The Best Camping Hammock for Camping and Backpacking

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Is there anything more relaxing than swinging in a hammock and listening to nothing but the sound of the wind in the trees? I don’t think so! If you are looking for the best camping hammock for your next camping or backpacking trip, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to replace your tent and sleeping bag or just want to relax in the evenings before bed, a hammock is a great addition to any camping setup. In fact, once I started camping with a hammock several years ago, I was happy to leave my tent and sleeping pad at home.

We’ve compiled a list of our top hammock picks, starting with our number one choice. The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock is our top pick because of its versatility, comfort, and ease of use.

We’ve already shared our top pick for family tents, but what about camping hammocks? For the best camping hammock for your next adventure, read on:

Our Top Pick: The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock

Versatility

The most obvious versatile feature of the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro is right in the name: with the integrated mosquito net, you won’t need to worry about mosquitos, noseeums, or any other nighttime pest. Although I almost always camp with a mosquito net because my region is so humid and warm, some campers prefer to sleep with nothing above them. Even if you plan to sleep with a mosquito net, what about times when you want to sit in the hammock during the day and have a perfectly clear view? Simply flip the hammock over—it’s reversible—and you will have an equally comfortable set up but without a mosquito net.

Comfort

The Skeeter Beeter Pro is wider than many hammocks designed for use on the trail. Instead of narrowing at the feet, it is over ten feet long and a full five feet wide through the entire main body of the hammock. There’s plenty of room to share with a small child or relax with another adult.

In addition to being wide enough to be comfortable in any sleeping or lounging position, the parachute nylon is smooth and soft on your bare skin. Even the bug net is made of a softer material than others on the market. Although it’s best to avoid letting the bug net actually touch your skin (so the bugs can’t simply bite you through the holes), I much prefer netting that doesn’t make me itch on contact.

Ease of Use

While you can definitely find camping hammocks that are lighter or have more features than the Skeeter Beeter Pro, its overall ease of use is hard to beat. The suspension system designed to hold the bug net away from your body and face is incredibly simple to configure. The hammock itself attaches to tree straps with a heavy-duty carabiner—no complicated adjusting or instructions needed.

If you are new to camping in a hammock, easy set up should be at the top of your must-have list. There is nothing so discouraging as adjusting and fiddling with a hammock for an hour after your friends’ tents are already set and they are eating or hiking without you (don’t ask me how I know).

On the other hand, if you are more experienced with camping or lounging hammocks, you will appreciate the fact that the Skeeter Beeter Pro can be used with other rope kits. If you have or find a lighter system or one that is easier to use, your hammock will still be fully compatible with your preferred rope/carabiner set up.

The Details

Material: 70D parachute nylon

Dimensions: 10.6’x5′

Weight: 26.45oz

Weight limit: 400lb

Included with the hammock: carabiners, rope kit, stuff sack, suspension kit

 

The Best All-In-One Camping Hammock System: Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series

Coming in a close second for the best camping hammock is . Hennessey Hammocks have been a favorite among campers and hikers for years. The Expedition Series comes with everything you need to hit the trail: hanging straps, ropes, a built-n bug net, and a coated nylon rain fly.

Unique Features

One of the most unique features of the Expedition Series is the bottom entry option. When you order your hammock, you can select from a traditional zippered entry or Hennessey’s patented classic design.

If you opt for the classic entry, you will get in and out of the hammock from the bottom. The main advantage of a bottom entry is reducing the number of bugs that come into the hammock with you at night. Getting out of the hammock is also as easy as simply standing up instead of fighting to slide and roll out in the morning.

Size

In the end, the primary reason we opted for the Skeeter Beeter Pro instead of the Expedition Series is because of size. The Expedition Series is only rated for up to 250lb and is recommended for campers under 6′ tall.

That’s not to say a comfortable night’s sleep can’t be managed in a single hammock. In fact, this particular hammock is shaped specifically to encourage asymmetrical, diagonal sleeping (which is often the most comfortable position in any hammock). Taller or larger campers should look at the Hennessey Hammock Explorer Deluxe Series for a little extra length, but I still prefer a double hammock when I have the option.

Ease of Use

Maybe because of the shape, setup is slightly more complicated with this hammock as well. After setting up and taking down the hammock once or twice, however, you shouldn’t have any problems. Just give yourself extra time for setup on your first trip so you don’t get stuck setting up your hammock in the dark.

The Details

Material: 70D nylon shell, 30D no-see-um netting

Dimensions: 10’x4.9′

Weight: 3lb 6oz (including the rain fly)

Weight limit: 250lb

Included with the hammock: rope kit, webbing straps, rain fly, stuff sack 

The Best Camping Hammock for Getting Started with Hammock Camping: Eagle’s Nest Outfitter’s ENO DoubleNest Hammock

 

One of the most beautiful and lightweight camping hammocks on the market is . This is a fantastic option for backpackers worried about pack weight or anyone looking for an occasional hammock that doesn’t take up much room in storage.

