I purchased the bug net for my non-ENO double hammock as I wanted to bring my retired mother camping. She has a really bad back and can no longer sleep on the ground on an air mattress. At home she typically sleeps upright in a recliner so I thought my hammock may allow her to sleep as you can position yourself upright but was concerned about bugs as we live in Minnesota. Setup and teardown was a breeze and was easy to get in and out of. It's nice that it covers your backside to keep the blood suckers from eating you from below. I used my Integral Designs Siltarp 2 in an A-frame setup to keep the rain off.
Even though my mom was comfortable in the hammock and bug free she wasn't able to sleep as she was too worried about being "eaten by a bear". That's a different problem to solve.
Where we were camping was very buggy and the net/hammock option provided some flexibility as we didn't want to be in the tent all the time or soak ourselves in bug spray. The hammock and net extra weight were worth it for this purpose alone.
A few thoughts...If you're looking for a lightweight sleeping option, the bug net, hammock, straps, and tarp aren't much lighter (perhaps heavier) than my two person tent and the tent allows you to move around a little. It is very comfortable though. The net comes with a line to be used to suspend the hammock from. This line is too short for much applications unless you are tying it to the connection points for your hammock and not the trees themselves. The clips to hang on this line have a small opening so if you replace this line I'd recommend a thin line like the triptease line. I bought the EOS slap strap pro hammock straps thinking they would be good in case I couldn't find trees close to one another. I found these straps to be awful. They are easy to setup but are WAY TOO STRETCHY. I would recommend getting something else. I returned mine and bought some climbing webbing which has very little stretch. Finally, my hammock stuck out a little bit from the net (about three inches on each side). Not sure if this was because I didn't have enough "hang" in my hammock or that I don't have an ENO hammock. Anyway, it wasn't an issue.
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The Eno Bug Net is one part of my hammock rig, all comprised of Eno products. Most recently, I used this setup on a 3 day backpack around the Linville Gorge.
Once you understand the order of setting up the hammock system this is pretty easy, but I do recommend a few dry runs prior to an excursion setting camp in the dark.
The net dangles down from a string, taught above the hammock, attached with clips. It zips up on the side and basically creates a netted bubble around your hammock. As others mentioned I'd just pitch my clothes or whatever over the side of the hammock and they would rest at the bottom of the net, off the ground while I slept in comfort. I haven't used the net enough to know if this causes undue wear and tear, nor have I tested this practice with a pair of boots (just flipflops, clothes, flashlight, paperback and maybe a pocket knife fell down there).
It does keep bugs out very well, having faced moderate mosquitoes around the campfire, the bug net created a safe haven.
Sadly on the final day of my journey, whilst packing durning morning breakdown, the packed/compressed bug net rolled off the side of a cliff that I was "hanging" on the edge of the previous night. I watched in slow motion as the Eno Guardian rolled towards the edge... almost leapt for it, but decided not to risk injury and let it plummet several hundred feet into the gorge. Hopefully someone finds it and makes it their own. I stopped an picked up a replacement before I made it home so I'll be ready to enjoy again next time.
better than snoozing with the mosquitos
I've used a few times while camping in southeast and northeast Wisconsin. Anyone familiar with summer in this part of the country knows that bugs will eat you alive. This net will prevent all those bugs from snuggling up with you as you're trying to sleep. I'd be very hesitant to try a summer night's sleep with out this.
The set up is not bad; it only adds about two minutes or so to my hammock, bug net, fly set up.
It would be nice if it were a few ounces lighter, and it's probably a touch bigger than it needs to be--around a hammock hung at a comfortable height, the bottom of the net will drag on the ground.
One other drawback is that it does make getting into your hammock slightly more awkward, but this isn't a big problem once you get the hang of it.
The supplied cord for the ridge line is fine, but it's not a bad idea to have some longer utility cord handy.
well, if you know anything about east texas, the mosquitos are vicious and everywhere!! Tons of them! Went camping with a buddy of mine, he had a hammock as well with no bug net, he was miserable in the morning, where as i had a bug net and was bite free!
