Best Overall Hammock
Includes suspension and bug net
Easy to set up and adjust
Carabiners and stakes not included
Bug net is not removable
Can take time to find the "sweet spot"
The defending champion retains its title! For varied terrain and weather, we found that the best model for backcountry camping was, once again, the Warbonnet Blackbird
. It's combination of ultralight material, features, and comfort put it above the other products tested and secured its status as the Editors' Choice Award winner for the second time. While there are a few models we reviewed that are lighter, we felt that the Blackbird best balanced all aspects of a superior hammock specific camping experience. With only the essentials, its weight can be as low as 20 ounces. Considering the integrated bug net, we feel that this weight is reasonable. Adding the easily adjusted whoopee sling suspension saves even more weight and makes getting the perfect hang that much easier. Warbonnet offers the Blackbird in two different fabric choices and with an optional double floor. We chose to test the Blackbird with a couple accessories: the Yeti underquilt and Mambajamba tarp. While these items definitely upped the Blackbird's game, even without the add-ons this is a superior setup.
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Best Bang for your Buck on a Tight Budget
Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter
Limited durability and protection
Camping on a budget has never been easier, thanks to the affordable, lightweight Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter
. Weighing in at 12.6 ounces, this product is not only a great value, at $20, but a reasonable option for ultralight camping. You will need to either purchase or make a suspension system, but even with that added expense, this is a deal. We found other models to be more comfortable and some features we prefer to have were missing, like durable and stretchy parachute nylon fabric, but for a camper looking to not break the bank, this is the best choice of the models tested.
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Top Pick for Side Sleeping
Spreader bars allow you to lay flat
Integrated bug net
Double layer bottom
Carabiners not included
Flat design can tip over more easily
Hammocks are fantastic for back sleepers and can be decent for side sleepers. Many double models and asymmetrical models are great for getting a flat-diagonal lay and facilitate a good side lay, at least on one side. But if you want to flip over to the other side, you might be met with a face full of fabric if you don't switch your diagonal to the other direction. And you can forget about sleeping on your stomach. Until now anyway. Enter the Warbonnet Ridgerunner
, our Top Pick for Side Sleeping. It has spreader bars that help create the flattest lay possible, so flat we were able to get comfortable on both sides and even on our stomachs. It's like laying in a floating cot made out of top-of-the-line materials. The Ridgerunner
also has an integrated bug net and includes a suspension system, so you're good to go right out of the bag.
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Top Pick for Ultralight Versatility
ENO SubLink Shelter System
Stuff sack doubles as a pillow
Package includes suspension, bug net, and rain fly
Made of thin material
You will be light on your feet and ready for any scenario with the ENO SubLink Shelter System with Sub7
. The Sub7 is the lightest model tested, weighing in at 6.4 ounces. That is downright impressive and had to be rewarded. The SubLink Shelter System we added as an upgrade contains suspension, a bug net, and a rain fly. Altogether, it's not the lightest package, but each component individually is the lightest ENO offers, from the 4.1-ounce Helios Suspension System
to the 16-ounce ProFly Sil Rain Tarp
(the heaviest component). You can pick and choose what you need and leave the rest at home with this setup. Going out for just one summer night and trying to keep your weight down? Bring just the hammock and suspension. Going into potentially inclement weather? Bring it all. This setup will allow you to customize your adventure, staying lightweight at the same time.
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