With so much camping gear only available in the same few shades of red, blue, and green, it is always so refreshing to see bright colors and pattern options. Eagle’s Nest Outfitter does not disappoint: the ENO DoubleNest Hammock comes in over 40 color combinations!

Size and Strength

Even though the ENO DoubleNest Hammock is incredibly light (only 19oz!), it is also durable and strong. Made from high tenacity 70D nylon with triple-stitched seams, it is strong enough to support 400lb without adding extra weight or bulk. It’s not the longest double hammock on our list, but there is still plenty of room, especially for its overall weight.

The fabric is especially nice if you expect your hammock to get wet because it dries so quickly and easily. The thin and breathable nature of the fabric does mean it melts easily—keep this hammock well away from any flame or heat source (a good idea with any hammock).

Ease of Use

I especially like the quality of weight of ENO’s strap and carabiner setup, but you will need to provide your own tree straps or stand. There is also no bug netting of any kind, but that does mean the hammock is even easier to set up. Ultimately, this is my favorite hammock to recommend to friends considering camping in a hammock who just need a quality, lightweight option that is quick to set up and easy to store.

The Details

Material: 70D high tenacity nylon taffeta

Dimensions: 9.3’x6.2′

Weight: 19oz

Weight limit: 400lb

Included with the hammock: carabiners, stuff sack with compression strap

The Best Camping Hammock If You Need More Insulation: Eagle’s Nest Outfitters ENO Reactor Hammock

If you’ve ever slept the night on an air mattress, you know how cold it can get with cool air beneath you at night. Sleeping in a hammock is no different. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I prefer hammock camping to tent camping. Because I do most of my camping during humid summers, the extra chill is welcome.

If you aren’t expecting it, however, you might pack too lightly and end up being too cold for comfort throughout the night. has you covered: the bottom layer includes both extra insulation and a sleeping pad sleeve.

Size and Strength

Although the ENO Reactor is sold as a single hammock, it supports up to 400lb and is just as wide as some of the double hammocks on our list. You will have plenty of room to spread out and relax.

You can use with hammock alone if you prefer a looser fit or slide a sleeping pad into the sleeping pad sleeve for extra insulation and padding. Even without the sleeping pad, you’ll find this hammock to be the warmest of any of the hammocks on our list.

Great For Side-Sleepers!

Another reason you might like sleeping with a sleeping pad is that it will stretch out the hammock for you a bit on each side. Getting used to sleeping in a hammock can be easier for side sleepers especially if they don’t feel like the hammock is swallowing them whole. A sleeping pad can help!

Like the ENO DoubleNest, the ENO Reactor does not come with tree straps or a bug net. You will need to provide your own. The hanging hardware that is attached to the hammock is very high quality and lightweight as well, which is a feature I appreciate.

The Details

Material: double layered 70D high tenacity nylon taffeta

Dimensions: 9.’x5.5′

Weight: 1lb 11oz

Weight limit: 400lb

Included with the hammock: carabiners, stuff sack with compression strap

What to Look For in the Best Camping Hammock

Whether you are new to the world of camping hammocks or looking to upgrade an old model, you might be surprised at how many options there really are on the market for camping hammocks. With every brand claiming to make the best camping hammock, how do you choose? I recommend starting with four considerations: intended use, size, material, ease of use, and extras.

Intended Use

Is this hammock going to be your sole option for sleeping on your camping trip? On a recent camping trip, I didn’t even bother packing a tent. When I was first starting with hammock camping, however, I often packed my hammock in addition to my regular tent and sleeping bag setup.

If you plan to use your hammock as simply a backup or a place to lounge and nap, look for a lightweight hammock that is easy to set up and take down. You don’t want to mess with a difficult set up for only occasional use, even if the hammock itself has fewer extras than other models.

Intended Use – Considerations

If you’re ready to commit to sleeping only in a hammock, then comfort and extra features will be more important than they would be otherwise. You will definitely want a hammock with a rain fly and bug netting if there is any chance of rain or insects on your camping trip. Extra bulk or weight might not matter either since you won’t have a tent to carry at all.

On the other hand, if you are carrying all of your gear a long distance, weight and bulk may be the most important factors. For camping in cold weather, look for a hammock that includes (or at least fits) extra padding or insulation.

The best camping hammock has everything you need and not much else. Only you can know what your hammock’s intended use will be. Once you have a clear idea of how you plan to use it, you are ready to shop around.

Size

The best camping hammock for you is like something out of a fairy tale: not too big and not too small. The “right size” varies by person, however. Look for a hammock that gives you enough room to sleep and lounge comfortably without being so big that you feel like you’re being swallowed whole.

