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International travel is out this summer, but road trips and staycations are all the rage. Restaurants, hotels, and other public areas are starting to open after months of shutdown. But if you’re one of the 40 million who lost their job during COVID-19, maybe you aren’t in a place to go anywhere right now.
The good news is that a hammock is a small investment, and it’ll bring peace to an otherwise crazy time and can accompany you on local adventures and hikes. Or, rig it up in your backyard and enjoy life’s simplest pleasure whenever you damn well please.
Here are our top pics for the best hammocks this summer.
ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock
If you know anything about portable nylon hammocks, you’ve probably heard of ENO. It’s one of the most popular hammock companies, and they have some awesome prints to spice things up. This hammock is designed for two people and comes in a dozen color combos and patterns. They’re well made and durable, designed to withstand the outdoors. Don’t forget hammock straps!
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock (with Tree Straps)
Not all hammocks come with straps, but a Wise Owl does. This is going to your most economical option, yet still a well-made hammock. There are a variety of colors, though less than some other leading brands. It’s a no-frills but gets-the-job-done hammock.
Kammok Mantis Ultralight All-in-One Hammock Tent
Kammok also makes durable, high quality hammocks—even for kids. If you’re interested in hammock camping, this is a great piece of gear that offers a comfortable place to sleep and protection from the elements. The tarp will keep wine and rain out, while you sleep nestled and suspended in air inside. It’s also great for backpackers looking to cut down on weight. Ditch the tent for this ultralight weight sleeping system.
Vivere Double Hammock (with Stand)
Good ol’ Amazon has you covered. I own this hammock and use it quite a bit. For a great price, this is a comfortable, cotton hammock that’s also very well made and comes with its own space saving steel frame. It’s easy to assemble and take apart, so you can toss it in the trunk to bring car camping, to the park, a friend’s BBQ, wherever.
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym Zip Hammock
Hennessy makes what’s called survivalist gear. Their hammocks are built for hammock camping and keeping you safe from the elements for overnight camping expeditions. They’re lightweight (this one is just 3 lbs 3 oz—lighter than most single-person tents) and built in an asymmetrical style, which apparently is more comfortable to lay in.
Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock
Another great ultra lightweight hammock is this Sea to Summit option. It weighs just 4.9 oz (that’s right) and packs down into a tiny ball—perfect for lightweight backpackers. It’s thin but well-made and holds up to 300 lbs.
I have a full guide to how to hang a hammock with straps. It breaks down all the different options, how to hang from trees, plus things like strap extenders and tree protectors.
Grand Trunk Colorful Tree Trunk Straps
Grand Trunk gets the award for the most colorful strap options. It’s fun to get matching colors to compliment your hammock design! These are 10′ long with 18 adjustment points on each strap. I own several pairs and have used them for years. They’ve never come close to showing wear and tear or ripping.
ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System
ENO’s most popular hammock straps are strong and durable. In years of using these, I’ve never so much as had a stitch tear or stretch. Each strap is 9′ long and has several loops to get your hammock height just right.
Kammok Python 10 Hammock Straps
These straps are 10′ long with 20 points of connection on each strap. They’re lightweight but hold up to 500 lbs.
Another important hammock accessory is a hammock stand. If you’re going somewhere without trees or a place that prohibits hanging hammocks from trees—like a lot of state parks—you’re going to need a hammock stand.
There are a lot of great options when it comes to hammock stands. They are lightweight and portable, but there are differences to consider before buying.
This post breaks down all the best hammock stands, and here are a few of my favorites.
Kammok Swiftlet Portable Hammock Stand
The bottom bar of Kammok’s portable hammock stand is adjustable and can fit anywhere from kids’ size hammocks to extra long hammocks. This stand is just 15 lbs—lighter than a lot of other options—so it’s easy to carry around and a quick setup.
ENO SoloPod Hammock Stand
ENO makes several great portable hammock stands, including this solo version. It does weigh 58 lbs, so it’s not something you’ll be taking to the park for an afternoon, but it’s well made and will last. It can hold up to 400 lbs.