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Camping has never been so comfortable. Simply pitch a hammock tent between two trees and your oasis of well-being in nature is ready. Backache, mosquito bites and soaked clothes are now a thing of the past. The hammock tent opens up a new and flexible way of spending the night in the open air, far away from traditional tents. With our large hammock tent test 2022 we would like to help you find the right hammock tent for your needs. We have compared hammock tents without a rain roof as well as those with this feature and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to simplify your purchase decision.




Summary

  • Hammock tents are portable and versatile outdoor sleeping facilities that are stretched between two trees. Depending on the design, they offer comprehensive protection against UV radiation, rain, mud and insects.
  • Basically, a distinction is made between hammock tents with a rain canopy and without a rain canopy. They are available in different sizes, colours and designs and essentially differ in terms of their waterproofness.
  • Hammock tents with a rain cover are primarily suitable for longer backpacking trips, survival training and camping in the forest. Hammock tents without a rain canopy, on the other hand, should preferably only be used on private property due to their lack of waterproofness.

The best Hammock Tent: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for hammock tents

In the following, we show you which aspects you can use to decide between the variety of possible hammock tents. To help you find the perfect hammock tent for your needs, we have summarised the most important buying criteria here:

In the following sections we will explain what you should look out for in the individual criteria.

Dimensions

When choosing a hammock tent, the dimensions are an important factor. Depending on whether you want to spend the night alone, with your partner or as a family in your tree tent, different designs are available. The smaller hammock tents are designed for one or two people and measure approximately 2.5 x 3 metres. For couples with two children, on the other hand, the larger tents measuring 2.7 x 4.5 metres are suitable.

In general, taller people over 1.85 m should invest in a larger tree tent. These not only offer more space to sleep, but also more comfort.

The following applies: The larger the lying surface, the more comfortable the night in the hammock tent will be.

Material

To stay dry even when wet, it makes sense to choose a hammock tent with a weather-resistant outer material. When buying a hammock tent, look for a robust, UV-resistant and water-repellent surface.

Many high-quality hammock tents are made of polyester or nylon.

Hammock tents made of tear-resistant polyester are particularly suitable for outdoor nights, as they are especially hard-wearing. Due to their high UV resistance and water-repellent properties, they adapt to any weather conditions and are therefore the perfect partner for your next outdoor adventure. Tents made of robust parachute nylon, on the other hand, are particularly light and can be folded up very small. Their compact size and breathable fabric make these hammock tents perfect for campers and weekend tourists. The disadvantage of this variant is the high stretch content and the reduced water resistance. To solve this problem, many manufacturers also offer a water-repellent rain canopy. Nevertheless, make sure you always re-tension your nylon hammocks, as the fabric stretches more quickly when wet.

Weight

The weight of your hammock tent depends primarily on the number of people and your intended use. The weight classes of the hammock tents vary depending on whether you want to spend the night alone, with your partner or as a family in the tree tent.

Type Description Weight Load capacity
Hammock tents for 1-2 people These hammock tents are ideal for stowing in your backpack when hiking or climbing because of their low weight 1 to 4 kg up to 200 kg
Hammock tents for 3-4 people These hammock tents are too much strain on your back in the long term and are therefore only suitable for short distances when outdoor camping up to 10 kg up to 400 kg

Especially if you want to take your hammock tent with you on a flight, the weight is a decisive selection criterion. Keep in mind that many airlines charge horrendous amounts for excess baggage at the airport.

Water column

To avoid waking up with wet clothes and a leaking tent after a rainy night, your hammock tent should have a water column of at least 1300 mm. According to the EU DIN, a waterproof tent is one with a water column of at least 1300 mm:

In general, it is recommended to use a hammock tent with a water column of at least 3000 mm.

The higher your value, the more waterproof your tree tent is and the more comfortable your night will be. Before making your next purchase, you should therefore consider the region in which you will be camping. For example, if you are planning to camp in a rainforest, you will need a much higher water column than in the desert. You should also make sure that the material is breathable.