Width

Hammocks generally come in single or double width. Like I mentioned earlier, I only use double hammocks even though I prefer to sleep alone. I like the option of inviting a friend or one of my children to swing in the hammock with me during the day.

I want to be able to spread out as much as I want at night. As a result, I aim for a hammock that is around 5′ wide. A narrower hammock is often easier to set up and pack in and out, though, so your ideal size might be different from mine.

Weight

Another consideration to make is the weight of the hammock. If you plan to backpack with your hammock, you will want something made from a lightweight material. Parachute, taffeta, or ripstop nylon are good options. Don’t forget to add the weight of any straps or rain fly. You should be able to subtract the weight of a tent, however, since you won’t need both.

Capacity

Don’t forget to check the weight capacity of any hammock you consider taking on the trail. All the hammocks on this list but one are rated for up to 400lb. If you need a sturdier hammock to fit more than one person, a larger camper, or you plus all your gear, shop around accordingly.

Material

The material from which your hammock is made will determine the weight, durability, water resistance, and comfort. Most camping hammocks are made from the same types of weather-resistant nylon as tents and rain flys. Backpack hammocks, on the other hand, are generally made from cloth or rope.

Even if you don’t plan to camp in the rain, nylon fabric is preferable for a camping hammock. It is lighter weight, more durable, and easy to keep clean.

Breathability vs. Weather Resistance

The more waterproofing a material receives, the less breathable it tends to be. When it comes to the best camping hammock, I prefer to focus on breathability first. One of my favorite things about sleeping in a hammock instead of a tent is how cool and breezy it is.

I have no desire to give that up, even if it’s going to rain. I don’t want to feel stifled or overheated in the hammock! If you are concerned about rain during your trip, hang a rain fly above your hammock. Store your gear in your car or under a canopy.

How Nylon Fabric is Rated

When you shop for the best camping hammock, you may be confused by the way nylon fabric is rated. Most camping hammocks are rated in Deniers (the D in something like 70D nylon). A simple way to compare Denier ratings is to think of them as the size of the fibers in the nylon. The higher the number, the thicker the individual threads that make up the material.

Microfiber material, for example, has a very low Denier rating. Backpacks and duffel bags are usually given a rating of 100D+. Because you’re looking for durability and easy cleaning in a hammock, the best camping hammocks have 50D ratings or higher.

Extras

Little details can turn a good hammock into the best camping hammock. Here are some features to look for. You might not find (or want) a hammock that has all of these, but it’s helpful to know what your options are:

  • A built-in stuff sack makes it easy to put the hammock away quickly.
  • A rain fly is always a good idea if there is a chance of rain on your trip.
  • Mosquito/no-see-um netting is a must-have for many parts of the country. I won’t ever use a hammock without it because of where I live, but you can also purchase a separate bug net like if your hammock does not come with bug netting.
  • Ridgeline organizers give you a place to put your glasses, flashlight, cell phone, or chapstick while you sleep.
  • Versatile anchor points allow you total freedom when setting up your hammock.
  • A decent suspension system protects the trees you use to anchor your hammock and makes setup quick and easy.
  • Stakes hold a rain fly in place while still letting you feel cool breezes while you rest in your hammock. If your hammock comes with a rain fly, make sure there are also stakes that come with it.
  • A sleeping pad sleeve keeps your sleeping pad from slipping around underneath you while you sleep.

You can always add just about any one of these extras. If you know from the very beginning that you want something specific, however, the best camping hammock will be whichever one hits all the points on your wishlist.

Q&A

Can I sleep in a hammock if I have a bad back?

Absolutely! In fact, many campers find sleeping a hammock to be much more comfortable for a sore back or joints than sleeping on the ground or on a cot. If you hike into your campsite, you will probably also find that carrying a hammock instead of a tent relieves quite a bit of the strain on your back in the first place. Most hammocks weigh under 3lb!

What is the most comfortable way to sleep in a hammock?

In general, most hammock campers find success angling themselves slightly to keep the hammock open. Despite popular belief, though, it’s possible to sleep comfortably on your side, back, and stomach in a hammock! Try moving your feet six inches to the left and your head six inches to the right (or the other way around) and notice how much more open and flat the hammock gets.

Can I use a sleeping bag in my hammock?

Yes, if you want to. The coldest part of the hammock will be at the bottom, so you may just end up sleeping on top of the sleeping bag instead of inside. You might also consider a lightweight underquilt instead of a traditional sleeping bag. An underquilt will give you more freedom of movement than a mummy-style sleeping bag.

How do I hang a hammock?

Your hammock should come with instructions. If not, or if you need more help, check YouTube for suggestions. There are many ways to hang a hammock depending on the suspension system you’re using and where you plan to camp. You can even successfully hang your hammock in areas with very few trees if you get creative. Whatever you do, be sure to choose a rope system that does not harm the bark of the anchor trees.

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