10 Best Backpacking Hammocks of 2016

You know who’s a backcountry baller? That guy kicking back in a hammock by a pristine alpine lake with a pint of whiskey and some chocolate-covered toffee. That's dude's an evil genius. 

Well now you can be that evil genius! I'll provide the sweet hammock recommendations, but you'll have to figure out the whiskey, chocolate, and world domination on your own.


COST - You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to get a great hammock. That’s why I provide an array of solid options in different price ranges. If you plan to use your hammock a lot, it makes sense to spend more for a quality product that will get lots of use over many years.

WEIGHT - A few ounces might not seem like a big deal, but keeping pack weight down is critical for enjoying outdoor adventures. I recommend a wide range of hammocks, from ultralight slings you'll hardly notice in your pack, to beefy two-person hammocks perfect for any park or campsite. 

DIMENSIONS - In general, the wider and longer the hammock, the more comfortable it'll be. That's especially true when it comes to sleeping hammocks. Day-use hammocks don't need as much extra space, so it's good to keep those nice and light.

STRENGTH - Quality materials and construction are essential in a hammock. If you don't have those, you could get dropped on your ass. Literally. The hammocks I recommend come from trusted manufacturers and are built to last for many years if treated with care.

CAPACITY - Do you plan to use your hammock solo, or are you looking for an outdoor snuggle sesh? Two-person hammocks are wider and stronger but they're heavier as well. Both options are a lot of fun, so I recommend a few of each type below. 

BEST USE - Do you plan to sleep in your hammock, or just use it for chilling? Hammock shelters can be very comfortable, but they do come with a different set of requirements. I recommend both below and break down the best use for each type. 

STRAPS - Once you zone in on a solid backcountry hammock, you'll need a way to hang it. Many hammock straps are sold separately these days, so I recommend some of my favorites below under my hammock recommendations.

BUYING ONLINE - Check the seller's return policy before you buy, but you can almost always return an unused hammock within a certain timeframe after purchasing. I recommend buying your top choice, testing it at home, and returning/exchanging it if it doesn’t feel quite right. I’ve been buying lightweight hammocks online for years and I’ve yet to have any problems.


These hammocks are excellent for day-use on any adventure. If you feel really comfortable in them, you could always get an aftermarket bug net and tarp to make them suitable for sleeping. But first and foremost, these hammocks are light, highly packable, and great for chilling anywhere. 


WEIGHT: 5.2oz

DIMENSIONS: 104 x 47in


The Hummingbird Singe is incredibly light and small, making it an excellent choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Hummingbird Hammocks are designed by an FAA certified parachute rigger, so they really know their stuff. They utilize the lightest materials and designs to keep their hammocks as light, packable, and comfortable as possible. 

I prefer the Hummingbird Single (5.2oz) because I like to hike light. The Hummingbird Single+ (7.6oz) is longer and wider (116 x 63in) for increased comfort. The Hummingbird Double (10.2oz) is an ultralight hammock large enough to fit two (116 x 85in).

Hummingbird Ultralight Tree Straps (2.1oz) are also the lightest straps I've found and they work great. They're highly adjustable, quick to setup, and built to hold up to 400lb. There are no tree straps included with Hummingbird Hammocks, so make sure to pick these up or check out my other strap recommendations below.


WEIGHT: 7.4oz

DIMENSIONS: 108 x 48in


At just over 7 oz, the Grand Trunk Nano 7 is a hammock that's light enough to travel on any adventure. It packs down down to the size of a softball and comes with bent wire carabiners that make it easy to attach to any tree straps.

There are no straps included with this model, so make sure to check out my tree strap recommendations below. 


WEIGHT: 6.5oz

DIMENSIONS: 105 x 47in


The Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 is another hammock that falls into the rare category of "insanely light and highly packable." This hammock is a fantastic companion for any trip where saving space and keeping weight down is important. 

There are no straps included with this model, so make sure to check out my tree strap recommendations below.


WEIGHT: 12oz

DIMENSIONS: 114 x 54in


The Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock is a good budget buy for anyone looking to keep cost and weight down. Also, if you're unsure whether you'll like outdoor hammocks or not, this model could be a good place to start. The polyester material of this hammock is less comfortable than the other nylon models I recommend. I'm also not wild about the S hooks that this hammock comes with. That said, It's still a good lightweight hammock with a tough price to beat.

There are no straps included with this model, so make sure to check out my tree strap recommendations below.


