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Trek Light Single Review

This single hammock from Trek Light is simple to use and easy to set up for an enjoyable afternoon in the backyard.
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Price:  $60 List
Pros:  Simple and easy, large for a single hammock, lightweight
Cons:  Expensive compared to similar models, S hooks instead of carabiners
Manufacturer:   Trek Lite
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2018
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  • Comfort - 40% 6
  • Weight - 20% 7
  • Durability and Protection - 20% 3
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 9
  • Versatility - 10% 5

Our Verdict

This sizeable single hammock from Trek Light is actually about the same size as most of the double hammocks we tested and is lighter weight. That said, we weren't blown away by this hammock's rough fabric, cheap S hooks, or shoddy construction. With a price tag like this one, we expected more, and think you'd be happier investing in another hammock.

Color Updates

This lightweight hammock is now available in a variety of new color selections. The rest of the features remain the same.

January 2019


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Pros Simple and easy, large for a single hammock, lightweightSpacious, comfortable, easy to set up and use, integrated bug net, customizableThe comfiest/flattest sleeping surface, optional integrated bug net and double layer bottom, large gear pocketsLightweight, spacious, easy set up, versatile for day use or backcountry shelterAsymmetric design for an easy diagonal lay, lightweight, includes suspension, tree straps, bug net, and rain fly
Cons Expensive compared to similar models, S hooks instead of carabinersSuspension sold separately, can't remove bug net completelySuspension sold separately, not for the lightweight crowd, vulnerable to tippingAll components sold separately, can only use branded suspension system, pricey for the full systemMore complicated to set up, bug net isn't removable, smaller tarp
Bottom Line This single hammock from Trek Light is simple to use and easy to set up for an enjoyable afternoon in the backyard.All the features and comfort in a lightweight package.The Ridgerunner is a luxurious and innovative hammock with spreader bars for a super flat lay, an integrated bug net, and lots of storage.Not willing to sacrifice on versatility in a comfortable, lightweight hammock shelter? The Pro Double is an excellent balance of all three!A fantastic combination of lightweight and backcountry features, the Ultralite Backpacker from Hennessy provides a unique and versatile hammock camping experience.
Rating Categories Trek Light Single Warbonnet Original Blackbird Warbonnet Ridgerunner Sea to Summit Pro Double Hennessy Ultralite Backpacke...
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Specs Trek Light Single Warbonnet Original... Warbonnet... Sea to Summit Pro... Hennessy Ultralite...
Capacity (weight) 400 lbs 350-400 lbs depending on options selected 200-250 lbs depending on options selected 400 lbs 200 lbs
Hanging Straps Included ? No no, can add onto purchase for extra $ No, can add onto purchase for extra $ No yes
Hammock Size 10' x 5' 10' x 5.25' 10'1" x 3' 10' x 6'2" 9'10"x4'11"
Size Compact 5" x 8" 10" x 4" 15" x 7" 4" x 6" 4"x6"x9"
Connectors S hook Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately) Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately) Buckles Webbing straps and spectra ropes
Material 70D Nylon 40D or 70D Nylon (depending on options selected) 1.1oz/30D Nylon Double Layer 70D nylon ripstop 70d Nylon Taffeta
Construction triple lock stitched seams, water resistant finish (how can it wick AND be water resistant? tag says "sheds moisture and dries quickly in the sun"), moisture wicking, anti-rot & mildew End gathered, asymmetric hammock, single or double layer fabric, zipper along 1 side, integrated bug netting. Storage shelf and foot box Bridge style hammock made with one or two layers of 30D Nylon, bug net optional. Ripstop nylon, double interlocking stitching End gathered, asymmetric hammock, integrated bug netting and suspension system
Sizes / Colors 1 size, 8 colors 27 colors, 3 fabric layering configurations 12 colors, 2 fabric layering options 2 sizes, 4 colors 1 color
Measured Weight - Package (ounces) 14.4 oz 27 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 36 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net 16 oz 24 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension, stuff sack)
Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces) 14.4 oz 26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 35 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net 16 oz 22 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)
Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces) 26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 35 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net 19 oz 22 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)
Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes) 42 oz with Mini Fly tarp 52 oz with Mini Fly tarp 42 oz (hammock suspension, bug net, tarp) 32 oz with included tarp
Capacity (height) Not stated 6' Up to 6' 4" Not stated Up to 6'
Accessories (compatible, not included) Go Anywhere rope kit, rope and carabiner bundle, bug net, rain tarp, stand Rain flies, bug net, carabiners, fish hooks, under quilts, top quilts, suspension systems Rain flies, bug net, carabiners, fish hooks, under quilts, top quilts, suspension systems Suspension straps, Rain fly, bug net, gear sling, wider tree protection straps, Longer webbing straps (free upgrade), Larger Rainly, hammock pad, insulation system, hanging pockets, snakeskins
Accessories (included with hammock) stuff sack, S hooks Guylines, bugnetting, storage shelf, continuous loops (for attaching suspension system to), stuff sack Stuff sack, continuous loops (for attaching suspension system to) Continuous loops Tree hugger tree protection straps, suspension cord, rainfly, bugnet (integrated), stuff sack, rainfly guy lines, hanging storage pocket, rain collectors
Extra Accessories Tested none Mini Fly tarp, webbing with buckles suspension, Mini Fly tarp, bug net, double layer fabric, whoopie slings, tree straps Rain fly, ultralight suspension straps, bug net Snakeskins

Our Analysis and Test Results

We were sadly disappointed by this hammock from Trek Light. Their website is full of quippy comments and sayings, but they steer you away from the single and toward the double model. After trying their single hammock, we think you'd be happier with another brand of hammock altogether.

