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Best Hammock with Mosquito Net: No More Bugs to Bug You Out

Best Hammock with Mosquito Net
Dennis Owens
Written by Dennis Owens

Mosquitoes can be one of the most frustrating parts of any outdoor experience. We’ve all been there; it’s late in the afternoon and as the sun starts to set and it gets a bit cooler, out come the mosquitoes to ruin the mood and get everyone on edge.

In this situation, we usually rely on mosquito repellents and other products that try to keep the bugs away, but we all also know that these only work so well. In addition to being annoying, mosquitoes can actually be dangerous.

They can carry diseases and spread them by biting you, which can be a big concern if you are camping or hiking in tropical locations far from any sort of civilization. However, one of the most frustrating times to have problems with mosquitoes is at night.

Hammock with Mosquito Net outdoor

One way to prevent them from bothering us is to use a hammock with a mosquito net. Hammocks have lots of advantages and we are going to explore them as well as compare some different options so that we can determine which is the best hammock with a mosquito net.

Why Use A Hammock with A Mosquito Net?

To some, it might seem strange to use a hammock instead of a tent, but for many, it is the best option. In fact, there are several things that help separate a hammock from a tent and that might make it a more viable option for those looking to sleep in the wilderness.

  • Hammocks have way fewer parts. If you are traveling with a hammock there will be no need to worry about poles, stakes, rain flies or any of the other equipment that you would need to pitch a tent.
    This makes it a much more viable option for those looking to do longer term wilderness hiking or for those who will be carrying all their supplies with them.
  • Hammocks can be set up almost anywhere. The only thing you really need to use your hammock is two trees. With a tent you need to worry about the surface you will be making camp on and an inadequate surface will surely make your sleeping much more uncomfortable.
    With a hammock, your sleeping surface will always be constant and this means you won’t have to worry about sleeping on a rock.
  • Hammocks are much lighter. To go along with the first item on this list, hammocks tend to significantly lighter than any tent. They fold up smaller and therefore can be stuffed in your backpack without causing too much distress or adding too much extra weight. This is a big advantage for many people and is what causes them to choose to use a hammock.

When thinking of outdoors camping the natural thing to do might be to think of a tent, but hammocks have their own unique set of advantages and actually are the preferred means of shelter for many hikers and campers.

How to Use A Hammock with Mosquito Net?

We mentioned earlier that the only thing you need to use a hammock is two trees. This isn’t quite true; you will also need a rope and often times something like a carabineer to help suspend the net.

How to Use A Hammock with Mosquito Net

However, most hammocks you buy will come with this equipment so it shouldn’t be too difficult to make sure you have all you need to set up your hammock. Once you have the equipment you will want to follow these steps to get yourself set up.

  • Find two trees. You want the trees to be far enough apart from each other so that the hammock can be fully stretched out, but you don’t want them to be so far apart that the rope struggles to handle the load. A good rule of thumb would be to leave about 2-3 feet in between the hammock and the tree.
  • Tie the hammock. Once you’ve found your trees you will want to tie the hammock up. It is important to hang the hammock a few feet off the ground, but again, don’t go too high with it otherwise, you won’t be able to get in and out of it safely.
    Make sure to use sturdy lashes or some other similar knot that you know will support your entire weight. No one wants to fall out of the tree in the middle of the night.
  • Attach the mosquito net. The mosquito net may come already attached, but even if it doesn’t you will probably need to attach it to another rope that you tie over the hammock from the same two trees.
    From there you will use the carabineers or whatever clip mechanism your hammock came with to suspend the mosquito net. This will make like a little suspended shelter where you can sleep and be totally free from mosquitoes the entire night.

Those are pretty much all the steps for setting up your hammock. Probably the most difficult aspect will be learning the appropriate knots to tie the hammock to the tree in a secure manner.

It’s always a good idea to test it before crawling into the hammock right when you want to sleep because the last thing you want to do is to try and fix it in the middle of the night. Practice a few different ways and see which works best for you.

What to Look for in A Hammock with Mosquito Net

Now that we have looked at the advantages of hammocks and how to set one up, let’s take a look at some important features to look for when you decide to pick one up yourself. You’ll want to keep these things in mind as you are looking at and comparing the different options.

Size

Like most camping products, a big question to ask when deciding what to buy is: how big is it? Those of us who like to carry all of our supplies on our backs will be particularly interested in this category. In terms of size though, we are going to look more specifically at three aspects:

  • Weight
  • Length and width
  • Weight limit

Weight

How much your hammock weighs will play a major role in your decision as to whether to purchase it or not.

Hammock with Mosquito Net

One of the main reasons for having a hammock is to be able to carry it with you wherever you go so it is important to find something that you feel comfortable having in your bag at all times. This doesn’t mean you need to go for the lightest option, but have an idea of how much you are willing to carry before making any decision.

