Calling all Adventurers, Hikers, Campers, Mountain Climbers, Jungle Goers, Survival Experts, and Outdoor-lovers: you won’t want to miss this.
You’ve probably been looking for the perfect camping hammock, you’ve tried a few and just haven’t been satisfied. You can’t possibly purchase one more of them just to be let down again. That’s okay, we’ve got your back – and we’ll have you swinging in the perfect hammock, between the two most perfect trees, underneath the most perfect weather in absolutely no time. Keep reading to be enlightened because this is your Camping Hammock Bible.
We have tested four of the five best camping hammocks we could find. Not only are they affordable, but some of them come from small grassroots and others have made themselves into huge, booming businesses. Whether you’re looking to support a local, eco-friendly company or just get the job done with an international sensation that can provide you with a product no matter where your travels take you throughout the world – we know you’ll find a hammock to suit your needs right here.
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What’s a Camping Hammock?
A camping hammock is one that is specifically designed to take camping and takes the place of a tent or other shelter means. Camping hammocks are best strung between two trees or poles, but can also be hung from the ceiling or even used with a stand.
- It is lightweight, usually in under two pounds with all of the gear needed. This helps lighten your hiking load.
- It is durable, made of a super strong, multi-stitched, nylon that can hold up to hundreds of pounds.
- They come with cool accessories, like bug nets and rain flies.
- They are easy to set up, with just a few additional pieces of gear, a couple of knots, and a couple of evenly spaced trees and you’ll have yourself your very own cocoon above the ground.
How to Choose?
I feel like this is pretty much trial and error. A lot of them are made with similar design and with similar materials in similar fashions and come out to similar prices. The small details are difficult to notice until you take the time to get to know the style of one company’s hammock and decide what it is you do or do not like about it.
We can start with the basics:
Where are you going to be camping?
If it is out in the desert with no trees, a hammock won’t work. We do need trees within a certain distance of each other to be able to hang the hammock.
What is the weather going to be like?
As mentioned before, hammock accessories can be purchased separately to include mosquito nets and rain flys. These will be pretty important
Single or double – weight consideration.
There are single hammocks for one person, and double hammocks wide enough for two people. Each has their own weight rating to consider for how much weight the hammock will be holding on their own.
The weight of the hammock itself. How much do you want to be carrying?
If you’re just making a quick trip into the woods, it probably isn’t that big of a deal to be carrying a couple extra carabiners and a few extra ropes just in case. But even a couple pounds of weight can feel like a ton when you’ve got a backpack on your back carrying all of your necessities needed to maintain a minimalist lifestyle out in the middle of nowhere for a few days or a couple of weeks. Most are just a pound or two, but the idea of carrying extra pitching gear just in case is a sane one.
If you’re fond of camping you might check our comparison article on Hammock vs Bivy.
Camping Hammock Reviews
Now let’s get to the reason you’re here!
1. Bear Butt
- Warranty – Their Forever Promise is to replace or refund any product for any reason, for any person.
- Weight – 1.5 pounds with gear included.
- Height – 10’ by 6’
- Material – 75D Nylon Taffeta
Above all, Bear Butt has really impressed us. Not only do consumers love this company, their products, and their hammocks but it happens to shine just as bright for us as well. The company was started by a newlywed couple with big dreams of making their way honestly into a solid career.
They use a durable Nylon blend like other brands that promise to be durable and super lightweight. Bear Butt also states their hammock beds are weatherproof. The hammock setup gear is all included with each hammock purchase and still, with all of the gear the hammock is only going to add about a pound and a half to your pack, this makes it the best portable hammock on our list.
But being lightweight isn’t as impressive as how much the hammock holds, legally they can only say it holds up to 500 pounds, more than others we’ve seen. But it has been tested for… get this… 900 pounds! Unheard of! And how do they do it? We may never know.
Their products are extremely affordable and promise to always stay that way. The best part, their warranty is unlike any other we’ve ever seen, but always hope a warranty to be: no questions asked, no timelines or expirations if for any reason at all at any time, they will replace or refund the purchase.
- Extra durable
- Super affordable
- Lightweight even with all the gear
- Awesome guarantee/warranty aka promise
- American startup with honest roots
- Hardware included
- Lots of color options
- Can’t think of any! Even if there is a flaw, or you just don’t like it, they will replace the product or refund your money instantly.
2. Winner Outfitters
- Warranty – 100% satisfaction guaranteed
- Weight – 1.5 pounds
- Height – 10 feet by 6.5 feet
- Material – 210T Nylon Parachute
Winners Outfitters is an international company with a large supply of products that promise 24/7 customer assistance when needed. We know little about their beginnings but consumers seem to really like their products and even more so their warranty when they don’t like their products.
This company states their double hammocks are the easiest to set up and take down and you clock it all in under three minutes. The hammocks are easy to use and easy to adjust depending on your terrain, resources (i.e. the trees around you) and your experience level. The hammock bed is soft, durable, strong and breathable and is rated up to 500 pounds of weight for up to two occupants.
This hammock comes with an attached stuff sack for not only the bed of the hammock but also the ropes and carabiners needed to pitch the hammock. All necessary equipment will add about a pound and a half to your sack. Overall they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee with super quick refunds if your expectations are not met.
- Super fast refunds
- Straps included
- Website askew, not managed well
- Not the small business other similar companies, boasts international business
3. ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters
- Warranty – The manufacturer offers a two-year warranty for repair, replace, or refund on this product.
- Weight – 19 ounces
- Height – 9’ 4” x 6’ 2”
- Material – 70D High Tenacity Nylon Taffeta
The Eno Hammock is another winner we found. This is another small company turned big deal from two friends out of their garage in Florida to a national distributor out of North Carolina. This company promises quality and a while you’re supporting the benefits of a small, local company you won’t be sorry if something doesn’t go your way. They offer a two-year warranty for repair, replace, or refund. Some repairs are repaired for free for life, but if you’re really not happy they will replace or refund your product for up to two years.
