Tensa4 hammock stand

(24 customer reviews)


Tensa4 is an innovative, go-anywhere hammock stand. It provides peace of mind when traveling with a hammock, indoors or out. With by far the smallest footprint, smallest packed size, and lowest weight of any stand so capable, Tensa4 supports up to 400lbs in hammocks up to 12′ long. It weighs 10-13 pounds depending on configuration, packs to 20″ long and about 5″ around, easy to carry on a bike, aboard a plane, or a couple miles up the trail.

Check the Tensa4-Stand-instructions-2019 for setup detail.
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Tensa4 is the commercial version of the original “tensahedron” design shown by one of Tensa Outdoor’s founders on Hammock Forums.

No good trees available or allowed to hang from? Or maybe you just want to hang closer to where your friends are, or to your motorcycle, or where the light and wind is best. Maybe you’re in a motel and not feeling great about the bed, or stuck in an airport long enough for a snooze. Needing only a single low-tension guyline to maintain balance, Tensa4 sets up quickly everywhere from on top of a twin or truck bed, to steep slopes, to sandy beaches, to concrete slabs. Get off the ground, no matter what!

It will accommodate any gathered-end hammock on the market, up to 12′ long, as well as bridge (e.g. Warbonnet Ridgerunner) and transverse (e.g. Amok Draumr) hammocks. Unlike many portable hammock stands, ours supports full-size hammocks with a deep 30° sag for comfortable sleeping on the diagonal, while still offering good seat height.

The stand works fine with tarps for complete shelter. 11′ tarps are ideal; longer require modest ingenuity or our tarp extension kit, which also provides more headroom.

The product is four poles made of 28 segments of custom-made telescopic anodized aluminum tubing, four pole connectors with carabiners, two guylines and anchors, one ridgeline, one baseline, and a bag.

Additional information

Weight224 oz
Dimensions20 × 6 × 3 in
Line style

Polyester webbing – $295, Amsteel UCRs – $335

24 reviews for Tensa4 hammock stand

  1. Willard Chaffin (verified owner)

    Very well made with outstanding materials and workmanship. Really works well when appropriate trees not available.

  2. Matt E. (verified owner)

    This is SO COOL. Being in on something when it’s so new is really fun. I probably would have put it off until the “ultimate graphite, whatever” finally came out, but they got me with the video of working on the kitchen chair. You have to love that!! The stand is great, and definitely works. Shug’s video was helpful to get the most headroom (lay side pole on the outside). I travel in the tree-impaired prairie states, which is great for biking, but tough for hammocks. Can’t wait to put it to the test.

  3. Michael C. (verified owner)

    Best ever hammock hanging system ever! I just love the simplicity and the ability to lay under the desert skies, and not worry about where I’m going to hang.

  4. Mark H. (verified owner)

    Best stand that I know of, easy to carry on a motorcycle and works very well.

  5. martin tvingsholm (verified owner)

    The hammock stand design works. But i was not able to get the “end loops” on the head tether & the guyline correctly mounted on the stand, the loops were simply made to small….maybe it is just the ones i got. Each “end joint” in the pipe construction, are not round it off and are therefore very sharp. If these sharp joint parts come into contact with ones hammock & tarp it most likely cause damage. The above despite, I am very pleased to have received my Tensa stand 😉 Best regards Martin from Denmark 😉

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    • Todd (verified owner)

      Thank you, Martin. We’ve corrected these issues in ongoing production. The diameter of the feet enlarged slightly, while our line specification lagged – the loops are now larger. To work around, you can attach the loops to the flatworm toggles, or lark’s-head around the poles. Re the sharp edges, while they are currently sharper than we really want, the ones we have handled have not been sharp enough to cut. In any event, we are making sure that future production has much smoother edges. Thank you for bringing both to our attention. — Cheryl and Todd

  6. tbebee (verified owner)

    I owned an older hammock stand simply for the ability to test out setups at home, which is tree challenged. This stand was super sturdy but weighed way too much and did not break down to a transportable size, so using anywhere but home was not an option. I have tried several of the designs that use tripod-type ends with a center rail (borrowed them). These are better than my original, lighter but still not truly transportable. I basically gave up on trying to find a stand that could possibly be taken along for our canoe trips and occasional car camping trips. That was until I saw the Tensa4. This looked like a system that I could pack reasonably and had some good initial reviews of the unique design.

    I went ahead and purchased two stands this Fall. After playing with them in the yard to get familiar with the setup (first one takes a little time to get the adjustments correct), I planned some trips to use them.

