Be it hiking, cycling, running, or spending time on the water, being active is often our favorite part of getting outside. But, we’ll confess, sometimes we find kicking back and relaxing at the end of the day most enjoyable. It’s then that you’ll see us reaching into our packs and digging out our hammocks.
They’re lightweight, easy to pack, and comfortable for catnaps and overnight slumbers—ideal additions to your kit for nearly every adventure. We selected eight great options, at a variety of price points, that will elevate your camping, lounging, and sleeping.
Armed with the right tools, venturing out for the night really doesn’t call for much else. You could leave the tent behind but even that seems like a bit of a hassle. Hang the hammock and call it good.
Hammocks have been around for millennia—did the golden age of the Incas exist without such a device? There are plenty of benefits to sleeping in one from a natural living perspective.
But the primary appeal for most people is the light weight and ease of use. A hammock can easily fit in your pack and stow away in even the most crowded tent. So basically, you’ll always have the option for a quick nap when you need it and ultimately have an extra blanket to use at the end of the day.
Plus, sleeping suspended above the ground just seems cooler.
Hammock Guide: What To Look For
Hammocks are, without question, the epitome of adjustable simplicity. A tried and true device, the hammock is as straightforward an item as you can find. A hammock is simply a piece of fabric that you spread out and attach to a set of anchor points.
There are a few things the hammock buyer must look at before making a purchase.
Width is generally going to be the overwhelming factor when deciding upon a hammock. A wider hammock can generally handle heavier loads and will offer a bit more room to move around, but it won’t always be practical for all situations.
Length generally refers to the distance between the two side anchor points. Obviously, if your hammock isn’t long enough to stretch between the points the you won’t be hanging it. Additionally, it may be necessary to extend it beyond the normal length if you plan on utilizing the hammock with a tarp.
The weight capacity, however, is important to make sure you are able to safely support whatever you plan on hanging out in the hammock.
The weight capacity often refers to your weight or the hammock’s maximum load. However, it is also related to the weight of the hammock itself as well.
Hammocks have a tendency to be a little on the lightweight side. So it is imperative to determine the weight capacity before settling on your purchase.
As opposed to length, height for hammocks most commonly refers to the distance from the hanging anchor points to the hammock’s top edge.
The height generally correlates to how comfortable you’ll be in a hammock by providing ample room to stretch out and lay back.
This is where the individual needs of the hanger can come into play. Especially for those that plan on camping in colder conditions, a larger, thicker fabric will be necessary.
Lightweight and simple, nylon hammocks are perfect for warm weather camping. They hold up well to UV exposure, are very lightweight, and remain very stretchy.
However, many hikers prefer the protection and comfort of a cotton hammock and this is a reasonable alternative. Cotton is often a little more expensive but it is much more comfortable. Nylon, on the other hand, can hold up to the elements better but is less breathable.
The only additional requirement for a hammock you aren’t likely to find in the specs is its netting quality. The netting is what truly makes up the entirety of most hammocks. This is what supports you on your hammock and acts as a hammock.
As you can imagine, the netting is the primary requirement for the hammock’s overall quality.
There are a few different kinds.
This is the best option for lightweight hammocks and primarily refers to the equipment and folds of the hammock itself.
Many who prefer hammocks for vacationing opt for this style. They are made to use the trees for support and are generally more spacious.
The problem with these hammocks is that they don’t hold up well near the edges and are not as weather resistant. If you’ll be camping in weather where the hammock will be in contact with the ground contact, it is highly recommended that you go with a cinch model.
These hammocks are specifically designed for trekking through more difficult terrains such as forests or jungles.
Be it a tent or a hammock, the weight is going to be one of the biggest factors in most every buyer’s decision. The most extreme quality for hammock is its light weight.
Straightforward and convenient, they make packing into difficult terrain a breeze. In fact, the best hammocks often make a comparison with the tent completely unnecessary.
If you’re thinking about taking a hammock on your next trip, you may need to know just how portable it actually is.
Are you looking for a hammock that you can stuff into your camping backpack for easy transportation, one that fits easily in your car, or one that is easy to carry without a pack?
