From minimalist thru-hikers to expedition backpackers, hammocks are a favorite amongst every style of camper. By adding mosquito netting, underquilts, and a rain fly or tarp, they can work as all-season outdoor shelters in almost any climate or terrain. Plus, there really is no better way to relax in the wilderness. There’s nothing like gently swinging in a warm breeze with a great adventure book and a camp cocktail. These are the best camping and backpacking hammocks of 2021.
Kammok Roo Double Hammock
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. 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
Empty space in your car or backpack just begs for a lightweight 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 after 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 a ProFly Sil Rain camping tarp to sleep outdoors safely out of the elements.
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Hammock
Hennessy Hammock is an OG in the world of camping hammocks. The Expedition Asym Zip is the company’s most popular for good reason. It’s an all-in-one solution designed to replace your tent and possibly a sleeping bag too. The design integrates a hammock, bug netting, and a rain fly, so you can sleep safely away from the wind, rain, and biting things. A clever asymmetrical layout allows for laying diagonally across the hang line, with better support for your knees and lower back. Plus, Hennessy even offers free upgrades to longer straps, should you need them.
Tentsile Connect 2-Person Tree Tent (3.0)
Tentsile’s now-famous products are part tent, part hammock, and part backcountry treehouse. The Connect 2-Person Tree Tent (3.0) is the one 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. Inside is a spacious, 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 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
Completely 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
Sea to Summit Pro 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. From its built-in, compact stuff sack, it unfurls 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
For shorter day hikes that don’t require the utmost in lightweight, technical gear, Wise Owl Outfitters’ hammock does the trick. This simple camping hammock is designed for basic lounging in the backcountry. It includes everything you need to while away an afternoon in the woods, namely 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
Warbonnet Outdoors is another original in the outdoor space with a catalog of beloved hammocks 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 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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