Hammock tents are not for everyone, especially if you sleep with your partner or family in one tent but for others they offer a great alternative that is both environmentally friendly and very comfortable for the body.
The best hammock tent will keep you dry, bug free and comfortable.
Hanging a hammock tent is quick and simple, all you need are two trees a good distance apart. Finding a spot for a sleeping hammock can often be easier to find than a flat, clear spot for a regular ground tent.
This type of camping hammocks means you are not sleeping on the ground but instead you are sleeping in a suspended hammock above the ground.
Hanging a hammock tent is easy, you just need two healthy trees a good distance apart. To avoid damaging the tree bark, use webbed straps to wrap around the trees.
I have not yet heard of a double hammock tent, but many single sleepers swear by these sleeping hammocks after their first try.
The benefits are numerous:
- They are much lighter than a regular tent for camping. This is especially beneficial for backpackers. You do not need any poles and the entire tarp with rain cover can weigh less than a pound.
- You do not need a sleeping pad as the design of a hammock tent supports your back and relaxes the body naturally.
- Sleeping on your side or back is easy as they are designed to support your body sleeping in different ways.
- Hanging a rain cover above the hammock keeps the rain off, bug shields are also available.
- Usually takes much less time to set up than a regular tent for camping.
- I would not call these cheap hammocks but they do cost much less than a quality ground tent.
- Being suspended above ground means no more sleeping on uneven ground, sloping sites or finding small rocks poking through your sleeping pad at night.
The downside is pretty small:
- I have not heard of a two person hammock tent so unless you are sleeping alone this will not work for you.
- There is less insulation and you may feel colder if the temperature drops at night because you will not have anything keeping your backside warm.
I'll admit I've yet to spend the night in a hammock tent but it is tempting to try as I've heard only great things from people that do use them regularly.
If you are going backpacking with a group of friends and sleeping alone or your kids are old enough that they need their own sleeping place I would recommend giving these serious consideration. A hammock tent might just be the perfect tent for you.