Let’s get a roll call of where everyone is getting geared up for backpacking season in the comments below! I know I’m chomping at the bit to get back in the Montana mountains and find some lakes and waterfalls.

With that in mind, I’ve spent the last month or so putting together and testing some new gear for my trips this year, including a hammock. That’s right, this year I am jumping into the hammock game. With a ten foot hammock folding into a bag little bigger than the palm of my hand, it was hard for me to resist. That opened up a lot of space in my pack and lowered my weight by a couple of pounds. The hammock also removes the need for a sleeping pad as well, while to me, providing a much more comfortable sleep.


So the specifics of my hammock — I went with Rallt, a super affordable and beautiful setup. Their single hammocks run  about $40, which is far less than a camp tent and pad. They come in a wide array of colors including a new camo single hammock (next on my want list). The hammocks come with tie ropes but I definitely recommend the ultralight hammock straps as they make setup and take down super simple.

Specs directly from Rallt:


You don’t need to buy anything else. The hammock comes with 20 feet of non-stretch nautical-grade rope (6mm braided polypropylene) and aluminum wire gate carabiners.


The aluminum carabiners are lightweight and strong. Their wire gates won’t snag and tear your hammock like traditional steel carabiners do.


Hanging gear and hammock all fit in a built-in compression sack, making it a great choice for camping, backpacking, hiking, travel, or even as an everyday carry.


Unfolded Dimensions: 10 ft (long) x 4 ft 7 in (wide); Packed Dimensions: 5 in (tall) x 5 in (diameter); Weight: 15.9 oz (without rope).

On a final note, a hammock tarp is a great addition to a hammock set up. When backpacking, there is always a chance of nasty weather and that makes it a little easier.

In the comments below tell us where you are planning on backpacking this year and what you think about hammocking?