10 Best Hammock Tents for Backpacking and Camping

10 Best Hammock Tents for Backpacking and Camping

Hammocks Tents are all-in-one camping and backpacking shelters that include a hammock, mosquito netting, a tarp for rain protection, and a suspension system to hang it all between two trees. The biggest advantage of buying an all-in-one hammock tent is that all the components fit together and you can take them out on the trail having confidence that they will work together as intended. That’s particularly useful if this is your first hammock setup, so you can learn the ropes. You can also purchase each component separately from a wide range of manufacturers, both large and small, but that can be an expensive trial and error process. Many of the manufacturers listed below also sell quilts that are compatible with their hammock tents if you want to upgrade from using a foam sleeping pad for back insulation and a synthetic blanket or an unzipped sleeping bag as a top quilt.

Here are top 10 Hammock Tents we recommend:

Make / ModelHeight LimitWeight LimitTrail WeightPrice
Kammok Mantis Ultralight All-in-One Hammock Tent6' 4"300 lbs35 oz$259
Hammock Gear Wanderlust6' 4"300 lbs40 oz$230
ENO SubLink Hammock Shelter System6'250 lbs35 oz$250
Hennessey Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip7'250 lbs36 oz$270
Hennessey Hammock Scout Series5' 8"150 lbs40 oz$100
ENO OneLink Hammock Shelter System6'400 lbs63 oz$220
Exped Scout Combi UL Hammock Shelter6' 5"265 lbs32.1 oz$279
Grand Trunk Air Bivy6' 5"400 lbs63 oz$180
Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock Tent7'250 lbs68 oz$199
DD Hammocks Superlight Jungle6' 5"275 lbs61 oz$215

The advantage of sleeping in a hammock is that makes it much easier to find great campsites on the fly, particularly in heavily forested or mountainous terrain, where flat open campsites are few and far between. Once you get accustomed to sleeping in a hammock, you’ll be surprised at the quality of sleep you can get compared to sleeping on the ground.

1. Kammok Mantis Ultralight All-in-One Hammock Tent

Kammok Mantis UL Hammock Tent
The Kammok Mantis UL is a complete hammock shelter system including a hammock with detachable mosquito netting, a tarp, and easy-to-use daisy chain style suspension system. While it by far the lightest weight hammock shelter system listed here, Kammok hasn’t cut any corners when it comes to the features, strength, and waterproofness of the materials it is made with. The Mantis is a single layer hammock so it can be used with a sleeping pad or underquilt for back insulation. Check out our reviews of the Kammok Pongo Pad and the Kammok Firebelly Quilt to see how they integrate with the Mantis UL Hammock. Read our Kammock Mantis UL Hammock Tent Review.

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Kammok | REI

2. Hammock Gear Wanderlust Complete Kit for Hammock Camping

Hammock Gear Wanderlust
The Hammock Gear Wanderlust Hammock Kit includes an 11′ long zippered hammock with mosquito netting, an 11′ hex-shaped waterproof tarp, and a daisy-chain style suspension system. The long length of the Wanderlust hammock results in a flatter “lay” at night so you feel like you’re sleeping in a bed instead of a banana peel, while the knotless tarp keeps you dry and gives you more room to move around outside the hammock, for cooking, or kicking back in a camp chair under cover. A mesh snakeskin for carrying your tarp and stakes are also included. Hammock Gear is known for their Economy Burrow Top Quilt and Incubator Underquilt and you can get a 25% discount when purchasing one or both as a Wanderlust upgrade, which is a pretty sweet deal.

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Hammock Gear

3. ENO SubLink Hammock Shelter System

ENO Sublink Hammock Shelter
The ENO SubLink Hammock Shelter bundles together the lightest weight hammock components in the ENO hammock product line including a gathered-end hammock, a separate mosquito net, rainfly, and whoopie style (knotless) suspension system. The hammock is a single layer, netless hammock, just under 9′ in length, making it more suitable for people under 6′ in height. If you need to use the optional bug net, it includes a ridgeline to keep it off your face. The SubLink includes the Helios Suspension System which is a great knotless whoopie-style hammock suspension that’s compatible with any hammock, while the included rainfly is a catenary cut tarp to reduce weight and improve wind performance. Read our ENO SubLink Hammock Shelter Review. 

