I found ENO in 2003 way before they were selling nation wide and bout their one man hammock for dump camping and short backpacking trips where weight could be sacrificed for comfort.
Anyway, my friends started trading in the tents for the Hennesy Hammocks. As a result, since I had the hammock, it was cheaper (and lighter if I recall) to get this rain fly and the bug net.
Overall this system is way more complicated to set up then the Hennesy, but once you get the hang of it, it's a hell of a set up.
The rain fly itself is awesome. It's big enough for three men to sit under all evening during a downpour with relative comfort. The extra two tie downs add complexity, but give you a ton more strength in the wind and 4 more drip paths (it really has to pour to get drips off the edges).
I've had this for 9 years and it still is holding up (70 ish days in the woods). I finally gave it a good shot of revivex this past spring after moving to the pacific northwest, but that got 'er back in shape.
I'm old now, and my back can't hang with sleeping in the hammock anymore... but I still bring this along on kayak trips and backpacking trips when the weather looks bad.
Great piece of gear to add to your collection.
I've had my DryFly for over a year and it's been on about a dozen trips. Lightweight, easy to roll up/store make this a super hiking fly. The 8point tie design offers a lot of flexibility in configurations, which is really helpful because your perfect trees for the hammock may not have the perfect setup for tieing up the rainfly. I like to keep one side up higher during the day for easy entry and the middle tie is very helpful for this setup. The standard slide clips are great for tightening once the fly is set up. The rope makes/holds perfect for a taughtline hitch. Fabric is strong and holds tough in heavy rain and wind conditions. I have NEVER been wet! My only con would be that the ropes need to incorporate reflective strands. They are white, but you can still trip or hang yourself on them at night. The reflective ropes also make it a lot easier to find your hammock at night. This is a very expensive fly, but worth the money. Get you or your gear wet one time on the first night of a four night hike and you would have paid double to avoid it.
Nice addition to a great product
After reading the other reviews on this item, I have to defend it.
I understand that you can buy other rainflys out there that might be a little bit lighter as well as a little bit easier to setup. But when it comes to versatility and price, I feel that this fly will win you over. It can be a little bit on the confusing side the first time you set it up, but after you realize that all you have to do is put the tent pegs in the ground, tie the cord on the peg and then its a very simple tightening at the fly itself. The first time I had the fly setup, I thought that maybe having 6 tie downs was a little bit excessive... But after the first rainfall with a nice breeze, I realized that the tiedowns do a great job in protecting your hammock from getting nice and drenched.
The cordage is nice and sturdy, and I have not noticed any wear whatsoever in the several times I have had it setup.
All in all, I feel that it is a great rainfly that compliments the ENO hammocks nicely.
Practice once first.
My first time setting this up, it was a little confusing. Took several tries and adjustments. Once I got the gist of it, it was easy to manipulate, opening up one side to enjoy the view while staying shaded from the sun on the other side etc.. However, we had a storm come in late afternoon with decent winds. It took about no time at all to have my fly flapping all over. I re-set it and it happened again. At that point mid storm, I gave up and took it all down, including my hammock (It turned into a huge sail). As far as I can tell I had everything set correct. However the guy lines kept sliding right through the little attachment point on the fly. I have no doubt that if this was secured better it would have held up and kept me dry. I will most likely just knot it, or find another way to secure it. Shame though as it was really easy to adjust. Practice makes perfect maybe... can't wait to try again! Like I said though, might want to give it a test run before jumping in head first.
stayed dry in tornado
I've only used this once so can't speak for durability yet, but the design is spot on to keep you dry. My only negative is it takes a little bit of time to set up (8 tie points), but once secured in ground/tree you can easily adjust string tension near dry fly. This past weekend I decided to bring rain fly because of a 40% chance of rain near Hemmed-In Hollow waterfall in AR and I'm glad I did. The heavens opened with bright spider lightning and strong winds. I'd check the fly with headlamp light throughout the night; the fly never flew away and even protected me and girlfriend from 2 finger diameter branch that fell from above; we woke up bone dry. Next morning we found out the same storm cell that hit us spawned a F4 tornado in Joplin, MO about 2hrs away; reported as one of the deadliest since 1950...I love this thing and highly recommend it. My prayers go out to Joplin.
Well done ENO
After reading the reviews, I decided I couldn't go wrong buying this. My one concern was in setting it up as I read there were some issues from other reviewers. I've had an ENO hammock, but been unable to truly use it backpacking.
BE NOT AFRAID.
I took this out over Labor Day Weekend '13 to Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts. By the time we reached camp it was dark. My first time setting this up required my BD headlamp. NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL! I was really concerned about the amount of time and intuition that may be required. It was fairly quick and easy. Would've been faster had I not had to unwind and tie all of the cords. (to be expected with a brand new product.)
Made it two nights, one with wind and 5 hours of downpour. Stayed dry, comfy, and slept well.
If you're on the fence about buying one, don't be. You won't be disappointed.
The Zen of the Tarp
I've been tarping it for years now and the fact of the matter is that it takes time and practice to master this. Once perfected, the possibilities of set-up are endless, whether pitched above your hammock or sleeping bag. My fly was not packaged as in the picture (w/ compression strap)but instead in a slender, cylindrical stuff sack (Better design IMO).ENO told me they changed packaging and I ended up staying on the phone with them comparing our favorite hiking spots in NC mountains. BTW the fly is not sil nylon as stated above but is a PU treated nylon. ENO does however offer a sil nylon version in a leaner shape called the Profly. Yes, there are lighter tarps on the market but for the money you get a durable, relatively lightweight(20 oz) versatile shelter that won't break the bank.
I love my Eno. I love sleeping in it and I love the crazy places that I'm able to camp with it. So I love having a rain fly to keep me dry. This is a great concept and I will keep using it but after using the Fast Fly and the Dry Fly I have found that they are both hard to get tight. I thought it would be easier with the Dry Fly because there are so many more guy lines but I have the same issue. It tends to bunch up at the top which causes water to collect rather than run off.
Other than that, I love it!
the best rain fly ever
i took this rain fly to the boundary waters last summer for its first big outing and i have to say it rocked. the last day of are trip i woke up to zero visibility rains and 20 mph winds and i was the only one out of the 6 guys dry. and if you have any doubt with the size being a problem with keeping the wind off don't because with near horizontal rain i was the last one up and that was because someone woke me up
This product works great. It can be a little time consuming when being set up, but once it's dialed-in, there are no problems. I've been in sideways rain, and stayed dry. I've used the hammock/rain fly combination on many trips over 4 years and it's held up well, and is light to travel with. I've been comfortable in the low 30's temperature,but never tried it in the 20s.