Sleeping in a hammock is one of the most comfortable ways to go camping. You get the gentle rocking motion of the hammock plus a cooling breeze underneath you. Many manufacturers are picking up on the growing popularity of hammock camping and creating purpose built hammock tents. Today we’ll be reviewing some of these interesting new pieces of gear to help you find the best hammock tent for whatever kind of camping you like to do.
- 1 Best Hammock Tents
- 1.1 Tentsile Connect 2-Person 4-Season Hammock Tent with Rainfly
- 1.2 Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Tent with Rainfly and Bug Net
- 1.3 Flying Tent Four-in-ONE Hammock Tent
- 1.4 Tentsile Stingray 3-Person Suspended Camping Tree Tent
- 1.5 Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free Hanging Tent
- 1.6 ENO OneLink Hammock Shelter System
- 1.7 Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2
- 1.8 Everest Double Camping Hammock Tent
- 2 Buyer’s Guide to Buying the Best Hammock Tent
- 3 Final Thoughts
Best Hammock Tents
Hammock tents are a relatively new addition to the camping and outdoor world. There have always been hammock campers, but it wasn’t until the last several years that companies started releasing purpose-built tents.
Because of that a lot of hikers and backpackers aren’t familiar with the market.
To help you out we picked several great hammock tents at a variety of price points to help you find the perfect one for your needs.
Tentsile Connect 2-Person 4-Season Hammock Tent with Rainfly
The Tentsile Connect is a 2-person hammock tent designed to give you the most tent like experience possible in a hammock. It suspends from three trees/attachment points and has a triangular footprint that gives you 52 sq feet of flat surface.
It’s made from 250D nylon/polyester composite reinforced at key points with seatbelt material. This gives it a highly durable floor that lays out almost totally flat and a maximum load of 880 lbs.
It has a built in bug net made of no-see-um mesh and a rain fly made of 210T PU coated polyester. That provides you with excellent protection from insects and the weather.
The suspension system on the Connect is really interesting. It uses three large straps designed to go around trees and a ratchet system that tightens the straps and floor until it’s completely taut.
The Connect uses a pair of anodised aluminum poles to hold up the bug net and rain fly. This eliminates the need to run guy lines to trees surrounding the Connect.
Now for the downsides. The Connect is heavy, like really heavy. It’s rated as a two person tent yet weighs 16 lbs all together.
That’s 8 lbs per person for a sleep system, way above what could be considered acceptable for hiking and ultralight backpacking. It also costs a pretty penny, frequently well over $400.
If you’re car camping or taking a short jaunt out to your campsite or festival area, though it’s really nice. The sleeping area it provides it very comfortable, stable, and had plenty of room for your gear.
In the end the Tentsile Connect is great as a car camping or festival tent but not really usable for hiking or backcountry camping.
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Tent with Rainfly and Bug Net
The Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge camping hammock tent is a curious innovation on the classic backyard hammock. It’s made with the materials and extras of an ultralight camping hammock but has a pair of spreader bars to create a flatter sleep surface.
It’s made from rip-stop nylon with a no-see-um mesh bug net and a poly coated nylon rain fly. It uses sealed nylon border around the edges to help prevent any water from blowing under the rain fly and wetting your tent.
It has a single zippered entrance on one side of the hammock in the shape of a half circle. This allows you to easily enter and exit the hammock or access your gear.
The really interesting touch is the spreader bar. It has a 10 point attachment system to the body of the hammock and creates a remarkably flat sleep surface. The spreader bars and tent poles are made from lightweight aluminum and help give this hammock a very tent like feel.
It has a 275 lb weight limit and is roomy enough at 11’ long and 42” wide to sleep two. What’s really shocking how light it is. The Blue Ridge weighs just 4 lbs 4 oz including tent poles and spreader bars.
That’s a bit over what we would consider good for a hammock tent but the Blue Ridge does give you a great value add in comfort.
Overall the Lawson Blue Ridge hammock tent is innovative, comfortable, and well made. It’s about the middle of the pack as far as pricing goes and gives you a very nice sleeping experience.
