There is a subculture found in every group of adventurers, from minimalist thru-hikers to expedition backpackers, who swear by their trusty camping hammock. While others are pitching tents out in the open, these woodsmen suspend themselves from the trees and rock the night away. If you've never tried hammocking, it might look impractical and alien, but in truth, there is nothing quite like gently swinging in a warm breeze, reading a great adventure book, and sipping a refreshing camp cocktail. By adding mosquito netting, underquilts, and a rain fly or camping tarp, these hammocks can work as all-season outdoor shelters in almost any climate or terrain. Trust us; there really is no better way to relax in the wilderness. These are the best camping hammocks of 2022.
Kammok Roo Double Hammock
Best Camping Hammock for Couples
The Kammok Roo Double Hammock is one of the strongest on this list, with a max load of 500 pounds. That’s enough for you, a significant other, and possibly even the family dog to snuggle up for the night. Kammok’s Python straps are cleverly designed to spread the weight over a wider area on the support trees, so it’s rock-solid in any conditions. The entire setup weighs less than 2 pounds and packs down small to about the size of a typical water bottle.
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub6 Hammock
Best Ultralight Camping Hammock
If you're a fan of a fast-and-light approach, you might take some persuading to ditch the tent in favor of a hammock. As its name implies, the Sub6 from ENO weighs less than 6 ounces and packs down tiny. It boasts a solid 300-pound load rating to support you even after stuffing yourself with too much camp food. Both ends are held up with an ultralight toggle put through a loop on the straps — a system that’s lighter than a carabiner, though it can still be hung with clips. Add an ultralight rain tarp to sleep outdoors safely out of the elements.
Tentsile Connect 2-Person Tree Tent (3.0)
Best Luxury Hammock Tent
Tentsile’s now-famous products are part tent, part hammock, and all backcountry treehouse. The Connect 2-Person Tree Tent (3.0) is the hammock that made the brand a household name among outdoor lovers. The two-person Connect 3.0 is designed to “float” between three anchor points — trees, boulders, even a few truck beds will do. The inside is spacious, with a 52-square-foot living area for relaxing, sleeping, and keeping dry if you’re camping in the rain. The included no-see-um mesh top, fold-away doors, and a removable rain fly all make the Connect a great four-season home base in almost any weather conditions.
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter XT Mosquito Net Hammock
Best Budget Camping Hammock Shelter
Outfitting yourself for a camping trip can be expensive. So, a solo shelter for less than $100 is a steal. Grand Trunk’s Skeeter Beeter XT combines a traditional lightweight hammock with mosquito netting so you can sleep comfortably, bug-free, and off the ground. Dual 10-foot cords and nautical-grade carabiners allow this one to hang just about anywhere. Add a decent camping tarp, and you have an integrated camp shelter system that’s protected from the elements.
Sea to Summit Pro Hammock Set
Best Midrange Hammock Set
Sea to Summit is well known for its lightweight, affordable, straightforward outdoor products. The Pro Hammock Set is a compact, mid-range hammock set designed to get you hanging in the simplest way possible. It unfurls from a built-in stuff sack to a generous 9 feet long by 5 feet wide. Upgrade to the Double model for an additional 14 inches across. The 70D ripstop nylon construction is highly breathable and guaranteed to hold up to 400 pounds.
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
Best Budget Hammock for Day Hikes
For shorter day hikes that don’t require the ultimate in lightweight technical gear, Wise Owl Outfitters’ hammock does the trick. This simple camping hammock is designed for lounging in the backcountry rather than as a sleep system. It includes everything you need to while away an afternoon in the woods — two carabiners, twin 8-foot lengths of rope, and a stuff sack. But the main reason we love it? It’s less than $30, all-in.
Warbonnet Ridgerunner Hammock
Best Frontcountry Camping Hammock
Warbonnet Outdoors is another original in the outdoor space with a catalog of hammocks that are beloved among thru-hikers and campers. The Ridgerunner is one of its most well-rounded and best overall hammocks. It sets up fast and packs down relatively small. The generous 10-foot length is comfortable for all sleeping positions, and the integrated mesh netting protects campers from bugs. It is heavier than many other hammock options, so it’s better suited for car camping than deep backcountry exploration. But, at around $100, it’s hard to complain.
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