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The Best Hammock With Mosquito Net For Backpackers

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The first time I used a hammock with mosquito net was in 2015 in Bocas del Toro on the northeast Caribbean coast of Panama. I’d just quit my comfortable job at the bank, arranged a Work Away on a cacao permaculture farm on a remote island and I was recommended hammock camping as a nice alternative to a tent.

For nearly a month I slept in the jungle in my hammock, farming cacao, planting bananas, going to sleep to the sounds of the frogs and waking up to the howler monkeys. I don’t think I would do a month in a hammock again, but that experience, and since then, I’ve owned and learned a lot about what I like in this great piece of outdoor gear. 

With that said, I’ve put all that experience into the below guide to the best hammocks with built-in mosquito nets. 

***ONE IMPORTANT THING!!!*** 

Something to bear in mind when camping or sleeping in a hammock: You should really invest in a hammock underquilt if you are planning on using your hammock anywhere the day or nighttime temperature gets below 22-23 degrees celsius (71.6 to 73.4F). 

Unlike a tent, you don’t have the ground insulating you in a hammock. You lose heat very quick, especially if the wind picks up. I’ve had some truly miserable nights hammock camping because I failed to appreciate that you can get cold even in the tropics when you’re suspended in mid air.


The Winner of Best Hammock With Mosquito Net Overall: Oak Creek Lost Valley Camping Hammock

Specs

Max weight capacity:
350 lbs
Hammock weight:
3.5 lbs
Material:
Nylon
Seating/sleeping capacity
1
Included items:
Mosquito net, rainfly, rainfly stakes, treestraps, carabiners, paracord
Dimensions (interior L, W, & packing size):
108 x 48 x 48 inches & 12″ H x 11″ L x 8″ W

I chose the Oak Creek Lost Valley Camping Hammock as the best hammock with mosquito net because a great deal. Oak Creek Outdoor gives you treestraps, a rainfly, rainfly stakes, carabiners, paracord for tying up and a compression sack. 

That’s a lot of extra value and everything you need to be able to set a hammock up anywhere. It supports up to 350 pounds, weighs only 3.5 pounds and, importantly, is well-suited to people over 6 feet tall. That is honestly one of the biggest worries whenever I buy a camping hammock: will I be able to stretch out comfortably as someone over 6 feet tall?

Demerits

I think the biggest problem with this hammock is that it doens’t come with great instructions. They kind of leave you to fend for yourself, which is fine if you’ve set up a bugnet hammock before, know how to tie some basic knots, and understand how to select trees.

This is still a great hammock with mosquito net and rainfly, but if you end up getting this hammock and you are new to hammock camping, spend some time reading and watching tutorials from people who know what they’re doing.


Other Great Options

While the Oak Creek Lost Valley Camping Hammock is the best hammock with mosquito net option overall, there are several hammocks worth considering because they meet the needs of specific situations and campers.

They are: 


Best Hammock For Comfort: Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent

Specs

Max weight capacity:
275 lbs
Hammock weight:
4.25 lbs
Material:
Nylon-Poly Combo
Seating/sleeping capacity:
1
Included items:
hammock bag, rainfly
Dimensions (interior L, W, & packing size):
90inx42in & 22in x 6 in

The Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent is a combination hammock with mosquito net and ground single-person ground tent, which gives you options based on the conditions. 

This very nice bugnet hammock has been rated number one by Backpacker, Outside and American Survival Guide, winner of their “Gear of the Year Award,” as well as featured in magazines like Mens Health.

This is great, versatile piece of gear and the design keeps the hammock bed flatter than almost any other hammock on the list, which is far more comfortable to sleep on. Most other camping hammocks with mosquito nets force you to sleep in a banana or cocoon position, which can get uncomfortable if you do it too many days in a row. 

The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is simple to set up and comes with a detachable rainfly and bugnetting. If you’re looking for max comfort and don’t mind something that weighs a bit more, this is the best hammock with mosquito net on the list. 