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REI | Amazon

4. Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip

Hennesy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip
The Hennessy Hammocks Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip is a single layer hammock and one of their lightest and most popular adult models. It has a patented asymmetric hammock bed and rainfly that reduces weight while improving comfort. The Explorer has a side zipper that makes it easy to get in and out of as well as fully integrated mosquito netting to keep bugs at bay. The suspension system combines webbing straps and lightweight Spectra cord for maximum strength. Hennessy is one of the most established hammock manufacturers catering to the backpacking and camping market. They singlehandedly invented the integrated hammock tent “system” and their products are a testament to that legacy.

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Hennessy Hammocks | Amazon

5. Hennessy Hammock Scout Series Hammock Shelter System

Hennessy Hammock Scout Series
Hammocks are very popular with kids and scouts because they’re fun to use and lightweight to carry. But most hammocks and hammock shelter systems are sized for adults and not children, except for the Hennessy Hammock Scout Series Hammocks. Sized for kids and small adults up to 5′ 8″, they include all the components of a regular Hennessy Hammock System including a hammock with mosquito netting, tarp, and webbing straps for just $100, which is an outstanding value!  The Scout Series hammocks are available with a side zip entry or Hennessy’s classic symmetric bottom access.

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Hennessy Hammock | Amazon

6. ENO OneLink Hammock Shelter System

ENO OneLink Hammock Tent
The ENO OneLink Hammock Shelter is a more luxurious and spacious hammock shelter system than the SubLink listed above, although it’s considerably heavier. It’s built around the ENO Doublenest Hammock which is sized for taller individuals or people who want more room with a separate optional insect net that is easier to get in and out of. The hammock suspension system is daisy chain based which is robust and easy to use, while the included rainfly can be set up without having to know about knots. Reflective guylines and tarp stakes help complete this shelter system.

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REI | Moosejaw | Amazon

7. Exped Scout Combi UL Hammock

Exped Scout Combi UL Hammock
The Exped Scout Combi Hammock Shelter is a complete hammock shelter including a double layer hammock with integrated mosquito netting, internal gear storage pockets, and a side zipper for access. It uses a common webbing and daisy chain style system for the hammock and tarp, with drip dams at the ends to prevent rain from wetting the hammock. The mosquito netting can be attached to a ridgeline for more headroom or you can insert sticks (yes sticks) into sleeves in the netting to create curved spreader bars instead. The tarp is outfitted with line locks for a knotless setup and has guyline pockets to store cords between uses (a really nice feature).

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Backcountry | Amazon

8. Grand Trunk Air Bivy All Weather Shelter and Hammock

Grans Trunk Air Bivy
The Grand Trunk Air Bivy bundles together Grand Trunk’s Skeeter Beeter XT Hammock and HexFly Tarp. The Skeeter Beeter XT is a spacious 10′ 6″ long single layer hammock with an integrated mosquito netting that is held off your face with aluminum spreader bars. It even has a gear loft for extra storage, while the suspension system is knotless for ease of use. The HexFly is a huge 11′ 7″ rain fly, giving you plenty of coverage when you’re in your hammock or cooking and lounging outside.

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Grand Trunk | Bob Wards

9. Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock

Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock
The Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock includes a waterproof cover, webbing-style suspension, and hammock w/ integrated mosquito netting that is held up over your body by two lightweight curved poles. The hammock is designed to give you a flat surface for sleeping and works well with a regular foam sleeping pad. A waterproof cover is included and drapes over the hammock without requiring a separate suspension. The Blue Ridge can also be set up on the ground if you don’t have two good trees to hang it from, increasing its flexibility.

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Lawson Hammock | Sportsman’s Warehouse

10. DD Hammocks SuperLight Jungle Hammock System

DD Hammocks Jungle Superlight
The DD Hammocks Superlight Jungle Hammock System is similar in certain respects to the Lawson Blue Ridge, with spreader bars to keep the netting off your face and an integrated waterproof tarp, that you can use to protect yourself from rain and dew. It has a double layer bottom so you can insert a sleeping pad inside and keep it separate from the living area, as well as a knot-free whoopie style suspension system for ease of use. You can even lay the Jungle Superlight on the ground and use it as a waterproof bivy tent when trees are not available to suspend it as a hammock. Note: US shipping and pricing are available. Simply switch the country when visiting the DD Hammocks website.

