backpacking hammock

A hammock is not much use without something to hang it from. The usual method is to find two suitable trees but this is not always possible. So one alternative is to buy a ready made hammock stand and there are many currently available to chose from. Choosing the The Best Hammock Stand will depend upon how and where you intend to use the hammock. There are lightweight portable models, their are heavy weight semi permanent models and even those designed specifically for vehicle use. None of these are particularly cheap to buy but for some people they may be the only option. If you want a hammock for general use in the backyard or camping then please see the review: Best Camping & Backyard Hammocks.


How to Choose the Best Hammock Stand


Style

The main style differences in these hammock stands is due to how the stand has been designed to be used. There are lightweight aluminum models which look more like a tent frame and are kinda ugly looking or tubular steel versions which are more aesthetically pleasing and would look great in a yard or by your pool but are big and heavy (but also very steady and safe!) So you really need to decide how you want to use the hammock and pick your stand accordingly.

Dimensions

This will vary between models but the height of the hanging support for most models is very similar.

Maximum Weight Capacity

This tends to be between 250lbs to 400lbs per hammock so probably not a major consideration for most people.

Weight

This is the biggest difference between these models, the lightest single hammock stand reviewed is a very manageable 15 lbs whilst the heaviest is 63lbs. If you want to hang 3 hammocks at once then the weight of the stand jumps to 101lbs, but you do really need this extra weight to form a safe and steady base.

Material

Most hammocks stands are constructed from powder coated steel with the lightweight versions being aluminum.



ENO Nomad Hammock Stand 


The ENO Nomad hammock stand is a light weight portable stand and is suitable for all ENO hammocks and other brands. This stand comes with a carrying case and is best suited for anyone who wants a light and portable stand to take to the park, beach or festival. It is not designed to be used as a permanent structure and should not be left out in bad weather. If you want a more permanent stand for your yard or other venue then look at other stands from ENO like the Solo POD

Dimensions

This stand measures (LxWxH) 13'9" x 4' 2" x 4' 8"

Weight Capacity

The maximum weight capacity quoted by the manufacturer is 300 lbs.

Weight

The weight of the stand is 15 lbs.

Material

To keep the weight low this stand has been made from light weight anodized aluminum alloy with impact resistant plastic. It uses shock cords to keep the poles together in a similar manner as tent poles.




ENO Roadie Hammock Stand 


The Roadie hammock stand is a portable stand from ENO which has been designed specifically to work with a vehicle. One of the two stands is placed to the rear of the front wheel and the other stand to the rear wheel of a car or truck which then drives backwards and over the stands to support them. The hammock can then be safely hung between the two stands. The Roadie comes with an Atlas Suspension System so all you need to add is a hammock and you are ready to hang. This system is ideal for car campers or off roaders who either want a hammock to lounge around in or to sleep in rather than a tent or sleeping in their vehicle. 

Dimensions

The dimensions of the base plate are 1' 5" square, the height of the attachment post is 4' 3", the overall length will depend upon the wheel base of the car.

Weight Capacity

The maximum weight capacity quoted by the manufacturer is 250 lbs.

Weight

The weight of the stand is 56 lbs.

Material

The Roadie is made from powder coated steel so it is strong but heavy. Since this is exclusively designed to be used with a vehicle the weight is probably not a consideration.




ENO Solopod Hammock Stand 


The Solopod hammock stand is designed to hold one ENO hammock but will support any brand of hammocks using carabiners. It has a very elegant design in terms of the sweeping curves of the tubular steel frame which match the curve of the hammock. This is definitely the stand to have for your yard or pool side. It also packs away to a smaller size so it could be transported to your favorite lake or camping ground but I think most people will keep them at home.

Dimensions

The stand measures (LxWxH) 10'6" x 3' 1" x 4' 4"

Weight Capacity

The maximum weight capacity quoted by the manufacturer is 400 lbs.

Weight

The weight of the stand is 63 lbs.

Material

The Solopod is made from powder coated steel so it is strong but heavy. 




ENOpod Hammock Stand 


The ENOpod hammock stand is designed to hold not one but THREE ENO hammocks! It has a very elegant design in terms of the sweeping curves of the tubular steel frame which match the curve of the hammock and make for a very strong and stable support. It also packs away to a smaller size so it could be transported to your favorite lake or camping ground but at 101lbs in weight I think most will either be used in a semi-permanent location or used for commercial operations.

Dimensions

The stand measures (LxWxH) 10'6" x 11'  x 4' 4"

Weight Capacity

The maximum weight capacity quoted by the manufacturer is 1200 lbs, or a maximum of 400lbs per hammock.

Weight

The weight of the stand is 101 lbs.

Material

The ENOpod is made from powder coated steel so it is strong but heavy.