The Hammock Lab
I have been fortunate to review a lot of hammock-related gear over the past few years and it is here that I post most of my thoughts and reactions to gear for the public. Most of my hammock gear testing is used as research for my book, but it has expanded to provide ongoing, relevant insight on gear throughout the year.
- Review – ENO Sub6 Ultralight Hammock and Microtune Structural Ridgeline November 4, 2022
- ENO JungleNest Hammock and Helios Hammock Straps Review September 16, 2022
- Video Review – Panther Creek Hammock June 19, 2021
- Review – One Wind Hammock, Tarp, and Winter Cover May 1, 2021
- Review – OneTigris Kompound Hammock and Night Protector Under Quilt September 3, 2020
- DIY Face masks and head wraps August 24, 2020
- Trip Report – Backpacking Mount Elden and SOTA Activation May 26, 2020
- Review – Custom Dream Hammock – Darien February 17, 2020
- Review – Hammock Gear Netted Hammock v2 February 16, 2020
- Ordering a custom Dream Hammock February 15, 2020
- Review – Ninox FlatLay Hammock October 27, 2019
- Review – Kühl Resistor Rock Pant – Go anywhere in style October 23, 2019
- Review – Fenix PD35 TAC Flashlight – Is it bright enough? October 22, 2019
- What’s this? Unboxing the SMR Ninox Hammock August 24, 2019
- DIY Hammock Pillow Instructions March 17, 2019
- First Look: KAMMOK Mantis UL All-in-one Hammock February 12, 2019
- Review – Gear Hackers Evolution Insulated Hammock November 14, 2018
- Review – Simply Light Designs Sunset Saddle Bags for Hammocks November 12, 2018
- Review – Hammock Gear Netted Hammock November 11, 2018
- Review – Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Quilts November 10, 2018
- Review – Chillout Pod Hammock Chair September 23, 2018
- Review – Montem Fly Napple Chill Hammock, Straps, and Quilt September 12, 2018
- Review – Montem Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles September 10, 2018
- Setting up the Hangtime Hook – Hammock ridgeline accessory September 9, 2018
- Review – Multimok Bivymok Hammock September 3, 2018
- Review – Multimok Multi-purpose Hammock September 2, 2018
- Review – Amok Draumr XL Hammock August 2, 2018
- Review – Outdoor Adventure View Tarp July 31, 2018
- Review – Amok Fjøl LW Inflatable Insulated Pad July 30, 2018
- Review – Trip Tarp July 29, 2018
- Review – Outdoor Vitals Lightweight Hammock Kit July 28, 2018
- Review – NAMA Claws for tarps and continuous ridgelines July 22, 2018
- Review – MC Hammie Hammock March 19, 2018
- Review – KAMMOK Roo and Python Strap 2018 Upgrade March 17, 2018
- Unboxing the Wildish M.C. Hammie Hammock February 1, 2018
- Review – Gnarwhal Gear Tarp Shelter January 21, 2018
- Review – HangTime Hook December 17, 2017
- Review – Sea-to-Summit Pro Hammock Single December 13, 2017
- Review – Tree Hugger Hammock Pillow December 12, 2017
- Review – Grand Trunk OneMade Hammock and Straps December 11, 2017
- Review – The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka December 10, 2017
- Review – Gobi Gear Free Spirit 30L Daypack November 15, 2017
- Review – TNH Outdoors Double Camping Hammock with Tree Straps November 2, 2017
- Preview – Superior Insulated Hammock October 27, 2017
- Review – Kampin Gear Hammock Kit October 26, 2017
- Review – UGQ Outdoors SilPoly Winterdream Tarp September 25, 2017
- Review – Go! Outfitters Adventure Top Quilt September 18, 2017
- Review – Sea to Summit Hammock Gear August 16, 2017
- Review – Chammock Lightweight Hammock Chair August 14, 2017
- Review – iSpecle Camping Hammock June 13, 2017
- Review – Outdoor Anywhere Hammock June 12, 2017
- Review – Evolution Insulated Hammock May 3, 2017
- Review – Amok Segl Ultralight Hammock May 1, 2017
- Review – TouCan Hammocks April 29, 2017
- Review – Trail Foody April 26, 2017
- Review: Car Hammock April 25, 2017
- Review: Bean Bag Hammock April 24, 2017
- Review: Sheltowee Yahoo Hammock Chair March 22, 2017
- Review: Astucas Sestrals Poncho and Balaclava March 6, 2017
- Review: Nemo Cloudview Hammock February 1, 2017
- Review: Warbonnet Outdoors Wooki Underquilt January 30, 2017
- Review: Hoo-Rag Sub Zero and Polartek Head Wraps January 19, 2017
