Beat the Heat by Sleeping Under the Star
Bought a hammock to beat the heat in Eastern Washington next to our fishing lake. The weekend we went over it was 100+ degrees, so kept my boys inside a resturant in Ellensburg until an hour before sun down. They didn't want to sleep in the fishing hut as it was still too hot, a tent would have become a broiler, so it was either sleep in the back of the car or the hammock.
Hammock set up quickly & easily in under 10 minutes by myself on the side of a hill where we had trees large enough to support me. Must have the strap kit as it is not inculded with the hammock. My boys initially didn't want to sleep outside with me because of an irrational fear of bugs & spiders - fine, see you - I get the whole hammock to myself.
Set up the boys in the back of the Landcruiser, but that didn't last long. Just after sun down & with headlights on they trudged up the hill to tell me they were either scared or too hot and crawled into the hammock with me - which instantly insulated me between two little body heaters on an already hot night and they fell fast asleep.
Early the next morning was able to wiggle out and fish on my own, by 9 AM the temps were already spiarling up into the 80's - so boys stayed in the hammock under the tree canopy while I packed up the camp. Actually playing games together in it together until it was time to leave. The hammock was the last thing I packed up, and it took me about 5 minutes doing this by myself! It basically balls up into the size of a large softball and the sack with the tree straps are about the size of a roll of duck tape. So it is lightweight and compact - just throws into your backpack / gear bag. Try doing that with a tent!
Both boys want me to set it up again sometime soon at home. Will see what becomes of that request later.
I couldn't resist writing a review over the eno double nest. As an outdoors girl I've got to say that this is probably the funnest piece of equipment I've ever bought for camping. Even when I'm not on the trails, I slap it up in the yard to relax in. It's great for camping! It's compact, light, and I was pleasantly surprised by how sturdy it is. When I first bought it I thought it was a little too pricey but its totally worth it. I'm dead serious when I say it's the best money I've spent in a long time.
I had heard the single nest was a little to small for some people according to some reviews so i went ahead and bought the double nest. Absolutely no regrets there- if you set it up without any slack so it's stretched out, it envelopes you like a cocoon. The double nest also gives you a lot of room to get comfortable.
Advice for camping with the eno:
- slap straps. Slap straps are sold separately and i strongly recommend them if you buy the eno. With the slap straps you can pitch the hammock almost anywhere. I even use them to set up the eno between two poles in my basement.
- tarps are your friends. And if you use the eno, they are your best friends. If you string up a tarp over it, make sure you cover the very top edges of the hammock or heavy rain will funnel down into the center.
- I saw that some other reviews posted a con about the eno as too cold. Because, you're off the ground, the eno provides little to no insulation. I must say it can get pretty chilly but have no fear there is a way of overcoming this. If you take a sleeping pad and put it in between you and the hammock, then you'll be a lot warmer.
- Choose your camping buddies carefully. Even the best of us can't resist flipping a friend out of a hammock.
Best hammock for the money
The Eno line (hammock, slapstraps, dryfly) has been a great sleep system for me. I'm an avid camper/backpacker and I've used this combination for about three years now. I have friends that have splurged for the Hennessy's and Warbonnets. Those are great sleep systems, for sure...but I just don't need all the fancy stuff. Get the double nest if you're 6' or over. I had the single and gave it to my son as soon as I tried the double (I'm 6'6") and am very comfortable in the double net. I use it year round. A this coleman sleep pad under me and a 15 degree bag with a liner and I've been toasty warm down to 12 degrees F in high winds on ridges along the AT. The Dry Fly, with 8 guywires, gives great flexibility in set-up configurations. Slapstraps work great. Still on my original pair. Only problem is they do stretch (alot) when wet for some reason. Put a little weight in the sidepouch (usually my empty compression bag, slapstrap and dryfly bags and my cell phone) and flip the bag sid over the top to "cocoon" the Eno. I've never had a problem with bugs/mosquitos when the hammock is cocooned (although it can get a little warm this way in warm months). Sleep off-center of the axis about 10 degrees and it's perfectly flat (no hyper-extension of the knees). I sleep on my side most of the time and am very comfortable. Sets up in five minutes (including rainfly) and no need for level groud (key when setting up in the dark). Highly recommend this sleep system if you don't feel you need all the extra frills of the more expensive hammocks on the market.
