Best Hammock Tarp or Rainfly for Backpacking

hammock tarp

Unfortunately not every backpacking or camping trip is blessed with sunshine and dry nights. So if you are intending to sleep under the stars in a hammock then you are probably looking for the best hammock tarp for backpacking. At the most basic level a tarp is simply a piece of material that is hung over the hammock to keep the worst of the weather off you as you sleep. In theory any material could be used as a tarp but unless you want to be cold and wet you probably want to ensure that your tarp meets the minimum requirements of keeping our the worst of the rain and wind.

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How to Choose the Best Hammock Tarp for Backpacking


Tarp Design

There are many different styles of hammock tarp available, including asymmetric (a-sym), diamond, hexagonal, and fully-enclosed “winter” tarps. All of these designs have the same purpose of covering the hammock to a greater or lesser extent. 

Tarp Length & Width

The length of the tarp should be long enough so that it extends beyond the ends of the hammock once it is hung. The width of the hammock should be such that the sides of the tarp can extend outwards and downwards to give sufficient protection against rain and also wind. Some winter tarps are designed to give a full enclosure around the tarp , almost like a tent. These should provide more weather protection but obviously are heavier to carry.

Weight of Tarp

You could go to an industrial hardware store and buy an inexpensive tarp which would probably be OK for car camping. But for backpacking or hiking you need to keep the weight to a minimum and purchase a tarp designed specifically for hammocks. The typical weight range for a hammock tarp would be 1 to 2 lbs.

Tarp Material

Most tarps are constructed from waterproof polyester or nylon materials. For ultralight backpacking then materials such as cuben and spinaker materials give give the ultimate in low weight protection.

Tarp Suspension

You will need some method to suspend your tarp over your hammock. Many hammocks come with a "ridgeline" attached to the tarp which is used to hang the between the same two trees that your hammock is hung from. Some hammocks may also come with a ridgeline already attached to the hammock. 

Best Hammock tarp designs

ENO ProFly Rain Tarp


The ENO ProFly is a foul weather hammock tarp for anyone looking for a hammock with good weather protection but who does not need to deal with extreme weather conditions.

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are 10' 6" in length x 6' 4" in width.

Weight

The weight of the ENO ProFly is 22 oz.

Material

The ProFly is constructed from 210D Ripstop Nylon.

Color

This tarp is available in five color options.
Eno ProFly tarp colors

Suspension

The ProFly comes with an attached ridgeline for quick and easy hanging over your hammock. There are 2 guy lines on each side of the tarp which can be attached to the ground using stakes (stakes not provided).


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ENO ProFly Sil Rain Tarp


The ENO ProFly Sil is a silicone impregnated version of the basic ProFly tarp. It is an identical size to the ProFly but is much lighter and hence better suited to the requirement of a light weight backpacker or hiker.

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are 10' 6" in length x 6' 4" in width.

Weight

The weight of the ENO ProFly is 16 oz.

Material

The ProFly is constructed from 15D Silicone Impregnated Ripstop Nylon.

Color

This tarp is available in two color options, lichen and charcoal.
Eno ProFly rain tarp colors

Suspension

The ProFly comes with an attached ridgeline for quick and easy hanging over your hammock. There are 2 guy lines on each side of the tarp which can be attached to the ground using stakes (not provided).


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ENO DryFly Rain Tarp


The ENO DryFly with it's 6 point guy system is an all weather tarp that should keep you dry in the worst of weather and wind conditions.

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are 10' 6" in length x 5' 2" in width. This makes the DryFly  narrower than the 6' 4" wide ProFly which is slightly unusual since it is aimed at worst weather conditions. However the additional guy points should mean that it can be firmly attached to the ground to withstand the worst of the wind.

Weight

The weight of the ENO DryFly is 22 oz., so although this is a smaller tarp than the ProFly it is actually the same total weight.

Material

The ProFly is constructed from 210D Ripstop Nylon.

Color

This tarp is available in three color options, navy, grey and olive.
Eno DryFly tarp colors

Suspension

The DryFly comes with an attached ridgeline for quick and easy hanging over your hammock. There are 3 guy lines on each side of the tarp (6 in total) which can be attached to the ground using stakes (not provided).


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ENO FastFly Sil Rain Tarp


The ENO FastFly Sil 

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are 11' 9" in length x 11' 9" in width. This makes the FastFly ...

Weight

The weight of the ENO FastFly is 15 oz., 

Material

The FastFly Sil is constructed from Silicone Impregnated Ripstop Nylon.

Color

This tarp is currently only available in olive.

Suspension

The DryFly comes with an attached ridgeline for quick and easy hanging over your hammock. There is a single guyline on each side of the tarp for quick and easy set-up, please note that stakes are not provided.


  • Light weight
  • Silicone impregnated
  • Limited guy options



Kammok Kuhli Weather Shelter


The Kammok Kuhli

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are 12' in length x 9' in width. 

Weight

The weight of the Kuhli shelter is 20 oz., 

Material

This tarp is constructed from 15D Sil/1200MM PU Ripstop Nylon.

Color

This tarp is currently available in a choice of 3 colors, blue, red or grey.

Suspension

The Kuhli comes with an attached ridgeline for quick and easy hanging over your hammock. It also has 16 reinforced guy out points making it one of the most versatile tarps available.


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Chill Gorilla Rain Fly


The Chill Gorilla rain fly.

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are 10' in length x 10' in width. 

Weight

The weight of this rain fly is 22 oz., 

Material

This tarp is constructed from polyurethane (PU) treated Ripstop Nylon.

Color

This tarp is currently available in a choice of 3 colors, grey green and OD green.

Suspension

The Chill Gorilla does not come with a ridgeline but has 9 attachment points. It comes with 6 guy lines and 4 stakes


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Hennessy Hammocks 
Hex Asym Rain Fly 30D Silnylon


Hennessy Hammocks manufacture a very wide range of top quality expedition level hammocks and tarps. This model is their top of the range asymetric model which I have chosen due to it's weight of only 18oz. This silnylon rainfly is double wide and works with all Hennessy Hammock models providing generous protection from wind and rain.  It can be angled out to provide a large covered area for cooking or relaxing or can be staked down close to the ground on both sides of the hammock.

Length & Width

The dimensions of this tarp are  11' 7" on centerline x 9' wide asymmetrical hexagonal shape

Weight

The weight of this rain fly is 18 oz. which is very good based upon its double width size! 

Material

To keep the weight down Hennessy have constructed this tarp from 30D High Tenacity 66 Silnylon Ripstop

Color

This tarp is  available in one color, Coyote Brown, so you should blend in nicely to the background.

Suspension

This tarp has reinforced attachment points at the ridgeline and 2 tie out points along each side. Stakes are not provided.


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    Double Width
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