    The first one was obvious – car camping – which we do with our children and grand-kids. Our state parks in New York are nice, but are made for tenting and trailers. This worked out great, we were able to setup right in the middle of the site, using minimal space. The stands accommodated the Warbonnet hammocks (Traveler and Blackbird) without any issues. The tarps used were different ridge line sizes, so one fit within the stand ridge line length and could attach to the poles. The other longer ridge line, we just took two sticks, tethered them out a few feet outside each end of the stand and ran the tarp across the entire stand. On this trip it rained off/on all one day and the next day turned to heavy wet snow. Other than getting wet snow off the sagging tarps, we did not have one issue or have to adjust anything the 3 days we were out.

    The other two trips have been canoeing. Both trips had a few portages, which were short enough so that we were not concerned about them not being “single carry”. Many of the canoe sites we find are kind of open and although we find trees, it is not always easy to decide where to setup. These trips we use our old original Hennessy hammocks which have been modified by replacing the straps with whoopie slings, sewing the bottom entry shut and making the netting removable (bottom and netting alterations done by 2QZQ). The Hennessy’s fit well in the stands also, and the tarp situation was the same as before, one fit on the stand the other we tethered out each time. Good amounts of wind on each trip, not much rain, no issues with stand or tarps.

    The bottom line is that I am very happy with these stands. They not only are able to be ported reasonably in the bag provided, but are solid and easy to setup once you take a few minutes to understand the design. To top it off, I had several questions and received email responses immediately, so communications with Tensa are real easy.

    These stands are not a “backpacking” item, nor would I want to take on a long distance canoe trip requiring many long portages, where “single carry” is needed. But I would not hesitate to recommend these stands to anyone who was interested in using for the two situations I have so far, they performed flawlessly. They are a great addition to expand your hammock use.

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  8. Ken K. (verified owner)

    I love this hammock stand! I used it recently without a tarp and slept like a baby under the stars. The next morning while I was puttering around the camp site it started to rain. Because I was only using the foot-end ground stake; I was able to unhook, gather the entire stand with hammock and quilts and throw the entire kit in the back of my SUV in less than 5 seconds. Nothing got wet!!! Awesome!

    Not to mention how convenient it is for car camping or bike packing. Well done Tensa.

  9. Stephen Waller (verified owner)

    Best hammock stand you can buy. High quality and brilliant design.

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  10. Dallen B. (verified owner)

    Years ago we left THOUSAND TRAILS RV RESORTS because the Sierra Club convinced them that we were “hurting” their trees when we hung our hammocks from them, and now using KOA’s when we travel, there are very few trees, if any, that we can hang a hammock from. So, when I saw the beginning of the TENSA last year, this was an answer to a prayer. We have been using hammocks for almost 50-years. We learned early on that they made a great play-pen for small children while camping–they could not get out of them, and it put them right to sleep. I have 4-heavy metal pipe stands that I use for the Texas grand kids then they come up in the summer. I will have to keep this one hidden, or I will not be able to use it until they are gone. This is light, compact, and more versatile than trees. I have been in the habit of carrying a 50′ long static 1/2″ rope to string between two trees and then hang from the rope when I am camping with my sailing canoe. The TENSA will change that too. WELL DONE, CHERYL AND TODD.

  11. Bill (verified owner)

    Hey Todd and Cheryl,

    I really like my new stand. This is a good answer to the problem that I have encountered with bike touring of camping spots without trees. I have been putting up and taking down the stand daily so it will come as second nature to me (even in the dark) for a total of maybe 10 times as of now. I am noticing excessive wear on the amsteel ridge line where it comes out of tubing. I plan on redoing the ends and I believe my problem is down pressure on the amsteel from the hammock suspension (mule tape). Any ideas you might have would be appreciated. Thanks for a great stand. Butch

    • Todd (verified owner)

      Hi Bill – Thanks for the heads-up. While we regard the lines as a wearing part in need of regular inspection and eventual replacement, we haven’t seen worrisome or excessive wear yet even in stands used much longer than yours. Please email us (info@tensaoutdoor.com) a photo or two of how you’re connecting your hammock to the stand for our understanding, as well as of the worn spot(s). We have some revisions to the connection scheme in the works that will easily retrofit to your version, and that should mitigate wear concerns.

  12. jeff c. (verified owner)

    Overall this is better than any other portable hammock stand, however it is difficult to use with a tarp AND to recreate the same dimensions (hangs) because of how the poles ‘tie’ to each other.
    GOOD Poles are strong and light, the groove that keeps them aligned is great. Concept is great.
    BAD Because the poles are tied to each other with cordage, it is difficult to recreate the same wraps to achieve consistent construction (hang).
    BAD When lengthening the top dimension enough to use a tarp, the sides must become narrow (or you are on the ground), constricting the hang space. Also the ends of the poles protrude outside the tarp, drawing water under the tarp…
    COULD BE BETTER I used to small plates of wood to keep the two pole (pair) to ground points from sinking into soft ground, as all the weight is on these two points.
    COULD BE BETTER when using with tarp, longer poles (to get more overall width), or pole extensions (small rods extending past head and foot ) for tarp, or a 12 foot slim pole (a ridgeline under the tarp for tarp attachment) to lay across the top of this construction (hanging over the pole crossings at head/foot) would help with tarps, but add pieces and weight… This would allow the top dimension to be less than 11 feet, which allows more width for your hang space.
    COULD BE BETTER Connection points (pole to pole) that allow for consistent, repeatable construction.
    Overall this is a good product, however given the price ($295), the amount of time required tweaking (small adjustments) necessary for each setup is disappointing. As this is almost the only product of it’s kind, it is worth it (best available) if you really want a portable hammock stand. Setup is much easier (less time/stress) if you are NOT using a tarp, because dimensions need to be less exact.
    Great job Tensahedron, hopefully some small additions can rectify these few small problems in the future.

