When something earns a tactical designation, you know it’s designed to be functional. The people that buy this kind of equipment are unwilling to make compromises. They want something with a well thought out design, that is both straightforward and convenient to use. Most tactical gear aims to improve your performance – whether it’s an ultra-bright flashlight, a weatherproof backpack with tons of storage, or a pair of shoes that help you scale the tallest of mountains. But it doesn’t matter how good your gear is. If you don’t get a good night’s rest, you’re not going to be at your peak in the morning.
This is why a truly avid outdoors man and woman need a proper tactical hammock. Not only is it one of the most comfortable ways to relax or get a little outdoor shut-eye in nature, but they’re lightweight, easy to set up and really durable.
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In this roundup, we’ll be taking a look at the five best options on the market. We’ll find out what each of them has to offer, and then we’ll help you decide which one best suits your needs.
Legit Camping Double
Camping with a partner? Sick of carrying around too much gear? Cut your load in half with this double-sleeper. With a 400 pound capacity, you can comfortably fit two people. No longer will each of you have to carry your own tent or hammock, freeing up space for other gear. And with 13 different color schemes to choose from, you’ll certainly get something that stands out from the crowd.
Both setup and take-down couldn’t be easier. The lightweight (but durable) material can easily be balled up and shoved into the included sack. When it’s time to take it up, all you have to do is grab it, and shake it out. Just attach the two anchor points to the nearest tree of your choice, clip on the included carabiners and hop into bed!
Made from 201 thread count nylon, it could easily last you many years. And if that doesn’t happen, Legit’s lifetime warranty will have a replacement sent your way expediently.
Hennessy Expedition Series
Worried about an unexpected downpour? Hammocks aren’t known for being the most weatherproof sleeping options, but this Hennessy model is an exception. With four different anchor points, you’ll be much more secure than with your standard designs.
No more rocking in the wind, and you’ll be able to shift your weight without starting a pendulous swing. If it does rain, the included rainfly will ensure that you stay dry all night long, and don’t feel the effects of a chilly breeze. If you hate having the weather get in the way of your outdoor excursion, then this is the hammock for you.
Everest Active Gear Double
Whether you’re sleeping two or just want a little extra space for your stuff, the Everest Active Gear offers a large size but has more features than the Legit. It features a weaved nylon netting that breaks the wind, and stops bugs from biting while you sleep. Although many hammocks zip up, the mesh design of this model allows you to breathe easier and reduces the claustrophobic effects that many get from sleeping in such a small space.
Built quality is top notch on this mode, with the nylon material using a special diamond weave pattern. Every joint has been triple stitched, which allows it to have a massive 400 LB weight capacity and multi-year warranty. A rain fly is available as a 3rd party accessory, and you will need to supply your own clamps. But that aside, this is one of the most durable designs you’ll find for the price.
isYoung Hammock with Mosquito Net
This unique design is unlike anything else on the market. It’s a bit of a combination between a hammock and a tent. It attaches to trees and lets you sleep above the ground. This provides the comfortable, ergonomic sleep that hammocks are known for. It’s fully enclosed, with a top-mounted mosquito net that will protect you from flying pests. But what stands out about it is the internal space. Two flexible plastic bands run through the netting.
When it is unfolded, it holds the top enclosure upright. This creates more interior space than you’ll find in other models, creating a much more relaxed sleeping position. If you hate having the top of your hammock rest on your body while you sleep, the isYoung can give you a little more room to breathe.
It’s made of a durable nylon material that can comfortably sleep one person, and features all the mounts, line, clips, and hardware you need to install it. It’s also really good value for what you’ll spend.
With the included carry bag, it’s easy to roll it up into an ultra-compact enclosure when not in use. But once you stretch it out, you’ve got over 8 feet of space to help even the tallest person sleep comfortably. With 22 different color combinations to choose from, even the budget-minded consumer can feel like they’ve got plenty of options available.
Which Tactical Hammock is Right for Me?
Each of these options have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and the one you choose depends entirely on how you plan to use it. Most people prefer a hammock over a tent because they are more compact, and easy to carry. For serious camping comfort, you could even include a really lightweight hiking chair to your pack. What more could you need?
Let’s check out the different attributes of the products above and how they benefit you.
In our eyes, the isYoung offers the highest level of portability, but doesn’t compromise on internal space. This one-person hammock feels small in your bag, but thanks to the built-in cover supports, it gives you plenty of internal space. With this, you won’t feel claustrophobic in a hammock again!
Lot’s of Space
Want space for two? When you’re camping with a partner, there is no need to make separate sleeping arrangements. The Legit Camping Double offers the additional space and durability needed to support up to 400 LBS of weight, and the vast space allows both of you to sleep comfortably. If you’re concerned about bugs, the Everest Active Gear Double provides the same weight capacity, with the addition of a zippered bug screen that can keep pests away while you sleep.
Worries about the weather? With the Hennessy Expedition Series, you’ll be prepared for anything mother nature throws at you. It’s got multi-point anchors so wind won’t get you swinging. With a built in bug screen and separate rain cover, this is one of the few all-weather hammocks on the market.
Looking for Value? Wise Owl Outfitters makes one of the most affordable options on the market, but doesn’t compromise on quality. It’s made from the same material and has the same construction style as many of the other high-end design we’ve reviewed. With all of the mounting hardware included in the package, there will be no unexpected expenses after your purchase.