Single Layer vs. Double Layer Backpacking Hammocks

November 3, 2021

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When it comes time to purchase a hammock for your upcoming backpacking trip, you may wonder what the difference is between a single and double layer hammock.

As you browse these different types of hammocks, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. The first is where you will be using your hammock and whether you want additional insulation. The second is how much you are willing to spend on your hammock. The third is any weight concerns you may have when carrying your hammock to your destination.

At Dutchware, we offer a wide selection of single and double layer hammocks to fit all of your needs and preferences. Our hammocks are lightweight and made with components designed in-house to optimize your comfort.

Pros of Double Layer Hammocks

A double layer hammock features two layers of fabric to form a pocket where you can insert a sleeping pad. In addition to providing greater comfort, inserting a sleeping pad into your hammock also increases your insulation for a warmer experience.

By adding another layer of fabric to your hammock, its weight capacity will increase as well. A two layer hammock is an excellent option for heavier campers or if you’re sharing your hammock with your child or dog. Lastly, a double layer hammock will provide another barrier of protection against bugs and mosquitos.

Cons of Double Layer Hammocks

Adding an extra layer of fabric will increase the weight of your hammock and may cause concerns if you are hiking long distances. This extra layer of material also increases the price of your hammock. If you have a limited budget, a single layer hammock may be a better option.

For those looking for a hammock to use a sleeping pad, a double layer hammock is only one option of many. While the pocket on a double layer hammock is ideal for holding sleeping pads, it is not a perfect system. You may experience difficulty inserting thick or multiple pads.

Pros of Single Layer Hammocks

A single layer hammock features only one layer of fabric and is the standard among the hammock industry for camping and recreational use. This simple and efficient hammock is a great lightweight option for those concerned about carrying extra weight.

If only one person will be using the hammock or you don’t have additional weight requirements, a single layer hammock may be the best choice for you. These hammocks also provide excellent ventilation for warmer climates. Adding one of our bugnets or socks to your single layer hammock will keep you safe from bugs or add insulation to your hammock.

Cons of Single Layer Hammocks

Unlike a double layer hammock, a single layer hammock does not contain a pocket for a sleeping pad. While you can try to lie on top of your pad, many people find it difficult to position their pad correctly. Many single layer hammock users purchase an underquilt to add insulation and warmth to their hammock.

In addition to purchasing an underquilt, you may need to buy a bugnet to protect yourself against mosquitos. If you live in an area with large amounts of insects and you do not want to buy an additional bugnet, it may be wise to invest in the protection a double layer hammock provides.

Which Hammock Is Right For You?

No matter what type of hammock you choose, it’s essential to select an option that works best for your budget and lifestyle. Shop our selection of single and double layer hammocks today at DutchWare, or contact a team member if you have any additional questions.



Reviewed By: Dutch (Thom Ressler) - Dutch started Dutchware after thru-hiking the entire 2,200-miles of the Appalachian Trail with a hammock. During his journey, Dutch learned that there wasn’t high-quality hammocking gear available on the market so he began to create his own.

He began manufacturing the Dutch Clip, which he invented to connect the webbing suspension around the tree. Next was the Chameleon Hammock which offers superior flexibility for hammockers. Today Dutchware sells over 1,000 outdoor gear products to provide backpackers with high-quality equipment that allows them to enjoy the outdoors with a minimalist approach.

Dutch is passionate about providing the hammocking community with the highest quality gear along with the highest quality information to ensure they have the best outdoor experience possible.

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