Insect protection

Because of its distance from the ground, the hammock tent offers you comprehensive protection against insects of all kinds. Especially on longer backpacking tours through the Amazon or the Australian outback, a mosquito net can save your life. With a dense mosquito net, poisonous snakes and spiders are kept away from your sleeping place, while you are exposed to the forces of nature without it. Although there are fewer poisonous animals in Germany, hammock tents with mosquito nets are still useful in our latitudes. They offer you extensive protection from annoying mosquitoes, spiders and ants and thus ensure a restful night's sleep.

Decision: What types of hammock tents are there and which one is right for me?

If you want to get a hammock tent, there are two types of products you can choose between:

type advantages disadvantages
Hammock tent without rain cover light, compact, breathable water-permeable, poor heat storage
Hammock tent with rain cover UV-resistant, hard-wearing, weatherproof long assembly time, high price

If you would like to learn more about the individual types of hammock tents, you will find an overview of the most important advantages and disadvantages in the following sections.

Hammock tent without rain cover

The hammock tent without a rain canopy is very compact and easy to transport thanks to its light weight. As the name already suggests, this type of product only has a mosquito net as a canopy. A great advantage of this model is its good air circulation. Especially after dry and hot summer days, the light and breathable material gives you a refreshing cooling at night.

Advantages
  • good breathability
  • light weight
  • compact shape
Disadvantages
  • water-permeable
  • poor heat retention

But the lack of a rain roof is both a curse and a blessing. While the hammock tent offers you an unobstructed view of the stars, it does not protect you from rain and wind. So a short rain shower can quickly turn into an uncomfortable affair. The heat storage is also much worse with this variant. Therefore, you should consider the climate zone in which you want to use your hammock tent before buying it. Due to the lack of insulation, hammock tents without a rain cover are primarily suitable for warm and dry areas. For a trekking tour through Scandinavia, you should instead invest in a tree tent with good insulation.

Hammock tent with rain cover

In contrast, the hammock tent with rain canopy is characterised by its robust and weatherproof material. Thanks to the high-quality silicone coating, the hammock tent is waterproof and has a high UV resistance. Due to its high water column, this type of product is particularly suitable for long hiking and trekking tours in the rainy regions of this earth.

Advantages
  • waterproof
  • UV resistant
  • robust and durable material
Disadvantages
  • longer assembly time
  • higher price
  • poorer air circulation

The hammock tents are available either with an integrated or separate rain roof. The scope of delivery also includes additional pegs for fastening the canopy. Due to the increased amount of fabric and the additional accessories, this type of product is considerably heavier and more expensive than its competitor. At the beginning, you also need more time to set up your hammock tent. With routine, however, even this model can be assembled in 15 minutes. Once the hammock tent is erected, you can look forward to a durable and long-lasting tree tent.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about the hammock tent answered in detail

What is a hammock tent?

A hammock tent, also known as a tree tent or portable ledge, is a versatile overnight accommodation option for outdoor campers. You can use it as a bivouac, hammock or tent, depending on its purpose.

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You want to try out a hammock tent before you buy it? Then rent a tree tent of your choice for a few days. Many tourism agencies also offer overnight stays in lofty heights throughout Germany.
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The hammock tent consists of a hanging frame that is stretched between two trees with the help of tree straps. Unlike a simple travel hammock, they have an additional roof made of mosquito netting or a weatherproof tarpaulin. Nowadays, tree tents can be bought in different designs, which is why they are also interesting for private use. In the following section we will explain for whom hammock tents are suitable.

Who is a hammock tent suitable for?

Hammock tents are suitable for anyone who wants to remain flexible in their sleeping arrangements while travelling. Thanks to their compact size, you can easily stow them in a rucksack during your trekking tour and pitch them anywhere with two fixed points.
Especially on backpacking trips through the Amazon region, in Australia or Vietnam, hammock tents are essential for survival. Because they are far from the ground, they protect you from mud, wetness and poisonous animals.

Besides backpacking trips, hammock tents are also becoming increasingly popular with outdoor campers. They are no longer an insider tip. They are already an indispensable outdoor gadget, especially for survival training and camping trips. However, hammock tents also have their limits. Unathletic and heavy people are less likely to enjoy this variant. Due to their entry height of 1.50 metres, it takes a little strength and skill to get in and out. Last but not least, you should consider whether the hammock tent can withstand your weight.

