10 Best Backpacking Hammocks [2018 Buyers Guide]
Are you heading into the great outdoors to do some backpacking or camping this year? Be prepared and take a good hammock along with you.
If you are unsure which one is right for you, never fear. We did the research for you and put together a list of our favorite hammocks to help you plus some key features you should consider before you buy.
Table of Contents
- 1 Our Ten Favorite Backpacking Hammocks
- 2 What Kind of Tent Do You Need?
- 3 What Features Should I Look For?
- 3.1 Capacity
- 3.2 Weight.
- 3.3 Dimensions
- 3.4 Construction
- 3.5 Straps
- 3.6 Accessories
- 3.7 Insulation
- 3.8 Price
- 3.9 1. Warbonnet Blackbird
- 3.10 2. Hennessy Hyperlight
- 3.11 3. ENO (Eagle’s Nest Outfitters) Sub7 with SubLink Shelter System
- 3.12 4. Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge Ultralight
- 3.13 5. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
- 3.14 6. ENO DoubleNest
- 3.15 7. Grand Trunk Double Hammock
- 3.16 8. Kammock Roo Hammock
- 3.17 9. Hummingbird Hammocks
- 3.18 10. Clark NX-270 High Performance 4 Season Hammock
- 4 Which is the Best Backpacking Hammock?
Our Ten Favorite Backpacking Hammocks
|Product||Price||Weight (hammock only)||Dimensions||Maximum Weight Capacity||Accessories included||Accessories not included|
|Warbonnet Blackbird||Check Price||1.2 lbs.||120” x 63”||200 lbs.||Suspension system, bug net, elastic side-guylines||Rainfly, carabiner, under quilt, top quilt, tree straps/slings|
|Hennessy Hyperlight||Check Price||1.9 lbs||108” x 48”||200 lbs.||Suspension system, bug net, rain fly, bottom integral ridgeline||Stakes|
|ENO Sub7 with SubLink Shelter System||Check Price||11.5 lbs.||105” x 47”||300 lbs.||Suspension system, bug net, stakes, and rain fly||Hanging straps, top quilts, under quilts|
|Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge Ultralight||Check Price||19.5 oz.||132” x 52”||250 lbs.||Spreader bars, webbing suspension system, bug net, Tri-Glide straps, gear pockets||Rain fly, stakes, sleeping pads|
|Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge||Check Price||4.4 lbs.||90” x 42”||275 lbs.||Stakes, poles, spreader bars, rain fly, bug net||Straps|
|ENO DoubleNest||Check Price||2.9 lbs.||112” x 74”||400 lbs.||Aluminum carabiners, nautical grade lines, stainless steel snap links, integrated compression strap||Suspension system, rain fly, bug net, straps|
|Grand Trunk Double Hammock||Check Price||20 oz.||10.5 x 6.5 ft.||400 lbs.||Carabiners, ropes||Rain fly, bug net, straps|
|Kammock Roo Hammock||Check Price||107 oz.||120” x 67”||500 lbs.||Two racer slings, carabiners, Python Straps, lifetime warranty||Rain fly, bug net|
|Hummingbird Hammocks||Check Price||5.2 oz||104” x 47”||300 lbs.||None||Suspension system, rain fly, bug net, straps|
|Clark NX-270 High Performance 4 Season Hammock||Check Price||2.15 oz||108” x 50”||300 lbs.||Bug net, water-repllent WeatherShield rain fly, six insulated storage pockets, poles, rain fly, ropes||Under quilt, top quilt|
What Kind of Tent Do You Need?
Hammocks typically fall within one of three categories: ultralight, tent conversion, or a complete sleep system.
An ultralight hammock is a good choice for day hiking or if you are counting every ounce of weight you’re are carrying.
Ultralight hammocks have lightweight construction, fold up particularly small, and have few extra features. It is a no-frills kind of hammock and used only for sleeping or lounging.
Tent Conversion Hammocks
Tent conversion hammocks are hammocks that double as a tent. They offer you flexibility no matter the weather or camping situation because they don’t require trees.
Spreader bars give you a flatter bottom so you can set it up on the ground, but you can still tie it off to trees like a regular hammock.
Tent conversion hammocks are a good idea if you plan on backpacking in unfamiliar areas or conditions
Complete Sleep Systems
Complete sleep systems are perfect if you are a serious adventurer. They include a rain fly and a bug net, which is extremely important for long trips or any backcountry backpacking.