- Review: Rallt Digital Camo Hammock and Ultralight Straps January 18, 2017
- Review: Dutchware Chameleon Hammock January 17, 2017
- Review: Chill Gorilla Silverback Hammock with Straps January 11, 2017
- Review: Chill Gorilla Pro Tarp January 11, 2017
- Review: Hummingbird Hammock Pelican Tarp January 9, 2017
- Ultimate Hammock V2 – Review November 23, 2016
- Review – Serac Sequoia Extra Wide Hammock November 22, 2016
- K2 Camp Gear Double Hammock – Review November 21, 2016
- Mission Hammocks Montanera Mayan Hammock Review November 15, 2016
- iYAYA Inflatable Camp Pillow Review November 14, 2016
- Air Nest Inflatable Hammock Lounger Review November 11, 2016
- Behold Bungee Hammock Review October 10, 2016
- Geaux Hammock Review October 6, 2016
- Dutchware Gear Double Whoopie Hook Review October 4, 2016
- Byer of Maine Moskito Kakoon 2016 Review October 3, 2016
- Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho Review September 29, 2016
- Ar•Ya Hammock Review September 28, 2016
- Dutchware Half-Wit Hammock Review September 27, 2016
- Gear Best Inflatable Hammock Review August 4, 2016
- Hennessy Hammock Supershelter Review August 3, 2016
- Crosskix 2.0 Supreme Multi-sport Shoes Review August 2, 2016
- Apriller Parachute Nylon Hammock Review August 1, 2016
- Flying Squirrel Outfitters Hammocks – Preview July 2, 2016
- Fenix PD32 Flashlight – 2016 model – Review July 1, 2016
- Crotch Guard by Derma-Tect – Review June 29, 2016
- Haeleum Braeden Insect Repellent Shirt Review June 13, 2016
- Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket II Review May 27, 2016
- Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free 2016 Review May 21, 2016
- Hennessy Deep Jungle Asym Hammock Review May 19, 2016
- Gear Best Camouflage Canvas Hammock Review May 18, 2016
- Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps Review May 17, 2016
- Ultimate Hammocks Ultimate Straps Review May 13, 2016
- K2 Camp Gear Heavy Duty Hammock Straps – Review May 12, 2016
- New Soft Shackle Design from Hummingbird Hammocks May 11, 2016
- Tribe Provisions Adventure Straps II Review May 11, 2016
- Byer of Maine Micro Strap Review May 10, 2016
- Hennessy Hyperlite Hammock Asym Zip Review April 18, 2016
- Hennessy Hammock Water Collector Review March 30, 2016
- GO! Outfitters Camping Hammock Review March 28, 2016
- Bakpocket Deluxe Adventurers Hammock Review March 25, 2016
- Rockagator RG-25 40L REFLECT Backpack Review March 24, 2016
- Clayborne Bison Bag G2 Sleeping Bag Hammock Review March 16, 2016
- PN Hammock Review March 15, 2016
- Ox Straps Hammock Straps Review March 14, 2016
- Tentsile Flite Tree Tent Review March 11, 2016
- Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Warmer Review December 24, 2015
- Hammock Tent 90º Gamma UL Hammock Review December 23, 2015
- Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Rain Fly Preview December 22, 2015
- Byer of Maine Easy Traveller Hammock Review December 20, 2015
- GearBest Jungle Hammock Review December 18, 2015
- GO! Outfitters Basic Hammock Review December 17, 2015
- Tribe Provisions Adventure Hammock Review December 16, 2015
- GO! Outfitters Tarp Preview December 15, 2015
- Yukon Outfitters Prolite Pillow Review December 14, 2015
- Grand Trunk Goods Trunk Straps Review November 4, 2015
- Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket Review September 24, 2015
- Ohuhu Sleeping Bag Review September 15, 2015
- Treble Hammock Tree-O Hammock Frame Prototype Preview September 14, 2015
- Yukon Outfitters Freedom Hammock Review August 31, 2015
- Ticket to the Moon Mammock Hammock Review August 29, 2015
- DD Tarp 3×3 MC Review August 6, 2015
- Byer of Maine Paradiso and Barbados Hammock Review August 4, 2015
- DD Hammock Quilt Review August 3, 2015
- Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Single, Double Review July 28, 2015
- Therm-a-Rest Slacker Bug Shelter Review July 27, 2015
- Therm-a-Rest Slacker Suspenders (Tree Strap) Review July 23, 2015
- Updates on the Amok Draumr 3.0 Hammock July 22, 2015
- BooneDox Drifter Hammock Stand Review June 18, 2015
- Gear Best Cotton Hammock Review June 17, 2015
- Wilderness Logics Tadpole Tarp and Door Mod Review June 3, 2015
