Hands-on Gear Review

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.
By: Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2018
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
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  • Comfort - 30% 6
  • Durability and Protection - 20% 3
  • Weight - 20% 7
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 9
  • Versatility - 15% 4
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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.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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We were sadly disappointed by this hammock from Trek Light. Their website is full of quippy comments and sayings, but they themselves 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 very large single hammock — at 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, it's nearly as large as many of the double hammocks we tested. The Editors' Choice Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter was only 6 inches longer, and the Best Buy Bear Butt Double was 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 double hammocks we tested, even considering those hefty little S hooks! However, compared to the other single models we tested, this hammock is practically a behemoth! When you could be carrying something as light as the 5.8 ounce (4.8 ounces without the stuff sack) Sea to Summit Ultralight, you may begin to wonder what the point of all that extra weight is.

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 had 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 Bear Butt Double. Or if weight is more of a concern, check out the just-as-comfy Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter.

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

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