    • Todd (verified owner)

      Thanks for your constructive criticism, Jeff. Concerning use with tarps, especially tarps longer than 11′, we acknowledge room for improvement, and have tarp extensions in development to add both height and width as necessary.

      Less clear are the issues you are having with consistent hang. You mention wrapping, which confuses me. Which elements are you wrapping to achieve desired hang? If the ridgeline or baseline, adjust UCR length instead. If the hammock suspension, those typically entail cinch buckles or similar for adjustment.

      It is true that accommodating different hammock lengths, styles, and user heights & preferences unavoidably entails some tweaking the first time the stand is set up. But once those adjustments are made to the ridgeline and baseline lengths, and to the hammock’s suspension lengths, those lines should not require wrapping or really any further tweaking on subsequent setups. Perhaps our documentation is lacking. We are happy to offer setup support via videoconference or photo exchange to understand better what’s going on.

  13. John Ruggiero (verified owner)

    Great design and execution. Shipped much faster than I expected.

  14. Anonymous (verified owner)

    nice stand. does its job. some parts did not fit right out of the box, but soon got them all working. nice to have a lightweight stand. can hang almost anywhere!

  15. Greg F. (verified owner)

    Perfect for my back yard, rides around in the back of my car for any opportunity

  16. Joseph G. (verified owner)

    Love my Tensa4 stand. I have an original beta test model, and purchased the updated model to take advantage of the improvements and to have a second stand for my family to use. Setup/takedown is simple, and this is by far the lightest stand I’ve personally seen.

  17. David S. (verified owner)

    Great product and great response to questions about the product. I’m looking forward to some motocamping with my Tensa4!

  18. Tim Huffman (verified owner)

  19. James Vickery (verified owner)

    I love the freedom from trees and portability that this affords. Compact and light enough for car camping or short hikes to a campsite. Probably a little too heavy for long distance hiking if you are an ultralight fanatic. Trees often are not adequately spaced or safe/stable in the right spot. And of course in park campgrounds, Rangers often don’t allow hanging from trees. Warbonnet Ridge Runner is my hammock choice due to physical limitations. I own two…one each for indoors and outdoors and sleep outdoors every night, rain or shine, until sweltering summer nights here in the south signal a retreat to air conditioning. Latherdome on Hammock Forums solved a problem…the head end spreader bar on the hammock was not clearing the Tensa support poles. Simple solution; keep the distance between the two footprints very narrow, not over 3 or 4 feet. No sacrifice of stability or support strength. Practice with assembly, use and packing before you hit the woods!

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  20. Daniel (verified owner)

    Outstanding device. I plan on using it for some motorcycle camping adventures. It is small and light enough to fit in my side case. I weigh 250# and use a ENO Reactor hammock. Set up was easy via the included instructions and watching the youtube helped. The Tensa4 supported my whole ensemble with out a rickety or flimsy feeling from a single pole setup. I was able to chill and sleep comfortably with normal movements and not feeling like at any moment I’m gonna fall. I was the guniea pig for my riding crew and now we have adopted the Tensa4 as our official hammock stand for Motorcycle camping.

  21. David (verified owner)

    Great concept. Held up well. Could use some sort of markers on the poles to help identify the three or four section poles. Pole ends was on the sharp side. Needed sanding down to eliminate any chance of getting fingers cut. Other than that, great gear for in or outdoors.

    • Todd (verified owner)

      Thank you for the constructive criticism, David. Concerning the sharpness of the tubing edges, we are paying much more attention now than in the recent past, with new tooling, to improve this. We’re sorry yours left room for improvement. As for markings, the laser etched logo and advisory text is only on the largest segment, present in the 4-section poles only, to distinguish from the 3-sections.

  22. DAVID M. (verified owner)

    works as advertised

  23. Eric Hardwick (verified owner)

    Packs small sets up quickly with a little practice. Works great.

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  24. Andrew L. (verified owner)

    Very pleased with the stand but I did have trouble when I got sand stuck inside the poles. Also I learned the importance of checking the ground moisture as not to have the stake pull right out.

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