Parachute Nylon Hammock Comparison Chart

EDIT 11/26/12: I have completed a thorough hammock camping comparison database chart that includes all camping hammocks, tarps, insulation options, and suspension kits available.


Parachute nylon hammocks are one of the most common types of hammocks in the market today, and are arguably the most popular, judging by the variety sold by hammock manufacturers. The fabric is recognizable based on its “crinkly” appearance. It is one of the stronger fabrics used in hammocks, with most manufacturers listing 400 lb. (181 kg.) load capacity, and it has a fairly soft texture. Parachute nylon fabric also features a moderate stretch, which some hangers prefer to achieve the best comfort.

But not all parachute nylon hammocks are created equally, and despite similar naming conventions (e.g., “Single” and “Double” hammocks), each manufacturer varies in product dimension, construction, and packaging.

If you have a parachute nylon hammock not listed here, please contact me so I can append this list.


LEGEND

Side Panels: The width of the extra strip of fabric on either side of the main hammock body.
Rope Length: The total length of the hammock, including the rope suspension.

EDIT 7/4/12: I own each one of these hammocks and the measurements are my own, not pulled from catalogues or websites, so what is listed here is a field measurement that may differ slightly from a manufacturer’s website. Also, I incorrectly listed the weight in pounds where it should be ounces (can you imagine a 23-pound hammock? Yikes!). Thanks to Ellis who brought this to my attention.

Brand NameLength (in.)Width (in.)Listed Capacity (lbs.)Weight (oz.)Side Panel (in.)Rope Length (in.)MSRP(as of 10/30/13)
Byer of Main Amazonas Traveller Hammock865325010.813137N/A (the Traveler Lite replaced this model - US$22.95
Anna’s Hammock*9757N/A17.6nonenoneUS$39.00
ENO - Double1017240017.28noneUS$64.95
ENO - ProNest865740010.5nonenoneUS$64.95
Grand Trunk Goods - Double1137840018.59noneUS$64.99
Grand Trunk Goods - Double, White Hibiscus1158140018.712noneUS$74.99
Grand Trunk Goods - Single1135840014.19noneUS$54.99
Hammock Bliss - No-See-Um No More1186035025nonenoneUS$86.95
KAMMOK - ROO*1247150022.58noneUS$99.00
Planet Hammock - Double1127835318.19none€49.95
Planet Hammock - Single, Camo1055635211.8nonenone€39.95
Ticket to the Moon - Double1157944117.99noneUS$50.00
Ticket to the Moon - Single1176044115nonenoneUS$30.00
Trek Light Gear - Double1147840019.19noneUS$74.95
Hammock Bliss Triple11694.535022.519noneUS$74.95
Trek Light Gear - Single1165940016.19noneUS$64.95
 

*Technically speaking, these hammocks are not made from parachute nylon (crinkle taffeta), but I added them here for my own convenience. The KAMMOK ROO is made from a proprietary diamond ripstop nylon. Anna’s Hammock is made from taslan. Its 100% nylon but spun so its has a softer feel than ripstop.

  33 comments for “Parachute Nylon Hammock Comparison Chart

  1. July 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Great chart, Derek! I’ve got a couple of versions of this in folders somewhere, but I can certainly delete them now as this is easily the most complete chart I’ve seen anywhere.

    It confirms my findings that nobody is making a longer (11′) parachute hammock. I really think it would be a winner! 60-64″ wide and 11′ long for about a pound? I’d order it in a second.

    Thanks for sharing this with the hammock community!

    • Derek
      July 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Curt, and you’re welcome. This chart has been a while in coming. I started it months ago but got tied up in projects. I’m going to add MSRP later today.

  2. peter zulkowski
    July 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Did you forget the ENO Single? It is the DN without the wings :)

    Peter

    • Derek
      July 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I didn’t forget it, I simply don’t have one :) I only tested hammocks I own and the ENO Single hasn’t made my inbox yet. It’s on my list!

  3. Christine
    July 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Cool chart. I would suggest adding the Grand Trunk Ultralight. I’m not sure of the weight as packaged (I guess I could Google it – I have changed up the suspension on mine), but it would be a good one to add to your chart. :)

    • Derek
      July 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      I own the Grand Trunk Ultralight — it’s one of my favorites, but I left it off this list because I was trying to list and compare only parachute nylon hammocks (the ultralight is polyester). I may expand it to include all camping hammocks, but right now I want to keep it focused.

  4. Gail Phillips-Waite
    July 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Have you made a homemade hammock? My husband was just made scoutmaster and his boys are just not excited about camping. I think the hammock camping is a wonderful idea and a great new skill they would love to learn. The problem for us is cost. I’d love to find some really good instructions for making these camping hammocks and see if we can make this a possibility.

