ENO's beat tents in most cases.
I first used the One Link on a Key in Florida. I have used it on every camping trip since. I have never had better sleep in all my years of camping. Finding two trees have before been a little tricky, but once you get used to the set up, you will be doing it in 10-15 minutes. It looks really cool when set up, sleek and out of sight. A big thing for me is that it doesn't harm trees that much and you don't have to deal with ruffling up the leaves that your tent has flattened. So it helps with Leave No Trace. Also, you can use it in cold weather camping! Another sleeping pad or sleeping bag and you have no problem staying warm. The comfort is fabulous. You never have to worry about a pillow again because at the right angle your head is propped up by the hammock itself. You don't have to use it for camping, I have just set it up at summer camp with the Atlas straps (which I recommend because they broaden your opportunities.) and relaxed. And I have slept in it numerous nights. It's fantastic. The catch is, the rope, stitching, and stakes. All the stakes are made up of a coated aluminum shaft and a plastic cap that holds the string. My cap popped off and the aluminum coated shaft is cracked. I am very hard on my stuff yes, but this is about the 15th time using it. The string that comes with it frays quite easily. The string that came with the bug net frayed probably around the 5th time using it. I have had to switch to just a cotton linen string in which the hooks of the bugnet still fit! The stitching on my ENO doublenest is starting to break on one side. Minor stuff that I can fix with some fishing line and a needle, but still. Also, the bag sewed to the hammock has almost came off when I accidentally caught it with my hand and ripped some of the stitches loose. I think it is still durable though. I put it through a lot and it has held up really well! Overall, I love it and would recommend it to anybody looking for a versatile and comfortable hammock.
Never Sleeping on the ground again
Fist thing is first, LOVE HAMMOCK CAMPING! I've never slept better on a camping trip. Ive been using this for over a year now, and love it! Setup is super easy, I will say I'm not a fan of the slapstraps though. They stretch quite a bit. I found that my rear was a lot closer to the ground when I woke up in the morning, which wasn't a problem (not AS comfortable with the angle of my body, but still better than on the ground) but had it rained, could have been a big problem. I ended up replacing the slapstraps with other straps and some d-rings. If you dont plan to sleep in this thing or dont mind your back side potentially getting wet the slap straps wont be an issue. The rainfly is pretty good, I've been in a down-poor and stayed dry the whole time. It is a little more difficult to set up than some other rain flys ive used. I bought the Kelty Noah's 12x12 for my fiance, and its a nice but not necessary upgrade. The bug net is super easy to set up and works well! Overall, this is a great setup for a starter or someone is isnt quite as picky as myself. Its a good price too! not to mention the size this things packs down too. The hammock is literaly a mid-small size grapefruit, as is the bug net. Rainfly being smaller. If your tired of waking up with your back hurting after a camping trip, you have reason enough to try this! May also want to get a good sleeping bag for colder weather, and depending how cold, a pad for under you person as well when sleeping. You'll never sleep on the ground again!
I picked this up using my dividend from the previous year. The purchase was kind of on a whim as I'd not used a hammock for camping before but read a lot of good things about them. I figured I could always return it if I didn't like it. Well, after a few uses, there is no way this will be going back! It's easy to set up, fairly light and super comfortable. I have a bunch of tents, great sleeping pads and sleeping bags, all of which I love, but I have never slept better than I do in this. You will be cooler than sleeping in a tent so keep that in mind. I toss in one of my light sleeping bags and I'm good all night. I'm actually writing this review while lounging in the hammock... It's 80+ degrees and I'm really comfortable. Threw up the rain fly to get some shade and the breeze is keeping me surprisingly cool (no sleeping bag). I've been reading in here for the past couple hours and decided I should write a review since it's so great.
Couple things to note... My girlfriend and I can both fit in here and be fairly comfortable. However I don't think we'd try to sleep that way for anything more than napping. You wouldn't be able to get out without completely disturbing the other person and yes, you will be real close so you had better like the person you're with! Also, the steel carabiners that come with it are pretty generic and heavy. I replaced them with some good, locking biners as well as replacing the stakes.
