The Best Hammock For Camping, Backpacking & Hiking

Whether you’ve been hiking, climbing, mountain biking or out on the water, quite often the most enjoyable part the day is kicking back and relaxing at the end of it all.

Some people choose to reach for their tents and set up camp.

Others much prefer a hammock.

They’re lighter, easier to pack, quick to set up and perfect for an afternoon power nap or a full night’s sleep.

For many, a good hammock is an essential item for any good adventure.

There are generally two types of camping hammocks;

  1. For day use
  2. For overnight sleeping

Both of which come with their own considerations.

This article features 10 of the best camping hammocks for you to consider. They vary in price and features but each one will take your next adventure sleep more comfortable.

Our Top Picks For The Best Day Hammocks


Perfect for day trips to the beach, woods or lake as well as lounging around during the day on a camping holiday. Daytime hammocks are lightweight, easy to carry and quick to set up.

Here are our top picks;

single owl hammock
Wise Owl Outfitters Single Owl Camping Hammock
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Cheapest hammock on this list
  • Very well-reviewed by users

Or Read Our Review


eno double nest
Eno DoubleNest
  • An incredibly popular model
  • Sleeps two people
  • Packs down to the size of grapefruit

Or Read Our Review


kammok roo single
Kammok Roo Single Ultra-Light Hammock
  • Weight just 0.5lb
  • Fits in your pocket
  • Very comfortable

Or Read Our Review

Our Top Picks For The Best Overnight Camping Hammocks


For camping overnight instead of using a traditional tent. Camping hammocks are designed for sleeping in and come with additional features which you don’t get with daytime hammocks.

These are our top picks;

hennessy ultralite zip xl
Hennessy Explorer UltraLite Zip XL
  • Used by explorers all over the world
  • Patented asymmetrical design for comfort
  • Ulta-light full system

Or Read Our Review


Eno OneLink Hammock Tent
Eno One Link Shelter System
  • No knots needed setup
  • Lots of adjustment
  • 360-degree bug net

Or Read Our Review


kammock mantis ultra light
Kammok Mantis Ultra Light All-in-One Hammock Tent
  • The lightest full system on this list
  • Very comfortable
  • Easy to set up

Or Read Our Review


SunYear Double Camping Hammock
SunYear Double Camping Hammock With Bug Net
  • A good choice for beginners
  • Sleeps two people
  • Pretty cheap

Or Read Our Review


eno skylite hammock
Eno Skylite Camping Hammock With Bug Net
  • Provides bed-like comfort
  • Plenty of storage pockets
  • Weighs just 2lb

Or Read Our Review

Day Time Hammock Reviews


These hammocks are best for lounging around in during the day. They’re lightweight, highly packable, easy to setup and perfect for taking to the beach, woods, lake or park – even your back yard.

If you find them particularly comfortable, you could invest in a bug net and rain tarp later on and create a hammock tent for overnight camping.

Wise Owl Outfitters Single Owl Hammock

A Good Cheap Model For Day Tripping
wise owl single owl

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person | Packed Weight: 1lb 6oz | Packed Size: 5″ x 4″ x 4″ | Weight Capacity: 500lb


Despite it’s very cheap price, the Single Owl comes with everything you need for a relaxing day in the outdoors, including hammock, carabiners and tree straps.

All of which pack down to the size of grapefruit.

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, the double owl holds two people.

With no knots to tie, setup is super easy as there and the 9ft long straps allow you to set up even when trees are a little further apart than you’d like.

The hammock sling is made from heavy-duty 210T parachute nylon which is not only strong but really soft too which makes it very comfortable. The material does let a cool breeze through so if you might need an under quilt if you feel the cold.

It’s not a hammock I’d choose to take on a serious camping trip as it lacks many of the features which come with a full system (like a bug net and rain fly). That being said, it’s brilliant for taking on day trips to the lake.

And you’ve got a choice of twelve colours to choose from.

Eno DoubleNest

A Brilliant Upgrade to the Wise Owl
eno doublenest

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person | Packed Weight: 1lb 3oz | Packed Size: 5″ x 4″ x 4″ | Weight Capacity: 400lb


If you like the idea of the Wise Owl Hammock mentioned about but you want;

  1. A two man hammock, or
  2. A higher quality model

Then the Eno DoubleNest is for you.

It’s one of America’s most popular hammocks, dnd for good reason.

