The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
Best for camping in places where tents can't go — like on a mountainside or a riverbed — or for otherwise upping your cool factor, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is as functional as it is fun. It's a three-season tent, tarp, and hammock all rolled into one 4.25-pound package. Without the rip-stop nylon rainfly, the hammock is ideal for relaxing and taking in the scenery — the sides and roof are made of see-through netting to let the views in while keeping the bugs out. And it doubles as a ground tent — just stake out the sides instead of hanging it.
Pro tip: You'll need to supply your own straps or rope. Save the hassle and pay $25 for Tree Hugggers, heavy-duty polypropylene webbing support straps with S hooks that make hanging a no-brainer. Plus, protect the tree from damage. [$170; lawsonhammock.com]