Length and width

Those of us who are a bit taller than the average will certainly want to pay attention to this category to make sure that they will fit comfortably inside the hammock. It would be a major problem if you got into your hammock and had to position yourself awkwardly to fit inside.

This will cause you to sleep poorly and could even give you pains and sores that will affect you on the trail. In terms of width, there probably isn’t too much variation here. The only thing to consider would be if you are planning on trying to fit two people in one hammock.

It is hard to imagine this being comfortable unless the hammock will be used by two children, but it is something to consider.

Weight limit

Again, if you are only planning on using this hammock for one person than you might not have to pay too much attention to this category, but different hammocks do have different weight limits based on the materials they are made from so consider what you might need before moving forward with the decision process.

In general, when looking at hammocks it is important to keep these three aspects of size in mind to help you be sure that you are choosing the best option for you.

Mosquito net holes

Not all mosquito nets will be the same and when they vary they will do so in the amount of holes they have. Usually, they will be measured in terms of “holes per square inch” or something similar.

Mosquito net holes

This is important because the bigger the hole, the more likely it is a bug can make its way in. All mosquito nets will come with holes small enough to prevent mosquitoes from entering, but some go a little further and are made with holes so small that not even gnats or other smaller, but equally annoying, bugs don’t make their way in.

Consider where you will be doing your hiking or camping to help you decide if this is something that you should be concerned about.

Included equipment

One other thing to look for when you are searching for the best mosquito net for you is what equipment comes included with the hammock. As mentioned earlier, you will need some rope and some carabineers or other attachment devices.

Some of the hammocks out on the market come with all that you need, others with only some of this equipment and others will come with nothing. In general, it is probably best to look for one that does include all this equipment so you don’t need to worry about finding it.

However, if you really like one that does not come with these extras than just be mindful that you will have to find them before being able to actually use your hammock.

Side pockets

One nice feature that some hammocks with mosquito nets come with is a variety of side pockets or storage spaces within the hammock. For those that like to keep a flashlight nearby or that like to curl up with a book before turning in, this might be a nice option to look for.

They aren’t available on all models and it is a good idea to think twice before purchasing one that doesn’t come with these pockets. The idea is that once you seal yourself in for the night you shouldn’t open the hammock until you are ready to wake up because doing so might let mosquitoes in to the hammock.

Side pockets

For this, having a way to store things you might want nearby when sleeping could be a great feature to look for when buying a hammock.

Reversible

Something else that could add to the versatility and overall functionality of you hammock is whether or not it can be reversed. You may find yourself in an area where the mosquitoes are not as bad as you were expecting and you would like to sleep truly under the stars.

Or, maybe you just want to lay down for an afternoon nap and the mosquito net makes it too warm or uncomfortable.

Whatever the case, it might be a good idea to look for a hammock that can be reversed or that has a removable mosquito net so that you can fully take advantage of the moments when mosquitoes are not bothering you.

What’s on The Market?

Now that we have seen what to look for in a hammock with a mosquito net, let’s take a look at the different options on the market and compare and contrast them so you can find the one that is best for you.

Yukon Outfitters MG-10503g XL Mosquito Hammock

Yukon Outfitters MG-10503g XL Mosquito Hammock

Weight: 1.5 lbs

Dimensions: 9’10” x 4’7″ inches

Weight Limit: 300 lbs

Hole Size: Standard

Included Equipment: Rope, carabineers, and stuff sack

Extra Features: None

Best Use: Individual use in light bug areas

Price: $54

Description: This is a very standard option that will serve you well in an area with light mosquitoes and limited gnats.

The holes on this Yukon Outfitters MG-10503g XL Mosquito Hammock are a standard size and will protect sufficiently against mosquitoes but might be susceptible to smaller pests that can be equally as annoying.

Think about what you might be facing in the area you will most likely be using the hammock. It is made of parachute quality nylon, which helps boost its weight limit to a respectable 300 lbs. It is also plenty big.

At over 9 feet it is sure to fit everyone comfortably and at 4 feet wide it could be possible to fit two people as long as both people combine to weigh less than 300 lbs. It doesn’t have anything in terms of pockets and it is not reversible, but it remains a very satisfactory hammock that could be useful in most standard situations.

Blue Sky Outdoor Mosquito Traveler Hammock

Blue Sky Outdoor Mosquito Traveler Hammock

Weight: 1.4 lbs

Dimensions: 4’6” x 9’ 7”

Weight Limit: 330 lbs

Hole Size: Small—2,100 holes per square inch

Included Equipment: Straps, clips and stuff sack

Extra Features: None

Best Use: Heavy gnat area camping

Price: From $31

Description: The thing that really makes this Blue Sky Outdoor Mosquito Traveler Hammock stand out is the number of holes it has per square inch. With so many, it is guaranteed to keep out not only mosquitoes, but also any other smaller bugs that might be a problem depending on where you like to go camping.

