Ask the Gear Guy

Shopping for a hammock tent


Q. Hey Gear Guy, What kinds of things do you need to look for when shopping for a hammock tent?
—Nathan Notent, Andalusia, Ala.

A. Ahh, hammock tents — if you’ve been following the Gear Guy you know I LOVE camping in a hammock tent. They keep you up off the ground, they’re usually simple to pitch, and pound for pound they are the most comfortable way to sleep on the trail. O.K., when shopping for a new one here are some things to consider:

  • How easy is it to set up/pitch?
  • Does it have enough ventilation?
  • Total weight? Is it light enough for backpacking?
  • How small does it pack down?
  • Does it come with insect-proof mesh?
  • What about a rainfly for bad weather?
  • Is it easy to get in and out of the hammock?

There are quite a few hammock tent options on the market, but here are two of my favorites:

–Hennessy Expedition Asym ($140; hennessyhammock.com) weighs just 2 lbs. 12 oz. with built-in mosquito netting and a detachable rainfly.

–Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) OneLink Hammock Shelter System ($200; www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com) really easy to pitch and comes with a slip-on bug net and rainfly; weighs in at 4 pounds 4 ounces.

Comments about “Shopping for a hammock tent”

  1. ArtificialApple says:

    The Hennessy Explorer Deluxe is awesome! The only problem I had was that it gets cold in the thing, but a space blanket or a foam pad fixes it.

  2. Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

    do you guys see the scout in the picture?! looks like bad placement to me! if one of those ropes snap its going to be SNAP!! and then SPLASH!!!

  3. Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

    do you guys see the scout in the picture?! looks like bad placement to me! if one of those ropes snap its going to be SNAP!! and then SPLASH!!! LOL

  4. woyo13 says:

    I want a hammock tent for my birthday (:

  5. crimthan says:

    hammock camping is truely incredible , being gently rocked to sleep with the stars above your head is a amazing experience. another plus is that the curve of the hammock helps the swelling and pain in your legs from backpacking to lessen.

  6. WW-II Jungle Hammock says:

    This modern design looks vulnerable to Squalls and Thunder Storms. See the WW-II “Jungle Hammock” used in the South Pacific by our military, for a more functional design. I had a surplus WW-II “jungle Hammock” while a Boy Scout in Florida c1946.

  7. WeeGee says:

    Hennessy HANDS DOWN, only problem in a hammock was the mosquitoes biting through the bottom, fixed with a window reflector from the car, super light weight & pack easy on a backpack.

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