This product was recommended by Lukas from Military 1st
Trekker Hammock from Highlander is ideal for travellers who want to travel light and value convenience and practicality. It also guarantees comfortable sleep when staying on the ground is likely to be dangerous. Made of sturdy polyamide material and with a tough construction, Trekker hammock is easy and quick to set up, accommodates one person and can safely carry up to 120kg. It comes with a hanging kit that includes webbing straps, support cord and stuff sack for convenient storage.
This product was recommended by Noman Asghar from Fan Jackets
This Hammock is able to bear 500lbs and two person can easily lay down in it. It is made from nylon fabric that makes is strong and it provides comfort feeling. Best for hiking, camping and travelling, easy to fold and carry in backpack.
This product was recommended by Mark Spencer from YesHiking
It’s a high-quality hammock with 400 pounds weight limit and comes with tree straps and wire gate carabiners. What I love about it is that all materials used are high-quality – the hammock itself is made of durable nylon material, which contains a taffeta finish that has a reflective finish. The hammock is super lightweight and easy to set up as well. Lastly but not least, this hammock is very affordable – probably one of the cheapest options available right now.
This product was recommended by Muhammad Mateen Khan from PureVPN
At just over 7 oz, the Grand Trunk Nano 7 is a hammock that’s light enough to travel on any adventure. It packs down to the size of a softball and comes with bent wire carabiners that make it easy to attach to any tree straps.
This product was recommended by Ayesha Holloman from Outdoorish
The Skeeter Beeter Pro is a good performing, mosquito resistant hammock made of parachute rope, and it looks like you’re lying in velvet. Sleeping on is incredibly comfortable and it has a weight capacity of 400 pounds, it is capable of holding all campers but the most robust.
This product was recommended by Daniel Juhl Mogensen from Kodyl
Of all the hammocks I’ve tried in the past, this one is by far the best out of them all hands down. It’s super lightweight, easy to pack and pull out so the setup couldn’t be easier. They can last for years as they are built with triple-stitch nylon, the same material used to make parachutes, guaranteeing years of use without stretching or ripping. When it’s not used for camping it can be set up anywhere in the garden to be enjoyed by everyone in the family. You can play in it, swing in it, but best of all it’s incredibly lightweight yet sturdy enough to hold up to 200 pounds. The hammocks are available in a wide range of colors, giving you plenty of options to find one that will suit your aesthetic needs too.
This product was recommended by Emilia Wong from Progress ABMS
Sea to Summit’s Pro hammock is ideal for hiking in the summer thanks to its breathable material. Its Quick Connect buckles also allow for a quick and easy set up during your hiking breaks. It is one of the lightest and most compact hammocks, making it easy to carry around. For its ‘single’ size, it can hold up to 300 lbs and is also available in ‘double’ size. However, its suspension straps are sold separately.
This product was recommended by Shawn Lim from Flavorite
Kammok Roo’s single hammock boasts of a breathable, UV and water-resistant fabric that is suitable for your hike, regardless of rain or shine. A water-resistant and abrasion-resistant stuff sack is included, making it convenient for dry storage. Its highly durable Mini Kanga Claw carabiners can also support up to 400 lbs of weight. It also has a ‘double’ size option that can support up to 500 lbs of weight.
This product was recommended by Charlotte Ang from M&P International Freights
Being extremely lightweight, Hummingbird Hammocks Ultralight Single Hammock is the ideal choice for hiking light. Despite its weight, its adjustable straps can hold up to 400 lbs and the hammock can be easily set up. However, its tree straps are sold separately.
This product was recommended by Bernice Quek from Orbital Fusion Technologies
Despite having a relatively low weight threshold of 250 lbs, Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralite is a convenient and comfortable option. Its asymmetric shape allows hikers to lie comfortably in a diagonal position and it comes with a mosquito mesh to keep the bugs at bay.
This product was recommended by Steve Thompson from BootMoodFoot
This Kootek hiking hammock is budget-friendly and comes with everything you need including tree hooks and a cinch bag. Choose between a single or double model.