Eno Doublenest - first observations
I have been eyeing the hard core camping hammocks and found this great buy as a Hammock to play with until I part with the $400+ for a camping hammock that will replace the tent...
It is really great!! The material is fantastic! Durable, light breathable!! Just set it up on the beach between two palms... wonderful.
When you lay down in it, you can't see out as the sidewall fabric wraps up above your field of view - like blinders... and no matter what you do, when you lay down, you are not going to see out left or right... maybe a big pillow would help... or somebody tell me what to do! It is kind of cool to be cocooned in, and if no mosquitos spotted you, it would be a semitent.... so... napping - great, your eyes are closed anyway!....
Here's the best part - my 17 yr old son rotated 90degrees so he turned itinto a a chair that he sat sideways in - PERFECT way to view the sunset - I even joined him and both of us were comfy resting back against it as a chair as we sat perpendicular to how you would normally lay down.
Case closed. It was a fantastic chair and chance for us to share a great father son sunset.
As to the laying down - I cant wait to try it for a nap in the shade.
THe only drawback is most hammock users, like me are used to the rope hammocks that are flat and dont block your view... just dont be surprised by that and you will LOVE this hammock.
One you go hammock, you'll never go back
I bought this for relaxing at camp, but it turned into my go-to sleeping system. I was skeptical at first, thinking that I would not really like sleeping in a hammock vs. tent and sleeping pad. Boy was I wrong.
Though I live in Arizona, and finding two trees (or rocks, etc.) to string this between can be a challenge in the deserts, if I go anywhere that I know there will be trees, my ENO is in the pack. I can be setup and relaxing in only a couple of minutes.
I will admit that if it drops into the 40's at night, my bottom gets a little cold. But that is easily remedied with an inexpensive closed-cell foam pad.
Get yourself some silnylon and para-cord, and now you have a complete shelter. With a little engineering, you can create a gear loft and pack hanger to keep everything off the ground.
Don't buy any straps or fancy tie system. Buy two 5m lengths of webbing and two carabiners. Just wrap the webbing around the tree and clip off with the carabiner. Easy, adjustable, and cheap.
One thing I will note is the DoubleNest is just the right size for 1 to sleep in, or 2 to relax. When I sleep or relax by myself, I lay in it lengthwise, and really enjoy how it closes over my like a cocoon.
My DoubleNest has seen amazing durability. When car camping, kids are in and out, swinging, with nary a scratch or tear. 3 years and still going strong.
This is a great hammock! I got a Double for myself and for my girlfriend, however many times we use one Double for both of us. I bought the bug nets and the daisy chain anchors by ENO as well. When it's all said and done, you could have easily bought a half dome tent for the same price, but you're really making up for the difference in comfort!
Unless you're trying to go superlite, I would recommend perhaps getting the Double for 1 person and perhaps a Deluxe for 2 people. However, I'm 6'7" 180 lbs and my girlfriend is 5'10", so we're kind of tall people. The hammock does tend to sag after a while or if you move around in it too much, but nothing to bad. The fabric is really durable and doesn't tear easy. All in all, we're very comfortable both being in the Double and like it's compactness in out packs.
Back to the half-dome tent comment, one of the great things about hammocks if that you don't need any flat ground to sleep. We go kayaking and can easily tie off our kayaks to a tree near the water and schlep our respective hammocks over the water, where flat ground is hard to find. The hammock is very comfortable and you don't need to bring a theramrest... unless you like in the desert where there are no trees and have to sleep on the ground(i.e. me).
Great buy, super fun!
