The Best Backpacking Hammocks

The Best Backpacking HammocksHammocks are a popular alternative to setting up a tent and sleeping on the ground while backpacking. Lightweight hammocks can drop a few pounds off your pack by eliminating the need for a tent and sleeping pad, and they can give you a comfortable place to relax during the day and sleep at night. New backpacking hammock designs have durability and comfort, less weight, are relatively easy to set up and come with a variety of features.

ENO Doublenest Hammock

Eagle Nest Outfitter's Doublenest Hammock seats two people comfortably. The hammock holds up to 400 pounds with its high-strength, breathable, woven nylon design. The 1-pound, 6-ounce hammock comes with its own stuff sack and a nautical grade line with metal snap links that firmly attach the hammock to trees or posts. The hammock is easy to set up and fits a sleeping pad and sleeping bag, if desired.

ENO Doublenest Hammock
2000 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 252-7808


Byer Parachute Traveller Hammock

Byer of Maine has an assortment of lightweight, reasonably priced traveler hammocks. The Parachute Traveller Hammock is made of strong parachute nylon and can hold up to 250 pounds. At 11 ounces, the hammock fits into its attached stuff sack and stows into any backpack. The hammock is as big as a queen-sized bed and hangs loose in the center. The Byer Parachute Traveller Hammock does not include a hanging system, so additional rope and clips, such as a carabiner or S hook, need to be purchased separately.

Byer Parachute Traveller Hammock
74 Mill St.
Orono, Maine 04473
(800) 338-0580

Hennessy Hammock UltraLite Backpacker A-sym

Hennessy's UltraLite Hammock comes with an attached mosquito netting, a detachable rain fly, support ropes, gear pockets to place personal items and a stuff sack with setup instructions on the back of the sack. The rain fly can be adjusted at any angle to protect you from the weather, plus it can be removed for clear evenings. The hammock fits individuals up to 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. It weighs 1 pound, 15 ounces, and takes approximately two minutes to set up. Hennessy's hammock design is unique--an asymmetrical shape to improve comfort and coverage by the rain fly.

Hennessy Hammock UltraLite Backpacker A-sym
637 Southwind Road
Galiano Island, BC, Canada
(888) 539-2930


Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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