Hammock Camping 101: 5 Reasons Why You Should Switch From A Tent To A Hammock

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Hammock Camping: Think Outside The Tent“Think outside the tent.”

It’s a saying I’ve been using since Trek Light Gear began.  I grew up camping in a tent.  So did just about every one of you reading this right now – if you went camping and it wasn’t in a cabin or an RV, you slept in a tent.  A tent is the universal symbol of camping as much as a rod is for fishing.

And then one day I discovered hammock camping and my life changed.

The important thing for many people to realize is that leaving the tent behind and switching to a hammock isn’t about roughing it more or sacrificing comfort for the sake of minimalism – in fact, it’s just the opposite.  Hammock camping is more comfortable, more enjoyable and even easier to setup and take down, without the sacrifices often associated with ultralight or minimalist gear.   But, convincing yourself to head out into the woods without the one thing that has always been a part of your camping experience is no easy task.  To get there, you’ll need to understand the WHY behind hammock camping and that’s exactly why I’m writing this post.

1.) You’ll Sleep Better.  A LOT Better.

It’d be easy to go into an enormous amount of detail here, but I’ve already covered this subject pretty extensively in our Sleeping In A Hammock Guide and posts like Sleeping In A Hammock Is Good For You or Seven Benefits To Sleeping In A Hammock.

The bottom line is that once you know how to setup your hammock and sleep in it properly you’re going to sleep better than you ever have camping and likely even get a better night’s sleep than you do at home.

You’ll fall asleep with a smile on your face and you’ll wake up happy, refreshed, and comfortable.  Most people I speak to associate camping trips with the feeling of coming home happy but exhausted – that familiar feeling of “I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed” is almost universal after a camping trip, yet it shouldn’t be that way.

Hammock CampingWhen I discovered hammock camping I found that I was finally coming home from each trip with the feeling that we all crave from a camping experience – the feeling of being recharged and energized.  Now, like so many who have begun camping with hammocks, when I climb into my bed after a weekend in the woods I actually find myself wishing I was back in the hammock instead.  I can’t stress enough how incredible of a feeling that is and how much it changes something that I had simply taken for granted about camping.

By switching out one piece of gear you have the ability to completely transform your camping experience.

2.) The Ground Is Unforgiving, Floating Wins Every Time.

How many times have you tossed and turned at night in a tent because of a badly placed rock or tree root that you didn’t realize was there when you set your tent up?  Or maybe you found the softest patch of ground around and didn’t realize that it was actually on a slight decline so you feel like you’re sleeping on a hill all night.

Snow Hammock CampingWith a hammock you’ll never again care what the ground looks like underneath you. You can camp on a hill. You can camp over rocks, roots, stumps, and even snow and wet ground and have the exact same comfort every single night no matter what’s beneath you.

People always ask if it’s harder to find a spot to setup a hammock than a tent.  The answer is an easy NO. Because the ground no longer matters, I’ve often got my hammock setup long before my tent companions have even finished looking for a perfect patch of ground to place their tent.   With a hammock hanging kit like our Rope and Carabiner Bundle you don’t have to look for two perfectly spaced trees, you simply adjust where you hook your hammock into the straps to accommodate for the distance and hop in.

3.) Breathe Deep, You’re OUTSIDE.

This is one of my favorite benefits to being in a hammock and sometimes the hardest to convey until you experience it for yourself.

Hammock fresh airIf you’re a tent camper you’ll often feel a strong sense of pride when you see someone camping in an RV.  “What’s the point?” you think, “Aren’t you supposed to be out here to get outside?”  Real campers use tents, not big trucks with kitchens and bathrooms and beds, right?  But, the first night you fall asleep and wake up in a hammock you’ll realize something instantly – you’ve been shutting yourself in a lighter, thinner, and more cramped ‘mobile home’ every time you’ve camped in a tent.

In a tent you lose the air flow (even with the windows open), you lose the stars, you can’t stand up to do anything and you can’t easily see what’s around you.  You often fall asleep in a cold box and wake up in a hot and stuffy box and, if you’re lucky, you didn’t roll over into that puddle that’s somehow accumulated in the corner even though your tent’s supposed to be waterproof.

Back in my tent days I remember going through a similar routine every summer: I’d wake up in the morning and feel like I needed to get up and out of the tent as quickly as possible even if I was still tired.  The sun would quickly be turning my tent into a sauna and I’d find myself moving into a camping chair by the fire pit, waiting for other people to wake up and go through the same process so we could all sit around and talk about what rock or root had kept us up during the night (or marvel at the one person in the group who slept great and seemed to possess an almost superhuman ability to sleep through, and on, anything).