Best Purchase of 2010 even at 20 degrees
The ENO Doublenest Hammock was the best purchase of the year for me! I absolutely love my hammock! Setting it up is a breeze and the first time you do it, you will be relaxing in under 2 minutes. It is SO unbelievably simple to set up.
I bought this with the Slap Straps Pro (they allow you to stretch a little further between trees or obstacles) and I strongly recommend those! This is very durable and strong. I've even put about 450 pounds in it while it says the limit is 400.
Note: try adjusting the tension. I found one loop less then taught is perfect for relaxing! The walls will block your view (the single is better if you want to see around you) but I bought this to snuggle or share with a friend. Fitting two can be comfortable but you have to work for it!
A few of us went backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and took our hammocks as light weight alternatives to Tents. These worked perfectly! You get a camp chair + a shelter. The weather got in the 20's Fahrenheit. Combine your hammock with a sleeping pad and a proper temperature rated sleeping bag and you will be set! I stayed comfortable and toasty all through the night! I sleep as good as I do in my bed in this! Be warned, your friends will all want one once they sit in yours.
Comfortable and Lightweight
The most comfortable night's sleep I have had yet. For the price, this is near perfect. Very easy to set up (especially with the ENO slap-straps). This is the least tippy hammock I have ever tried; It is even safe to sleep on your side!!! I have only used it in cold weather so far (40s) and it was great. I do recommend sleeping with a sleeping mat/pad with it though for insulation in colder climates. The only thing that I dont like about it is that it is hard to get into your sleeping bag when it is in the hammock. Especially when it is in the middle of the night and you are half asleep. The sides of the hammock are large enough to cover over you to protect you from the cold, bugs, etc. I would recommend bringing closepins so you could pin the side flaps closed, otherwise they will just fall back down.
The hammock could also be used as a bench/chair for a couple of people... it has a 400 lb. weight limit, so you could fit 2 or 3 people on it fine. Its nice to relax on :)
I think the only thing it needs is some pockets... I use the stuffsack (its connected to the hammock) as a pocket, it works alright, but a couple more would be great!
So far I love it!
I bought this during the member REI sale earlier this year, so I got it a bit cheaper than it usually is. I have only had the chance to set it up a few times but so far it has worked great. Very simple and easy to set up (have not used it on trees - just columns so far; I thought the slack lines would have a problem on square columns but they worked just fine). I'm using it in the mountains of Puerto Rico, where it's hot during the day but gets cooler and windier later in the day. Works fine in the heat as it is breathable, though I can't imagine sleeping in it without sleeping bag, etc. (although I get cold easily).
My only comment is on size, I got the double nest since I am on the taller side and liked the idea of maybe sharing it with my boyfriend (who is a bit taller than me). We can both sit in it perfectly and either of us could sleep in it comfortably, but unless you and your partner are small I'm not sure you'd be able to spend the night together in it.
Since I've only used it a few times I have not washed it yet, so I don't know about durability/haven't had to clean it/get it wet etc.
Bought this double nest hammock about six months ago for me and my girlfriend. We love it! We use it whenever we set it up whenever and wherever we can. Between two trees or under her porch it is a great way to relax. I've taken it backpacking on the Pinhoti trail in the Talladega National forest. It's great for warmer months, but if you add a good ground mat and warm sleeping bag to it you could tough out the winter months and save a couple pounds on the trail. I don't use Slap straps and I don't know why you would. I two lengths of nylon rope and they are still quick to set up and fairly easy to take down. I did try to attach the ropes directly to the hammocks anchor loops and leave the heavy carabiners at home to save a little weight but the hammocks anchor cords did start to fray a bit after a couple tries with that, I guess because the rope I was using was using course the two rubbed up against each other I don't know. Anyway I recommend using the carabiners just FYI. Anyway, this is a great Hammock. I highly recommend it. I'm thinking about buying a single for my backpacking trips and giving the double to my girlfriend. Cheers