Summer is approaching, and with that so are the adventures that follow. With all the gear on the market it can be hard to find that special item to make your summer memorable. Look no further, camping hammocks are a trend on the rise. You’ve probably seen them by now, but if you haven’t they come in practically every color (perfect to show your school spirit), are lightweight, and have the ability to be packed down to the sizes of a grapefruit, softball, or an angry blow fish. Whether your travels take you hiking on backcountry trails, the beach, or just to your backyard a camping hammock is something to invest in. As an added bonus to you, all of the hammocks reviewed capable of holding two people… Because what’s better than spending the day nestled next to your girl?
There are plenty of brands and models on the market, but the five hammocks below come from some of the most trusted companies out there. These hammocks were chosen based on their durability, comfort, price, and versatility.
In the world of camping hammocks, there are two brands that almost every outdoors store will carry: Grand Trunk and Eagle’s Nest Outfitters. With both companies always trying to edge the other out, choosing between the two can be hard. The main differences between them are their sizes, included accessories, and prices.
Grand Trunk Double
Grand Trunk is a small USA based company represented by the alpaca. Like the alpaca, the Grand Trunk Double hammock does it all, and does it well. Weighing in at just 28oz, this hammock will support up to 400 lbs in its 10’6 x 6’6” frame, but it’s triple stitched parachute nylon weaves allow the hammock to compress down to the size of a softball. Once inside the Double, all your problems will melt into the cloud like feeling of this hammock. All 33 color schemes and patterns of the Double come with a rope kit and nautical grade carabiners, and an attached stuff sack. The Grand Trunk Double sells for $65 and can be purchased on their website or on Amazon.
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
The American bald eagle is one of the most iconic symbols for the United States. The bald eagle represents freedom, strength, spirit, and beauty. I like to believe, the design team at Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) set out to find the source of the qualities of the eagle, and where else better to check than its nest. Freedom, strength, spirit, and beauty are hatched inside the comfort and protection found inside the large nests of the bald eagle. Easy to distinguish from far away, so is the DoubleNest hammock. If you’re looking for a hammock that will survive the talons of summer adventures, than the DoubleNest may be for you. Just like the Grand Trunk Double, this camping hammock’s three stitched seams supports up to 400 lbs. However, the DoubleNest weighs only 20oz and can be packed down to the size of a Grapefruit. With the size difference, you loose length. For most people it’s nothing, but for those who measure on the taller side the DoubleNest is over a foot shorter (6’8 x 9’4) than the Grand Trunk Double. ENO sells their AtlasStrap separately from its hammocks, and that can add 30-40 dollars onto your total bill. The DoubleNest retails on their website and Amazon $70.
Fox Outfitters Neolite Double Story
Foxes are not known for having their homes in trees, nor do they help hikers summit mountain passes, but what they are capable of is burrowing into the ground. Beneath the earth, the fox is protected from the elements and danger, but the designers at Fox Outfitters wanted their customer to have some added style. The Neolite Double Story has the same dimensions as the Grand Trunk Double, but it weighs only 19oz. This hammock, like our other hammocks supports up to 400 lbs. The included nautical grade ropes measure 5’6”, and are held by two steel carabiners. The Neolite Double Story retails on their website for $90, and on Amazon for $70.
The Roo is the upscale version of the hammocks so far reviewed. The company even claims that the Roo is “the world’s best camping hammock”. The Roo’s triple inter-locking fabric stitch, known as the LunarWave, holds up to 500 lbs in a 5’7” x 10” frame. Unlike the DoubleNest and the Double, the engineers at Kammok reinforced stress points that most hammock using folks position themselves in.The Roo packs easily into its attached water-resistant compression sack, down to the size of an angry blowfish. Kammok includes $34 dollars worth of climbing gear to secure your Roo to what ever you decide to tie the hammock up to. A lifetime warranty and a 100% satisfaction guarantee ensure the customer that if their is ever a problem or distaste in the Roo their issue will be resolved. Available in 6 unique colors for $99, the Roo is a great choice for anyone wanting to treat themselves a little more. Get it now on Amazon.
Warbonnet Outdoors Blackbird
Rounding out our buyers guide of hammocks (that ironically named after animals), is our most extreme camping hammock. The Blackbird is the Warbonnet Outdoor’s original mosquito hammock, but what this hammock has become could be considered a tent. Specialists at Warbonnet rate the Blackbird for users up to 6’, but for anyone who is above 6” to purchase their Blackbird XLC. To start, this hammock can be purchased as either a 1 or 2 layer unit, much of the difference deals with maximum capacity. Also, the 2 layer option gives the user an added option of placing a small mattress pad in between. Both hammocks come with the storage shelf and footbox. The storage shelf adds 2 square feet for small items like a pair of shoes, water bottle, glasses, etc. The footbox allows the user to fully extend in the hammock. The Blackbird is the most expensive hammock reviewed coming in at $185. What the money buys however is basically every accessory one could ever want for their hammock. Available on their website.
Whatever hammock you choose to buy, explore all the accessories on the market. Almost all of the accessories are compatible with the brands. Below are a few of the accessories I recommend you taking a look at.
ENO Atlas XL Hammock Suspension System -$40
Grand Trunk Hammock Mozzy Netting -$70
ENO Twilights -$20
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter -$150