Get off the groundWhen you fall asleep in your hammock you’ll fall asleep breathing fresh air that’s flowing freely around you and it’s almost impossible to truly appreciate the difference it makes until you experience it yourself.  When you wake up you’ll feel the breeze on your face instead of the tent’s sauna effect and you’ll realize that you’re exactly where you want to be.  You’ll spend the first 20 minutes of your day listening and actually watching the wind rustle the leaves around you.   You’ll watch clouds filter by, birds hop from tree to tree and maybe even see a beautiful sunrise without doing anything but opening an eye.  You’ll be comfortable, relaxed and ready to start your day when you’re ready and not when you feel like you need to escape the tent.

4.) Hammocks Now Have All The Features A Tent Has

Forget about what you’re missing, because it’s all here: a hammock mosquito net, a hammock tarp, even a hammock gear loft for your belongings.  I’ve heard some people ask about privacy for changing clothes – when you setup your tarp around your hammock you not only have privacy, you have something even more precious: the ability to stand up easily and change comfortably without being a hunchback.

Winter hammock campingWorried about cold weather camping?

Hammocks aren’t just for the beach anymore.  Your hammock rain fly can be setup to reflect heat just like a tent and if that’s not enough there are plenty of additional options and accessories for hammock camping in cold weather.

As with most outdoor gear, it’s all a question of how committed you are to investing in the gear you need to be comfortable.  With hammock camping, just like tent camping, it’s easy to get all the basics you need at an affordable price.  As you go further down the rabbit hole you can always invest in lighter gear and 4-season options – there’s a constantly growing world of great hammock accessories out there to help you camp comfortably in any environment.

All of Trek Light Gear’s accessories are designed as individual components which adds another great advantage over most tent designs: you can always camp as minimally as possible and just add layers when you need them.  Camping where there’s no bugs? Leave the bug net behind, you don’t need to bring it or set it up.  When you don’t have to worry about the rain or the cold you can ditch the tarp and sleep right under the stars in just your hammock or with the hammock bug net alone to keep the bugs out.  Just as you change what clothes you pack depending on where you’re going and what the weather will be, you’ve got layers which you can dress your hammock up with or you can just put the top down and feel the breeze, it’s all up to to you.

5.)  It’s A Hammock!

You’re either reading that and thinking it sounds like a pretty weak Reason #5 or you’re saying ‘Exactly!’, so let me explain what I mean:  A tent serves only one purpose while camping other than maybe changing your clothes or hiding from the rain – and that’s sleeping.   You bring it with you, go to the trouble of picking out a spot and assembling it, and you’ve got something that you’ll likely only use at night while you sleep.   Sure that’s an important purpose, but why stop there?

A hammock is your tent, yet it’s so much more than a place to sleep.  When you’ve got a hammock with you, you’ve also got a comfortable camp chair with you at all times, a place to sit and cook your food if necessary, hang out and tell jokes around the campfire, or just to relax and read a book while the day floats by. Hammock camping with kidsNot only that, it’s a hammock/chair you can take with you on your day hikes and set up next to that waterfall or after you’ve exhausted yourself on a climb.  You’ve got a place to curl up at night with a friend and count stars and a swing for the kids to play in. In fact, if you’ve got kids, there’s a bonus reason here: Hammocks are way more fun than tents! Having a hammock around the campsite is a sure-fire way to keep kids entertained, well-napped, and happy throughout any camping trip.

A hammock has incredible multi-use abilities on a camp trip, but it’s also after and in between your camp trips where the hammock really shines and blows the tent away.  Your Trek Light Hammock isn’t meant to be stuck in the closet with your other camping gear, it’s a hammock after all.  You’ll string your hammock between two cars next time you’re tailgating, you’ll hang out in the backyard for the next BBQ, you’ll take it on vacation, use it indoors during the winter, and you’ll set it up on your next summer lunch break and watch the day’s stress disappear in no time.

Your tent?  It’ll be sitting in your camping closet and the next time you come across it you’ll smile and wonder how that RV-in-a-bag ever got into your gear closet at all.

