Hammock is an indispensable item for a backpacking trip. The best hammock should meet all requirements of a backpacker: lightweight, convenience, portability and being an ideal shelter at night. In response to high demand for backpacking hammock, manufacturers have introduced thousands of backpacking hammocks with diversity in designs and functions. There are several types of backpacking hammocks that target different requirements. The below list will shortlist the best representative of each type to help you in making decision.
Hybrid hammock/tent – Blue Ridge Camping Hammock by Lawson
One of the biggest drawbacks of normal backpacking hammocks is that sometimes you cannot find 2 suitable trees to hand your hammock onto. This hybrid tent/hammock design is a perfect solution to this problem and therefore, is getting more popular nowadays.
Among thousands of backpacking hammocks of this type, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock by Lawson is loved by man backpackers because it can work perfectly as both a hammock and a tent. As a hammock, Blue Ridge Camping Hammock by Lawson can maintain a wide shape measuring 90×42 inch and bring you the best comfort thanks to the spreader bars and multi-line design. When there isn’t any available tree to hang it, the hammock can be laid on the ground and double as a tent, so you still have comfortable sleeping space. Either when being used as a hammock or a tent, Blue Ridge Camping Hammock by Lawson features a mosquito net and waterproof rainfly to provide you good protection against harsh environment.
Complete Sleep System Hammocks – ENO One Link Hammock
Main function of a backpacking hammock is to provide backpacker with sleeping space. Hence, the factor of a hammock that backpackers/ hikers pay attention the most is its ability to provide them a comfortable sleep under very rugged outdoor environments. Understanding this demand, manufacturers have created the backpacking hammocks that can offer a full sleep system including both a rainfly and a bug net. One of the best representatives of this type is ENO One Link Hammock. This hammock is the ideal choice for a long hiking trip to remote places. Total weight including packing of ENO One Link is only 2.17 kg. In addition, it also can be folded into 8 x 16 inch size, so it wouldn’t be a burden on backpackers’ shoulder during a long trip. Besides, this hammock is made from a high quality and high strength nylon that can last for long time. It also can accommodate 2 people (up to 180 kgs) without wearing out. You also don’t have to worry about rain or bug/ mosquito thanks to the attached bug net and rainfly. Although ENO One Link can’t double as a tent, it has 30 points of contacts which make hanging the hammock become much easier.
Ultralight Hammocks – Kammok Wallaby Hammock
Weight is also one of the biggest concerns of backpackers towards a hammock. If backpackers don’t expect to spend a night under rain or in a forest, anattached bug net or rainfly is not only too heavy but also unnecessary to them. In those cases, an ultralight hammock is the best choice. In this type, Kammok Wallaby Hammock is a best example. It only weighs 0.29 kgs and can be packed to a 4.5 x 3.5 inch size, which is ideal for people who don’t like carrying heavy belongings during a trip. Despite being small and lightweight, Kammok Wallaby Hammock is made from durable and heavy duty ripstop nylon Gravitas fabric which can resist tearing well. Simple and straightforward, this hammock can meet your basic needs in a backpacking trip.
The 3 aforementioned products are typical representatives of each type of backpacking hammocks. Depend on your requirements; you can select the one that suit you and your trip the most. Besides these 3 hammocks, there are several other good backpacking hammocks in the market. Carefully considering your demands and features of a hammock such as weight, durability, additional features…; you can easily know which one is the best choice for you.Top