The fast-drying 70 denier and triple interlocking stitching makes it incredibly durable. That being said, it’s also soft and comfortable to lounge around in.

As it holds two people, it’ll safely hold up to 400lb in weight.

You can clip the lightweight aluminum carabiners to any solid anchor point and are compatible with most suspension systems (which you’ll need to buy separately). The benefit to this is that you can either use an existing suspension system or customise your setup by choosing your favourite.

Packing away is super quick. The whole thing packs down into the integrated stuff bag which is the size of a grapefruit and weighs just over a pound.

There are tons of colours to choose from too. However, it’s worth noting that Eno uses all the remnants of fabric in the production of their hammocks. As a result, the colour combination you receive may sometimes differ from the images you see online.

Kammok Roo Single UltraLight

By Far the Lightest Hammock On This List
kammock roo single

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person | Packed Weight: 5.6oz | Packed Size: 5.25″ x 3.25″ x 3.25″ | Weight Capacity: 300lb


Weighing in at only 5.6oz and fitting into your pocket, the Kammok Roo Single UltraLight is by ar the smallest and lightest hammock on this list.

Made from Levitas 20 denier ripstop nylon, it’s not only ultra light. It also breathable, much more than heavier fabrics.

It has a durable, water-repellent coating which protects it from rain and moisture while still giving you the benefit of feeling the breeze.

You will need to buy the straps separately as it doesn’t come with them. We’d recommend Kammock’s Python 10 Ultralight as this keeps your setup ultralight.

It’s definitely comfortable enough for overnight camping. However, being ultralight, it doesn’t come with a rain tarp or bug net so if you expect rain or to get harassed by mosquito’s, you many need to invest in those too which will increase the weight.

Camping Hammock Reviews


Traditional hammocks have a high head, low butt, high feet position which isn’t great for sleeping.

Camping hammocks are designed for sleeping in with the main goal being to get a ‘flat lay’. Many have an asymmetrical design which enable you to lie flat as you would in bed.

Another important consideration for a camping hammock is protection, from wind, rain, cold and bugs like mosquitos.

You can buy camping hammocks as full hammock tent systems which include the hammock, bug net and rain tarp and tree straps. Some come with built-in insulation.

On the other hand, you could always buy each item separately to completely customise your setup.

Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralite Zip XL

The Best Camping Hammock
Hennessy Explorer UltraLite

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person | Packed Weight: 2lb 7oz | Packed Size: 10″ x 8″ x 4″ | Weight Capacity: 250lb


While it’s among the most expensive on the list, the Hennessy Explorer Ultralite Zip XL Asym is one of the best backpacking hammocks there is.

It’s been used by explorers travelling the river Nile, the Amazon rain forest, the Congo, up to the arctic and down into the deepest caves on earth.

No matter where your adventure takes you, you’ll have a light weight, complete shelter system which includes everything you need for a good night’s sleep.

The asymmetrical design allows you to lie flat and supports your back to ease aches and provides comfort which many users claim is better than their beds at home.

The matching asymmetrical rain fly is completely waterproof and protection from creepy crawlies comes from a tightly woven no see um mosquito net and high-density bottom fabric.

While out in the wilderness, you’ll rarely find trees with the same spacing whenever you set up camp. Different spacings affect the curve and therefore the comfort of a hammock. However, the Hennessy features a patented structural ridge line which provides the same shape to your hammock, no matter where you set it up.

This means every time you set it up you’ll have the exact same, comfortable nights sleep.

Carrying it around is no bother at all. Weighing just 2lb 4oz and packing down to 4″ x 8″ x 10″ it takes up very little room in your bag.

It’ll hold a person up to 7 feet tall and weighing up to 250lb, although the suspension system will hold up to six times that weight limit.

Also included are two ‘tree hugger’ tree straps which protect the bark of any tree you hang your hammock from, ensuring your next adventure is LNT compliant.

A Very Versatile Full System

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 2 Person | Packed Weight: 4lb 3oz | Packed Size: 11″ x 10″ x 4.5″ | Weight Capacity: 400lb


Eno is one of the most well-known hammock brands in the world and the OneLink Shelter System is incredibly popular among campers.

It’s part of their ‘DoubleNest’ range which packs really small but has tons of room for one person and plenty of room for two, holding a maximum of 400lb.