If You’re Not Convinced, Read This

The best part about a lightweight hammock is that it’s an incredible addition to your camping gear even if you don’t sleep in it.  With our lightest hammock weighing only 14oz and packing down into a pouch smaller than your Nalgene bottle, you can easily bring it in addition to your tent and enjoy all the benefits the hammock offers without needing to commit to leaving your tent behind.

TLG Lunch BreakNothing beats having a hammock around the campsite even if you plan on spending the night in your tent.  Whether reading a book, taking a nap after a hike or just hanging around, you’ll revolutionize your camping experience regardless of where you choose to lay your head at the end of the night.  Better yet, try tossing your sleeping bag (and pad if it’s chilly) in the hammock and falling asleep – if you change your mind at any point in the night you can easily climb back into your tent.

Most importantly, if you do try spending a night in a hammock and have any issues, don’t give up.  We hear from people every day that are ‘instant converts’ – like my own experience, one night in the hammock can be all it takes to proclaim it one of the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had and decide to leave the tent behind for good.  But for every one of those experiences there are plenty of people who go through a little bit more of a learning curve and adjustment period.  You’ve been sleeping in a bed or on the ground your entire life, unless you’re a rock star sleeper your body and mind may just take a night or two to get used to it.

The more you know:  As we’ve mentioned many times on this blog and elsewhere,  there are definitely a few tips and tricks you want to know before sleeping in a hammock for the first time.  Take a few minutes and read our How To Sleep In A Hammock guide and you’ll learn how setting your hammock up properly and lying in it the right way can make all the difference in the world.  Hammocks are not all created equal by any means, so to avoid a bad first experience make sure you’re using a hammock designed for sleeping and not just grabbing the first backyard hammock you come across.

The phrase ‘hammock camping’ itself has grown in popularity in the last few years – there are now hammock camping books (highly recommended once you take the plunge), entire message forums dedicated to the topic, and even how-to courses popping up at local outdoor stores.  Once you’ve made the switch you’ll wonder why we need to call it ‘hammock camping’ at all.  Me?  I’m just going camping – and doing it better, smarter, and more comfortably than I ever have before.

If you’ve made the switch, I’d love to hear your story in the comments below. Got questions?  Let me know and I’ll do my best to get you the help you need to improve your camping experience.

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  • Roger Feir

    I”ve been planning to make the switch from tent to hammock, after reading your article , now I am implementing. Thanks.

  • Glad to hear it Roger – let us know how it goes and if you have any questions down the road!

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  • Nikole

    Its crazy….we always had a hammock at our campsite but we slept in our tent. We would sleep in the hammock all day for hours and yet toss and turn all night in the tent and our parents never even thought of hammock camping. I am buying one for myself and all 4 of my kids…lol…. we are gonna go camping!!! I hadn’t thought of this until I read this while looking for my mother a christmas present.

  • It’s definitely an option to setup a bunk-style arrangement for the hammocks to help you remain as close as possible to your younger kids. When it comes to the idea of protection though, it’s important to point out that a tent doesn’t offer any actual protection from a bear – if it smells something it likes and wants to get in your tent, it’s going to! There’s even a strong argument to be made that a tent could be less safe than a hammock because it gives you only one exit (and that exit could easily be inoperable if a bear collapses your tent or is trying to get in thru the door).

    When it comes to bear safety prevention is more important than anything else (ie. keeping all of your food away from your campsite). Once an encounter occurs there are often no rules or ways to predict what’s actually safest, so it’s just my opinion here – but personally I feel a lot safer in a hammock knowing that I can move freely from my bed if I need to!

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  • You are the man Seth, great content on here

  • Orange

    “When you wake up you’ll feel the breeze on your face (…) and you’ll realize that you’re exactly where you want to be.”
    This sums up everything. <3

  • Colin Gagné

    Would you be colder on the ground or in a hammock. on the ground you have more insulation and in a hammock its just air.

  • Aixa Correa

    The ground is actually colder. The earth cools faster than the air around you, which results in the ground pulling in your heat, taking it away from you, which is why we use sleeping pads to act as a barrier. Also, the air closer to the ground is colder since the ground is pulling in the heat from the air as well. Also, heat rises! So if you’re farther from the ground, you should be warmer!

  • Aixa Correa

    Buying a tent is on my gear list, since I don’t own one of my own yet. And I’ve been iffy about sleeping in hammocks because I tried it once and it felt a bit restricting. (I did sleep in the hammock with a sleeping bag though) However, after reading this, I’m definitely considering the hammock over the tent! Thanks for this detailed article about hammocking! It’s really well-written.

