When most people think of hammocks, they think of your traditional white rope hammocks with wooden ends hanging in the backyard on a hammock stand. Using one while camping or hiking just doesn’t come to mind. However, wouldn't it be nice to bring a light weight packable version along with you for that mid-afternoon break, or place to lounge around the site? How about to camp out of directly? We’ve got a great selection of hammocks made for just that. Packable, light and extremely comfortable, you’ll never think about hammocks the same way again.

So what makes these hammocks different? Well to start they’re not made of ropes, but rather parachute style nylon with carabineers for securing to straps and trees. When stored, this incredibly strong material compresses to about the size of a grapefruit. Are they comfortable? You bet they are. These super breathable and sometimes wicking hammocks contour perfectly to the shape of your body, while providing enough support in that they don’t fold up on you like a cocoon. Care to take it backpacking? Weighing less than a pound, these hammocks are a bit easier to take along with you than your standard backyard hammock. Replace your tent with it and you’ll have an even lighter load!

When would I use a hammock? There are a few ways in which this style of hammock can really come in handy. Personally, I love setting one up on the campsite for the perfect spot to relax. They’re small enough to throw in the car or even the kayak as nothing beats resting off a day of paddling like a nap in a hammock. At under a pound, they’re great for taking on an extended trip or just a day hike, as you never know just when the perfect resting spot will be found. But what about camping in one?

As a hammock and straps is lighter weight than the majority of even the lighter backpacking tents, some people find that a hammock is simply all they need. Incredibly breathable, you’ll sleep like a baby in these body conforming hammocks that keep you off the hard ground and incredibly comfortable. For those interested in this option, there are bug nets, tarps for cover and even lighting options available. Other additional options include insulating pieces for cooler nights as well as items to help hold your sleeping pad in place. Overall, with hammock camping you can maintain a lot of the functionality of having a tent, while cutting down drastically on weight and packable size.

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