Lightweight construction makes it easy for you to carry along with your other equipment.
What Features Should I Look For?
Different hammocks are suitable for different situations. Are you simply going to the beach or are you planning on hiking through the mountains for a week?
Once you figure out how you are going to use a hammock, then you can begin to narrow down which one is best. Consider these features before you buy
Some hammocks can accommodate two people, so be sure to note the capacity. Also, note the maximum weight capacity which includes not only your body weight but also the weight of your gear and bedding.
Traveling light is an important part of backpacking. Choose a hammock that fits in with how much overall weight you are willing to carry so you do not feel like you are constantly carrying around a boulder.
Usually the bigger the hammock the more comfortable it is for sleeping, especially if you are big and tall. Remember that a bigger hammock also means more weight, but getting a comfortable, good night’s sleep is what’s most important.
Look for a hammock with solid construction such as nylon material, not cotton, and triple stitching. You don’t want your hammock to tear apart after just a few uses or find yourself waking up in mid-falling.
Only use reputable manufacturers like the ones we recommend here so you know you are getting your money’s worth.
Many hammocks don’t include tree straps, especially hammocks designed for day use. You will have to purchase them separately. Some hammocks include them, but they are often low quality, so plan on buying good quality straps regardless of which hammock you choose so you can set it up more quickly and easily.
Some hammocks include a suspension system, rain fly, or bug net. Others don’t. Under quilts are also frequently not included.
If you’re simply day-backpacking, these accessories may not be important to you, but if you’re planning on doing some serious hiking and camping look for a hammock that has these accessories or consider buying them separately.
Even during summer trips, it can feel cold at night in a hammock, which makes insulation extremely important. Some hammocks have a double floor or layers where you can secure sleeping pads for extra warmth.
You might also consider buying an under quilt to hang under your hammock.
Once you have gone through all the above considerations, take a look at your budget and decide what you can afford. Some hammocks cost less than $100, but you can also find many that cost more.
Quality hammocks can be very affordable and shouldn’t make you break the bank, although spending a few extra dollars is worth it if you are a frequent outdoor adventurer or plan to be.
1. Warbonnet Blackbird
The Warbonnet Blackbird is our top choice for lightweight, ultra-comfortable sleeping in the backcountry. It has an optional double floor, a choice of two water-repelling fabric thicknesses, shelf panel to store gear, sleeping pad pocket, foot box to maximize leg room, and an integrated bug net. You can choose either a webbing or whoopie sling suspension system too.
It doesn’t come with a tarp or under quilt, but adding one would definitely make the Blackbird even more comfortable, though it doesn’t need it. It also doesn’t come with carabiners or stakes.
Note that if you are tall or a bit on the heavy side, you should consider the Warbonnet Blackbird XLC for a better fit.
2. Hennessy Hyperlight
The Hennessy Hyperlight is a lightweight complete-system hammock and very popular for good reason. We like how we were able to travel light yet have everything we needed.
The Hyperlight has an asymmetric design plus rainfly for extra comfort, rugged zippers, an included suspension system, and a removable no-see-um bug net. And, we could transform it into a chair when we weren’t sleeping in it.
The Hennessy gave us a comfortable sleep, but its maximum weight capacity might be a challenge for larger backpackers.
3. ENO (Eagle’s Nest Outfitters) Sub7 with SubLink Shelter System
ENO does a great job making pleasing their customers, including us. Their Sub7 is amazingly light and compact at 6.5 oz., making it perfect for day trips.
For overnight trips, the SubLink Shelter System upgrade is a high-quality system that comes with an impressive list of features including a suspension system, bug net, and a ProFly silnylon rain fly that is large enough to not only cover your hammock but also provide room to store gear and put down a stool or two.
Adding the shelter system adds an extra five pounds to the overall weight, but it’s still extremely easy to set up and pack up. You can also further customize your Sub7 with many of ENO’s gear options.
4. Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge Ultralight
Though one of the heavier hammocks we tried, we found Jacks ‘R’ Better does a great job providing everything you’ll need.
The Bear Mountain Bridge Ultralight hammock is a complete system that has a unique, rectangle shaped suspension-style design that uses spreader bars and poles to prevent the ends from bunching up and help you lay flat more easily. It has an integrated bug net, two gear pockets, JRB Tri-Glide straps, and 1-inch polyester webbing suspension lines.