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DD Hammocks

Key Considerations for Hammock Tents

Buying a complete hammock shelter system is a quick way to try hammock camping and backpacking to see if it’s right for you. The nice thing about all of the kits listed here is that they include everything you need to sleep in a hammock, soup to nuts, without having to acquire additional components. That can be a tricky process when you’re new to hammocking and you can end up buying some incompatible gear.

Backpacking vs Camping Hammock Tent Systems

Hammock system designed for backpacking are usually lighter weight than those designed for base camping or car camping. The features and functions are largely the same, but lighter weight fabrics are used for backpacking hammock systems and they tend to be somewhat more expensive.

Single or Double Layer Hammocks

Most people need insulation under their backs when sleeping in a hammock if its; less than 70 degrees outside. If you have a single layer hammock you can sleep on top of a foam pad or suspend an underquilt underneath the hammock body. Inflatable pads don’t work that well because they’re hard to hold in place underneath you when you’re hanging in thew air. Double layer hammocks have an internal sleeve under the sleeping surface, so you can tuck a sleeping pad into it to keep it out of the living space. The sleeve can also hold a foam or an inflatable sleeping pad. But the extra fabric layer on double layer hammocks does add to their weight.

Webbing, Daisy Chain, or Whoopie Sling Suspension Systems for Hammocks

There are three common types of suspension systems for hanging a hammock. Some shelters come with polyester webbing straps that you wrap around a tree and then hook your hammock too directly with a carabiner or a metal hook. Some add daisy chains to the webbing that you can clip your hammock too, and some use a knotless tensioning system called a Whoopie sling (which works like a Chinese finger trap) to attach a hammock to the webbing straps. All three work fine and the only real difference between them is usually gear weight, with the Whoopie sling being the lightest weight system.

Tarp Suspension Systems

Most tarps require a suspension system that is separate from the one that suspends the hammock between two trees. Most of the hammocks tarps  listed above have a knotless setup, with cord tensioners at the ends of the ridgeline and on the side guy-lines for setup. This really expedites set up times.

Gathered End Hammocks

Hammocks that have bunched ends and have a banana shape are called gathered-end hammocks and are commonly used on hammocks intended for backpacking. Long (length) gathered end hammocks are better than shorter ones if you prefer sleeping flat, like you would on a bed, rather than with a back curved like a banana.  An 11′ foot long hammock is considered long, while a 9′ hammock would be considered moderately short.

Mosquito Netting

Many hammocks have sewn-in mosquito netting, while it is zippered in, or even removable on others.  If you get a hammock without mosquito netting, you can get a standalone net that slides on over one end of the hammock that you pull over the head end or one that zippers closed on top. There’s all just as effective and which you get is usually a matter of personal choice and how much insect protection you need.

Internal Gear Storage

It’s really nice to have a pocket or two for internal gear storage in a hammock, even if it’s just for your keys and a smartphone. Most of your gear will have to be stored outside the hammock, usually on the ground, unless you get a gear sling to suspend it underneath your hammock.

Distance between Tarp/Rain Cover and the Hammock

If you plan to use one of the above hammock tent systems in hot or humid weather, consider getting one with an adjustable air gap between the tarp/rain cover and the hammock. Good airflow is necessary to combat the transfer of condensation from your tarp into the hammock and onto your sleeping insulation.

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21 comments

  1. Never heard ’em called “hammock tents” before. No mention of the Warbonnet Blackbird?

    • The Warbonnet is a hammock, not an all-in-one kit including a hammock, tarp, and suspension like every single one of these products. You can only buy al a carte from warbonnet. I happen to use a warbonnet myself, but I had to piece together a hammock system by trial and error and belive me, it was costly. These kits avoid that. Frankly, Warbonnet should sell one.

      • Ahhhh “all in one,” got it. Brandon could get a button to do an all in one easily enough, I agree he should make that an option.

      • You buy a warbonnet and tarp. Done. It comes with netting and suspension. If that took you costly trial and error, well I’ll leave that alone and won’t make poke fun at you. :) Leaving off some of the best products on the market and calling them ‘hammock tents’ looks pretty silly. Honestly.