WEIGHT: 19oz

DIMENSIONS: 112 x 74in


The spacious and durable Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest is an excellent hammock for outdoor lovers. It's wide enough and tough enough to fit two people comfortably. It also comes in a bunch of different cool colors. It's heavier than the hammocks I prefer to bring on my backpacking trips, but it’s perfect for camping, hiking, and trips to the park.

There are no straps included with this model, so make sure to check out my tree strap recommendations below.


WEIGHT: 24oz

DIMENSIONS: 120 x 67in


If extreme comfort is your main goal, then you should get to know the Kammok Roo. The Roo is one of the largest, toughest, and most luxurious camping hammocks on the market. It's built with durable materials, is big enough to fit two comfortably, and it even comes with a lifetime warranty. It's heavier than the hammocks I prefer to bring on my backpacking trips, but it’s perfect for camping, hiking, and trips to the park.

There are no straps included with this model, so make sure to check out my tree strap recommendations below.


Many backpackers quickly fall in love with hammock camping and never look back. Others have a tough time getting comfortable and end up back in their tents. It really does depend on your personal style and preference. 

Hammock camping is a learning process and it's usually a bit more complicated than people think. If you suspect hammock camping would be a good fit for you, I highly recommend giving it a try. It could be a huge game changer for your outdoor adventures. Below are some solid recommendations for getting started.


INSULATION - If you're planning to use your hammock as a shelter, insulation is critical. Hammock sleeping can get cold very quickly, even on summer trips. There are many options for adding insulation to a backpacking hammock. The three most common methods are:

  1. Sleep on top of a foam or blowup pad in your hammock. This is a good option for beginners that already own pads. The downside of this is that you may squirm off your pad during the night, which is a common annoyance. Using a mummy-shaped pad will help reduce pad sliding. 
  2. Get a double layer hammock. Double layer hammocks have a separate compartment for sleeping pads. This makes it easier to sleep on a pad, because it will be held in place under the hammock. This is a solid option for pad users, but will add weight. 
  3. Use an underquilt. Underquilts hang beneath your hammock and insulate your body from cold air outside. For experienced hammock backpackers, this is the preferred method. The main downside is additional cost. 

DESIGN - Getting a "flat lay" is the main goal for sleeping hammocks. Camping hammocks use asymmetric designs to achieve this. Sleeping diagonally in an asymmetric hammock will allow your head and feet to lie lower than they would in a traditional hammock. Most camping hammock users find asymmetric designs to be much more comfortable than traditional hammocks for sleeping. 

PROTECTION - Day use hammocks don't require much protection, but if you're planning to use your hammock as a shelter in the backcountry, you'll need it to protect against bugs, rain, wind, and cold. A backpacking hammock that doesn’t protect against the elements is worse than worthless, it’s dangerous.

TERRAIN - If you plan to use your hammock as a shelter, you'll want to be sure that there will be good options for hanging it up at night. This can be an issue if you're camping above treeline, in the desert, or in any area without strong and well-spaced trees. So make sure to plan accordingly.  




TOTAL WEIGHT: 1lb 14oz (no tarp)

DIMENSIONS: 126 x 60in


The Skeeter Beeter Pro is a good budget buy for people looking to dip a toe into hammock camping without a big financial investment. It has a traditional hammock shape, so it’s not as easy to lie flat, but it’s long enough to still be very comfortable. It also doesn’t come with a tarp, so you’ll have to get an aftermarket tarp to protect against rain and wind. The Skeeter Beeter Pro isn’t my favorite camping hammock, but it’ll definitely get the job done and the price is tough to beat.


TOTAL WEIGHT: 2lb 4oz (w/tarp)

DIMENSIONS: 120 x 59in


The Hennessy Hyperlite is a minimal, comfortable, and insanely light camping hammock for backpackers. It has an asymmetrical shape, which allows campers to lie flat. It comes complete with a rain tarp, bug net, and nice extras like an interior pocket. It's offered in a bottom entry or side zip model - I prefer the zipper for easier access.

The Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite, Ultralight Backpacker, and Expedition are all great hammocks and have the same dimensions. The main differences between them come in materials and cost. The lighter the materials, the greater the cost. The Hyperlite is the lightest and most expensive with a total weight of 2lb 4oz, then comes the Ultralight Backpacker at 2lb 10oz, and finally the Expedition at 3lb 6oz. The heavier the model, the more durable it will be, but all three of these hammocks will last for thousands of trail miles if treated well. The Hyperlite and Ultralight Backpacker are rated to hold up to 200lb and the Expedition will hold up to 250lb. If you’re a backpacker, keeping weight down is important, which is why I prefer the Hyperlite. That said, the Expedition is still pretty light and is a great value buy.

