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Parachute Nylon Hammock Comparison Chart

Parachute nylon hammocks are arguably the most popular types of hammocks in the market today, judging by the variety sold by different manufacturers. The fabric is recognizable based on its “crinkly” appearance. The name is somewhat of a misnomer as real parachute material is thinner, lighter, and has a square ripstop weave. “Parachute nylon” hammocks are really a sort of crinkle taffeta nylon, running around 2.0 to 3.0 oz per square yard (50 to 60 denier), and lacks a ripstop weave. 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.

ManufacturerHammocksTarpsBug NettingSuspension SystemsInsulationOther Hamock-Related Gear?NotesWebsiteMade InLocation
2Q & ZQ Hammock SpecialtiesXXHammock Zipper Mods and accessorieswww.2qzqhammockhanger.comUSA
Anna's HammocksX Rapids, MI
Appalachian HammockXXHand-crafted of business
Alpine HammockXXXXOut of business
Amok EqujipmentXXXXX90° hammockhttps://www.amokequipment.comNorway
Arrowhead EquipmentXXXXXXDIY Supplies and Custom Workhttp://www.arrowhead-equipment.comUSAID
Backwoods DaydreamerXMOVED - See "DIY Gear Supply"backwoodsdaydreamer.webs.comUSAOut of business
Bakpocket HammocksX of business
Bear GryllsXXXXhttp://www.beargryllsstore.comChinaOut of business
Behold Bungee HammocksXXDouble sided, elastic suspensionhttps://www.beholdbungeehammocks.comUSA
Bear Butt HammocksXX
Black Rock GearXhttp://www.blackrockgear.comUSA
Butts In A Sling Hammock GearXXDIY Supplies of business
Byer of Maine HammocksXXXXwww.byerofmaine.comChina
Clark Jungle HammocksXXXXXwww.junglehammock.comUSA
Claytor Mosquito HammocksXXXwww.mosquitohammock.comUSA
DD HammocksXXXXXXwww.ddhammocks.comUKUK
DIY Gear SupplyXDIY Supplieswww.diygearsupply.comUSA
DP Hammock GearXXXXXhttp://www.dplightweightbackpackinggear.comOut of business
Dream HammockXXXXXXCustom Work
DutchWareXXDIY Supplieshttp://dutchware.outdoortrailgear.comUSA
Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO)XXXXXXwww.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.comIndonesia
Elevated MovementXX100% Recycledhttp://www.theelevatedmovement.comUSAOut of business
Enlightened EquipmentXXXXCuben Fiber Quiltshttp://www.enlightenedequipment.comUSA
Exped (Expedition Equipment)XXXXX2011 Gold Winner Outdoor Showwww.exped.comChina
ExtremtextilXDIY Supplies with exotic fabrics
Gargoyle GearXXDIY Supplies and Custom Workwww.gargoylegear.webs.comOut of business
GossamergearXXDIY Suppliesgossamergear.comUSA
Grand TrunkXXXXXXwww.grandtrunkgoods.comChina
Green Armadillo GearXXXX of business
Haiku Hammock SwingsXXX
Hamacas TainoXXhttp://www.hamacastaino.comOut of business
HammeckXXhttp://www.hammeck.comUSAOut of business
Hammock BlissXXXXXwww.hammockbliss.comIndonesia
Hammocks RADAXXXWoven Mayan hammocks
Hammock Gear.comXXXXXDIY Supplies and Custom Workwww.hammockgear.comUSA
Handy HammockX of business
Harmony HammocksXXRetailers, Canada
Helsdon Outdoors (Eureka!)XXXXRetailed by Eureka! Canada of business
Hennessy HammocksXXXXXXwww.hennessyhammocks.comChinaCanada
Hippie HammocksXXXDIY dyable hammock blankshttp://www.hippiehammocks.comUSAOut of business
Hyperlite Mountain GearXwww.hyperlitemountaingear.comUSA
Infinity OutdoorsXXXDIY Supplieshttp://www.infinityoutfitter.comUSAOut of business
Jacks 'R' BetterXXXXXXDIY Supplieswww.jacksrbetter.comUSA
Kampin GearXXhttps://www.kampingear.comChina
Lawson HammockXXXXwww.lawsonhammock.comChina
Little River, Co.XX
Leigh Lo Under QuiltsXleighlounderquilts.webs.comUSAOut of business
MadTree HammocksXXIntegrated hammock and insulation of business
Michigan Gear HammocksXX
Mission HammocksXXWoven hammockshttps://www.missionhammocks.comMexicoPennsylvania
Minorswing HammocksXXhttp://www.minorswing.roRomaniaBucharest, Romania
Molly Mac Pack GearXX
Mountain Laurel DesignsXXXXCustom Workwww.mountainlaureldesigns.comUSA
MountainGoat GearXhttp://www.mountaingoathatsandgoods.comOut of business
NOVICAXXHand woven
New Tribe—Tree Boat
NK OutdoorsXXXnkoutdoorgear.webs.comOut of business
Northwoods Hammock CompanyXXXhttp://northwoodshammock.comUSAUnknown
Outdoor Equipment SupplierXXCustom Workwww.outdoorequipmentsupplier.comUSANew York
Outdoor Trail GearX(Not much hammock camping gear here)
Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics, IncXDIY
Oware Outdoor GearXXXXDIY Supplies
Peapod HammocksX
Planet HammockXXXwww.planethammock.nlIndonesiaOut of business
Quest OutfittersXDIY
Redden Marine SupplyXXDIY Supplieswww.reddenmarine.comOut of business
Ripstop by the RollXXDIY Supplieshttp://ripstopbytheroll.comUSARaleigh, NC
Seaside HammocksXRetailerhttp://www.seasidehammocks.comUSA
SheltoweeXXXInsulated hammockshttps://shellhammocks.comUSAColorado
Navy HammockXXWoven rope commando ropeshttp://www.navyhammocks.comUSA
Sierra Madre ResearchXXXXXhttp://www.sierramadreresearch.comNicaraguaManagua, Nicaragua
Simply Light DesignXXXXhttp://simplylightdesigns.comUSA
SoCo HammocksXX
Southern Hammock CampingX of business
Split Leaf DesignsXX of business
Style Mexican HammocksXXXXAuthentic Mayanhttp://www.stylemexican.comMexicoMexico
Superior GearXXXXInsulated hammocks
Te-Wa Under QuiltsXhttp://www.tewaunderquilts.comUSAOut of business
Tenth Wonder (TW) HammocksXXXXX
Tingguian Tribe Outdoor Shop PHX
TentsileXXXXMulti-person Hammockhttp://www.tentsile.comUKLondon, UK
Terra Rosa GearXCustom Workhttp://www.terrarosagear.comAustralia
Ticket-to-the-Moon HammocksXXXXwww.ticketothemoon.comIndonesia
Tier GearXDIY Supplies, AU
Titanium GoatXDIY Supplies (Not much hammock camping gear here)
Tree to Tree Trail GearXXXXXXhttp://www.tttrailgear.comUSA
Trek Light GearXXXXXXwww.treklightgear.comIndonesia
UK HammocksXXXXXCustom
Ultralight Gear & SupplyXXDIY Supplieshttp://www.hikelite0.comUSAOut of business
UGQ OutdoorXXXXXXCustom Workhttps://ugqoutdoor.comUSAMichigan
UnderQuilts.comXDIYhttp://underquilts.comUSASPAM / Out of business
VersaShelterXXXXhttp://versashelter.comUSAOut of business
Warbonnet OutdoorsXXXXXwww.warbonnetoutdoors.comUSA
White Mountain HammocksXXXXXX of business
WhoopieSlings.comXXXXXXCustom Workwww.whoopieslings.comUSA
Wilderness LogicsXXXXXXCustom Work, DIY Supplieswww.wildernesslogics.comUSAOut of business
Yucatan HammocksXhttp://www.yucatanhammocks.netMexicoAlberta, CAN
Yellow Leaf HammocksXhttps://www.yellowleafhammocks.comMexico
Yukon OutfittersXXXXXMil-spechttp://www.yukon-outfitters.comUSATennessee
Hobo HammocksX
Deckhand Manufacturing


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.

*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.

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.

45 thoughts on “Parachute Nylon Hammock Comparison Chart”

  1. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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..


  6. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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  9. 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?

    1. 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.

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  11. 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.

  12. Hi Derek, I must say I was looking for a site like this. Now I have a question: I am looking for a hammock. Mostly for a yacht (only me) or for a one day hike with my lady. I am not planning to do any survival in Patagonia, but I wouldn’t like it to be extra heavy as well. Honestly, are ENO, TTTM and GTG rather similar taking under consideration my goals?

    1. Yes. Each of those brands will suffice for your needs. Another you might like is Therm-a-Rest. Their slacker single is comfy.

  13. Which hammock did you like better? The Kammok or the Grand Trunk Double? They seem pretty comparable but I’m having a hard time deciding. Thanks

    1. The KAMMOK has better fabric and larger dimensions. The overall build is better. But if you are cost conscious, the grand trunk will do fine.

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    1. You’re welcome. Yes, KAMMOK engineered and designed their own fabric. It’s great. Fabric is the core of a hammock and most people largely ignore it, I think in part because they don’t know what’s out there available to them.

      What make some fabric better? That’s a loaded question because it can depend on what you want out of it. More comfort, more Breathability, more water resistance? There are a lot of options when you look.

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