Demerits

Like the Night Cat bugnet hammock covered below , the Lawson Hammock is heavy. It weighs 4.25 pounds, which is a lot, considering this list is geared towards travellers and backpackers. The tent mode might also leave you wanting. It’s hard to get in and out of as a tent and if you’re a bigger person, it feels very tight which could be a problem for some people. It also doesn’t come with treestraps, paracord, carabiners or rainfly stakes, which is a bit annoying. 


Best Insulated Hammock With Mosquito Net: Boundary Life XL Camping Hammock

Specs

Max weight capacity:
300 lbs
Hammock weight:
2 lbs
Material:
Nylon
Seating/sleeping capacity:
2
Included items:
Treestraps, carabiners, hammock bag, 
Dimensions (interior L, W, & packing size):
132″L x 72″W & 9x6x9 inches

I mentioned at the outset that sleeping in a camping hammock with mosquito net is best done with some insulation–either a hammock underquilt for cooler temperatures or a sleeping pad for warmer climes. 

The Boundary Life Camping Hammock is unique on the market in that it is perhaps the only camping hammock that features a double layer of nylon and built-in no-slide pillow for extra warmth. You would still likely want some additional insulation in temperate environments, but this 11-foot-long, 6-foot-wide double-layered hammock is definitely designed for comfortable sleeps, especially for bigger people. 

I also really like the idea of double-thick material because mosquitos can and will bite you through the bottom of bugnet hammocks. This is another reason why I think it’s advisable to have a sleeping pad underneath you, in addition to the warmth it provides. 

Demerits

Unfortunately, this hammock is not a true hammock with mosquito net. If you want to turn it into a real bugnet hammock, you will have to buy a hammock mosquito net separately. They aren’t expensive, but it’s nice to have the bugnet as part of the actual hammock.


It also indicates that this is a two-person hammock. While not really a demerit, I don’t like the idea of two-person hammocks. Hammock camping is quite tight, and you are going to want all of the space available to yourself, especially if you’re a bigger person. Best to have a hammock per person.


Best Hammock With Mosquito Net For Bigger People: G4Free Large Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net 

Specs

Max weight capacity:
440 lbs
Hammock weight:
0.9kg
Material:
Nylon
Seating/sleeping capacity:
2
Included items:
Treestraps, carabiners, hammock bag, 
Dimensions (interior L, W, & packing size):
114″L x 57″W & 12.83 x 11.46 x 4.02 inches

The G4Free large camping hammock with mosquito net is the best hammock wiith mosquito net for large people because it has a 440 pound weight capacity and is 9.5 x 4.7 feet–plenty of space and resistance. 

I also really like the “pop up” design of the mosquito netting. A recurring issue with a lot of hammocks with mosquito nets is that if you don’t tie the mosquito net line properly, it can sag down on you. The pop up design is basically reinforced material at either end of the hammock that forms a roof with the mosquito net as opposed to a “tent.” 

This hammock with mosquito net comes with treestraps and carabiners, but no rainfly or paracord. 

Demerits

The downside with this bugnet hammock is that, because the mosquito netting is not attached to a separate guideline and is, instead, part of the entire hammock, you have to be quite careful getting in and out of the hammock or you could rip the net. 

Also, because of this, while this item advertises itself as a two-person hammock, it’s probably best to just have one person in at a time to ensure you don’t put too much stress on the mosquito netting. 


Best Camo Camping Hammock With Mosquito Net: Night Cat Camping Hammock

Specs

Max weight capacity:
440 lbs
Hammock weight:
4 lbs
Material:
Nylon
Seating/sleeping capacity:
2
Included items:
Treestraps, carabiners, hammock bag, rainfly, rainfly stakes, paracord
Dimensions (interior L, W, & packing size):
9ft x 4.5ft x 1.6ft & 16.5*5*5 inch

One of the downsides of the other bugnet hammocks on this list is that they don’t come in colours that allow you to blend into the environment. It can be a bit unimmersive to be surrounded by natural beauty but your hammock is bright blue. 

For this reason, the Night Cat Camping Hammock is the best camping hammock with mosquito net for people looking to blend in. It comes with all of the necessary gear you need to set up a camping hammock–treestraps, carabiners, paracord, rainfly, and rainfly stakes. 