This hammock is also plenty big enough for one person and with a weight limit of 330 lbs it could be suitable for two smaller people or children.

One thing that makes this hammock different is it uses straps and hooks instead of rope and carabineers. This reduces stress points on the hammock and makes it be a bit more comfortable than some of the other options being looked at in this review.

Overall, this is a nice option for basic individual use and for those who will be camping in an area that has more than just mosquitoes to worry about.

Leapair 2-Person Portable Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net

Leapair 2-Person Portable Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net

Weight: 17 oz

Dimensions: 4’7” x 8’ 4”

Weight Limit: 400 lbs

Hole Size: Standard

Included Equipment: Rope, carabineers and stuff sack

Extra Features: Side pockets and reversible

Best Use: Dual use

Price: $28.99

Description: This particular Leapair 2-Person Portable Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net combines some nice features that make it an overall nice option. One thing that stands out is that, as the name suggests, it is actually designed for two people.

The 400lb weight limit should be plenty for two people to share this hammock, but at just 4’7” wide it would be a little tight. One other nice thing about this option is that it is extremely light.

At just over a pound it is one of the lightest options available and this will make a big difference for those hoping to stick it in their bag and carry it with them wherever they go.

It is also reversible so that you can use it without the net and it has a side pocket for storing bedside gear. It is also a bit cheaper than many of the other hammocks on this list, which helps build its case as a good option.

In general, this hammock has many of the things you would like to find in a hammock and gives you lots of options for when you use it.

DayinCar Traveler mosquito hammocks

DayinCar Traveler mosquito hammocks

Weight: 1.5 lbs

Dimensions: 2’6” x 7’

Weight Limit: 330lbs

Hole Size: Standard

Included Equipment: Strong ropes

Extra Features: Side pocket

Best Use: Home use or light camping

Price: $19.99

Description: DayinCar Traveler mosquito hammocks is a good hammock if you think you might want one to be able to use around the house either for leisure or for getting some outdoors sleeping without going too far from home. It could also be used for some light hiking or camping activities.

One thing that goes against this option is that it is quite small. It should be plenty long for most people, but at only 2’6” wide, it could be a little tight and could be a little uncomfortable for those who are used to having a little more room to roll over or spread out.

Also, this hammock only comes with ropes. It doesn’t include carabineers or clips for the mosquito net, which could be problematic when trying to make sure the mosquito net stays clear of the hammock.

In general, this is a solid option, but maybe not for people looking to do heavier, more serious camping and hiking.

Adventure Gear Outfitter Backpacking Hammock

Adventure Gear Outfitter Backpacking Hammock

Weight: 1.7 lbs

Dimensions: 4’7” x 9’5”

Weight Limit: 400 lbs

Hole Size: Standard

Included Equipment: Straps, rope, carabineer, elastic mosquito net

Extra Features: Side pockets, reversible

Best Use: Hiking and camping

Price: $39. 95

Description: There really isn’t too much that distinguishes this Adventure Gear Outfitter Backpacking Hammock from the others. Perhaps the only thing that really stands out is the elastic mosquito net.

This is a nice design feature because it means that the net will give a little when it is stretched, which will make it less likely to tear or rip over time. The other thing that this hammock has over other options is its tree straps.

This makes it a bit easier to attach the hammock to the tree and provides a somewhat sturdier support for the hammock. This would be a good option for anyone looking to head out into the wilderness for a few days or even longer.

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro mosquito hammocks

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro mosquito hammocks

Weight: 2.5 lbs

Dimensions: 2’8”x7’6”

Weight Limit: 300lbs

Hole Size: Small

Included Equipment: Rope, carabineers and net suspension kit

Extra Features: Side pocket

Best Use: Heavy duty individual use

Price: Between $64.07-81.57

Description: This Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro mosquito hammocks is good because it has smaller sized holes to help provide protection against gnats and other ‘no seeums’ that for some people can be an even bigger nuisance.

This option is probably best for individuals as it is a bit smaller than many of the other hammocks on the list and has a somewhat smaller weight limit. It comes with all the necessary equipment included to be able to set it up right away.

One thing that goes against it is its high price tag. It is decently more expensive than the other options on the list and does little to justify the extra cost. Still, it could be a nice option for someone looking for a quality hammock to sleep in while out camping.