Flying Tent Four-in-ONE Hammock Tent
The Flying Tent is a multi purpose hiking and camping tool designed to fill all your sleeping needs. It can be used as a standard hammock, a hammock tent, a ground bivy tent, and as a poncho.
It’s made from ripstop nylon coated with a silicone finish for waterproofing. This gives it excellent tear resistance and the ability to stand up to a lot of water.
It has three fiberglass poles that create a cylinder effect at the feet and head. This is also what allows you to use the Flying Tent as a bivy tent on the ground.
It’s rated for 264 lbs maximum load and uses a color coded Duraflex buckle system to speed the setup process. Price wise it’s a bit on the expensive side, though it can often be found on sale.
The entire system put together weighs 5.4 lbs. That seems high at first glance but you have to remember that the rain fly replaces a poncho or rain coat. This helps get the weight closer to a lightweight hammock figure.
We like the Flying Tent. It has an interesting design, does a good job filling multiple roles, and honestly looks really sharp.
Tentsile Stingray 3-Person Suspended Camping Tree Tent
The Tentsile Stingray is a 3-person suspended hammock tent. It’s basically a larger, higher capacity version of the Connect tent and is made in almost an identical way.
It’s rated to 880lbs the same as the Connect but has 78 sq ft of floor space. That’s enough for three adults or a family of four without any issues.
It’s made using the same materials as the Connect and the same suspension system, just a little bit bigger in every dimension.
Now for the bad news. Given that it’s a bigger, heftier version of the Connect it also carries a bigger, heftier price tag and a bigger, heftier weight. Just under 21 lbs all in. For three people that equals out to about 7 lbs per person for a sleep system, too heavy for hiking or backpacking.
Pricewise you should expect to spend well over $500.
Like the Connect the Tentsile Stingray is great if you want to go car camping or are taking a short jaunt into the woods. It provides a very comfortable sleep system and is extremely well made but is simply too large and heavy for hiking or backpacking use.
Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free Hanging Tent
The Hammock Bliss Sky Bed is a hammock tent designed to provide you with the flattest sleeping experience in a gathered end hammock. It does this with a built in sleeping pad sleeve that helps define the sleeping area of the hammock.
It’s made from ripstop nylon with a no-see-um mesh bug net and is rated to a maximum load of 300 lbs. It weighs just 30 oz and includes a climbing rope style suspension system.
One thing we noticed when we tried it out is that the climbing rope isn’t as easy to work with as hammock straps. You’ve got to be pretty handy with a knot to get it on there at the right height and strength to hold you up.
Another downside—No rain fly. The bug net and hammock are good quality for the relatively low price but the absence of a rain fly means you’ll need to purchase a hammock tarp to complete this as a sleep system.
Overall we found the Hammock Bliss Sky Bed to be a good quality for the price product that gives you a lot of value. It isn’t a complete hammock sleep system and it’s not the easiest thing to set up but for the price you’re doing alright.
The OneLink hammock shelter system from ENO combines several of the company’s most popular products to create an excellent hammock tent experience. It includes your choice of ENO hammock, ProFly/DryFly rain fly, Guardian bug net, and Atlas hammock straps plus stakes and carabiners for easy setup.
ENO is one of the largest and most respected companies in the hiking hammock space. They effectively revolutionized the market with the introduction of their ultra lightweight parachute nylon hammock.
The beauty of the OneLink system is that you can pick out exactly what you need for your situation. Solo hiking and quite small? Go with an ENO SingleNest and basic rain fly.
Hiking with your partner and want to share a hammock? The DoubleNest or DoubleDeluxe with a more comprehensive rainfly is probably the way to go.
We love the flexibility and convenience of the OneLink setup as well as the quality stuff sack ENO includes to pack everything into.
If you’re already a fan of ENO hammocks and are looking to put together a full hammock tent sleep system OneLink is a great option.
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2
The Sky Tent 2 from Hammock Bliss is an updated version of the original Sky Tent hammock sleep system. It improves upon the features and price point that made the Sky Tent a good choice and adds in the things it was missing.
