What is the Best Ultralight Backpacking Hammock?

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Recently I have been looking at upgrading my Hammock setup. Currently I own a Hennesy Hammock Ultralite backpacker. I am using it with the Hennessy Hammock Hex Rainfly. The total weight of this system is 1.26 Kg (2.78 lbs). This doesn’t include any insulation.

My goal is to find what the best ultralight backpacking hammock is. I am looking for a hammock that will have a ridgeline and bug net. For the rainfly I am looking for something that has a large coverage area.

After doing some extensive research, I have narrowed down a few options that will cut my hammock weight in half. I haven’t tried any of these products personally, and have selected them based on other reviews.

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products in the post. This post is a result of extensive research to find the best ultralight hammock setup that is commercially available. I have not tried any of these products and have no idea of how well they will perform, with the exception of other reviews I have read. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ultralight Rainfly

My Current tarp, The Hennessy Hammock Hex Rainfly

The Tarp in my current set up accounts for half the weight! So this seems like a good place to start. In fact I could swap out my rainfly and I could reduce my weight by a pound!

Dyneema Fiber Tarps (also known as Cuben Fiber) have been leading the way in terms of ultralight tarps. After some research there was one brand that stood out to me.

The Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp from Hammock Gear Is a super lightweight option that doesn’t compromise on quality. Weighing at 4.75 oz (10 ft ridgeline) or 5.14 oz (11 ft ridgeline) (Not including guy lines) it’s just hard to beat.

Dyneema Fiber Tarps are on the expensive side, but the I found the Hex Tarp was still cheaper than other options. It was also lighter. The cost is $249 but you can also add a ridgeline and guy lines for an extra $15.

With guy lines included I am estimating the hammock to come out at around 5.5-6.0 oz.

What is the Best Ultralight Backpacking Hammock?

In the end, the best ultralight backpacking hammock I found was the Dutchware Half-Wit hammock. The main reason is because it comes with a ridgeline and bug net, so I don’t have to worry about adding those later.

What is unique about this design is that it has a bug net that only covers half the hammock. This makes sense since it is only your head that is exposed to bugs, so why not try and save some weight and only have a bug net where you need it.

The total weight of the Half Wit hammock is 285g. This includes the bug net and ridgeline. It doesn’t include the suspension system. You can add the Dutchware whoopie slings and bring the total weight to 389.1g (including tree huggers).

The hammock uses different fabrics depending on the weight limit you need.

The hexon 1.0 has a weight rating of 200 lbs, and is the lightest option available.

The total cost of the hammock, excluding the suspension system is $98.00 USD

I decided to go with another suspension option

Suspension System

The Exped Slit Line Extreme Hammock Suspension Kit is a Swiss product that I am very interested in trying. Weighing only 90g this is the lightest suspension system I have come across.

The Exped slit line is an ingenious system that mimics a daisy chain tree strap. It still has a tree strap to protect tree’s, but it also has a light weigh, “slit line” that is capable of holding up to 200kg (440 lbs).

The slit line works similar to a daisy chain. In a slit line you still pass the rope through the hammock suspension point, the you use an aluminum toggle to hold it in place using one of the slits found in the rope.

If you have used this system before, I would love to hear your thoughts on it in the comment section.

Other Hammocks I looked at

In total I found 3 different hammocks that could be used in an ultralight setup.

  1.  Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock. 5.4 oz
    A lightweight hammock, however after finding a bug net and ridgeline to add to it, it wasn’t as light as the Dutchware Hammock. It was also a lot shorter as it was only 8ft long.
  2. ENO Sub6 Hammock. 5.6 oz. I didn’t choose this hammock for the same reasons as above.
  3. Hummingbird hammock. 5.2 oz. Lightest hammock I could find, has a separate bug net you can purchase which comes with its own ridgeline. This would bring the total hammock weight to 11.5 oz This hammock came in a close second. The reason why I didn’t choose it was because once again this is a shorter hammock at 8ft 8 inches. Although if I had to choose a heavier material for the Dutchware hammock I might consider getting this one.

Summary

Let’s add all the pieces together and see what we end up with.

Gear Brand Weight (g) Weight (oz) Price (USD)
Rainfly Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp 170 6.0 $249
Hammock Dutchware Half-Wit Hammock 285 10.05 $98
Suspension Exped Slit Rope 90 3.2 $68.95
Total 546 19.25 $414.95

So with this gear I will be able to cut my hammock system weight in half! But it will cost me twice as much as my Hennessy Hammock.

Since the gear is a bit expensive to buy, I will upgrade my gear starting with the Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp, since that will have the biggest impact on my pack weight.

I am confident that this system would be one of the best ultralight backpacking hammock setups out there. Every piece of the system is from a reputable company known for making high quality gear. They are also the lightest options available and I think you would be hard pressed to find anything lighter.

Before you go

As I mentioned before, This is more of a wish list. I haven’t tried any of the above products. If you have tried any of the above products, I would appreciate any feedback in the comments.