    • Derek
      July 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Yes, I’ve made several hammocks. The basic design is easy: just get some fabric (ripstop nylon or polyester works best) that is 5×10 feet (1.5×3 m) in dimension. I roll-hem the long edges first and then sew channels in the ends. Triple-stitch the channel seams and you will be good for strength. You can also whip the ends of the hammock for a no-sew option.

      I’m getting ready to post the instructions I drew up for our scout troop when we sewed our own zippered bug net hammocks. Stay tuned!

      • Casey Monsen
        May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        Literally started learning about hammock camping this week. Very interested if you ended up completing this project with your scouts. My wife hates bugs. Only chance I’ll get her out is if she has a good bug net.

        • Derek
          May 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

          There are several hammocks available that come with integrated bug netting with zippers, and even tarp flies. Check out Hennessy Hammock, Clark Jungle Hammock, DD Hammocks, and Lawson Hammock.

  5. Rie Pittman
    July 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I am interested in purchasing, the same fabrics that Grand trunk is using on their hammocks (Parachute Nylon). I also would be interested in the lighter weight fabric. I believe you said it was polyester. Where can I purchase these materials to make my own hammock? Thanks for your info and caparisons, it’s great to find a community that appreciates hammocks.
    Rie

    • Derek
      July 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Rie, getting polyester can be difficult, at least that’s what I’m finding. Nylon on the other hand is easy. It’s also known as crinkle taffeta nylon. You can pick some up from DIY Gear Supply and from Tablecloth Factory.

  6. Rie Pittman
    July 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Derek,

    I appreciate you timely response. Assuming that you have purchased materials for hammocks from these suppliers, is there one you prefer? Did their products meet your expectations for making a quality durable hammock? I.E. do their fabrics compare to what Grand Trunk might purchase? Thanks again for the links..

    Rie

  7. Rie Pittman
    July 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Derek,
    Your readers might also be interested in this website I came across that I have used in the past. http://www.questoutfitters.com They also have a good selection of materials, for do it yourself projects.

    Rie

    • Derek
      July 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Yup, that’s a great site. I’ve ordered materials from them before. Thanks!

  8. Brad
    August 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Derek – quick question in terms of comfort and quality. I have narrowed my options down to Byer, Trek Light and Grand Trunk. Any words of wisdom?

    • Derek
      August 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      All three of those options are equal in quality, but comfort is subjective. If you can, see if you can try one out. In my opinion, longer hammocks are more comfortable. I really like the new Grand Trunk pattern hammocks for that reason.

  9. May 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Hi Derek
    Great blog and i agree with many of your comments as i supply ticket to the moon products in Thailand and the UK @ http://www.northernmonkeyleisure.com . Thanks for your time and charts as above are very usefull . Regards

    • Derek
      May 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks Tony! Welcome to the ultimate hang!

  10. bodzio
    August 6, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Derek please tell me: Lenght of Your longest hammok??

    • Derek
      August 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

      I have one of Ticket to the Moon’s “Mammocks” that is about 20 ft (6 m) long. It is crazy! For my “normal” hammocks, 11 ft (3.3 m) is about as long as I have.

  11. August 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Derek,
    Do you recommend hammocks with bug nets built in or separate…or do you prefer not using a net?

    • Derek
      August 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I like them all, for different reasons and conditions. When I lived in Virginia, having an integrated but net was mandatory. Where I live now in northern Arizona, mosquitos are not much of a problem, so I rarely need a bug net for that, but I still like using a mosquito net on occasion.

      A basic, open air hammock is the most versatile of all types available. You must measure your own goals and priorities when making the decision. Cost, weight, and bulk are all factors to consider too.

      If I were forced under pain of death to choose a camping hammock, I’d probably pick one with a bug net attached because it is ready to go to the outdoors out of the box.

  12. November 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Good list. I’ve found your website to be quite informative. The parachutes are nice for warmer weather but what about fall and spring camping and even winter camping? Will the parachutes hold up under those colder conditions?

    • Derek
      November 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Jimmy. Just like camping in tent when temperatures get cool, you’ve got to insulate in a hammock. A pad, sleeping bag, or quilt will keep you warm. I sleep in my hammock year-round and enjoy winter camping a lot. I’ve got a post in the works that describes some basics of winter hammock camping. My book also has a lot of details.

  13. Ryan Morgan
    March 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    i can’t seem to find the 20 ft “mammock” you mentioned. Is is still possible to purchase one?

  14. April 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Great, I love this one, Have Fun

  15. Katie
    November 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for making this extensive chart! Can you tell me which one you think would be best for kids? A lot of teenagers around here have ENOs, but I don’t want to spend that much money. Most importantly, I want it to be safe. My 8 year old and 5 year old love these things.

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