It’s got a 440 lound weight capacity, nice stitchwork throughout the product and the rainfly is quite heavy duty, which is nice peace of mind when camping in the tropics or anywhere wet. 

Demerits

This bugnet hammock is a bit on the heavy side. At nearly 4 pounds, this is definitely going to be one of the heavier pieces of gear you have in your backpack.

For longer treks, I would probably recommend you just opt for something more lightweight and compact, but if the weight’s not an issue, it is nice to have a hammock or tent that blends into the surroundings. 


What Went Into My Selection Process for the Best Hammock With Mosquito Net List

I’ve been hammock camping (mostly in the tropics) since 2015. In that time, I’ve purchased and gifted several hammocks, so I know what I like, why I like it and what to avoid. I’ve also made mistakes buying gear that hasn’t ended up suiting me for various reasons–I’m too tall, wrong material, bad design and learned how to pick things that are much better. 

In addition to my first-hand experience as a hammock camper, I also spent many hours reading reviews, watching videos and listening to and reading what other people with a lot of hammock camping experience have to say on hammock forums. There are recurring themes when it comes to bugnet hammocks and they are easy to pick up on if you read enough comments from past and current owners.


Bugnet Hammock Terms 

Throughout the above guide I referred to several terms that are commonly used to describe various features of hammocks with mosquito nets. 

  • Guideline. The guideline is the cord that runs the length of your mosquito net and attaches to the tree or poles that you are using to set up the hammock. It suspends the net above your head. 
  • Rainfly (aka bivouacs, bivvies, tarpaulins, or hootchies): Your rainfly is the roof of your hammock set up that keeps the water (and sun) off. They are made from nylon, polyester, or cotton canvas. They tie up above your hammock’s guideline and are staked into the ground using paracord and special rainfly stakes to keep the roof taught. 
  • Paracord. Paracord is thin, light, high-strength nylon cord used for extreme sports. It has a tensile strength of many hundreds of pounds and is often used to secure your hammock to treestraps or anything else. 
  • Carabiners. Heavy-duty metal clasps that are used for rock climbing and other extreme activities that provide a convenient attachment point for your hammock and paracord. 
  • Hammock underquilt. This is a hammock-shaped waterproof quilt that sits underneath your hammock and insulates your body from the open air. Commonly used when hammock camping in temperate and cold environments.

Reasons To Bring A Hammock With Mosquito Net When Traveling

Ever since I spent that month hammock camping in Panama, I’ve loved how convenient and easy it is to take with you on the road as an accommodation option. There are also sleep and health benefits associated with sleeping in a hammock. 

I’ve strung my hammock up underneath structures at eco-lodges when there hasn’t been enough space for me (and I even finagled a cheaper nightly rate). 

This was at a few thousand feet above sea level and directly exposed to the wind. Bad idea and we learned from our mistake.

I’ve used my hammock with mosquito net in national parks in Thailand and Costa Rica, falling asleep in the middle of the jungle to the sounds of the rainforest. I’ve even set it up to take a nap during a very long motorbike trip. 

They are an inexpensive, convenient, lightweight piece of gear to bring with you on your travels, especially if you are interested in getting into nature.


Additional Gear You Need if You Own a Backpacking Hammock

Most of the bugnet hammocks on the above list included carabiners, treestraps, paracrod, a rainfly and rainfly stakes, or some combination of those things. In addition to the hammock itself, this is all of the gear you need to own in order to hammock camp. 

I would also like to reemphasize the importance of insulation while sleeping in a hammock, especially in colder climes. Heat gradually leaves your body when you are suspended in mid air for hours at a time.

While your body might have been a comfortable temperature when you turned in for the night at 10 pm, you don’t want to wake up at 3am shivering the rest of the wee hours away until it’s time to get up and make a cup of coffee.

To that end, two of the best additional investments you can make when you purchase a hammock with mosquito net (because the vast majority are only single layer nylon) is a thin, but insulated sleeping pad that you put underneath you, something to cover yourself with and a travel pillow.

If you are in an even colder climate, a hammock underquilt and a sleeping bag are likely necessary.


