Combine the comfort of a hammock with the protection of a tent and you’ll love your next campout. Sleep better suspended above rocks and uneven terrain. Dream away the night without worrying about 4-legged or 6-legged pests paying you a visit.
This style of tent is so popular right now it’s hard to keep them in stock. Companies like Tentsile, Lawson, and Clark Outdoor all make these excellent hybrid shelters. Let’s review these top brand hammock tents so you can find the one that right for you. We’ll start with the one-person covered hammock classic design.
- 0.1 1.Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
- 0.2 2.Tentsile Connect 2-Person 4-Season Tree Tent Hammock with Rainfly
- 0.3 3.Clark Vertex 2-Person Double Hammock
- 0.4 4.Tentsile Vista 3-Person 2-Season Tree Tent Hammock with Rainfly and Removable Roof
- 1 Quick summary of the features of each hanging tent
- 2 Pros and Cons about Hammock Tents
- 3 Recommendation—which tent is the best for which kind of camper?
- 4 Accessories
- 5 FAQs about tree tents and hammock tents
- 6 Useful products with insightful reviews
1.Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock by Lawson Hammock is the perfect camping shelter for one person up to 275 pounds. It’s also makes for a fun hangout for a two-person children’s sleepover in the backyard.
The Blue Ridge won “Gear of the Year” award from 50 Campfires, and is rated number one by Outside and Backpacker Magazines. We give it a two thumbs up as well because it’s multi-purpose and it only needs two points of suspension. Let’s explore those two details in depth.
First—it’s multi-purpose. Yes, it’s a tent and a hammock. It comes with bug netting and a rainfly held up by arched poles. Take those off and enjoy it as a hammock on a lazy afternoon. Re-attach them for sleeping overnight. You can also pitch the tent on the ground if you don’t have a place to suspend it. The poles support the roof without the need for staking or tying them down somewhere.
Second, the Blue Ridge only needs two points of suspension, not three like some other hammock tents. That’s right, you only need two trees, or stable points. It has a spreader system across its bed so it doesn’t roll you up in the middle like a cocoon. That makes it pretty comfortable since it doesn’t pinch your backside like a net hammock does.
There is one con to this excellent hammock tent. With only two points of suspension, it feels more stable if there is just a little sag in the middle. Some sleepers may not appreciate the sag because of the pressure the position puts on the middle of their bodies. Many reviewers have commented that it’s best to roll over in the middle of the tent floor, not on the edges, when it’s suspended.
In case you’re wondering how big the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is, it weighs 4.25 pounds. That’s good news for backpackers. The floor, or bed, measures approximately 90 inches long by 42 inches wide, which makes it very comfy for one adult who doesn’t mind a twin-size bed. See the Blue Ridge hammock tent in action with this video review.
Now let’s look at a two-person tent hammock for comparison.
2.Tentsile Connect 2-Person 4-Season Tree Tent Hammock with Rainfly
The Tentsile Connect describes itself as a “portable treehouse.” It can hold up to two people with a maximum load of 880 pounds. But even better, you can join the Connect to other Tentsile Connect tents like adjoining rooms at a hotel. Each Connect has four doors so you could link together a whole family.
While the Lawson Blue Ridge does well in warm weather camping, the Tentsile Connect is made to keep you warm and dry in all kinds of weather. It’s a full-time tent for all year round with an insect mesh roof and a removable rainfly. Take it with you in the summer to explore the wilderness. Have a hot shower after a long day of hiking, then lay under just the insect mesh roof so you can see the Milky Way in the night sky.
Tentsile recommends keeping the Connect around four feet from the ground for easy access. Yes, there were daredevils that did tricks from a Tentsile suspended over a canyon, but that is not something the company officially suggests doing.
If there aren’t three anchor points to suspend the Connect, you can pitch it on the ground, but only in dry conditions. You really don’t want this tent on the ground if it rains. That’s where we arrive at the con for this tent.
The Tentsile Connect has one major con: it needs to be properly suspended at three points of an acute triangle. This means you need to tension it correctly. This can take a while for new users to learn to do properly, and may require some trial and error. Check out a short video that will give you an idea of how to hang a Tenstile tent.
At 15 pounds, the Connect weighs significantly more than the Blue Ridge from Lawson Hammock, so it’s a bit of a burden for backpackers. It measures 48 inches tall by 168 inches on each of its three sides.
And now, let’s go back to the 2-point suspension hammock tent. This one is for two people, not just one.
3.Clark Vertex 2-Person Double Hammock
Clark Outdoor makes a 2-person camping hammock tent that supports up to 700 pounds, minimum. They say people up to 250 pounds and 75 inches (6’3”) in height will fit comfortably inside. And no, you won’t be rolled up like a burrito with the other person…unless you want it that way.
The Vertex 2-person Double Hammock is exactly what it says it is—a tent made with two hammocks inside. This makes it very stable because each side has independent suspension. One person can move without waking the other. Don’t we wish our bed at home was like that.
The flexible poles that form the roof make it possible to pitch this hammock tent on the ground in case there’s nowhere to hang it. It comes with zippered netting to keep bugs out, with breathable nylon fabric over that. There are two doorways, one on each side. Like the Blue Ridge hammock tent, you only need two points of suspension.
The one thing going against the Vertex tent is that if you want a rain fly, it’s sold separately. The tent comes with poles, suspension lines, and a stuff sack. You can divide up the 5lb 1oz weight between two backpackers, which makes it very portable. Give one person the poles and let the other carry the rest. The rain tarp that’s sold separately weighs 16 ounces and it appears below in our accessories section.
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But let’s say you want more than just two people in your tent. That’s when we go back to Tentsile for our final review.
