COTTON OR NYLON Most of the hammocks on the market are made out of one of two materials: NYLON HAMMOCKS are the way to go for camping trips. SIZE The length and width of your hammock are normally a matter of personal preferences. If you plan to sleep alone, going for a hammock that is too wide can wrap around you further and make you feel claustrophobic. MAXIMUM WEIGHT CAPACITY You should always consider your own weight and the maximum weight capacity of the hammock. There are some extra-large models to suit tall and heavy campers, and double models for those who want to share it with friends or partners.
Loading the hammock with more than the recommended maximum weight capacity can reduce the lifespan of the product, and is potentially dangerous. The longer the straps and the more attachment points it has, the better. This gives you more flexibility to work around different types of trees. Use straps that are tree-friendly. The Hyperlite and Ultralight Backpacker are rated to hold up to lb and the Expedition will hold up to lb. That said, the Expedition is still pretty light and is a great value buy.
More room is usually more comfortable when it comes to hammock sleeping. You can also add the popular Hennessy Snakeskins for easy setup and takedown. It has an asymmetrical design for flat sleeping and a convenient shelf panel for gear storage. It comes in a single-layer or double-layer design and two different fabric thicknesses. The double-layer design increases the max weight rating and provides a compartment to hold a sleeping pad in place. Choosing the thicker fabric will increase durability and max weight rating as well.
The Warbonnet Blackbird will only work for those under 6ft tall. This suspension bridge design keeps tension along the top edges of the hammock, which allows your feet and head to hang much lower than traditional hammocks. This flat-sleeping design also lends itself well to sleeping pad use. The downside of this design is that it adds weight. This hammock is among the heavier backpacking hammocks I recommend, but the unique comfort it offers is worth the extra weight for some campers.
HAMMOCK STRAPS It's a bit of a shame, but most day-use hammocks don't come with straps these days. And then there are hammocks that do include straps. But far too often those straps are low cost and low quality. Meaning you'll probably end up buying hammock straps anyway. So my advice is to save yourself the hassle and pick up one of the following hammock strap options listed below. There are also many online guides that will teach you how to string up a hammock with lightweight rope and simple knots.
My preference is to go with hammock straps because they're faster, easier, and more convenient to use. Designs for whoopie slings have slight differences, but in general they use a simple loop and knot system that holds tension with weight, but can be easily adjusted when not under pressure. STRAPS - Hammock straps are about as simple and convenient as hammock hanging gets.