When packed away it weighs just 4lb 3oz and measures only 11″ x 10″ x 4.5″. What’s also nice is that each part of the system has its own bag, all of which pack into the main waterproof bag. This gives you the option of only packing what you need for your trip to reduce weight.

Setup is very easy too. Thanks to Enos patented ‘Atlas’ suspension system as there are no knots to tie and the tree-friendly straps are designed to have minimal impact. If you’re not into tying knots, this is definitely the hammock for you.

Plus it has 30 combined adjustment points so you can make it just right.

The hammock itself is a nice place to be. It’s made from soft, fast-drying 70 denier nylon and the heavy-duty seams are triple stitched. When using it as a one-man hammock there’s tons of room to lounge into and if you’re out with your partner it copes well as a two-man hammock as long as you like to cuddle!

Protection from the Mozzies comes in the form of Enos 360-degree ‘Guardian’ bug net made from SkyWeave mesh. This features drawstring cinch cords at each end which create a proper seal, unlike the Velcro or buttoned versions of other manufacturers.

The ‘ProFly’ rain tarp is light, come with four stakes to hold in in place and can be put up quickly to shelter from sudden downpours. It’s also really good for creating a shaded area within camp.

And what’s nice about Eno is that they’re part of the 1% for the Planet organization, meaning that they donate 1% of their profits to environmental good causes.

Kammok Mantis Ultra Light Hammock Tent

An Ultra Lightweight Full System

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person | Packed Weight: 2lb 3oz | Packed Size: 8″ x6″ x 6″ | Weight Capacity: 300lb


For those who like a full system while keeping weight to an absolute minimum, the Kammok Mantis Ultra Light hammock tent is a belter.

Weighing only 2lb 3oz and packing down to just 8″ x6″ x 6″, it’ll easily fit into your rucksack and you’ll hardly notice the weight.

The hammock itself is very comfortable and made from Levitas™ 20-denier rip stop nylon which has an incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio. The structural ridgeline helps the hammock keep its shape while the built-in pockets mean you can keep your phone, torch and other essentials close to hand.

Thanks to its knotless suspension system, setting up takes just minutes. You can sleep soundly and securely as the suspension system features Python 10 Ultralight straps are constructed with SpiraLine™. This fiber is 15x stronger than steel and light enough to float on water. As a result, it’ll hold up to 300lbs in weight.

You can sleep bite-free thanks to the Dragonet™ no-see-um mesh bug net and the rain fly keeps you perfectly dry. And when the weather is nice, you roll the fly back and look out at the sky.

And thanks to the knotless suspension system, tearing camp down in the morning takes seconds.

A brilliant, ultra lightweight system which is backed up by Kammocks lifetime warranty.

SunYear Double Camping Hammock

An Excellent Choice For Beginners

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 1 or 2 Person | Packed Weight: 3lb 3oz | Packed Size: 5″ x 5″ x10″ | Weight Capacity: 500lb (single) / 600lb (double)


If you’re new to hammock camping and you don’t want to blow the budget on a full system, the SunYear camping hammock is a good choice.

For starters, at less than $50 for the single and $60 for the two person hammock, it’s cheap so you won’t blow the budget. You get everything you need including the hammock sling, 10ft tree straps, 2 carabiners and built-in bug net.

Setup is very straightforward and the 10ft tree friendly straps allow you to set up even when trees a further apart than you’d like.

The sling is made from 210T parachute nylon which is incredibly strong. The single holds up to 500lbs and the double up to 600lbs and if it does fail, SunYear offer a lifetime warranty.

Protection from mosquitoes comes the built in bug net which features two ridge lines to help keep its shape. However, because the bug net is ‘built-in’ you can’t remove it. If you don’t need the protection, simply flip the hammock over.

It does lack internal pockets which you’d normally use to store your phone, torch and other essentials although the attached compression sack does give you at least a little bit of storage.

The only other feature it lacks is a rain tarp. If you’re going camping and rain if forecast, you’ll need to buy one separately.

Eno SkyLite Hammock

A Very Comfortable, Bed-Like Option
eno skylite

Key Features

Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person | Packed Weight: 2lb | Packed Size: 4.5″ x 15″ | Weight Capacity: 250lb


Asymmetrically designed hammocks like the Hennessy Explorer do offer a higher level of comfort. That said, nothing beats the bed-like luxury of a hammock with a flat base.

