Nothing against sleeping on the ground in a tent (I do have one in my gear cache) but ever since seeing a buddy camp in a hammock, I grabbed one for myself and have not looked back. My hammock of choice is the ENO Doublenest. Sturdy, durable and well made...I would recommend this brand to anyone.
Straps on the left and hammock on the right. As you can see, they pack down very small. Both will fit in one of the side pockets on my pack with room to spare. I selected the Doublenest because I need the extra space and these are made for two and rated up to 400 lbs. There is some extra material but I've found that this makes for a good cover if there is a light source nearby and it does keep heat inside the hammock. Setup is lightning quick: sling the straps around two nearby trees, clip the hammock carabiners in and you are done.
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