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May
2

Best Camping Hammock in 2017

Are you planning a camping trip and want to try using a hammock instead of a tent? Tired of the endless information available on the web? Then you have come to the right place. Hammock camping has changed my life, and after this guide I hope it changes yours.

Hammock camping is an amazing experience, but novice and expert alike have trouble finding the right products, and all the information available for them. I have gone over the best camping hammocks out there, and put together this list for you.

I have already gone over the specifics of the hammocks, and can show you which hammock would be ideal for the type of camping you plan on doing. Size, material, and cost are all considerations.

Alright well let’s get to it. For those of you who just want the list I am going to link the products first with my highest recommended hammock at the top of the list:

The Best Hammocks for Camping

1. Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic

2. Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent

3. Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners

4. Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

5. Kammok Roo Hammock

6. Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock

7. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

8. Grand Trunk Nano Hammock

9. Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock

10. Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

There you have it, a quick and dirty list of the best hammocks for camping. Read below for the reviews of these hammocks, and how I came up with this list!

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Camping Hammock with rainfly

PictureHammockWeightBuy Now!Rating
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic41 OZ4.8
Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent60 OZ5.0
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners20 OZ4.8
Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock20 OZ4.9
Kammok Roo Hammock24 OZ4.8
Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock22 OZ4.5
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge68 OZ4.6
Grand Trunk Nano Hammock7 OZ4.4
Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock57.6 OZ4.2
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock12 OZ4.4

How to choose the best hammock for camping

There are multiple things I take into consideration when I pick a hammock for any activity. The type of hammock, Material, Size, Maximum Weight, Hammock Tree Straps, Insulation, Accessories, and ease of use. So, let’s get right into it.

Hammock Type

Hammocks come in 3 main varieties, the one you choose depends on its intended use.

Ultralight Hammocks are the lightest hammocks, and are made to be super compact. These are best for hiking trips, or hard to reach camping spots. Ultralight hammocks sacrifice comfort for weight reduction.

Parachute Hammocks are usually made of durable and weather resistant nylon. These are ideal for extended outings where moisture is a concern. They breathe easily, and are still semi compact. These would be ideal for several nights in a row, and are a bit more comfortable than Ultralight Hammocks.

Expedition Hammocks are made with the heaviest and most high end products. They are usually heavy weight, and made to withstand the worst that mother nature can throw at you. These hammocks are ideal for extended camping trips, and hammock camping in more extreme locations.

Material

Most hammocks are made of cotton or nylon composites. They both have different benefits.

Nylon hammocks are your ultralight and parachute hammocks. They are much lighter and have decent wear protection, but don’t offer much in protection other than keeping you dry and keeping the wind off you.

Cotton hammocks are bulkier, and look better, but they are more difficult to transport. Properly seasoned cotton will not leak, but will need to be air dried after the camping trip or mildew may become an issue.

Hammock Size

Hammocks come in many different sizes. The length and width affects load, and carrying capacity. A single hammock is thinner than a double hammock because it is meant for one person. A double hammock can accommodate two people, or be roomy for one person. Taller people should look for hammocks that are 8 feet in length or greater.

Maximum Weight

The maximum weight of a hammock is important. A hammock can only support its maximum weight load. So, before hammock camping it is important to recognize your weight, your partners weight, and any gear you plan on taking into your hammock’s weight. Do not overload a hammock as even if it works the straps may give, or you may wake up smacking into the ground through a torn hammock.

Hammock Tree Straps

It is important that you understand the type of hammock tree straps your hammock has, and how to use them. Make sure at home you test the hammock suspension system, and all parts are included.

More versatile suspension systems include more spots for anchoring attachments, and will provide better options for where to place your hammock.

It may be worthwhile to purchase aftermarket hammock tree straps to provide the most versatility in your camping site. Planning is everything, so consider your site carefully before leaving unprepared.

Insulation

Insulation is an important factor when considering a hammock. Most nylon hammocks are great for warm months, but provide little protection during winter months. There are aftermarket blankets available that drape inside and outside your hammock to provide better insulation and warmth during winter months.