What are the alternatives to a hammock tent?

Tents come in many different sizes, colours and shapes. From a camping mattress to a geodesic, everything is available. But not the same model is suitable for everyone. To help you find the right tent for you, we present the best alternatives to a hammock tent in this section.

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Did you know that dome tents were originally also known as "igloo tents"? Because of their flat shape, they look so similar to a snow igloo that they have had this nickname ever since.
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We have summarised the most important features of the models in a short overview. For more information, you can find a video at the end of the section.

Type Description
Dome tents Dome tents are very stable and consist of a simple basic construction that is stretched over several tent poles. They offer extensive protection from wind and rain and are therefore particularly suitable for hiking, trekking tours and festivals. Due to their round basic shape, they also take up very little space.
Throw tent A throw tent is extremely light and can be set up and taken down within seconds thanks to its integrated tent poles. Their flexible use makes them suitable for shorter camping trips and people who want to constantly change their sleeping place.

Compared to tree tents, the alternatives are convincing due to their strong wind stability. However, they cannot completely replace a hammock tent. Both the dome tent and the roll tent have a round basic shape, which is why both have only very limited storage space. Therefore, the living space can only be used effectively in the rarest of cases and is rather unsuitable for families. In terms of comfort and flexibility, you also have to make concessions with both alternatives. Due to the proximity to the ground, you feel every stone and every twig despite a thermal mat. Therefore, in contrast to the hammock tent, they are not suitable for hilly landscapes and steep slopes.

How do I pitch a hammock tent?

Once you have decided on a model, it is time to set up your hammock tent. At the beginning, it can take a little longer to set up, but with a little practice you can do it quickly and easily within a few minutes. To give you a first insight into the assembly of a hammock tent, you will find the most important steps summarised here:

  1. Find a suitable place: First lay the tent canvas on the ground and measure the distance and angle between the trees.
  2. Pitch the tree tent: Tighten the straps around your trees. To do this, place a tensioning strap around your tree at a height of 1.20 metres. Then loop it through the corresponding ratchet. Repeat this on both sides.
  3. Fix the rain canopy: Thread the aluminium poles onto the mosquito net. Finally, put the rain cover over the hammock and fix it to the ground with pegs.

The assembly of a hammock tent usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes and can vary slightly depending on the model. Therefore, don't be discouraged if you need a little longer at the beginning. At the beginning, it is helpful to get support from experienced campers. They will give you helpful tips and tricks for your individual model on video platforms.

How do I clean a hammock tent?

Before you can spend your first night in a hammock tent, it is important to clean your tree tent before each season and check it for possible damage. For your own safety, repair any broken zips and patch any holes.

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When cleaning your hammock tent, you should use soft brushes and gentle cleaning agents. A garden hose and a small amount of washing-up liquid are ideal for this.
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To ensure that your hammock tent is still ready for use in many years to come, you should consider a number of tips and tricks. In the following section you will find a few important suggestions from our editorial team:

  1. Preparation: Hang up the tree tent before each cleaning. By keeping it away from the ground, you avoid additional stains from mud and berries.
  2. Remove dust and dirt: First clean the surfaces inside and outside. Use a soft brush to remove coarse dust and light dirt.
  3. Clean surfaces: Then mix a mild washing-up liquid with lukewarm water and clean the surfaces. A gentle tent cleaner is suitable for larger amounts of dirt. Do not use a cleaning agent that is too harsh. This will destroy the coating of your hammock tent and reduce its waterproofness.
  4. Remove stains: Remove coffee and berry stains as quickly as possible with water and a soft cloth. Let resin and candle wax dry and remove them later with a spoon.
  5. Impregnate the tent after cleaning: Cleaning agents attack the surface structure. It is therefore essential to impregnate the tent after every cleaning to protect your hammock tent from UV radiation, dirt and mould.
  6. Dry and air the tent: Let your hammock tent dry and air it for several days. This will reduce the formation of mould.

If you take these steps into account every time you clean your hammock, nothing will stand in the way of a safe camping trip. In the following resources you will also find further tips on cleaning and caring for hammock tents.

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