Q. Dear Gear Guy, Where do I go to find a cheap, good-quality hammock? I have been looking all over the Internet but I can’t find one for under $100. Please help me.
— Sleepy Ryan, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
A. Hey Ryan. So, I’m guessing you’re talking about a hammock tent, right?
If so, I have exactly the thing you’re looking for, and it comes in just under $100. The Hennessy Hammocks Scout Classic ($99.95; hennessyhammock.com) is a good quality, basic camping hammock with built-in mosquito netting and a detachable rainfly to protect you from the elements. I’ve tested one and can tell you that it works really well; I slept like a baby in it. It’s lightweight too, weighing just 2 lbs. 6 oz., and is small enough for backpacking since it fits inside a stuff sack about the size of a bag of potato chips (and can be made even smaller inside a compression sack).
If you just want a hammock but aren’t worried about rain or insects, then check out the Eagles Nest Outfitters Single Nest ($50; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com). It’s a super comfortable, easy to set-up hammock that weighs just 16 ounces.