- 2T's Outdoors Ultimate Backpacking Chair (UBC) Review May 29, 2015
- AntiGravityGear UL Deluxe Bear Bag System Review May 27, 2015
- Kammok Roo Hammock Review April 28, 2015
- Hammeck Envy-S Hammock Review April 14, 2015
- Sierra Madre Research Nubé Shelter Review March 31, 2015
- Dream Hammock ThunderBird Review March 24, 2015
- Thailand Jungle Hammock Review March 10, 2015
- Sierra Madre Research Pares and xPlor Hammock Review February 20, 2015
- Hennessy Hammock Announces 3 Jungle Models February 18, 2015
- AntiGravityGear Quicksilver Ultralight Hammock Review February 17, 2015
- ENO JungleNest Review February 6, 2015
- Upcoming Reviews for Early 2015 December 23, 2014
- Bonefire Gear 30°F Insulated Hammock December 11, 2014
- Tentsile Stingray Tree Tent Review December 8, 2014
- ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Review November 25, 2014
- Amok Draumr Hammock Kit Review November 19, 2014
- Speed Cinch Stakes Review November 18, 2014
- Down and Synthetic Bootie/Sock Comparison Chart September 16, 2014
- Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Single Review September 5, 2014
- Hummingbird Hammock Single Review August 25, 2014
- Impressions – Therm-a-Rest Hammocks August 14, 2014
- First Look: The Two-Person Clark Vertex Hammock August 2, 2014
- First Look: ENO JungleNest Hammock Review August 1, 2014
- Outdoor Products Skyline Pack Review June 23, 2014
- Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock and XLC 2014 Review May 6, 2014
- Byer of Maine Moskito Kakoon Hammock Review April 25, 2014
- Maverick Gear Hammock Review April 10, 2014
- Sheltowee Hammock Review April 9, 2014
- Elevated Movement Hammock Review April 8, 2014
- Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free Review March 26, 2014
- Grand Trunk Goods Hooded Travel Pillow Review March 25, 2014
- DD Hammocks Jungle Hammock Modular System Review March 21, 2014
- Hammock Bliss Extra Large Rain Fly Review January 28, 2014
- Tato Gear Ridgeline Tarp Connector Review January 2, 2014
- The Piranha from Fish Bone Knotless Gear Review December 19, 2013
- Testing the Garda Hitch December 18, 2013
- Trail Tested: Sawyer Mini Filter Review November 11, 2013
- Hammock Bliss Gear Review November 7, 2013
- ENO Down-filled Hammock Quilts Reviewed October 29, 2013
- ENO ProFly Review October 24, 2013
- Warbonnet Ridgerunner Bridge Hammock Review October 22, 2013
- The Outdoor Trail Dehydrated Meal Review October 17, 2013
- Simply Light Designs Streamliner SL Hammock Review September 30, 2013
- Hammock Suspension Kit for New Hangers September 27, 2013
- ENO Atlas Strap Review September 26, 2013
- KAMMOK Python Strap Review September 25, 2013
- UK Hammocks Woodsman X Hammock Review September 23, 2013
- First Look – ENO Hammock Quilts September 20, 2013
- BIAS Weight Weenie Micro Hammock Review September 18, 2013
- Making an Adjustable Hammock Ridgeline with a LoopAlien September 11, 2013
- The BIAS Buginator Bug Net Review September 9, 2013
- Eureka! Chrysalis Hammock Review August 30, 2013
- NEMO Bugout 9×9 Shelter Review May 29, 2013
- Portable Hammock Stands May 27, 2013
- Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Review May 10, 2013
- Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid Travel Hammock Review May 8, 2013
- Jacks "R" Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock Review May 2, 2013
- LoopAlien with a Tarp Part 2 April 6, 2013
- LoopAlien with a Tarp and a Continuous Ridge Line April 5, 2013
- The Gobi Gear Hoboroll Review April 2, 2013
- Grand Trunk Nano 7 Hammock Review March 26, 2013
- Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Review March 18, 2013
- DIY Jacks “R” Better Weather Shield February 4, 2013
- Hoo-Rag Multi-function Head Gear Review December 12, 2012
- Handy Hammock Stand Review December 11, 2012
- New From DutchWare – Dutch Clips | ti August 28, 2012
- Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2 Review August 20, 2012
- Anna's Hammock Review August 18, 2012
- Parachute Nylon Hammock Comparison Chart July 3, 2012
take a look at http://www.amokequipment.com/ I came over this by accident but it looks Nice.