  • Thanks for reading Aixa! 99% of the time if a hammock feels restricting it’s because it’s being pulled too tight. When you pull a hammock tight it creates what is commonly referred to as the ‘shoulder squeeze’. The trick is to get a wide hammock like our Double and then hang it with a nice loose curve to it – you’ll be able to lie at an angle, get your body flat, and have plenty of room to move around and get comfortable!

  • Aixa Correa

    Wow, sounds great! Thanks for the reply Seth.

  • Marcus Rocky Davis

    What if you are backpacking through prairieland or savanna and there are no trees??

  • Hey Marcus – Check out the follow-up post I wrote here: http://www.treklightgear.com/treklife/no-trees-hammock/

  • Tiffany

    I’m going on an 18 mile mountain trail run in June with my cousins and found out they want to camp the night before. Naturally the first thing I imagined was having a miserable nights sleep just before what will be the most physically challenging thing I’ve ever done (childbirth aside). I’ve been researching hammocks and crossing my fingers that it will address my concerns. Anyone have a good experience similar to this? I welcome any ideas or tips.

  • Hey Tiffany – My best suggestion would be to get a hammock and give it a try a few times before the eve of your run. Sleeping in a Trek Light hammock before a big race like that will likely be the best night’s sleep you can ask for – but if you’re doing it for the first time that night then you’re not giving yourself a chance for any learning curve. Everyone sleeps a little different and you’ll want to figure out how you like to hang the hammock, how much insulation you need, etc. so you can just lie back and get some great sleep that night!

  • Tiffany

    Thank you Seth, I will definitely do that. After reading more of your posts, I’m confident that I will be able to make it work better than I had hoped. I’m anxious to give the hammock a test run, I should be receiving it Wednesday! 🙂

  • Andrew Lanich

    Hey, serious question for you!! What about wild animals? And I don’t mean pesky bats and harmless things like that.. I mean if I go up and camp in Glacier National Park, what stops a bear from just walking right up to my hammock and being like “Hey man, you look pretty tasty” ??

  • When it comes to the idea of protection from predators, it’s important to recognize that a tent doesn’t really offer any protection from a bear or other predator – any protected feeling you have in a tent is a mental one at best. 🙂 If a bear smells something it likes and wants to get in your tent, it’s certainly going to, and a tent won’t help keep those smells or curiosity at bay.

    I won’t make any claims here, but there’s a strong argument to be made that a tent could be less safe than a hammock because it gives you only one exit if you need to get out – and that exit could easily be inoperable if a bear collapses your tent or is trying to get in thru the door.

    When it comes to bear safety, prevention is more important than anything else (ie. keeping all of your food away from your campsite). Once an encounter occurs there are often no rules or ways to predict what’s actually safest, so it’s just my opinion here – but personally I feel a lot safer in a hammock knowing that I can get up and out and move freely from my bed if I need to!

  • Andrew Lanich

    Awesome, thanks for the info! I’ve camped and hiked many, MANY times along the East coast, but I haven’t ventured far into bear country yet. This summer we are camping in Montana, Colorado, Utah, and northern California though! Would love to bring only a hammock and fly, so this info helps a lot! Thanks

  • My hammock weighs the same as my lightweight tent, although using the hammock I end up taking a lot less gear ( like mat, pillow, small hammer, pegs) so the weight and space advantages of a hammock really add up when I’m cycle touring

  • Chris Delich

    One should string a hammock at least 27-42 feet high due the bear threat and belay down. Also, you can take your bow up with you and nab one of those early morning deer.

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  • Hector Clas

    Please help. This is my game plan: Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock, Kelty Noah’s Tarp Shelter 12x12feet, Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Strap, Set of 2, Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net, this would be my first time motor cycle hammock camping, do I need to make any adjustments to this and which sz snake skin should I use? I will be using a floor futon mattress, sized 3″ thick x 30″ wide x 80″ long. This would be for central to southern Florida weather, and in about a year the Appalachian Trail, the only camping I have done previous to this has been tent camping. I am 62y/o if it makes a difference, but mostly I am interested in the direct hammock camping gear,

  • Hi Hector – We try to keep everything on our blog fairly brand neutral, it’s intended to be educational regardless of the hammock you choose and not a sales pitch. But Eagles Nest Outfitters is a competitor of ours and of course I have to recommend our products first! Everything you’re looking for is included in our Happy Camper Bundle (http://www.treklightgear.com/gear/hammock-camping-kits/happy-camper-hammock-camping-kit.html ) and our Tent Slayer Kit (http://www.treklightgear.com/gear/hammock-camping-kits/tent-slayer.html ) or can be purchased individually on our site so I would definitely recommend substituting Trek Light Gear for all those products listed above! If you have any questions about our products just let me know!