This thing is a breese to set up and take down. Fits into a grapefruit sized sack and compresses down even more. Its not extreamley light, but i wouldnt say it was heavy either. Its super easy to get in, and mostly easy to get out of (i only say that becasue when im just waking up, its hard for me to stand on my own two feet, much less shimmy out of a bug net).
All in all great bug net!!! it does what it says, keeps the bugs out. I will be purchaseing another for my girlfriend who also wants to go hammock camping with me.
Works great except...
I decided to test my eno hammock system in the wetlands in my backyard before taking it on any real excursions. I was surprised that none of it came with instructions so i ventured to the eno website and found basic examples on how to setup everything. That being said, if you are using this product in mosquito infested wilderness I would highly recommend sleeping on a pad or sleeping bag. The bugs are capable of biting through the screen and bottom of the hammock if they are touching. This happened all along the right side of my shoulder, much to my displeasure the following morning. All in all a good product but could probably use some tweeking. Also the top seems where it hooks onto the ridge line could use some reinforcement as the netting was stretching around the thread causing small holes to form. Some rubber cement would probably fix this though.
Great addition to the ENO setup
The Guardian Bug Net is a great addition to the ENO system to keep the small beasties of the night away.
Setup is quick and easy with just 5 clips attaching to a ridgeline that can be suspended to the other attachment points used. (dryfly or hammock).
The full side zip makes entry and exiting easy, although if the hammock and thus your weight are placed low and on the net getting it zipped back up can be tricky to start. The stuff sack that doubles as a gear pouch doesn't have the right placement for use like that of the hammock, although small items can be placed in the space that is created between the hammock and the net below you. Some reinforcement of the bottom and zipper would be welcome as would a second zip on the other side for when you have two people using the hammock.
Quality Item, but limited in Size
Does it's job, and does it well. It is easy to set up, though you'll want to buy your own longer guy-line. It keeps the bugs out, lets the breezes through, and in all the dozen plus multi-day trips I've used it on I haven't seen any noticeable wear.
This is a personal problem, but being 6'2" it really doens't fit me that well. We all know that to get the most comfort out of a parachute hammock you hang in it brazilian style diagonally. Well this net hugs the hammock so tightly that you don't really have the room to do so, and even then the sides often press against me and the bugs can bite you through if they're tenacious enough.
It's a good item, but if you're on the taller end prepare to be more snug in it than you should.
At first I was a little bit leary about the bug net around my ENO doublenest hammock, but after setting everything up, I wont ever use my hammock without it. The netting material is very sturdy and you cant beat the weight of the system. Setup was easy, all you have to do is slide it over the hammock and fasten the ends, approximately 5 extra minutes of light work to keep the bugs out (I think its worth it). The next challenge I thought I would have was getting into the hammock, but after climbing in the first time, I realized that I was very mistaken. The way that the netting lays over the hammock provides a very nice area to step in and out of the area.
All in all, a very nice system enhancement!
Perfect for one
The ENO Guardian Bugnet fits perfectly with ENO products and functions very well. I heeded the words of another reviewer and ran the ridgeline rope through the top clips, not "under" them, and also left the outside two clips free to hang. Hard to describe, but it works better this way. The Guardian is ideal for one, but pretty snug with two people in my doublenest. Another thing to think about is it actually provides a good bit of warmth to the hammock. I'm from Georgia, so summer days can get pretty warm and full of mosquitos. Overall a very well made product, if you're careful with your gear it will last a long time.
The ENO guardian bug net rocks. I only had the ENO doublenest hammock for a while but after my boyfriend got the ENO onelink system last month and I saw how happy he was w/ it, i had to buy one. The net and ENO rain fly make sleeping in a hammock such an easy alternative to tent camping. After sleeping in my hammock using the bug net, i dont know that Id ever take a tent backpacking again. Sleeping a hammock is surprisingly comfortable. Not only does it keep the bugs away, it keeps you off the ground=dry. What an awesome product, i recommend Eaglesnest Outfitters(ENO) all the way for hammock camping!