When you go hiking, backpacking or camping you need to think hard about what you’re going to use to shelter yourself. Tents and bivy sacks are both viable options, but so is a hammock. A hammock requires a few things, like trees, or tree-like objects to set up with, but most hiking and camping spots have trees, and make excellent hammock spots. A good hiking hammock provides you with just as much protection from the weather as something like a tent, without the bulk and large footprint.
Hiking HammockWhat to look for when shopping for a new hiking hammock.
- Package – You can get a hammock, but there is a lot of equipment that you will likely need to make your hammock usable. A suspension system, for instance, is required so that you can hang your hammock. You will likely also need a tarp to go over your hammock. If you don’t have this extra equipment, consider getting a package that contains everything you need.
- Bug Proof – Strongly consider getting a bug proof hammock, that will keep mosquitoes and other pests away from you at night. Bug netting adds very little weight, and can be a real life saver when bugs are persistent and you want to escape them at night.
Best Hiking HammockA few of the very best hiking hammocks to choose from, based on the above criteria.
- Hammock Bliss No-See-Um Hammock - If you just need a hammock, then this particular model from Hammock Bliss is a good choice. It's just the hammock and 100 inches of cord for hanging, and doesn't come with a tarp, but what it does have built in is a no-see-um net, as the name suggests. It will also hold a total of 350 pounds, and weighs a total of 28 ounces, which is 793 grams.
- Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter UL Hammock - This is another hammock, without a tarp, but with a suspension system so that you can hang it right away. Like the one above it uses a no-see-um net enclosure to protect you from mosquitoes and just abut everything else. This hammock will only hold 250 pounds, but does also weigh less than the one above, at just 20 ounces, or 567 grams.
- Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Hammock - Finally, if what you want is the whole package, the Explorer is a fantastic choice. The hammock comes with a no-see-um netting enclosure, and you also get both a suspension system and a tarp, so that you're protected for whatever weather might come your way. It will hold up to 250 pounds, and it weighs 2 pounds 7 ounces, or 1.1 kilograms, but keep in mind that you're getting a tarp too, which the other two above do not come with.