Yes, that one I pretty innovative. I’d love to test it.
Have you tested the Nube? Here is a link http://www.smrgearme.com/buy-gear/nube
I’ve seen this hammock and tent but haven’t tested it personally yet.
Hey Derek! Just wanted to know what is ur current favorite hammock at the moment? I know with time, different hammocks may pop up and favorites may be different. Thanks 🙂
Whatever hammock I’m currently in 🙂
In all seriousness, I do have some preferred hammocks, but they are usually trip based. There’s something to be said about kit hammocks that include the bug net, accessory pockets, suspension, and even tarps. These hammocks are what I pick for camping trips; the lighter versions for backpacking.
Indoors, I use just about everything that will fit, but I prefer open hammocks because I don’t have to mess with all the accessories.
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I don’t see a review on the exped hangmat. Is there a specific reason for that?
Do you know other brands that make those out-of-centre systems.
It would be nice to have a picture next to the tested gear ,that would scroll/look easier.
Thanks for the ideas Christophe. All gathered end hammocks are designed to have a diagonal lay, it’s just not as obvious. The Hammock Bliss Sky Bed is one other hammock with a built-in diagonal construction.
Can you do a review on all the Yukon Hammocks?
Yes! I actually have two hammocks, a tarp, suspension, and a bug net. Stay tuned! (I really need to update my list with all the new stuff!)
Any info on Mosquito hammocks?
On the brand? No.
I was just wondering if your BooneDox Drifter review will be posted soon. I’m considering one for places hammocks aren’t allowed on trees. I’m intrigued by the weight vs. other stands I’ve looked and I like your insights.
Drifter Hammock STAND, that is, just noticed they have some other products called Drifter.
I’m interested in the Drifter Stand as well. Has it been reviewed?
No exped? They released the new ergo and the scout is pretty good too
EXPED has great gear, I just haven’t reviewed their hammocks yet–hopefully one day.
I’m new to this site and just getting started with hammock camping. Kinda surprised to not find a review on the ENO DoubleNest, which seems to be the favorite among “mainstream” hammock veterans I talk to. I know Hennessy and others appeal to hard core enthusiasts, but I’m looking for the best gear at a lower price point.
Yes, I need to get my review of the DoubleNest, SingleNest, and ProNest published. Honestly, there isn’t much to say there as they are a very pedestrian hammock. If you are looking for a lower price point but with the same (or better) quality, I would look at Yukon Outfitters or even Ticket-to-the-Moon. ENO is a major hammock brand and their prices reflect their strong presence in the marketplace. Their hammocks are a little on the small size (length) compared to all the other brands in the market.
Thanks very much. Looking to buy for myself and as gifts. I’m finding many teens and 20-somethings I know want a hammock if they don’t already have one. I was going to go with the DoubleNest simply due to its popularity, particularly on Amazon. Because of your timely reply I’ll research further. I hope recipients won’t be disappointed if I gift them a lesser known Yukon. They’re fortunately not brand label snobs. If they gripe I’ll tell them to bring their complaints to you. (Just a little joke.)
Whatever happens I’ll sure turn them all on to this blog.
Hi again Derek,
I’ve also had this OuterEQ recommended. I’m skeptical of the weight capacity given the price. Have you any experience with it?
(I should point out that the OuterEQ came recommended by a college kid who uses it mainly for lounging around campus and in his dorm – not so much for camping. He’s never tried it as a double, but it’s sold as such.)
Double usually just means it’s wider than the single. Since they use the same fabric, a single and double will have the same weight rating.
I’ve ordered both a Yukon Double and the OuterEQ above. Whatever the comparison, I’m sure to find a willing taker for whichever I do not prefer. Any opinion you may offer will still be appreciated.
I’ve tested most of the Yukon products. They are good quality. Their made in the USA hammocks are a bit better all around.