4.Tentsile Vista 3-Person 2-Season Tree Tent Hammock with Rainfly and Removable Roof
Tentsile also makes a three-person tree tent hammock that works well for camping in summer, or slightly cooler weather like spring or fall. It’s not made to endure heavy rains. This tent holds up to 880 pounds of weight, or three adults. It opens up to 48 inches high by 180 inches along each side so there’s plenty of room to sleep three along with some gear.
The Vista’s triangular design allows for entry on all 3 sides, or through a hatch in the floor. Since it’s made to be suspended, the door in the floor is a pretty handy idea.
The interior has two levels of protection: an insect mesh and a rainfly roof. Both of these can be removed so that all that remains is the floor. Tentsile recommends keeping the Vista no more than 4 feet off the ground, so you can use it to store gear or lay in it like a hammock. Yes, you can also stack Vista tents like bunk beds if your support points can tolerate the weight.
And now we’ve come to the main con of this tent. You’ll need three sturdy points (in the shape of an acute triangle) to hang it, and it needs to be tensioned correctly and hung level. You can pitch it on the ground because it comes with flexible poles to hold up the roof, but that’s not its recommended use. Tentsile says it takes about 15 minutes to set up the tent properly. They include industrial-grade straps with ratchets as well as instructions. If you want to see how a similar Tentsile tree tent is assembled and hung, watch this short video.
One last thing to consider: this tent weighs 19 pounds. That’s okay if you’re camping with a vehicle, but challenging for backpacking. It’s difficult to divide the weight evenly because most of it comes from the fabric.
Now, let’s move on to a short recap of each tent in this review.
Quick summary of the features of each hanging tent
Pros and Cons about Hammock Tents
If you plan to invest in a hanging tent for your next campout, you’ll experience the magic that thousands of other campers and hikers have enjoyed. Let’s go over a few of the pros and cons that go along with hammock tents.
- No rocks digging in your back
- No rain washing away your bed
- No unexpected 4-legged visitors in the night
- Doesn’t require a level camping ground
- It’s fun, it’s different, it makes camping downright cool
- Need a sturdy place to hang the tent
- Many National Parks don’t allow hammocks that attach to trees
- Little chilly in cold weather, use insulation
- Tents with 2-point suspension feel less stable if tensioned too tightly
Recommendation—which tent is the best for which kind of camper?
Backpackers will appreciate the lighter-weight hammock tents like the Blue Ridge and Vertex. They weigh 4.25 pounds and 5 pounds 1 ounce, respectively. The Vertex, being a two-person tent, can be divided pretty equally weight-wise between two people’s backpacks. Either hammock tent travels well into wilderness areas and can handle all weather conditions. (Well, the Vertex really needs that rain tarp…more on that below.)
Campers with vehicles or horses or llamas to transport gear won’t have to worry as much about weight. But they may be most likely to camp in organized areas like parks that may not allow hanging tents.
Consider where you plan to camp most. Will those places allow this kind of tent? If so, you’re in for a delightful experience!
Okay, now that you have your eye on a tent, let’s dive into some extras that will make your campout an even better experience.
As we mentioned, the Clark Vertex 2-person tent needs a rain tarp for extra protection in wet weather. There are other useful things here to hang your tent and make it more comfortable in cold weather.
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress
The top-selling Therm-A-Rest brand offers this lightweight, foldable, packable protection against the cold. Sleeping in a hammock tent is great in warm weather months but can be a little frosty in wintertime. This extra layer of insulation will keep you cozy all night long.
Clark Vertex Rain Tarp
The Vertex Rain Tarp is made of sil-nylon (yes, that’s a real thing—silicone-treated nylon). That means it won’t need its seams sealed before you take it out in a drizzle. We wish all rain tarps were this good!
If the weather gets rough, the ends close up tight with Velcro. There are 8 tie-down points and cords to keep it in place. It adds just one pound of weight to your whole Vertex 2-person tent setup.
Inflatable bubble tent outdoor with 2 tunnels
Maybe you don’t want the kids in your tree tent. That’s okay because they’ll love this whimsical inflatable bubble tent. It’s made of fire-retardant PVC and Oxford cloth just in case someone pitches it a little too close to the campfire. The coating reflects UV rays to keep temperatures down inside. It comes with its own electric air pump that keeps it continuously inflated.
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FAQs about tree tents and hammock tents
Q: Can I hang one tent above another, like bunk tents?
A: Of course, as long as your support points can handle the weight and you have a way to reach them. All of the tents in this review have this capability. The Tentsile Vista tents even have a doorway in the floor for easy access.
Q: Is there a way to stabilize a hammock tent? I feel like it will dump me out on the ground.
A: Just like a hammock, it you let it sag a little in the middle, you’ll feel like it’s more stable. You can also use secondary lines to secure it. Hammock tents do rock a bit, where the Tentsile tents do not.
Q: Is there anything I should know about cold weather camping in a hanging tent?
A: Yes, there is. Air is not a good insulator. You’re sleeping off the ground with cold air all around you. Invest in an insulating sleeping pad or bring an extra sleeping bag. For best results, test your solution in your backyard before you try it in the wilderness.
Q: How do I set up a tree tent without trees?
A: Hammock tents like the Lawson Blue Ridge only need two points to secure them, so you could use two light posts, power poles, or two pillars. Three-point tents like the Tentsiles can be hung from supports driven into rock. Please don’t damage public property, trespass, or put yourself in an unsafe place. Wall anchors driven into sheetrock are just not strong enough.
Q: What’s the best advice you can give me about a hammock or tree tent?
A: Do your best to hang it level. It’s much more comfortable that way. See this page from the Tentsile Vista manual below.
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