And that’s exactly what you get with the Eno SkyLite, providing you with one of the best night’s sleep from any hammock out there.

The ultralight DAC spreader bars are what give the hammock its shape and create tons of room to spread out and roll round. All the while, the internal pockets keep your possession safe and sound.

Plus, the built in SkyWeave bug net keeps the bugs away for a bite-free sleep. Although, it would be nice if you could remove it but you can’t. It’s fixed.

And when you’re finished using it, the whole thing packs down to just 2lb in weight.

This particular model doesn’t come with tree straps, suspension system or a rain tarp. This means you can customise those parts of your setup.

Things to Consider When Buying a Camping Hammock


Before spending any money on a hammock it’s important to take a moment to about what features you need and also whether you need to invest in other accessories.

Here are the most important things to consider;

How You Plan to Use it

Different hammocks are designed for different uses so it’s import to consider how you’ll use it right off the bat as this will dictate the type you buy.

Day Time Hammocks

These are excellent for day trips to the beach, woods or lake or to lounge and the campsite during the day. They’re lightweight, easy to carry and quick to set up.

Shopping for a hammock to simply lounge around in is pretty easy. Your only considerations are really only budget, size and weight capacity.

Daytime hammocks don’t provide much in the way of protection so they’re not the best choice for camping. That said, if you find your is particularly comfortable and you want to take your day trips and turn them into overnight stays, you can always buy a rain tarp or bug net later on.

Camping / Overnight Hammocks

If you’re into camping, trekking or backpacking and plan on sleeping in your hammock overnight, you’re better off investing in a full hammock tent which includes a rain tarp and bug net.

They’re specifically designed for sleeping in and provide protection against wind, rain, bugs and in some cases, the cold.

You can buy full hammock tent systems like the Hennessy Explorer, Eno OneLink or Kammok Mantis. These include the hammock, straps, bug net and rain tarp.

Others come with a bug net but no tarp and there’s also the option of buying each item individually. This is the most expensive way to do it but it does mean you can completely customise your setup.

Size

Hammocks don’t really vary much in length so the question is whether you should invest in a single or double.

If you like to share your hammock with your partner then a double is the obvious choice.

However, although sharing a hammock while lounging around with someone during the day is comfortable enough, sleeping with someone overnight often isn’t. You’ll find yourselves getting pushed together.

Therefore you might prefer to hang solo while sleeping.

Weight

The best camping hammocks are very lightweight, typically weighing in at under 3lbs for a full hammock tent system. Ultra-light models weigh just a few ounces.

If you’re driving to a campsite where you plan to spend the weekend, weight might not be that important to you. However, it’s really important if you’re trekking or backpacking as you’ll be carrying it whenever you’re on the move. Even a few extra ounces can weigh you down while backpacking.

Especially over hilly or mountainous terrain.

Weight Capacity

This refers to the amount of weight your hammock can safely hold.

Most single hammocks hold a minimum of 250lb and double hammocks hold 400lb and upwards. This is plenty for most people but make sure a hammock can safely hold your weight and that f anything else you plan to keep on your person before buying.

Additional Accessories

Some hammock systems come with everything you need. However, most don’t.

Hammock Straps

A hammock is useless without straps or suspension system so make sure you understand what your hammock comes with at the point of purchase.

Bug Net

Nothing ruins a trip like being bitten to death.

If you’re camping in skeeter season then a bug net is a must. It will protect you from being bitten an night when bugs are most active.

Rain Tarp

Being wet while camping isn’t fun. It can also be dangerous, especially if its cold too.

So a rain tarp is essential for any camping trip.

Not only because they provide shelter from the rain but you can also use them to create a shaded area in camp when the sun is beating down.

Sleeping Pads / Underquilts

Most hammocks are breathable and let air pass through the material. This is nice when the weather’s warm but when the temperature can drop quickly during the night.

At best this can make you miserable, at worst it can be dangerous.

You can buy insulated under quilts and sleeping pads which do a very good job of keeping you warm and toasty.

Conclusion


Even the best camping hammocks aren’t for everyone or every environment. However, they can and do provide one of the best sleeping and relaxation solutions for many campers, backpackers and hikers. Many of who claim to sleep better in their hammocks than their beds.

Aside from the novelty of floating above the floor, they take away the need to find a flat spot of ground as you’d have to do with a tent. They’re also among the lightest sleeping options which is important when you’re carrying it around with you.