Hammocking is quickly becoming a great new way to get outside and enjoy nature. These tiny, portable spots to sleep or just lounge around are not like the hammocks of times gone by.
Honestly, in the past when hammocks were mentioned I had images of uncomfortable, awkward experiences. However, today’s hammocks are really made to be comfortable, and easy to hang and get into.
In fact, many hammocks are made specifically for camping and backpacking and work as much like a tent as a hammock. And if you’re looking to camp or backpack with minimal gear, the hammock is the way to go.
The experience of hammocking is much better when you use a hammock strap to secure your hammock to trees, your car, or any other object that can hold up your hammock.
In this article, we’ll review five of our favorite hammock straps. These hammock straps will make hanging your hammock, and getting comfortable quick and easy.
1. Bear Butt Kodiak Hammock Straps
Our top pick for hammock straps are the Bear Butt Kodiak hammock straps. These great straps are perfect for hanging your hammock from trees or other objects with a rough surface.
Besides having a pretty great name, these hammock straps are really easy to use and are made from really durable materials. The instructions for hanging a hammock with Bear Butt hammock straps are really easy to follow and in just a matter of minutes you’re comfortable lounging in your hammock.
The Bear Butt hammock straps have one of the higher weight capacities that we saw in hammock straps. Sure, you probably won’t be putting 1,000 pounds of weight in your hammock, but it’s reassuring to know you can.
These hammock straps come with their own carrying bag so you can keep everything together, and the included carabiners make attaching your hammock to the straps really simple.
One thing to mention about these straps is that they are made for hanging your hammock in trees. You can use these straps for hanging your hammock from other objects so long as they have a rough surface.
You don’t want to use these straps to attach your hammock to your vehicle or metal poles. They will not stay secure.
- Multiple attachment points
- High weight capacity
- Comes in 5 color options
- Not as lightweight
- Carabiners can be tricky at first
- Higher price than some others
2. MalloMe XL Hammock Straps
If you are looking for a more versatile hammock strap, allowing you to hang your hammock in more places, then our second pick you’ll want to consider. The MalloMe XL hammock straps are made for hanging your hammock from a variety of tether points.
The extra-long hammock straps give you more opportunities to hammock in your favorite places. Each strap has 20 attachment loops which are also used to secure the strap to trees, posts, your car’s roof rack and even large rocks. The MalloMe hammock straps come with nice locking carabiners that keep you from accidentally unhooking your hammock. They are however not as heavy duty as we’d like.
These straps come with their own carrying back and are really light weight, so they are perfect for backpacking or traveling. These straps are a little narrower than other options, and we weren’t completely sold on the material.
It seems a little less strong than others. However, the straps are rated to hold 1,000 of weight each, so maybe our concerns are unwarranted.
- Highest weight limit
- Multiple attachment points
- Longer length than others
- Not as durable
- Only comes in black or blue
- Could use better carabiners
3. Foxelli Hammock Straps XL
The Foxelli extra-long hammock straps get our seal of approval thanks to a really reasonable price point. Sure, sometimes the more affordable products aren’t the best quality, but that isn’t the case with these hammock straps.
The Foxelli hammock straps are made from really nice, no-stretch nylon. These straps seem a bit sturdier than some others that we tested, and they did a nice job at holding on to posts and picnic shelter supports that are pretty smooth.
Each strap has a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, so you can feel secure in your hammock. And despite their durability, both straps only weigh a combined 0.6 pounds, and they come in their own carrying bag so they are perfect for camping, backpacking or even tossing in your suitcase for just about any travel adventure.
These straps do not come with carabiners, however that isn’t a make it or break it for us. We like to use more heavy-duty carabiners than those that normally come with hammock straps anyway.
Foxelli has a 120-day return policy, and a one-year warranty, so even if you do have issues, they stand behind their product.
- Affordable price point
- Good warranty
- Not as versatile
- Carabiners are NOT included
- Only comes in one color
4. Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Straps
Maybe you just don’t feel like you need 2,000 pounds of total weight capacity, and just want straps that will securely hold up your hammock while you sleep or lounge.
When it comes to lower weight capacity straps, we really like the Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas hammock straps. These straps are made from the same durable nylon as other hammock straps, but they are thinner and a bit more compact.
Weighing in at only 8.8 ounces, these straps really are perfect for backpackers who want to use a hammock instead of a tent. You’ll hardly know you’re carrying them.
It is good to know that these straps are shorter than some of the others that we’ve reviewed. Each strap is only 9-feet long, so you’ll need to find hanging points that are no more than 14-feet apart.
One of the simple features of these straps that we really like is the reflective stitching down the middle of the straps. You don’t want to run into your hammock straps in the middle of the night, this stitching keep your straps visible, so you can safely move around the hammock at night.
- Super easy to use
- Premium construction for durability
- Lower weight limit
- Carabiners sold separately
- Higher price point
5. Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Straps
The Wise Owl Outfitters hammock straps are designed to work with all sorts of hammocks. With a 400-pound weight capacity and 40-feet of total length, these hammock straps are a great option.
Wise Owl has made hammock straps that are some of the most tree-friendly on the market. They hold tight to tree trunks without causing damage. It may seem that the gentle hold would mean that these straps aren’t sturdy. However, each loop is extra reinforced for added strength.
Sure, these straps only support 400 pounds, but we think that this is plenty for even a couple of people in a double hammock.
The Wise Owl hammock straps come with a carrying bag and two carabiners. We actually really liked the carabiners that these straps come with. They are more robust than are offered with a lot of other strap options.
We also like that these straps come in three different colors, so you can get straps to match your hammock.
- Very durable
- Comes with solid carabiners
- Comes in 3 color options
- Some variations in color
- Not the best for large girth trees
- Not as light as others
How to choose a set of hammock straps?