Its larger dimensions accommodate anyone up to 6’3”, but it also means you will have to use a larger tarp for protection. Despite the extra weight, we found the Bear Mountain Bridge to be incredibly comfortable.
5. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is a single capacity tent conversion hammock that suits any camping style. Use the suspension system to set up like a hammock, or pitch it on the ground like a solo tent with the included stakes and arch-shaped poles at the head and foot.
As a hammock, collapsible spreader bars and multiple line points keep the Blue Ridge wide and flat for maximum sleep comfort. It includes an integrated rain fly, stuff sack, interior storage pockets, and a detachable bug net. Straps are sold separately.
The dimensions are a bit smaller than other hammocks, but we found that its uniquely wide design made even our bigger backpackers happy.
6. ENO DoubleNest
The ENO DoubleNest is an extremely lightweight and compact hammock built for two people. It sets up easily and quickly, includes aluminum carabiners, nautical grade lines with stainless steel snap links, and an integrated compression strap.
Nylon taffeta construction provides breathability and quick drying. We liked the available rainbow of colors too.
The DoubleNest is a great, very versatile hammock to take on short trips, to the park or festivals, or even use in your backyard.
7. Grand Trunk Double Hammock
Another nice double hammock is the Grand Trunk Double. Weighing at just over a pound (1.4 lbs.) and including a suspension system, the Grand Trunk Double sets up in mere minutes.
The parachute nylon construction is mold resistant, has triple-stitched seams for extra durability, and comes in a whopping 35 different colors.
The Grand Trunk Double is a great portable hammock to keep in your car when you want to spend the day at the beach or park, or for simple car camping trips.
8. Kammock Roo Hammock
Kammock is widely known for making soft, comfortable hammocks that are light, compact, and durable. We like the Roo better because it’s very spacious (plenty big enough for two people) and has a high maximum weight capacity, yet it remains incredibly light.
The Roo is made of super tough LunarWave ripstop diamond nylon, includes two racer slings and carabiners, and Python Straps, which are long, extra-wide daisy chain straps that are astonishingly simple to set up. No bug net or rainfly is included.
Its light weight, strength, and comfort makes the Roo easily suitable for any day or overnight camping or hiking. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
9. Hummingbird Hammocks
Hummingbird Hammocks are amazingly light (less than a half-pound) and pack up super small. An FAA certified parachute rigger uniquely designed the the nylon material, so you know it’s light.
Hummingbird also makes a whoopie suspension system that is similarly popular for its light weight, adjustability, and compact design. Unfortunately, the system is sold separately, but is well worth the purchase.
The Hummingbird is a great hammock for anyone looking to travel extra light. If you are a taller person, consider the Hummingbird Single+, which is longer and wider (116×63, 7.6 oz), or the Hummingbird Double (116×85, 10.2 oz).
10. Clark NX-270 High Performance 4 Season Hammock
Though the Clark NX-270 is far more expensive than the other hammocks we reviewed, this is by far the best all-season hammock we’ve found. You will sleep comfortably no matter what conditions you encounter.
In inclement weather, the hammock transforms into an enclosed tent by zipping a breathable, water-repellent WeatherShield layer over a full no-see-um net to provide extra warmth and excellent protection. A silnylon rain fly offers extra protection. Flexible poles allow plenty of space inside.
The Clark NX-270 has six huge pockets hang under the hammock that are accessible from inside. Plus, they are insulated so you don’t necessarily need to bring an under quilt except in extremely low temperatures (less than 20° F). There are also two more pockets inside.
Clark makes an incredible hammock ideal for any serious camping adventurer.
Which is the Best Backpacking Hammock?
Of all the hammocks we reviewed, we liked the Warbonnet Blackbird the best. Though it doesn’t come with any accessories and the bug net can’t be removed, we couldn’t find any hammock that surpassed its light weight and amazing comfort.
It’s more than big enough for one person, its maximum weight capacity is amazing, and it’s versatile enough to match almost any terrain or weather conditions. The ability to customize the suspension system and weather protectors is nice too.
If you’re planning a backpacking or camping trip, we suggest you take a close look at the Warbonnet Blackbird hammock. It’s one of the best outdoor sleeping experiences you’ll ever had.