ft. However, you will need to pay attention to the width, this will be measured as single or double and refers to the number of occupants.
- Style: There are two general styles of camping hammock; gathered end and bridge. Gathered end is the most common which sits with a curved sag. You are supposed to lie in it diagonally to get a flat lay. The other kind is bridge, this has spreader bars and curved up around your sides, it’s ideal for side sleepers or anyone who gets claustrophobic as it’s much more open.
- Mosquito Net and Other Accessories: Some hammocks for camping will come with a built-in mosquito net, however, keep in mind that these don’t always detach so you have to carry them even when you don’t need them. Look out for the other accessories included as some will also come bundled with carabiners, hammock straps or even a tarp (aka rain fly) with the more premium hammocks.
Best Hammocks for Camping
Here are my top recommended hammocks for going camping:
- Best Single: ENO SingleNest
- Best Double: ENO DoubleNest
- Runner Up: Sunyear
- Premium Pick: Hennessy Hammock Expedition
- Budget Pick: WiseOwl
- Bridge Hammock: Lawson Blue Ridge
Below are my full reviews of these hammocks.
Total Length: 9’4ft // Packed Weight: 16oz // Weight Capacity: 400lbs // Material: 70D Nylon Taffeta
The hammock is made from nylon taffeta which has the strength properties normally associated with Nylon, but also has extra water resistance. It is also particularly breathable and soft against your skin thanks to the Taffeta which is a luxurious material. The hammock is quick drying which is great when you need to pack it away without being damp.
There are 16 colour choices available including options that will blend in or some that stand out, depending upon your preference. When packed away in the included carry case, the hammock weighs just 16oz so is perfect for carrying in your backpack.
Overall, this is one of the most rugged hammocks on the market, not just the material but the aluminium carabiners and nautical grade line that hold it together.
The hammock is 9’4ft long with a bed width of 4’7 which is suitable for just one person, however it’s got a capacity up to 400lbs which is perfect for storing your backpack and other belongings in the hammock too.
Total Length: 9’4ft // Packed Weight: 19oz // Weight Capacity: 400lbs // Material: 70D Nylon Taffeta
ENO hammocks are my favourite for camping, so you won’t be surprise that my pick for double hammock is the DoubleNest. It has all the same features and benefits as the SingleNest, just with a wider bed size of 6’2ft.
The hammocks aren’t just for two people, if you have a larger build or enjoy more space the extra room can be useful. I personally prefer double hammocks and find them more comfortable. Plus, there are even more colour choices available and all of them come with a matching mag to carry it in.
Of course, the double hammock takes up more room than the single, however at 19oz fully packed it’s easily one of the most lightweight on sale.
Sunyear Camping Hammock with Bug Net
Total Length: 8’10ft // Packed Weight: 51oz // Weight Capacity: 500lbs // Material: 210T Parachute Nylon
Sunyear is a brand located near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, so with the great outdoors right on their doorstep they definitely know a thing or two about creating great products.
This hammock is made from 210T parachute nylon, but as mentioned earlier this isn’t what parachutes are made of and is similar to the fabric used in the ENO hammocks. The carabiners are made from steel and are absolutely solid.
One of the great selling points is their lifetime guarantee that offers a full refund if you’re unhappy with the product. Although from the feedback we’ve been hearing, there aren’t many people taking the refund.
The hammock is simple to erect and comes with a built-in mosquito net. You can turn the hammock upside down to use it without the mosquito net, however you cannot detach it which is frustrating if you know you won’t use it. The straps are also included and a handy carry case.
Hennessy Expedition Zipper Hammock
Packed Weight: 44oz // Weight Capacity: 250lbs // Material: 70D Nylon Taffeta
If you’re buying a camping hammock then you may have come across the Hennessy hammock, if not you’re about to learn a lot. The hammock was invented by Tom Hennessy who designed it purely for his own use, only after 6 years of using it did he decide to sell it.
The patented design has two key differences; the asymmetrical design allows you to get a great diagonal lay, whilst the ridge line keeps the optimum sag no matter where you hang it. The build quality of the hammock is key, everything from the YKK zippers to the heavy duty suspending ropes.
This hammock is made from 70D nylon taffeta which provides an excellent strength-to-weight ratio whilst keeping a soft touch. The rain fly is made from ripstop polyester which is known for absorbing less water than polyester, and for good measure it has a polyurethane coating that gives it extra water repelling properties.
Included is everything you need for your hammock camping set up, including a mosquito net that integrates with the hammock, a gear loft that attaches to the ridge line, a tarp and all of the ropes you need.
WiseOwl Outfitters Camping Hammock (DoubleOwl)
Total Length: 10ft // Packed Weight: 26oz // Weight Capacity: 400lbs // Material: 210T Parachute Nylon
As for an affordable choice, the Wise Owl hammock takes my recommendation. Don’t assume that a budget price means budget quality because this hammock rivals many of the more expensive hammocks.
Featured here is the double hammock which has a total length of 10ft and a bed width of 6’6ft. It has a weight limit of 400lbs. There is also a single version available at the same link which is 9ft long and 4’6ft wide. It is slightly narrower than the other single hammocks so if you’re a larger build, then you may be better off opting for the double.
There are 16 different colours available and it comes with carabiners and tree straps included. Although it’s a budget hammock, it still comes with a satisfaction guarantee if you’re unhappy with the product.
Lawson Blue Ridge Bridge Hammock
Total Length: 11ft // Packed Weight: 68oz (with poles) // Weight Capacity: 275lbs // Material: Ripstop Nylon and Polyester
If you prefer the bridge style hammock with spreader bars, your choice is a bit more limited as there are only a couple of brands to choose between. My personal recommendation is this Lawson bridge hammock that comes with both the mosquito net and rain fly.
The Blue Ridge hammock is Lawson’s signature product and has garnered a lot of attention from the likes of National Geographic and Backpacker magazine. It’s made from a combination of polyester and nylon with the ripstop reinforcing technique to add extra strength.
The benefit of a bridge hammock is that it is more open than the normal gathered end style camping hammocks and is particularly great for side sleepers or those who feel claustrophobic in a regular hammock that tends to wrap around your body.
The open style does make it a little more tippy than other hammocks and you have to carry poles which adds extra weight making the total load 4.25lbs all included. One thing I really like about this compared to other bridge hammocks is that it can be used as a tent too, making it the best of both worlds.
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