So, how did we pick our five favorite Hammock Straps?
On first glance, all hammock straps seem the same, just with different labels. However, there are some really significant differences between many of the hammock straps on the market.
Price isn’t the only defining factor is selecting a set of hammock straps. Sure, price is important, but there are some great options out there that have affordable price points and some expensive options that we wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.
So, how do you know that the ones that you want will stand up to the rigors of hammocking? Well, besides price there are a few product features that you should consider.
Here are the features that we considered when making our list of the 5 best hammock straps.
When it comes to weight, there are two weight numbers you need to consider. We’ll cover both.
First is the weight of the straps themselves. If you are planning on taking your straps backpacking or tucking them in your suitcase you will want to have a set of straps that don’t weigh too much.
Most hammock straps weigh-in at around one pound. This isn’t a lot of weight, and we found that this is true of even some of the more heavy duty straps on the market.
We did find some straps that were pushing two pounds, and we think that’s excessive if you’re tucking these in your backpack. On the flip side, there are some really great lightweight straps that come in at less than a pound.
Here’s the other place that weight comes into play. The weight capacity of the straps or how much weight the straps will support. We found that this factor can be a bit confusing on many of the descriptions of hammock straps.
Look closely at that description to see if the capacity listed is the total capacity or the capacity for just one strap. If the listed weight capacity is for just one strap, double the value and you’ll get the total capacity for the system.
We found that weight capacity ranged from a couple hundred pounds to thousands of pounds. We’re not sure that anyone needs 2,000 pounds of weight capacity for their hammock, but maybe we’re wrong.
Sturdiness and durability may come hand in hand with weight capacity. Many of the straps that we looked at with higher capacity ratings were also made from thicker, more robust materials.
Material aside, you’ll also want to look at some of the details of the hammock straps you’re considering, such as how the loops are constructed, and the type of material the straps are made of.
New materials on the market mean that you can get some really lightweight straps that are super strong. So, do make sure that you look closely at the construction and materials of the hammock straps you’re considering.
One of the features that we think is really important is the length of the straps. Most hammock straps will list the length of the individual straps. For instance, a 20-foot strap means that each strap is 20-feet long, for a total length of 40-feet.
This value indicates the maximum distance that your hammock straps will reach. There are lots of options out there, and if you’re going to use your vehicle to support one side of your hammock, and hand the other on a tree, then a shorter length might work for you.
However, we like hammock straps that are a bit longer. We think that this provides more versatility when it comes to where and how you hang your hammock. Do keep in mind however, that longer straps also mean more weight and more bulk.
When it comes to versatility, you want to select a set of hammock straps that will allow you to hang your hammock from a range of different objects.
Some hammock straps are very specific that they are made only for hanging your hammock on trees. Well, this is nifty if you’re only going to be camping in the woods. But what if you’re at the beach? Or you want to hang your hammock from your patio?
Make sure that the hammock straps that you pick are made to hang on a variety of supports.
Price, for us, is the least important factor when it comes to buying hammock straps. Really, you’ll be hard pressed to find a set of hammock straps that are more than $30. So even if you’re on a budget you can get a really great set of hammock straps without breaking the bank.
However, as we mentioned previously, you don’t need to buy the most expensive straps out there to get a great product. Some of our favorite hammock straps were less than $20.
Frequently asked questions
How do I use hammock straps?
Hammock straps have really taken the difficulty out of hanging a hammock. You’ll probably spend more time unpacking your hammock straps than you will attaching them to the anchor points.
Hammock straps have a set of loops. To attach the hammock strap to an anchor point, wrap the strap around the tree, rock, pole or even the roof-rack of your car. Open the loop on the end, and run the other end of the strap through the loop.
Before pulling the strap tight, make sure the strap is high enough off the ground to support your hammock, without causing it to drag on the ground. When you’ve got the straps at the right height, pull them tight so they don’t slip down the anchor.
Your hammock will then attach into one of the other loops on the strap, depending on how far apart the anchors are, and how long your hammock is.
What do you need to hang a hammock?
There is not much needed to hang a hammock.
First you need some anchor points, these are the points from which your hammock will be suspended from.
Second, you’ll need straps or rope. Rope isn’t as easy to manage as hammock straps are, but it will work in a pinch. Straps or rope are what you’ll need to hang your hammock between the anchor points.
Third, you’ll need something to connect the hammock to the straps. Some hammocks have built in clips, others require a couple of carabiners.
Why use hammock straps?
If you’re going with the hammock instead of a tent and sleeping bag, or if you love tossing up a hammock when you’re on vacation, you don’t want to spend a ton of time figuring out how to hang it securely.
Hammock straps take the time and the guesswork out of hanging your hammock. Additionally, many hammock straps are made from materials and in a manner that allows you to hang your hammock from a tree without damaging the tree. This is a nice way to enjoy hammocking without impacting the environment.
How complicated is it to set up hammock straps?
Using hammock straps is really simple, and they shouldn’t take you much time at all to set up.
The first time you use hammock straps it takes a bit longer, since you’ll need to figure out the right height on the anchors to keep your hammock off the ground, and which loop to connect your hammock to.
With that said, even the first time you use hammock straps, you can expect to be lounging in comfort in less than 10 minutes.
How long should my hammock straps last?
We did a bit of research on this, and couldn’t find any definitive answer as to how long hammock straps last as a general rule. However, we think you should be able to get a good five years or more of use out of your hammock straps, depending on how you care for them, and what you most frequently use as your anchor points.
As most straps are made to hang your hammock from trees, if you stick to trees or similar type anchors, your hammock straps should last a long time. If you’re using rocks, which are a bit more abrasive, as anchors for your hammock straps, you may find that the life of your hammock straps is reduced.