Here we see yet another material blend, that promises durability and strength up to 400 pounds of weight while still being lightweight itself. However, the hanging hardware is sold separately and doesn’t come as part of the hammock purchase and while the hammock is a bit more pricey than other similar styles, it still is an affordable purchase. Like the other hammocks, this one comes with a stuff sack to easily store away your hammock bed.
- Mounting or hanging straps not included
- Hanging or mounting straps sold separately
- More expensive than similar styles from other brands
4. Wise Owl
- Warranty – 100% satisfaction guaranteed
- Weight – Single: 16 ounce Double: 26 ounces
- Height – Single: 4.5 feet by 9 feet double: 10 feet by 6.5 feet
- Material – 210T Nylon
Wise Owl started out as a small family company that continues to grow. Their reviews are phenomenal, price points are great, and the quality is right on target. Their hammock beds are made of a slightly different material than most but seem to be just as durable, soft, and breathable. All pitching hardware is included with each hammock, and bonus they are conscious about all their adventurers not leaving their permanent footprint by making certain their hardware is gentle on the trees but sturdy enough to keep you afloat.
This company makes certain to keep all their customers happy with a clear-cut warranty promising you’ll love their products or they will make it right. In the end, you’re going to be adding over 2 pounds to your pack, that’s quite an additional load weight, thus it may not be the best backpacking hammock, but the awesome durability and unique material blend may just be worth it for a quick camping trip.
- No frills warranty
- Small business
- Hardware included
- Lots of color options
- Slightly heavier than others in its class
- Website doesn’t provide too much information, but they are easily contacted
5. Nature’s Hangout
- Warranty – 100% lifetime no questions asked money back guarantee
- Weight – 1.3 pounds
- Height – 9.5 x 6.2 feet
- Material – 230 T Ripstop Nylon
Another small startup company turned successful, this New Mexico company was started by two friends who saw the need for a different point of view when it came to camping gear. Though we didn’t get to try this one out personally, we can definitely see how we missed out. Other consumers have a lot of great things to say about this company and its products and very little bad to say about it. Even if something does go wrong their customer service goes out of their way to make it right.
Their hammock is super strong and durable and extremely lightweight. All the hardware is included and they now offer upgraded straps that are even better than the ones they had before- easier to use and long lasting. They have an inventive trademark on their setup design for pitching your hammocks; it’s obvious they like to think outside the box.
- 500-pound weight limit
- No questions asked lifetime warranty
- All hardware included
- Hang Easy ™ design helps setup
- Not too much that we can find, and if we did, their warranty would make it all better
Who Wins the Roundup?
Normally this would be a difficult question to answer, and with products so similar in creation and design one may think it would be an impossible question to answer, but we have a clear winner with a close runner-up.
We have a deep respect for small businesses who like to work honestly and treat their customers with the deepest of admiration. The way it sounds, Nature’s Hangout could be this company, but because we actually got to hang out in the Bear Butt hammock, we just have to give them the first place for the best outdoor camping hammock for the quality, for the money, and for the overall support of a small honest business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there camping hammocks designed for two people to share?
There are single hammocks for one person, and double hammocks wide enough for two people but just because it is called a double hammock it doesn’t mean it is comfortable for two people for long stretches. When one person lays in a hammock their weight is distributed in such a way that it barely creates a sag but when you add a second body the center sag is greatly amplified. So even if you were looking for a romantic couple hammock the gravity sag presses both of you together towards the center and not in the comfortable romantic way you imagined. Many people enjoy using a double hammock just for themselves. With all hammocks they each have their own weight rating to consider for how much weight the hammock will be holding on their own or with additional passengers. The double hammock means that they are double the width of a single hammock and many have capacities of 500 pounds and over. With a capacity as large as that you could easily have 2 or even people on the hammock. But sharing a hammock in that way is probably only good for short stints.
Do camping hammocks have a weight limit?
All camping hammocks have a weight limit from the manufacturer. The amount of weight that each camping hammock can hold depends not only on the hammock but the suspension and anchor. Two person hammocks do not mean that the weight limit is doubled, they usually only slightly increase the rating, so be sure that you check the manufacturer's rating. Be sure that you check your anchors before setting up the hammock. If you are using a tree as anchor you will want to be sure that there is no rot and is at least 6 inches in diameter. If your anchor trees sag relocate your hammock as your chosen anchor isn’t strong enough for your weight. Also note that the manufacturer's weight rating refers to the static weight capacity, so rigorous movement like jumping on or excessive volatile rocking will reduce the integrity and overall durability of your hammock.
Are camping hammocks comfortable?
Camping hammocks can absolutely be comfortable enough for relaxing in the afternoon or even for a good night’s sleep, but you need to use them correctly. If you don't, you will not find them comfortable. The hang height, distances between anchor points, and even the angle of the hang change the shape of the hammock bed. When hung correctly, hammocks offer superior comfort. However, many people attempt to string up a hammock as tightly as possible between anchor points which eliminates the most important aspect of setting up your hammock, the sag. What you are looking for is a deep curve is the key for creating the proper layout for your hammock. Laying on the diagonal in the hammock also provides high walls that keep you centered in the hammock. A deep sag also lowers the center of gravity, making the hammock more stable and harder to fall out of. To prevent any sliding, try hanging the foot side of the hammock about 8 to 10 inches higher. This helps keep your heavier torso from sliding into the middle. Longer, not wider, hammocks are generally more comfortable, allowing you to lie diagonally without leg hyperextension. If you are sleeping in your hammock instead of your tent make sure you have a rain fly and bug net to ensure comfort all night long.