So long wet tents and grumpy campers. Hammocks are a warm, easy alternative to snoozing on the cold, rocky ground in a tent, or worse, only in a sleeping bag. These lightweight slings are super simple to set up wherever you are — whether it’s in the alpine backcountry or by the beach — as long as you have two trees or anchors. They’re also convenient to carry and take away the hassle of having to organize camp in a dry, flat area. Plus, many have comfortable sleeping pads, large storage pockets for all your outdoor gear, mosquito netting and a sturdy design so they can handle up to 400 pounds of weight. They even make larger versions for tall people or couples wanting to get cozy in the campground. But before you set off down the trail, it’s important to make sure you picked the right one for the road. Here are the best camping hammocks for every kind of outdoor adventure.
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If you’re looking for comfort and ease on all kinds of terrain, then the Warbonnet Blackbird is for you. The hammock has an asymmetrical design for flat sleeping as well as convenient extras like a foot box, two-foot storage shelf and bug net. It also comes in two size options: single (holds 250 pounds) and double-layer (holds 400 pounds); the latter can carry more weight and has a slot for a sleeping pad. The breathable nylon material is treated with a durable water repellency (DWR) finish, which keeps the hammock nice and dry if you’re camping in a rainy area like the Pacific Northwest. Although the Blackbird has plenty of space, at 120” x 63” and 101” in length, there is the larger Warbonnet Blackbird XLC for campers taller than six feet. To personalize your purchase, choose any color between the popular olive green, charcoal grey, royal blue, brown or bright orange options. Note: Carabiners and tent stakes are sold separately as accessories.
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The best-rated option for under $40, Wise Owl Outfitters is perfect for a backpacker on a budget. The breathable hammock is made out of heavy duty 210T parachute nylon with triple interlocking stitching, which is soft yet strong, with no change of fraying or tears. The SingleOwl one-person hammock is nine-feet long and 4.5-feet wide, giving you extra space to stretch out for an afternoon nap or a long night’s sleep. It weighs only 16 ounces, so it can be folded down to the size of a softball. For extra space, check out the DoubleOwl (10-feet long by 6.5-feet wide and 26 ounces) for two people or a furry friend. Plus, this sling comes with carabiners and two eight-foot ropes, so you can hang it just about anywhere. The easy-to-pack hammock folds into a compact bundle that is contained in an attached stuff sack. The quick setup and safe design also make it perfect for camping with little kids.
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This four-season camping hammock is more than worth the hefty price tag. Whether you’re camping in the Rockies in the winter or by the beach in the summer, the versatile hammock is sure to keep you comfortable. There’s a breathable WeatherShield waterproof layer that zips over the No-See-Um mosquito netting to transform the hammock into an enclosed tent, and six insulated storage pockets hang under the hammock beds to keep out the cold and keep your gear dry (no need for insulation pads, here!). Two extra pockets hang inside the hammock for your flashlights, phones and other personal items. The silnylon rain fly comes with the hammock, too, in case you get caught in a bad thunderstorm or rainy weekend weather. It also holds up to 300 pounds and can fit people who reach up to 6’9” in height. It stretches out to 108 inches long and 50 inches wide, but packs down to a small 13” x 7.5” x 5.5” bundle.
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Eno is one of the most reliable hammock brands, so you know you’re getting a good product here. For couples camping together, the DoubleNest won’t steer you wrong. At 19 ounces, this quick-dry nylon hammock is both compact and light while being able to support up to 400 pounds of weight. It unfolds by its 5” x 5” package into a bed that is 9’ 4” x 6’2” so there is plenty of room to relax. Aluminum carabiners and nautical grade line with stainless-steel snap links come in the built-in storage bag. You can personalize it by picking one of the 40+ color combos available on Amazon. Best-sellers include the seafoam blue and gray; the red and charcoal; the retro tri-color (magenta, lime, and aqua); and the solid olive. One thing to note: if you expect cooler nights while you’re out camping, you may want to bring an insulated pad or a sleeping bag as it can get chilly with just the hammock.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Want to go backcountry camping? Hennessy Hammock Expedition is for you. This durable sling comes with a high-density nylon bottom, a 30D integrated insect netting and a 70D polyester ripstop rain tarp, so you’ll be safe from the elements no matter where you go. The Expedition series is considered a survival shelter due to its ability to keep you safe in several different weather and landscape conditions (i.e. it’ll work perfectly on hot desert days or frigid alpine nights). Bonus: It can support people up to six feet in height and 250 pounds in weight. The 10-foot-long polyester ropes have even been tested to hold 1,600 pounds of weight. The Expedition is heavier than the other Hennessy hammock brands, at two pounds, but it’s still light enough to carry on the trail. Eco-conscious travelers will also appreciate the extra thought that goes into the design. For example, webbing straps prevent tree bark damage when hanging the hammock and leave no trace after you pack up.
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Weighing a minuscule seven ounces, the Grand Trunk Ultralight hammock is the lightest option on the market. The 9’6” x 4’6” product can hold up to 200 pounds, so there’s plenty of room to stretch out whether you’re in the backcountry or the backyard. Just keep in mind that this hammock is made out of polyester, so it may be a bit less cozy than the traditional nylon models. It also comes with s-hooks, which are perfectly safe to use but they’re just not as sturdy as a carabiner or a stronger clasp for more precarious hanging. The silver lining is that the product is really easy to take care of: Its fabric is mildew-resistant and machine-washable. For all these reasons, the Grand Trunk Ultralight is an ideal, simple gift for kids who want to play around outside or go stargazing in the park at night. If you’re looking to save some weight and cash, this may be the product for you.
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When you can’t decide between a tent or a hammock, get both! This two-in-one option can be used as a hammock or as a tent thanks to its ingenious design. Inside, space is especially roomy (read: you can actually sit up in it) due to a pair of aluminum arch poles that give it a basic tent-like frame with an elongated dome top. The spreader bar system attaches to the ropes at the end of the hammock to pull the support ropes over a flat area and keep the floor stable in the air. If you pitch the hybrid hammock on the ground, it’ll create a tiny bivy tent. Meanwhile, the roof is made out of mosquito netting and comes with a detachable waterproof rainfly in case the weather becomes overcast or a storm rolls in. The bed feels flat and taut, so don’t expect the cocoon feel common in most other hammocks. This product is the heaviest, at 4.25 pounds, thanks to the aluminum poles and other extra parts.
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Hummingbird’s products are expertly made — which makes sense considering they are designed by an FAA-certified parachute rigger. The nylon hammocks are light and super cozy, with Type IV-certified webbing and lock stitch fabric. If you’re traveling solo, get the Hummingbird Ultralight Single which weighs five ounces and can hold up to 300 pounds. The 104” x 47” size leaves plenty of room to move around. The most unique aspect is the Button Link system, which is like a soft carabiner made of spectra cord that can hold up to 1,500 pounds; the loops of this cord are attached to the gathered end of the hammock in a larks head knot, preventing rips along the stitching. This all-fabric alternative is nice because you don’t need to carry any heavy metal parts, and it’s easier to pack the hammock down into a tiny pouch (4” x 4” x 2”) that can fit in the palm of your hand. You’ll have to buy the accompanying tree straps separately, but even those are a cinch, as they are adjustable and easy to... set up.
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