Performance Comparison


Hard not to enjoy life with coffee  a dog and a view from a hammock!
Hard not to enjoy life with coffee, a dog and a view from a hammock!

Comfort


The Trek Light Single is a huge single hammock — at 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, it's nearly as large as many of the double hammocks we tested. The huge Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter is only 6 inches longer, and the Kammock Roo is just a foot wider! Extra space adds to comfort, and this was the only single sized hammock our shorter testers could achieve a semi-diagonal lay. That said, our 5'10"+ testers had noticeable foot overhang when attempting a diagonal lay.

Unfortunately, we found the fabric to be rougher than the other hammocks we tested. We also felt the hammock wasn't well balanced, with a tighter middle and looser sides, that didn't make us feel overly secure. Overall, we weren't blown away by the feel of the Trek Light Single.

Even our 5'4" testers found this model to be a bit small to comfortably lay diagonally in.
Even our 5'4" testers found this model to be a bit small to comfortably lay diagonally in.

Weight


Considering its size, the Trek Light Single is pretty light! Weighing in at 14.4 ounces, it's lighter than all the other large end-gathered hammocks we tested, even considering those hefty little S hooks!

Additionally, the Trek Light Single doesn't come with a suspension system, so whenever you get that, you'll have to add it to your overall weight calculation. At the end of the day though, we would prefer to use this hammock in our backyard than attempt to spend a night in the backcountry in it. In which case, weight is less of an issue.

The Trek Light Single packs down smaller than some of the hammocks with integrated bug nets  but is certainly much larger than the Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter  without being much larger.
The Trek Light Single packs down smaller than some of the hammocks with integrated bug nets, but is certainly much larger than the Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter, without being much larger.

Ease of Set Up


Much like many of the other open design hammocks we tested, the Trek Light Single is a snap to set up! Simply hook the S hooks into whatever suspension system you decide to use, and you're ready to go! The stuff sack is also attached, making it easy to track. The total ease of set up will depend on the suspension system you use — and on the strength of the stitching keeping that storage bag attached to the hammock!

The Trek Light Single comes with small  heavy S hooks and no suspension system.
The Trek Light Single comes with small, heavy S hooks and no suspension system.

Durability and Protection


We were not at all impressed with the durability or protection of the Trek Light Single. Though we don't expect too much from an open model in the way of protection (not like we would from a full expedition hammock like the REI Flash Air or Hennessy Ultralight Backpacker Asym Zip), we were especially unimpressed with the durability of this hammock. The 70D parachute nylon fabric is not uncommon in the hammocking world, but the quality of the seams was less than we hoped for. While Trek Light boasts of triple lock stitching "on all seams," the side seams had just one seam running their length. What really shot down our confidence was when the stuff sack started ripping off after just one use.

It didn't take much use to start ripping the seam that holds the stuff sack to this hammock from Trek Light.
It didn't take much use to start ripping the seam that holds the stuff sack to this hammock from Trek Light.

Versatility


Though many open model hammocks can be quite versatile through design, chosen usage and added features, we didn't find this hammock to be all that versatile. Because of its lack of comparative comfort and smaller size, we don't think this would be a good hammock to sleep in. The open S hooks also gave us pause, and though we never actually had them unhook during use, it was certainly something we worried might happen if we vacated the hammock on a windy day.

Sleeping in a single width hammock on a 4" sleeping pad is a balancing act - even with this petite length pad!
Sleeping in a single width hammock on a 4" sleeping pad is a balancing act - even with this petite length pad!

Best Applications


We feel the Trek Light Single is better suited to being a backyard hammock rather than a backcountry hammock. With S hooks and no suspension system, less comfort than we wanted for a good night's sleep, and durability that worried us, we think this hammock is best to stay in the front country. If you seek an open design hammock that can just as easily be used in the city park as the national park, you might prefer our Best Buy award winner, the Kootek. Or if weight is more of a concern, check out the just-as-comfy Sea to Summit Pro Double.

Value


Considering how poorly this hammock performed in our tests, we don't think the price tag is worth what you get. We hope that Trek Light ups their game in the future to compete with the other hammocks.

Conclusion


The Trek Light Single is a large single hammock that's nearly as large as many of the double hammocks we tested but weighs less. And that's about the end of the list of things we loved about this hammock. After all the testing we did, we feel that you can find better options for a single, lightweight hammock, more versatile options for a double hammock, and more durable options in general.

Sitting in a single is a breeze!
Sitting in a single is a breeze!

Other Versions and Accessories


Trek Light sells many other styles and types of hammocks that we did not test, including their self-recommended Double, a compact version, and even a hammock chair.

They also sell accessories to increase the protection and weather-readiness of your hammock, such as a bug net and rain fly. You can even get a stand to enjoy your 'mock indoors when the outdoors are less appealing.


Maggie Brandenburg