  • Christine G.

    Where do you suggest you leave your backpack and other camping gear? At least in a tent you can bring it in with you and its safe, how about a hammock? I LOVE LOVE the idea of a hammock and you’ve sold me on it, I’m just so worried about some other hikers or hippies stealing my stuff

  • In all my experience I’ve yet to encounter a middle of the night gear stealing hiker (especially not a hippie!) but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out our VersaTrek gear loft (http://www.treklightgear.com/versatrek.html) – it’s a mini hammock for your gear designed so you can keep your pack above you or below you for easy and protected access while you sleep.

  • Pat, Widow of an Air Force Vet

    For those of you with bad knees I highly recommend a small round pillow material under your knees. I use my sweatshirt rolled up in a small sack. That feeling of your knees bending backwards is gone instantly and lets you sleep like a baby.

  • Rusty Johnson

    Got a group of guys that go to the Boundary Waters every year and have always did tents, but don’t sleep to good. Thinking we’ll try hammock camping this year. Do you ever get rain blowing in around the ends of your tarp? I still need to buy a system for this. Do you suggest the happy camper system or another that you sell. I want to buy something that has every thing i’ll need to stay comfy, dry, and bug free as possible ! Thanks !

  • Hi Rusty – The great thing about a square tarp or rain fly like ours is that it can be setup in a number of different ways depending on the weather conditions. So if it’s easy to tell which way the wind is primarily blowing then it’s usually just a matter of orienting your tarp the right way to prevent wind and rain from getting at you. If the wind is drastically changing directions and there’s no way to pick the right side so to speak then I’ll usually end up just setting my tarp as low and tight on my hammock as I possibly can to minimize any chance of rain blowing in.. Since you’ve typically got a tree at each end of your hammock the tree trunks will usually help block the wind and rain also.

    The Happy Camper is a perfect introductory set for hammock camping and has everything you need to get started. The Tent Slayer is our next option up, which also includes the gear loft, a hammock camping book, and a few other accessories. You can’t go wrong either way!

    A lot of our customers have told me they’ve become hammock camping converts after a trip to the Boundary Waters so it sounds like the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

  • Scott David Bentz

    Made the switch. I sleep better camping now than in my own bed. Mostly the wife’s fault lol. Important to note since your off the ground convection strips your heat away a lot faster so if you have a 30 bag and want to hammock on a 30 night better bring the 0 bag or use an under quilt. I like to star gaze so rarely setup the tarp. Also follow links in the descriptions on this page! The Hammock Angle article really improved my comfort while sleeping. I don’t feel like I’m trapped in the Great Wall of China anymore!

  • Love to hear it Scott and great advice on keeping warm! Happy Hammocking!

  • Dismayed

    I have a Neoair pad that has a 5.7 R value. No doubt that I’d be warmer sleeping on the pad than in a hammock.

  • Stanley Lewandowski

    I got a hammock at my summer place. It’s nice to lay in it and read a book burning the heat of the day or after fishing. I got it in the shade where it’s breezy and I got a swing stick. I always end up reading about 15 pages then knocking out for 20 min. At home I can’t sleep on my back but it’s no problem in my hammock. I got vacation in 5 days and I’m spending it at the summer place and I will spend a night or two out in my hammock.

  • David

    Made the switch back in 2000-2002 when I first learned about Hennessey Hammocks out of Canada and their unique bottom entry hammocks! My biggest hurdle has always been keeping warm when the temperatures drop. I lived in the southeast US and a hammock was easily a 4 season option most years with minimal additions of insulation. When I moved to IL winter and some summers got very chilly without an investment in dedicated down insulation to help fend off the cold– 4 season is doable, but not the easiest. Now that I’m out in CO I have had the most difficult time out of all the places that I have tried to hang my hammock. The prettiest places I have been visiting put me above tree line- no trees no camping, and to be honest above tree line isn’t fun camping anyway, but with no trees there are less options about hanging my hammock. Below tree line life is a lot easier and trees abound. The rocky slopes often littered with rock and shallow soil make life difficult for my tenting friends. The perpetual battle of staying warm still rages on, but with the a set of good down quilts and a homemade Reflectix pad I’m comfortable to at least 10-15 def F. Looking forward to a set of 0deg F quilts to go out and do some snow shoeing this winter in the backcountry!