Cotton hammocks on the other hand are often warmer by default. So it is worth checking out your hammock and planning your camping trip so you can have the proper level of insulation.

Accessories

Hammocks can come with several different accessories. A rainfly is probably what comes to mind right away. These go over your hammock, and attach to the ground and your anchor points. Keeping dry is important while hammock camping.

If you plan on camping in a more humid area it may be worthwhile to look for or purchase a mosquito net. This will save you from being devoured by the annoying insects throughout the night, and in some more remote areas save you from serious disease.

Ease of Use

I include ease of use because some hammocks appear to have been made by evil mad scientist/engineers. Hammocks must be easy enough to set up that you will actually take them out with you when you go camping.

Always test set up before you leave for your trip, and take notes of any difficulties you have. It is important to have a safe trip, but a frustration free trip is just as important.

Camping Hammock Reviews

Our top 10!

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asum Classic

My favorite pick is the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Classic. It features an integrated mosquito net and rainfly. It is an expedition hammock, so it is heavy. But it comes with premium materials, so it will last even the harshest mother nature has! This is a must buy.

Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent

One of the best all-season hammocks for camping, the Clark NX-270 Four-Season Hammock Tent outperforms many other models. It is made to support wet and cold environments. This model is quiet expensive, but it is also the best hammock available out there. This is a one purchase and your done product!

Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners

The Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock with Carabiners is an affordable hammock that is light, and built for 2 people. It is extra roomy if used alone. It comes with all the accessories you need, so purchase this and set it up all in one go!

Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

ENO hammocks are one of the iconic hammock brands. These are name brand hammocks, and you can expect the best from ENO. The Eno Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock is our favorite lightweight double hammock on the market. It is perfect for hiking to a remote campsite, and large enough for two.

Kammok Roo Hammock

The Kammok Roo Hammock is a great choice for beginners. It is a lightweight hammock, and is easy to carry. It does not come with any additional accessories, but they can be added with ease.

Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock

The Hammock Bliss Double – XL Portable Hammock is on our list because it is the easiest to use. It is super wide, and comes with 100 inches of cord to set it up. It’s ease of use comes with a smaller price tag, but you also lose additional features. Purchase rainfly’s separately for this one.

Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

The versatile Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge is a hybrid hammock design. It can be used as a tent or a hammock for camping. It includes a pair of arch poles which raise the attached mosquito net to appear more tent like. This also comes with a detachable rainfly, and is a perfect option for multiple applications.

Grand Trunk Nano Hammock

The Grand Trunk Nano Hammock weighs and impressive 7 ounces, and is one of the best ultralight hammocks on the market. If your camping site is difficult to get to, or requires hiking in, then this is the hammock for you!

Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock

The Lost Valley Premium Camping Hammock is great for beginners as it is a bundle that includes everything you need. Rainfly, Mosquito net, and hammock tree straps are included. It is easy to set up, and takes less than 3 minutes.

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

The Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock is another example of a perfect camping hammock for a beginner. It is lightweight and inexpensive, but not very durable. This would be a great hammock for established camping sites.

There are many options, but the hammocks I have listed here are my best hammocks for camping. Don’t take my word for it, check out the other reviews for these hammocks. They are all great for their own uses, so be sure to read around, but you should be confident you purchased a great hammock if you choose one of these.

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Apr
22

How to setup an Eno Hammock

I wanted to get you guys more videos and information on the setup and take down of hammocks. Since ENO hammocks are some of the most popular hammocks on the market right now, I figured I would include a video specifically for them.

This youtube video by GearTestTv shows how to use the Eno Atlas Suspension System to hang a hammock between two trees. It shows how to install the Eno hammock straps, and how to adjust them properly.

The video then goes on to explain how to attach the Eno Hammock to the Eno Straps, and how to properly adjust and use the hammock. It then goes through how to properly take down, roll up, and store your Eno hammock.

And there you have it folks, simple, straight forward, and easy to remember. Always make sure you know how to use your equipment before taking a trip by practicing at home. Learning how to install a hammock properly in the field is waiting for disaster. Murphy's law exists for a reason! Stay safe guys, and get out into nature!

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