Best Backpacking Hammocks in 2017


Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

Here we selected and reviewed the best backpacking hammocks. A hammock is a great alternative to a tent in warm and relatively dry weather as hammocks are typically lighter and smaller (packed size) than tents.  Furthermore, hammocks also provide a very comfortable sleeping position and are not prone to condensation issues like completely sealed shelters (tents, bivy sacks etc.). In wet or windy conditions a hammock can be used together with a tarp for protection against the rain and wind. However, hammocks also have limitations; they require trees or other elevated anchor points as well as you having the skills to pitch one properly. Therefore, they can’t be used above the tree line (mountaineering) and are not recommended for those who are new to camping out in the wild. Nevertheless, they are a great option for experienced hikers and backpackers who prefer modular and lightweight gear; hammocks are indeed highly modular as they can be used with tarps, bug nets and other accessories.

In the following we selected the best backpacking hammocks. We only selected lightweight and high-quality hammocks which are perfect for outdoor activities such as backpacking, hiking, travelling etc. As for the sleeping equipment you might need inside the hammock, we have also made reviews of the Best Summer Sleeping Bags (sleeping bags with synthetic insulation) and Best 3-Season Lightweight Sleeping Bags (sleeping bags with down insulation). If you are unsure that a hammock is the right option for you, read our Sleeping Equipment Guide and consider if a tent or bivy sack might be a better solution.

1. Buying a Backpacking Hammock – What is important?

Weight:

Lightweight equipment allows you to walk faster and delay the exhaustion. Therefore, a hammock should be as light as possible. In this review we only listed lightweight hammocks – the lightest product weighs only 10 oz. while the heaviest weighs 2 lbs 12 oz. (together with the included tarp and mosquito net).

Packed Size:

Backpacking and hiking equipment should be well-packable so that it doesn’t take up too much space in a backpack. Hammocks in general require very little space – often less than inflatable sleeping pads. In this selection we only included hammocks which are very small when packed and come with a stuff sack.

Weight Limit:

Every hammock has a weight limit – typically hammocks for adults can hold up to 400 lbs. This is the case for four hammocks in this review while one has a weight limit at 250 lbs.

Modular Components:

Modularity is one of the biggest advantages of hammocks and thus they can be combined with other modular components such as tarps (for protection against the rain and wind), insulation systems (for extra warmth) and bug nets (for protection against bugs and mosquitoes). The good thing about modular components is that you only bring them when the conditions require them – for example if you are backpacking through mosquito-free areas you can leave the bug net at home to reduce the weight of the backpack and free some space.

2. The Best Backpacking Hammocks Review

Best Backpacking Hammocks

Best Backpacking Hammocks

  1. Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series
  2. ENO SingleNest Hammock
  3. Kammok Wallaby Hammock
  4. Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock
  5. Sea to Summit Pro Hammock

Comparison

Feature/Product Hennessy Hammock Expedition SeriesENO SingleNest HammockKammok Wallaby Hammock Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock Sea to Summit Pro Hammock
Material70-Denier Nylon 70-Denier Nylon 40-Denier NylonPolyester70-Denier Nylon
Modular Components from ManufacturerDetachable Tarp (included), Bug Net (included), SuperShelter Insulation System, Radiant PadProFly Rain Tarp, Moonshine Lantern, Guardian Bug Net, Ember Underquilt, Atlas Suspension System Dragonfly Bug Net, Kuhli Rain Tarp, Koala Insulation SystemSlacker Hammock Warmer, Slacker Hammock Pad, Slacker Snuggler, Slacker Super Snuggler, Slacker Rain Fly, Slacker Bug ShelterHammock Bug Net, Hammock Tarp, Hammock Gear Sling
Weight2 lbs. 12 oz. (with mosquito net and tarp)16 oz. 10 oz.1lb. 4 oz. 12.7 oz.
Weight (Metric)1247 g (with mosquito net and tarp)453 g284 g570 g 360 g
Packed Size4" x 7" x 9"4" x 5"5.5" x 3.5"7" x 10"n/a
Packed Size (Metric)10.2 cm x 17.8 cm x 22.9 cm 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm14 cm x 8.9 cm18 cm x 25 cmn/a
Weight Limit250 lbs400 lbs 400 lbs 400 lbs 400 lbs
Weight Limit (Metric)114 kg181 kg181 kg181 kg181 kg
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series

1. Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Cycling

The Hennessy Expedition hammock is very popular among backpackers and travelers because it provides great functionality. The hammock comes with a detachable rain fly and mosquito net. Therefore, it can be used in various weather conditions. The hammock is made of highly durable 70-denier nylon while the rain fly is made of 70-denier polyester. The rain fly is also treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellant) and coated with silicone in order to provide great protection against the rain. The mosquito net is made of robust 30-denier mesh fabric. The Hennessy Expedition hammock comes with webbing straps for easy and fast attachment to trees. Additionally it also includes a stash bag for keeping vital gear within reach – the stash bag sits on the ridge line. The hammock is available in two versions; zip and classic. Both sleeping bags have a bottom Velcro entrance but the zip model also opens at the top (where the mosquito net is attached to the hammock). The zip model is equipped with a high-quality YKK zipper.

 

Pros:

  • Functionality
  • Bottom entrance
  • Mosquito net is included
  • Rain fly is included
  • Stash bag on the ridge line
  • Durable fabric

Cons:

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ENO SingleNest Hammock

ENO SingleNest Hammock

2. ENO SingleNest Hammock

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Cycling

The ENO SingleNest hammock is like the Hennessy Expedition hammock made of highly durable 70-denier nylon. With the weight of 16 ounces it is lighter than the Hennessy hammock. However, the ENO hammock doesn’t come with the mosquito net – the mosquito net is sold separately (ENO Guardian Bug Net) and weighs 16 ounces. The hammock uses triple stitching for maximum durability and comes with aluminum wiregate carabiners. It has a weight limit of 400 lbs. and on the side it features a pocket for storing crucial gear such as a headlamp. The webbing straps (ENO Atlas Suspension System) for attachment are sold separately. The hammock’s pocket doubles as a stuff sack and has compression straps so that you can pack the hammock really small. The ENO SingleNest Hammock is great for those who need a highly functional but inexpensive hammock.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Pocket
  • Packed size
  • Durable fabric

Cons:

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Kammok Wallaby Hammock

Kammok Wallaby Hammock

3. Kammok Wallaby Hammock

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Cycling

The Kammok Wallaby hammock is the lightest hammock in this selection – it weighs merely 10 ounces. Therefore, it is perfect for lightweight hiking and backpacking. The hammock is made of 40-denier nylon (Gravitas fabric) for good durability. It comes with sturdy carabiners and racer slings. Webbing straps for attachment to trees are sold separately – Kammok Python Straps. Modular components include the Kammok Dragonfly Mosquito Net, Kuhli Rain Tarp and Koala insulation system. The Koala insulation system is available in two versions; down and synthetic. The down model has a better warmth-to-weight ratio but looses warmth faster when exposed to moisture (rain). The hammock is available in seven different colors.

 

Pros:

  • Weight
  • Packed size
  • Modular components

Cons:

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Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

4. Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Cycling

The Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single hammock differs from the other hammocks in this review by material – it is made of polyester instead of nylon. Polyester is typically slightly less durable than nylon but on the other hand it also provides better breathability. For increased durability the hammock uses a one-piece (seamless) design. It has a weight limit of 400 lbs and stuffs into an integrated pocket. The webbing straps have to be purchased separately – Therm-a-Rest Slacker Suspenders (Hanging Kit). The Therm-a-Rest also offers many modular components for this hammock; Rain Fly, Bug Shelter and various insulation systems.

 

Pros:

  • Modular components
  • Pocket

Cons:

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Sea to Summit Pro Hammock

Sea to Summit Pro Hammock

5. Sea to Summit Pro Hammock

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Travelling
  • Cycling

The Sea to Summit Pro is a super light hammock (it weighs merely 12.7 ounces) which is perfect for those who prefer lightweight hiking and backpacking.  The hammock is made of 70-denier nylon and comes with a waterproof Cordura compression bag. The webbing straps for attachment can be bought separately – Sea to Summit Hammock Suspension Straps. The hammock is available in three different colors and packs down really small – it comes with a compression bag. Modular components include a hammock gear sling, hammock bug net and the 15-denier UltraSil Nano tarp. The Sea to Summit Pro hammock has a weight limit of 400 lbs.

 

Pros:

  • Modular components
  • Durable fabric

Cons:

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