Unlike the Sky Tent the Sky Tent 2 includes a full rainfly system with guylines. It’s made from weatherized nylon and has four tie points at the corners that allow you to extend it comfortably out. It uses the same no-see-um mesh as the original
One thing we really like was the presence of guy points on the hammock body itself. This allows you to apply tension to the hammock and create a flatter and more comfortable sleep space.
No trees in sight? The Sky Tent 2 has a reinforced hammock body that allows you to use it as a small bivy tent with a pair of trekking poles as tent poles.
Because of these extras the Sky Tent 2 is a little heavier than the original. 42 oz to the Sky Tent’s 30 oz, and is a bit bulkier when packed away.
For the price, though it’s almost impossible to beat the value the Sky Tent 2 gives you. It’s a fully functional hammock tent well under $150.
Everest Double Camping Hammock Tent
The Everest Double is a hammock tent built with an integrated bug net. It’s made from 70D diamond weave ripstop nylon with a waterproof coating.
It’s rated to a maximum load of 400 lbs and weighs just 2.9 lbs. This gives you a lightweight yet sturdy hammock able to keep out the bugs with a no-see-um mesh bug net.
It includes mesh straps and aluminum carabiners to suspend it from the trees but is noticeably lacking in a tent top or rain fly. To be honest though, we didn’t mind too much.
The Everest Double is very affordably priced for a hammock with an integrated bug net. It’s not too difficult to pick out your favorite hammock tarp and complete the system.
For our part we like the Everest Double. It lacks the features and extras of more expensive hammock tents but is overall a great valued priced hammock sleep system.
Buyer’s Guide to Buying the Best Hammock Tent
The first thing to do when figuring out the best hammock tent to buy is actually defining what a hammock tent is. They almost didn’t exist just a few years ago and there’s still a good bit of confusion around the term.
To be a complete hammock tent sleep system it needs to include:
- tarp/Rain Fly
- Bug Net
- Straps/Suspension System
As long as the system you purchase has all those components it can call itself a hammock tent without issue. Let’s dig a little deeper into how you can compare different hammock tents.
Before you read our buyer’s guide let me tell you about a few of our other hammock articles you’re sure to enjoy.
- Best Hammock Bug Net
- Best Portable Hammock Stand
- Best Hammock Underquilt
- Best Hammock Tarps
- Best Sleeping Pad for Hammocks
- Best Hammock Straps
We’re not going to lie to you, purpose built hammock tents are expensive. You can put together a hammock sleep system inexpensively but if you want to purchase a ready to rock hammock tent with all the fixings you’re looking to spend at least $100 and more likely several hundred dollars.
The whole point of hammock camping is to create as light and packable a sleep system as possible. We find right around three pounds to be the sweet spot and four-ish to be the limit.
That’s still lighter than your average tent and isn’t too big a step up from a hammock and tarp by themselves.
There are three positions you can lay in when inside your hammock. These are straight, diagonally, and widthwise.
Which of these is available to you depends on your hammock tent. Some hammock tents have a fairly rigid body from side to side. They spread out a certain amount because of tent poles and guy lines but don’t go any further.
That can restrict you entirely from laying widthwise, arguably the best position for sleeping, and even diagonally.
Lying straight in a hammock actually isn’t the recommended option. It causes your body to take on an upside down banana shape that’s definitely not good for your back.
Try and find out how much space you have within a hammock tent and what sleep positions it allows you to take.
You need a good bit of space to truly be comfortable in your hammock tent. We recommend it be a minimum of 10’ long, and preferably 10’6”. This gives you plenty of room to lay comfortably without your head or feet going into the more sloped areas near the straps.
As for width, about 4 feet is ideal. That allows plenty of space for just about any sleep position you care to try and a good bit of movement in the night.
How strong you need your hammock tent to be depends entirely on you. You want it to be rated for your weight plus your gear and a comfortable margin of error. Weigh yourself and the gear you’ll keep in your tent and add about 15%.