Hammock Bliss No-See-Um mosquito hammocks

Hammock Bliss No-See-Um mosquito hammocks

Weight: 1.75 lbs

Dimensions: 4’10” x 9’9”

Weight Limit: 350 lbs

Hole Size: Small, 2100 hole per square inch

Included Equipment: Rope

Extra Features: 4 inside pockets and 4 utility holes

Best Use: Single or double use, hiking and camping

Price: $79.97

Description: This Hammock Bliss No-See-Um mosquito hammocks has a bit higher price tag than many of the others on the list, but it has a decent set of features that might just make it worth it. For example, it comes with four inside pockets as well as four utility loops so that you can easily hang gear from your hammock.

This could be nice if the ground is wet or if you have some clothes or towels that you would like to let dry. The ropes that attach to the tree do so in such a way that reduces pressure points and makes the hammock more comfortable.

It is also plenty big enough to the point where two people probably could share this hammock if it were absolutely necessary. All in all, this is a nice option despite its relatively higher price tag.

Yosoo Travel mosquito hammock

Yosoo Travel mosquito hammocks

Weight: 18 oz

Dimensions: 4’6”x8’10”

Weight Limit: 300lbs

Hole Size: Standard

Included Equipment: Rope

Extra Features: Reversible

Best Use: Individual hiking or at home

Price: $25.99

Description: Yosoo Travel mosquito hammock is a decent budget option as it has many of the features we would like to see in a hammock with a mosquito net but at a much lower cost. One thing going against this hammock is that it does not have a built-in way to suspend the mosquito net, which means you will have to tie the ropes in such a way that allows you to do this.

It is, however, quite light, and rather large. It isn’t quite big enough for two people because of the weight limit, but it would be a spacious option for an individual.

The hole sizes are standard, which should provide ample protection, and it is also reversible should you want to use it without the net. In general, a solid budget option for most people interested in a hammock with a mosquito net.

Let’s Hit The Sack

Now that we have had the chance to look at some of the available options for hammocks with mosquito nets it should be a bit easier to determine which might be best for you.

If you’re new to hammock camping it might take some time for you to get used to the switch, but once you do you will surely see its benefits. Those who have done it before, have you used any of these hammocks? Any suggestions or anything we missed? Let us know what you think.

Now that we have a good idea of the right hammock for us the only thing left to do is pick one up, stuff it in our bag and head out on the trail. Sleep easy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dennis Owens
Dennis Owens

Dennis Owens is a graduate of National Camping School and REI Outdoor School. He knows everything about what gear to take with you, how to plan your trip to stay safe and what to do if you get lost in the mountains. We are lucky to have Dennis with us as he is a ‘walking encyclopedia’ when it comes to the wilderness.

  • Freddie Wilson

    I was actually thinking of buying Yukon but on a second thought, DYIng would also be a good idea. I never had a hammock with mosquito or bug repellent and thought it would actually be comfortable to sleep out there without any bugs bugging you. Yukon looks durable and the design appeals to my taste, simple.

    • Dennis Owens

      DIYing is a good idea if you have a good guide to follow. The only problem I can see when you DIY your mosquito hammock is that there might be those little spaces that can serve as portal of entry for bugs, ultimately compromising your protection.

  • Will Harrison

    I bought my first Skeeter Pro Mosquito Hammock over 2 years ago and have never looked back. I should point out, that there are, however subtle, differences between the Pro and regular models of these hammocks, the most notable being the quality of the fabric. The pro model features a silkier material, whereas the regular does not, though this may seem a little insignificant, it can make all the difference, particularly when trying to move around in the hammock, the silk material allows for a gliding movement, which is relatively smooth, the regular material, however, does not.

    This hammock is incredibly easy to hang and take down and you don’t require any extra equipment with this particular model, everything you need, i.e. ropes and carabiners are included.

    Finally, the bug/mosquito mesh is top notch and does exactly what it should, keeps the bugs out, though a little larger than I personally would have liked, as I’ve found it to droop a tad overhead. An all-around great hammock and one that I would highly recommend.

    • Dennis Owens

      Another good thing about this mosquito hammock is that it is very durable and will not turn brittle due to frequent weather shifts. The material is also quite resistant to staining, which is often left by bugs that get squashed or get caught in the fabric.

  • Jake Clark

    I’ve used No-See hammock when I went to Brazil and had to spend 3 nights in a rain forest. The only thing I worried about was what would happen if I didn’t bring it. There were so many insects, both in numbers and species that it was just crazy to even think about sleeping without a mosquito net. It’s bad that this hammock didn’t come with ear plugs so I wouldn’t have to listen to all the buzzing.

    • Dennis Owens

      Tropical destinations are known to be dense with insects, and that is not limited to mosquitoes. It is the best idea to equip yourself with mosquito nets to protect you from insect bites which prevents you from contracting tropical disease like Malaria or Dengue Fever.

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