Just recently got back in to camping and I had heard a lot about Eno's hammocks. People who hammock camp swear by it, so I thought I would give it a shot. For my first night in the wild with the hammock it really got put to the test. I hung it on the top of a ridge near the mouth of Virgin Falls. It poured down rain from 7:15pm-3:30am and everything stayed 100% dry (thanks to the Rainfly.) I also unknowingly hung it 3 feet from a yellow jacket nest. I didn't really this until I tossed a couple branches for the fire right on top of the nest and got popped 4 times. I kept my distance until nightfall to which I climbed in and stayed yellow jacket free all night/morning (thanks to the Guardian Bugnet.)Lastly, being on the top of the ridge, snakes like hang out there to sunbathe. I must have seen at least 7 within an hour span, slithering everywhere around our campsite and under my hammock but I didn't have to worry about any of them being suspended in the air (Eno Hammock:1 Snakes:0)I dont have anything negative to say about it yet and I doubt I will anytime soon. Great product, cheers to Eno.
super cool... super easy!
I'm not the most seasoned of hammock users, but I took this out for a two-night camping weekend and LOVED IT. The packing was easy... the setup was simple and sturdy... the sleep was comfy... the breakdown was quick and painless... the packing was easy!
There a few minor CONS that I'd point out (brings my rating down a smidge from 5 to a 4):
- While the hammock is comfy and sufficiently sized, my 5'11" frame would have preferred a slightly longer hammock length.
- The Bug Net could use some tweaking --
- the ends are a bit loose leaving gaps for bug entry
- the bug net's guide/ridgeline might be better served using a shock cord.
- I'd love some convenient way to hang a small light or my keys or glasses when inside the bug net.
Again, these are very minor cons that I can deal with and easily overcome. The overall convenience of the ENO One Link setup is great (even though it is a bit pricey upfront).
I don't think I'll ever go back to camping on the ground, if I can help it!
ENO One Link System
I have used the one link system for well over a year, in 20 degree weather and 110 degree weather, it works well in all, as long as you have the right sleeping bag. I use it without a pad. I have also kayak camped with the One Link System and it is wonderful, except if everyone else wants to camp on a gravel bar devoid of tree. The only downside and it is a minor one, is that the slap straps PRO, do streach, and they streach a lot over night, because they are nylon, I went and replaced the slap straps with Blue Water Climbing Spec Webbing 1", adn Petzl Carabiners, While they weigh more they do not streach, and you end up with you behind on the ground by 5 am, and you are not limited to hanging the bugnet and tarp to the same strap, streaching problem meant that you would be tight against the net and still get the occasional bug bite. I also went and purches reflective accessory cord as to not trip over guy lines for the tarp.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET THIS!
I will never again use a tent when I go camping, if I there is something to tie my ENO OneLink to. It is light, compact, easy to assemble, and provides the best sleeping experience that I have ever had outdoors. It has rained hard many times while I have camped with it and I stayed completely warm and dry.
The bug net is also very effective. Plus- you can use the rain tarp, and bug net interchangeably, or just leave them in the bag and sleep under the stars OFF THE GROUND. I highly recommend this product.
Lighest bug free heavy weight bed packed
Easy to set up and comfortable to rest and sleep in makes you feel secure in your surroundings. Best of all real easy to re pack and on to the next site to set back up. It saves you on motel rooms. What a great nights sleep. After 1300 miles on the road from Maine to North Carolina I never slept better knowing I didn't need a ground tarp. Never a leak when set up properly. I love this product it lives up to it's Billing.
I got each piece separately, but I have all the parts of the ENO One-link system. I opted for the double nest for more room, the Profly for extra rain coverage, and the Guardian Bugnet works great. This is ideal for summer camping as it can handle some rain, but not really bad weather and is very light weight. I hammock camp with some friends of mine, you don't have to find a flat space for your tent, just two trees!
don't be stopped by the price
i can honestly say that i love this product its light weight comfortable strong durable very easy to maintain i haven't yet found anything negative to say but if you get cold in the winter what i do i will put a really warm sleeping bag and stay nice and warm and still comfortable. bottom line i really would recommend this to a friend.