1. The Gear
At first glance, the biggest difference between hammock and tent camping is the gear. This is technically true but you need the same type of gear for both camp styles.
Comfort (Hammock or Tent + Sleeping Pad)
Warmth (Top/Bottom Quilt or Sleeping Bag)
Protection (Bug Fly and Rain Fly)
Set-Up (Suspension and Stakes)
2. Choosing A Spot / Setting Up Camp
First and foremost, follow Leave No Trace principles when choosing a campsite. With both camp styles, it's a selection process to find the perfect spot. When tent camping you must find level ground, without obstructions, away from animal habitats that fit your tent footprint. When hammock camping you need to find two sturdy trees or other objects, 10-15ft apart. In both situations, always look up and make sure there aren't dead branches overhead.
3. Price & Weight
Price is dependent upon a lot of things. Quality, brand, accessories, and weight can affect the final price of your gear.
Here is a breakdown for a quality one-person, similarly weighted tent:
- Two Person Tent (Big Agnes) = $299 / 1.84 kg (4 lbs, 1 oz)
- Tent Footprint (Tent Specific) = $60 / 198 g (7 oz)
- Down 40° Sleeping Bag (Sea to Summit) = $289 / 415 g (14.6 oz)
- Sleeping Pad (Nemo) = $140 / 345 g (12 oz)
- Total = $788 / 2.798 kg (6lbs 3 oz)
- Cost per Weight Unit = $0.28 per gram
Here is a breakdown for our Ninox Flat Lay Hammock:
- Hammock = $189 / 850 g (1 lb 4 oz)
- Talon Suspension = $50 / 303 g (10.4 oz)
- Rain Fly = $189 / 448 g (15.8 oz)
- Down 40° Top and Under Quilt (2) = $378 / 1.178 kg (2lbs 10.2 oz)
- Total = $806 / 2.779 kg (6 lbs 2 oz)
- Cost per Weight Unit = $0.29 per gram
When it comes to price, it all depends on what gear you need and want.
Let's be honest, has anyone actually slept comfortably on a sleeping pad? Trying to get comfortable in a tent can be challenging. You need a perfectly flat area and no matter how careful you are, you still end up with a rock in your back.
Sleeping in a hammock shows you a level of comfort you thought you couldn't find outdoors. Since you literally sleep on air, there are no pressure points to cause you pain in the morning.
With hammocks like the Ninox Flat Lay Hammock, you can sleep comfortably in any position. Back, side, and even stomach, thanks to proprietary comfort wave technology.