I hiked 1100+ miles of the Appalachian Trail this year, about half with a good tent (Big Agnes Fly Creek II) and half with a good hammock (Warbonnet Blackbird XLC). For me, the hammock was better in every way, but most importantly it is far more comfortable. I am 58. In the hammock I could sleep for hours at a stretch. Not so on the ground or in a shelter. I used a good inflatable sleeping pad, which I transferred to my hammock in lieu of spending extra money on an underquilt. Worked fine.