No. But from appearances it looks like your basic parachute nylon hammock. Each company sets their own weight rating, but they generally range from 250 to 400 lbs.
Excellent blog by the way. Outstanding instruction and pointers I’ve found nowhere else. Thanks!
Hi Derek, this website is a great resource! I was wondering what you would recommend as far as getting a hammock with good back support? The typical hammocks I lay in start to hurt my back after about an hour.
Thanks Eric. First, are you hanging the hammock with a good sag and laying diagonally?
I haven’t tried to lay in a hammock that way. I will try it out! I imagine though that you wouldn’t be able to roll around and have to stay on your back. I usually change positions frequently at night.
Ah! I think I answered my own question. I just read your review of the Maverick. I think I will try to figure out how the “ergonomic flat” of a regular hammock works for me before I try something like the Maverick. It’s good to know that those kind of hammocks exist though!
I have an AntiGravityGear Quiksilver Ultralight Hammock System and I absolutely LOVE it. Totally worth adding AntiGravityGear to your go to for super light gear. For me simplicity is perfection in the good old outdoors. And majority of AntiGravityGear is simple and light but gets the job done beautifully!
Agreed! Simplicity is my mantra as well, and AGG really does a great job in that regard.
Hi Derek, quick question for you. Just got into hammock and currently own a thermarest (with bugbest and tarp). I love it, however, I tend to be a “stomach” sleeper, or side. Back sleep is more for “siestas” 😀
I read on your review of the Amok Draumer could do the trick, and so does the Ergo hammock combi (but this one is a bit overbudget for me).
I would be interested in the Draumer, however I have read mixed reviews and am a bit worried about this.
Would you have other suggestions? And I need bug nesting badly, Canadian forest are.. crowded.
thanks in advance.
The only hang up I have with the Draumr is the need for the pad. The hammock doesn’t work without it. It’s an investment but it works. The Hammock Tent 90° would also work and a regular therm-a-rest would be enough. I would give back sleeping a try. It seems odd to those of us used to mattress sleeping. Because the pressure points are removed I find I sleep on my back all night. It is actually the healthiest way to sleep for lots of reasons.
Thanks a lot! I’ll try sleep in my therma rest another go as you suggest… Just pinged Amok to know if my current mattress would fit in (mondoking by thermarest).
I am not doing long distances so a pad wouldn’t be a problem if this gets me hammock immaculate sleep.
thanks for your site and reviews, they are very helpful.
Hi Derek – I’m looking for a stand system compatible with backpacking in places without trees. I see that Handy Hammock is (at least temporarily) out of business. Do you know of any other similar lightweight, packable stands?
Unfortunately no. I’m not sure if there is anything like it.
I recently saw that ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) launched a lightweight portable hammock stand called the Nomad. Pretty sure it was less than 15 lbs and comes with a travel bag! Can’t wait to try one out.
Have you tried out the REI Co-op Flash Air yet?
Hey Derek, what do you think about Claytor Hammocks? Particularly the Camping Hammock? Thanks
Good hammock! Just not as popular as most, but not for lack of features, comfort, or design.
For the Poortramps, such as myself, I bought a new 78″ wide (true double) Chinese ENO knock-off with 1″ hanging straps and biners for $17 and a separate full surround zippered bug net for $15 on ebay. I’ll put up the fabric and sewing to any of the popular American brands that sel for 400%-700% the cost and guess where they’re made? Uh-huh, China. Add to that a tarp/fly and the one I bought is the Hennessey Hex Asym for $65; all at under $100 and could be done cheaper with a 10′ X 10′ tarp from any number of ebay vendors in China. I’ve yet to use it, as I’ve to date used tents, but I wanted to see what all the flap’s about. Well, first I like the size, as my preferred Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 weighs 6 lbs w/ stakes and lines and the whole hammock rig is 4.25. Add to that the versatility of ground camping without the hammock; just the bug net hung slack between two trekking poles with two large mylar emergency blankets, one on the ground and one inside the bug net, my Big Agnes Air Core Ultra insulated pad on top, and the Hennessey Hex tarp in foul weather; gets it down to 2.86 lbs. w/ stakes and guy lines. And it’s big enough for two with more than rain coverage to stow gear than the vestibules on the MH Drifter 2. I’m taking it on my next outing to try all configurations and in the event that it’s a wash (I doubt that), then I’m not out much and it would be relegated to the INCH bag for emergency use.