Hammock Camping Tips

Hammock camping in a bugnet hammock, out in nature, tucked away in the bush or strung up in front of a lake or the ocean is magical. It is also a skill and something you get better at over time (just as you do with tent camping). Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:

Cold Weather and Insulation 

I must sound like a broken record at this point but the key to comfortable hammock camping is to make sure you are insulated. An insulated sleeping pad or hammock underquilt, a blanket (or sleeping bag) and a plush travel pillow are all important add-ons for a good night’s sleep in a hammock. 

Getting Up at Night

Most hammocks with bugnets have pockets inside or outside (or both) to store things. It’s a good idea to keep your phone or a flashlight inside the hammock with you while you sleep in the event you need to get up in the night to go to the bathroom. 

Treestraps

Treestraps are a necessary part of hammock camping (especially when using paracord) because they protect the tree. You can badly lacerate a tree with paracord, and the thicker, wider straps are far kinder to them. 

I’ve also found that treestraps are not always the best for tying. They are square pieces of fabric, which tend not to make the best knots. I much brefer tying the treestraps to the tree and then attaching paracord to the treestraps. 

Learning Knots

Being able to tie knots is one of those life skills everyone should have. You don’t have to be a knot master to hammock camp, but you should know how to tie a couple (and at the very least, a half-hitch): 

I’ve seen rookies just tie basic over-under knots that end up coming undone after several hours of 80+ kg pulling on it. Check out this great list of binding knots.

Another great knot for tying off treestraps or paracord is the cow-hitch. 

I like to use a combination of half-hitch and cow-hitch knots to secure my setup. I’m a bit of a knot nerd so I actually own a knot book. 

Tree Selection 

Tree selection is one of those things you get good at over time. Washington University in St. Louis has put together a handy guide for tree selection when tying a hammock. The bottom line is that you should only choose healthy, appropriately-sized trees to avoid anything falling on you in the night. 

IMPORTANT: If you are hammock camping in the tropics, DO NOT TIE UP UNDER COCONUT TREES. Coconuts can cause serious injury and even kill.

If you’ve never seen a coconut fall from a coconut palm before, picture a 5 pound rock with a point at the end being dropped from 100 feet and now imagine than beaning your head at 4 am. 

Positioning Yourself for Sleeping

Getting comfortable in a hammock can be tricky, especially if you’re inexperienced. A lot of people just get in and lay parallel to the interior of the hammock. 

The better way to position yourself is diagonally. You get more room to stretch out and you aren’t “banana-d” at an angle. 

Pay Attention To The Length 

Always look at the length of the interior of the hammock before purchasing, particularly if you’re tall. When my brother and I were working on that farm in Bocas del Toro, Panama, we went to set up our hammocks and he (who is taller than me), had gone and bought one too small. 

He wasn’t able to comfortably fit or sleep in it so he was forced to sleep on a spare, disgusting mattress that the host had lying around instead. 

“2 Person” is Subjective 

Many hammocks with mosquito net, and hammocks in general, purport to be designed for two people, but that’s a bit subjective. Two people of what size? And even if the max weight can accommodate two people, do you really want to be squished into a hammock all night with another person?

I would advise against trying to put two adults in a single hammock. Do, however, buy a two-person hammock for a single large person.


Looking After Your Bugnet Hammock

Hammock care is pretty easy and there are really two things to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your hammock with mosquito net: 

  • Be gentle getting in and out. The mosquito netting is delicate–that’s just the way it is–and violently tumbling into or clambering out of your hammock can tear the netting. 
  • Don’t pack your hammock with anything sharp in the carrying bag. The parachute nylon is tough, but it’s not indestructible.

Why Investing in Good Quality Hammock With Bugnet Makes Sense 

A camping hammock with mosquito net is a great way to spend time and sleep outdoors. They are lightweight, portable, inexpensive and allow you to set up camp pretty much anywhere there are two sturdy attachment points. 

I’ve been traveling the world with my bugnet hammocks for years and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I hope this guide helps you choose the best hammock with mosquito net for your needs, body type, location and sleeping preferences. 

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