Hammock tents are also known as backpacking hammocks, camping hammocks, and others. To set them up, you need to hang them between a pair of trees. These hammocks are usually designed as a kind of overnight shelter.
Benefits of Using a Hammock Tent
Note that they're not suited for use as tents during the day time. They actually have a few advantages over regular sleeping tents when you're out camping:
They are very comfortable - These hammocks are also very easy to setup compared to regular campers.
Hammocks are flexible - they can be setup anywhere there are trees.
They can be setup over muddy ground, steep slopes, and other areas that some may consider untenable
Factors to Consider
There are certain factors you need to consider when you're in the market for one of the best hammock tent. Consider the following:
We do not recommend cotton as the main material of the tent canvass. Sure, they're breathable but they're not suitable for the outdoors.
If you're looking for a mix of durability and breathability, then your options include polyester or nylon fabric or a mix of both. Note that nylon can be more expensive but is more comfortable.
There are hammock tents that have many parts and then there are those that have fewer parts and are easier to setup. The choice is yours whichever setup you want to use.
Whatever type of hammock you prefer, you should be able to use stake down points and use the minimal amount of guy lines to get the right amount of tension.
If you're a beginner, then we recommend that you use a hammock that has an adjustable suspension system, since that is the easiest and fastest type to setup.
Check the indicated maximum weight capacity for each type of hammock tent you see on sale. Your best option is the one that can carry your entire body weight and more.
The hammock will not only carry you when you sleep in it at night. Your gear will also be there with you. Consider the weight of the gear that you will be carrying when figuring out the weight capacity of the hammock that you want to buy.
The hammock should be big enough for you and your gear. It should have enough room for you, your bags and gear, and more space for you to move around. Remember that everyone has different preferences as to their sleeping positions at night.
The minimum length should be 8.5 feet but if you're taller than 6 feet then you should add a couple more inches to the length for every inch you are taller. For example, if you're 6'2" then you should get a tent that is 6'6" in length.
The minimum width should be 4 feet. However, you can make adjustments for the width according to your individual space requirements.
The weight of the tent/hammock should also be factored in. Remember that you will be carrying it on your back along with the rest of your camping equipment when you're out camping.
These are the reasons why you should get a hammock tent next time you go outdoors.
Consider the above mentioned factors when you shop for one.