      • If you go to Dutchware or Warbonnet’s sites, the number of SKUs is simply overwhelming. You certainly can’t assume that everything works with everything else. Looks at the straps and buckles that Dutch offers, for example. I really think buying an all-in-one kit is the way to go for a beginner hammocker. They’re easy enough to upgrade once you understand what you need or want, but in the beginning, forget it.

    • I agree Ed, never heard the term “hammock tents” either. Maybe the title should be named “Hammock/shelter combo list” or “Budget combo hammock with shelter” . This list is a fail IMO because of many reasons but I do agree with a few parts. It’s nice for (new to hammock camping) hammock campers to maybe try a cheaper combo but I’ve found you end up spending twice the amount when you find out the cheaper, shorter and subpar materials used in some of the non-USA made gear are not comfortable and have poor warranty. Only one on the list I can vouch for is Hammock Gear.

  2. Curious why you chose the Explorer series over the Expedition from Hennessy? I agree with you that the Explorer is a better choice for just a bit more money; I’m just wondering if your reasons mirror my own. Either way, the Hennessy system of hammock, suspension and tarp, is well thought out with components that work well together.

  3. Questions: How does the Kammok Mantis UL manage to be so much lighter than all the others while staying competitive on price? Like, in a class by itself? Just thinner fabrics and suspension hardware? Or does it skimp somewhere that could cause significant comfort or durability problems? And, why aren’t other hammock makers producing UL lines? Thanks.

    • Mainly lighter fabrics. That doesn’t mean it’s any less strong though.

      • I’m confused by the Kammok weight you listed here. On your linked review, it’s listed at over 2lbs.

      • Good catch. I took the weight from REI. I’ll switch it back to our test weight.

    • I have a Mantis UL. My first one failed after about a half-dozen night. Kammok’s warranty is terrific, and after a few emails & my sending them some pictures, they sent be a new one. Kammok acknowledges the UL hammocks are more prone to failure than their regular hammocks. Whether it’s worth the trade-off is up to you.

      One thing I may have done to hasten its failure was trying to set it up on the ground as a bivy. I won’t do that in the future.

  4. I own a ton of Hammock Gear products. I purchased the Hammock Gear Wanderlust to replace my ENO OneLink system. They are worlds apart. I’ve used it on about a half dozen trips now and my hammocking has gone to a new level. For right about the same price the HG Wanderlust is the winner, hands-down… from someone who has owned and used both. I would recommend the HG Wanderlust to anyone looking to get into hammocking or someone who is looking to upgrade from basic gear to the next level.

  5. So I understand your point on buying the hammock and tarp separately but this list in my view is subpar (10 years hammock camping and I’ve owned many). If your reading this, I would strongly suggest a warbonnet dutchware, or Clark Jungle Hammock (now owned by dutchware). Hennesy and Hammock Gear also make good products. Most of the hammocks here are either too short, too heavy, or too expensive for what you get in my opinion (please cross compare views on hammock forums).

  6. Been using a Lawson Blue ridge for a few years now on hunting trips and love it. So convenient to set up and the price is right. I haven’t had to use it as a ground Bivy sack yet, but it’s nice to lie flat when suspended. I’ve looked at some of the other hammocks you have listed above but I’m not interested in being a banana and paying more to be uncomfortable.

    • I had the same opinion about hammocks until I did some research. You’re not supposed to lie in a hammock like a banana. If you lie in it diagonally, you lie flat. It took me a while, but I’ve figured out my hammock’s ‘sweet spot’ – and I’m a side sleeper.

  7. There’s no “advantage” buying all in one, only a convenience. I’d call it a disadvantage actually.

    • My first hammock was a complete kit from Hennessey and trust me, it was a real advantage to have it all there so I could gain hammock experience using without wasting a lot of time and money. If you don’t want to spend a LOT of time shopping for all the piece parts, buying an all in one is a real convenience. To be honest, I don’t think there’s much of a downside to buying the Kammok Mantis or the Hammopck Gear Wanderlust. They are both awesome all in ones.

  8. Philip, you have a knack for understanding the information beginners need. Despite criticisms from these “experts”, I found this list very helpful. I wasn’t aware that Hennessy made a hammock kit for kids and ended up buying an adult model for myself and the Scout for my son. I have looked at Dutchware and Warbonnet sites and have they are serious confusing. How people figure out what they need is beyond me.

  9. Ever wonder why ENO became so successful in the hammock space. They made hammocking EASY.

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