3 Unique Gifts for Hikers & Backpackers

When mulling over gifts for hikers in your life, consider a lightweight and portable hammock or Tree Tent. Day hikes and short backpacking trips never fail to benefit from a great lunch spot with a view. But what about setting up the lunch spot wherever you find a few trees—whether at the final destination or somewhere along the way? 

Don’t settle for any ordinary hammock tent. Check out Tentsile's range that stretch out with a 3-point anchor system to become flat, incredibly comfortable, and spacious.

Gifts for hikers and backpackers are best when lightweight or ultralight, and the Tentsile UNA, the  and the T-Mini weigh in under 5 pounds. They can be stuffed into a pack, then quickly unpacked and set up in a few minutes. Let’s get to the specs...

 

The UNA

This model is a 1-person Tree Tent or hammock tent - both a hammock and a tent. The UNA creates its own shade, keeps bugs away and makes an excellent alternative to a traditional ground tent. Will your hike take you through or near a forest? You’ll have no trouble setting the UNA up using adjustable straps and a ratchet system.

The UNA (like all but one Tentsile hammock) provides a taut floor for lounging or sleeping. This hammock holds up to 165 lbs, and includes a no-see-um mesh so you can enjoy the views without the bugs getting to you. The UNA weighs 4.4 lbs including all necessary ratchet straps, aluminum poles and bungee cords.

This 4-season lightweight packs down to 13.8 x 5.9 x 6.3 inches (or 35 x 15 x 16cm) and provides a head height of 1.7 feet (or half a meter) and floor area of 24 sq. feet. It also has a covered porch area of 30 sq feet to store gear and footwear. Mesh pockets on either side and a fold-away door round out the package for ease of use and convenience. 

 

The Solo

The Solo 1-person hammock is the only model from Tentsile that has a traditional 2-point anchor system, and a traditional crescent profile. An affordable and lightweight alternative and fantastic gift for the hiker or backpacker in your life, the Solo uses durable and breathable mesh material. This hammock is 9 feet long and fits even the tallest campers or day hikers.

Key specs on the Solo: holds one adult up to 240 lbs, and packs down to 20 x 20 x 20 cm (or 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches). The heavy-duty nylon polyester mesh weighs only 2 lbs, and that includes 2 ratchet buckles and 2 straps!

 

The T-Mini

The T-Mini model makes a great gift for hikers or day trekkers because it is lightweight (5.3 lbs), holds 2 adults with 2 completely separate sleeping (or lounging) spaces, and has virtually zero sag. For bikepackers (or any outdoor adventurer), this lightweight and compact 3-point hammock is perfect for throwing in a frame bag.

The T-Mini is 45D nylon polyester composite with 12m webbing, and four ratchets and straps. Due to the potential weight on this hammock, the kit includes 3 tree protector wraps. The T-Mini folds down into 15.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches. The floor area is 43 sq. feet. The T-Mini holds 485 pounds but is made for just two, with side-by-side sleeping bays.

As the holidays approach, there’s no better time to get this terrific gift for the hikers in your life. All three models can be adapted for winter camping, but we recommend them for day trips since the lightweight profile of all three makes them ideal to add to a day pack.

November 24, 2020 — Ryan W

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