200lbs is about the lowest rated hammock you’ll be able to find so if you weigh considerably less than they you’ll be good with just about any hammock tent.
With modern hammock tents synthetic materials are the only way to go. Cotton or hemp is fine for a backyard lounger but they’re too heavy and bulky for packing in and out of the backcountry.
Nylon, and preferably ripstop nylon, is by far the most popular material for modern hammocks.
Setup and Adjustments
One of the things campers most often cite as the reason they switched to a hammock sleep system is how easy it is. With traditional tents you’ve got to clear a patch of ground, lay out a ground cover/tarp and then build your tent up with lots of poles and stakes.
A hammock requires just a pair of trees and a couple straps to get pretty much ready to go.
Hammock tents add in a few more steps what with guy lines, ridgelines, and rain fly but are still a lot faster and easier than a tent.
We recommend you always choose a hammock tent with a strap system and easy adjustments. Old school hammocks relied on climbing rope and a knowledge of knots for hanging and adjusting the position.
Nowadays straps are durable, inexpensive, and extremely easy to adjust.
Ideally the bug net will be integrated right into the hammock tent itself. That both reduces its weight and makes it less likely a bug will slip through.
Look for quality zippers in the bug net. You want to be able to get in and out quickly and without worrying about snags.
Consider the insect conditions where you intend to hike of course, but we recommend you go for a full no-see-um mesh. This has significantly smaller holes than traditional mosquito netting.
It’s able to stop any bug that wants in.
Because hammock tents are so new as a category, there’s still some debate as to what kind of rain cover is best. You’ll see models with a standard hammock tarp cover and others with something that looks a lot more like a traditional tent rain cover.
The rain tarp is generally more multipurpose and can even be used as a ground cover or a poncho in a pinch. The tent style rain cover is usually more tapered and fitted to your hammock tent and will probably weigh a little less.
Some rain flys require multiple guy lines while others are designed to attach snugly to the body of your hammock. Just consider how you want your rain fly to work when purchasing a hammock tent.
When you’re sleeping three feet in the air staying warm can become a bit of a problem in cold weather conditions. The best ways to stay warm and cozy in your hammock are an underquilt and a hammock sleeping pad.
The vast majority of hammock tents won’t have a built in underquilt. When you’re considering different models just make sure that they have fairly standard dimensions so that an underquilt will fit well.
For sleeping pads some hammock tents actually have a built in sleeve or liner that holds the sleeping pad in place. This makes it a whole lot easier to keep it centered under you when you sleep but is very dependent on just how you sleep.
Most of these sleeping pad sleeves are straight along the centerline of the hammock. If you want to sleep diagonally you’ll probably need to put the sleeping pad in your sleeping bag or leave it loose in the hammock.
Poles or No Poles?
As hammock tents evolve some manufacturers are adding more and more features of traditional ultralight hiking tents. They’ve even started adding in things like semi rigid tent poles to help create shape and structure for your hammock.
There are pros and cons to this approach to be sure. Tent poles add weight to your hammock system and can reduce the benefit of actually carrying a hammock tent instead of a regular tent.
The tradeoff can be worth it though. A few aluminum or fiberglass poles on your hammock tent can seriously expand the feeling of space. You go from a narrow body with a low bug net to something a lot more like a tent floating in the sky.
The suspension system for a hammock tent is pretty much the same as for a regular hammock, just with more to it. Most of the time a hammock tent’s suspension system will start with tree straps but also include guy lines and a central ridgeline to help hold up the bug net and rain fly.
Some hammock tents require more than two trees to function effectively. Some really cool models are designed to be suspended from three or even four different attachment points.
This makes for a great space to sleep in but does limit your ability to quickly find campsites.
When picking out the perfect hammock tent it really comes down to how much you’re willing to carry and what you’re willing to spend.
There are excellent ultra light options out there but you should expect to pay a pretty penny for them. Keep your eyes out for new developments. The hammock tent market is growing and changing rapidly, so new products might come out that really wow you.