What Does it Weigh?

One of the main reasons many backpackers are moving to hammock camping is due to the savings in weight.  However, not every hiker will save the same amount.  For instance, someone who already has some ultralight equipment will not realize the same savings as a person who uses heavier gear.

The tables below represents my own personal weight savings when comparing my two summer sleep systems.

Tent Sleep System:

Tent, fly, poles & footprint                          90.4 oz

Thermarest pad                                               32.8 oz

40 degree bag & sack                                     35.2 oz

Total                                                                      9.9 lbs

Hammock Sleep System:

Hammock & suspension                                27.2 oz

Tarp & suspension                                           15.2 oz

40 degree underquilt & sack                       16.0 oz

40 degree topquilt & sack                             15.2 oz

Total                                                                      4.6 lbs

As one can see, I saved over 5 lbs by moving from a tent to a hammock.  Carrying an extra five pounds can make a huge difference by the end of the day!  In addition to the savings in weight, I have discovered that I am sleeping more comfortably on the trail, making me feel better for the coming day.

I should point out that my tent is a two-person tent.  If hiking with someone else, some of the tent weight could be distributed into another person’s pack, thus reducing the weight savings.  However, since I rarely shared my sleeping quarters, I didn’t believe this would factor into my hiking experience.

Your mileage may differ.


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