    A quick word to the wise: In my experience a lot of the great gear that is out there for hammock camping and light weight and UL backpacking I think of as being a part of a cottage industry. This is because so much of the process is hand-made and assembled. Example- the lead time from a quilt manufacturer, Hammock Gear, is several weeks for an order, without custom requests for overfill of down in quilts or specialized lengths for non-standard hammocks; on the upside, however, if you want them to add a few extra ounces of overfill to your quilts near the feet because you’ feet get cold they’ll happily accommodate that request so you get the gear that suits you- and not the average.

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  • karmakazi

    What about a two man tent vs a two man hammock they can’t be as comfy for couples

  • Sounds like you should give it a try! I share my Double hammock as a couple and sleep great and I’ve spoken with hundreds of customers who do the same – even one couple who hiked the entire AT happily sharing a hammock after long days of hiking. In the end it boils down to personal sleeping habits, you are definitely very close in the hammock and most likely spooning through the night. If you typically need lots of space and sleep on opposite sides of the bed, then you should consider setting up your own hammocks side by side – you still get all the advantages of getting off the ground while still being next to each other like you would in a tent.

  • oz7com

    I just received my camping hammock — it’stands mesh nylon. I won’t drown in the rain. I already have a tarp and bivy that I can use with it.

  • TopCampingHammocks

    Great article! So much detail and very convincing points on the awesomeness of hammocks! Keep up the great work!

  • scope

    Like anything, you could certainly learn to love sharing one double hammock with the one you like to be so close to. But from a basic point of view, the hammock has one small point center of gravity, and no matter how “double” it is, and its just not conducive to two people being in it. So, a hammock is really a solo type piece of gear. Many couples do share the experience by hanging together, like off one tree to a separate pair of trees, under one big tarp. For me, simply having my honey there in camp with me to share that experience is da bomb. I don’t want to ruin it with how I sleep!! (or vice-versa) 😉

  • Skyla Stewart

    I’m very interested in trying a hammock as a bed replacement. I have severe degenerative arthritis in my hips and back. I sleep very little moving from recliner to couch to bed constantly due to pain from pressure. I’m wondering if I could get in and out of a hammock? Its painful getting out of chairs and on or off the bed. Your hammocks would sure be worth a try. I don’t have anywhere to hang one though. I need to figure that part out. Any info is appreciated!

  • Hi Skyla – A hammock stand is a great solution for getting a hammock setup in the home when you don’t have an easy place to hang one. We sell one on our site that works great with our hammocks.

    As far as getting in and out, that’s a tough one to answer. The idea is to setup your hammock at ‘chair height’ or whatever height is most comfortable for you – some people find it easier to hang it a little higher and hop down from it, while others like to hang it lower but then you’re fighting gravity a little bit more. I know that some of our customers who deal with chronic pain issues have devised handles or straps that they can reach from the hammock and use that to pull themselves up.

    There’s no way to know if the hammock will be the answer you’re looking for, but we’ve definitely heard from others with similar issues who have found a lot of relief sleeping in their hammock. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help answer for you!

  • James Neale

    Hello,
    I am a big guy, about 375lbs. most of the single camping hammocks i’ve found have a 300lb limit and I don’t really want to be carting around a double sized hammock, although I’ve never compared them side by side. any recommendations? apart from drop 100lbs…lol

  • Nitrostreak

    So I haven’t been hammock CAMPING yet, but… I sleep in a hammock every single night. It has fully replaced a bed for me. I have a metal hammock stand that I string my hammock across, and it’s great because I can break it down and set it aside if I want more space, or just push the whole rig against a wall.
    I hope to take my hammock to the great outdoors this summer.

  • If you’re already hooked on sleeping in a hammock you’re going to love doing it outdoors. The fresh air, stars above you, feeling that peaceful morning breeze as you rock back and forth – there’s nothing like it. Thanks for sharing and happy hammocking!

  • Hi James – Our Trek Light Gear Single Hammock holds 400lbs so you’d have no problems using it. But I would definitely steer you in the direction of our Double Hammock from a comfort perspective, it’s a difference of a mere 4oz and it takes up about an inch of extra space vs. the Single, so you’re certainly not carting around much extra at all!