Three Hammocks and a Pack Raft
We reviewed some of the summer's best hammocks and rafts so you can pick the right one for your outing.
When you get to camp after a long day of hiking (or driving), nothing feels better than kicking back and relaxing with your feet up. Whether you do that swinging between two trees or floating on the water is up to you, so we've given you a few options to choose from.
ENO SingleNest Hammock
The tried-and-true SingleNest all but guarantees both front and backcountry bliss. This high-strength nylon hammock sets up easily between two trees, poles, or other standing objects do you can hang out just about anywhere. And with its light weight and compact suffed size, you'll be taking it everywhere. Also available in the DoubleNest model for lounging with a partner. $60/70
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock
Increase the hammocking comfort factor with this soft-touch polyester option. Designed with just one solid piece of material, the Slacker is extra-durable for all of your camping and trekking downtime. The integrated stuff sack ensures that it won't get lost, and was smartly designed to hold a book or tablet when you decide it's time to close your eyes and enjoy the sounds of nature. $80
TENTSILE Connect Tree Tent
Is it a hammock? Is it a tent? The answer is both. Large enough for two people, the Connect uses ratcheting tensioners to create a secure hanging surface for lounging and sleeping. Leave it fully open for views and ventilation, or put up the flysheet for more coverage. And if it rains on your parade, no problem—it also comes with a rain fly. This will change the way you camp! $495
Klymit LiteWater Dinghy
Paddling around on the water is no longer just a frontcountry luxury. This ultra-light, ultra-durable pack raft weighs in at just 2.5 pounds and packs down as small as your Nalgene bottle. The dry sack pump makes inflation a breeze, and double valves make packing up quick and easy. Plus, it features an ergonomic seating platform so you can paddle around in comfort—when you're not just lying back and counting clouds. $200
Sevylor RiverTube w/ Cooler
Remember the days of drifting the lakes and rivers in an old innertube? Now do it in style with this durable river tube with integrated cup holder and mini cooler. Have your lazy-cake and eat it too! It also includes a nylon cover to protect the tube from underwater rocks and debris. Toss a couple of these in your car, or stuff one into your pack, and go find some water—it's tube time! $50
This article originally appeared in the July+August 2015 issue of Washington Trails magazine. Support trails as a member WTA to get your one-year subscription to the magazine.