It’s also important to note that these models will work best for those 6ft tall and under. More room is usually more comfortable when it comes to hammock sleeping. So if you’re tall or right on the edge, go with the Explorer Ultralight model instead.

You can also add the popular Hennessy Snakeskins for easy setup and takedown.


TOTAL WEIGHT: 1lb 2oz (no tarp)

DIMENSIONS: 120 x 63


The Warbonnet Blackbird is one of the most comfortable camping hammocks on the market. It has an asymmetrical design for flat sleeping and a convenient shelf panel for gear storage. It comes in a single-layer or double-layer design and two different fabric thicknesses. The double-layer design increases the max weight rating and provides a compartment to hold a sleeping pad in place. Choosing the thicker fabric will increase durability and max weight rating as well. Both of those options will add weight to the hammock, but it’s a light design any way you slice it. The Blackbird doesn’t come with a tarp, so you’ll want to add one of Warbonnet’s tarps or buy an aftermarket tarp. It also doesn’t come with carabiners or stakes, which need to be purchased separately.

The Warbonnet Blackbird will only work for those under 6ft tall. More room is usually more comfortable when it comes to hammock sleeping. So if you’re tall or right on the edge, go with the Warbonnet Blackbird XLC instead.


TOTAL WEIGHT: 2lb (no tarp)

DIMENSIONS: 132 x 52in


The Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock has a unique design that achieves a truly flat lay. This suspension bridge design keeps tension along the top edges of the hammock, which allows your feet and head to hang much lower than traditional hammocks. This flat-sleeping design also lends itself well to sleeping pad use. The downside of this design is that it adds weight. It’s also a wider design than many hammocks, so you’ll need a wider tarp for rain and wind protection, which will also add weight. The Bear Mountain Bridge doesn’t come with a tarp, so you’ll want to add one of Jack's tarps or buy an aftermarket tarp. This hammock is among the heavier backpacking hammocks I recommend, but the unique comfort it offers is worth the extra weight for some campers.


It's a bit of a shame, but most day-use hammocks don't come with straps these days. That means you won't be able to use your shiny new hammock unless you already own tree straps or know how to hang a hammock with rope - which is actually trickier than you might think. 

And then there are hammocks that do include straps. But far too often those straps are low cost and low quality. Meaning you'll probably end up buying hammock straps anyway. So my advice is to save yourself the hassle and pick up one of the following hammock strap options listed below.

There are also many online guides that will teach you how to string up a hammock with lightweight rope and simple knots. My preference is to go with hammock straps because they're faster, easier, and more convenient to use.   


WHOOPIE SLINGS - Whoopie slings are a highly adjustable and light way to hang a hammock. Designs for whoopie slings have slight differences, but in general they use a simple loop and knot system that holds tension with weight, but can be easily adjusted when not under pressure.

STRAPS - Hammock straps are about as simple and convenient as hammock hanging gets. They are made up of two strong straps with many small loops. Simply wrap each strap around a tree and clip your hammock into one of the loops on each side. Straps are not as light or adjustable as whoopie slings, but they’re less complicated and quicker to setup.


Hummingbird Ultralight Tree Straps are actually a whoopie sling design. They are among the lightest suspension systems I've found and they work great. They're highly adjustable, quick to setup, and built to hold up to 400lb. Each strap is 8.3 feet long and their combined weight is 2.1oz.


The Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps are strong, durable, and convenient. They are two 9-foot long straps with 30 different adjustment points weighing a total of 11oz that can hold up to 400lb. This is an excellent option for strap users. 


The Eagles Nest Outfitters Helios Suspension System is another good whoopie sling design. They weigh in at 4.1oz and have a 300lb capacity. They’re 8.1-feet long and are easy to setup.


SLINGS - There are a number of other companies that make lightweight whoopie slings.

BACK TO BASICS - You don't need to buy specialized straps for your hammock if you don't want to. There are lots of online guides, videos, and resources that will teach you different ways to hang a hammock with lightweight rope. I'm a backpacker that appreciates ease and convenience, which is why I prefer to buy straps or slings. 

EXPERT ADVICEHammockfourms.net is a helpful and friendly hammock forum for anyone seeking additional information and expert advice. 


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