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Ditch Your Tent for a Lightweight and Packable Hammock

The future of camping: sleeping in the trees.


While most traditionalists will still opt for a tried-and-true tent-camping experience, many light and fast hikers and adventurers go a different route. This new breed of outdoor adventurer is reaching for a hammock over a tent, and for good reason. Hammocks are a great way to shed some weight from your pack, free up some extra space and sleep comfortably through the night. Hammocks, which used to be thought of as simply the preferred napping location of choice for retirees, are no longer constructed from just woven rope. These camping-specific hammocks are lightweight and durable, often constructed from parasheet — and they’re shaking up the way that people think about summer camping.

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito
Best Value: With a built-in mosquito net and a price point that can’t be beat, the Skeeter Beeter Pro is a great entry-level option. $70+

Kammock Roo
Best Simple Design: The Roo’s simple parasheet design makes it the hammock of choice for both fair-weather hammock camping and lazy days in the backyard. $99

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
Best Pro-Level Option: The Expedition Asym is known for its quality and durability, and comes with a rain fly in the event that the skies open up. $118+

DD SuperLight Jungle
Best Tent-Inspired Hammock: The SuperLight Jungle features two poles that support a tunnel-like design to keep the mosquito net from sagging. ~$205

ENO SingleNest Onelink
Best All-Inclusive System: The Onelink system includes everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep out in the wild. $210

Exped Ergo
Best Nontraditional Design: The Ergo features suspension points at either side of the hammock instead of at the head and foot, for a more cradled feeling. $299

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