ENO Hammock DoubleNest Camping Gear Review
Hammock originated in Central and South America, and was mainly used by local residents for daily sleep in the early days. But today, hammocks have been used in many fields, especially professional outdoor adventures. In the professional outdoor hammock market, North America has the most mature development, and the United States has even set up a "National Hammock Day."
In the U.S. hammock market, ENO has a leading market share, and its influence is spread all over the world, with more than 2,000 retail locations around the world. Its SINGLENEST HAMMOCK and DOUBLENEST HAMMOCK are ranked first in the best hammock lists by thewirecutter and bestreivews respectively.
Wider and longer hammocks are often more comfortable, and the DoubleNest is no exception. The parachute nylon fabric feels great, even against bare skin, and the added width, compared to most models we tested, makes cocooning in the hammock easier. While we don't love sleeping as a couple in any hammock, we found that lounging as a pair is easy and enjoyable in the DoubleNest. When hammock camping with a significant other, our testers enjoy being able to wake up and sip coffee in a double together and curl up in our sleeping bags at sunset before crashing in individual hammocks. The real beauty of a wide hammock is in the ability for one or two people to lounge in it and one person to sleep.
The only thing that lowers the comfort score of the DoubleNest Hammock is the length; at 8 feet, 9 inches, it isn't short but is shorter than the somewhat agreed-upon industry ideal length of 11 feet. While it is certainly a satisfying place to relax, the gathered ends are closer to your feet and head, restricting space more than they would if the fabric were longer. An asymmetric design could also help achieve a flatter lay but would then reduce its versatility.
But the real coup here is portability. The nylon nest packs down into a softball-sized package weighing less than two pounds. Stuffing it into a carry-on for your next island getaway is a no-brainer.
Setup takes about two minutes with ENO’s Slap Straps. Find two anchor points (or two trees) and loop the straps around them. Then, clip the DoubleNest’s carabiners to the straps and commence napping.
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An open model hammock like the ENO DoubleNest Hammock can only provide so much protection from the elements by itself. It's no match for an expedition set up that comes with a bug net and rain fly, as well as the hardware to set it all up. But in warmer months, with a sleeping pad and bag, you can get cozy, and the benefit of a double model is that, with only one person in it, there's extra fabric available to wrap up in like a cocoon. Narrow ultralight models don't have that luxury.
A great upgrade that ENO offers for all of its hammocks is the OneLink Shelter System. When you get this system, your hammock comes in a larger stuff sack with suspension, a bug net, and a tarp - so you're ready to go in more serious weather but can leave those elements behind when you don't need them.
As far as durability goes, this is a well-made hammock with three triple-stitched body panels and triple-stitched anchor loops. With proper care, we see no reason why the ENO DoubleNest Hammock won't last you for years, making it a great casual starter hammock that can be upgraded if you decide to venture out in more serious terrain and weather.
Overall, the ENO DoubleNest hammock is a great hammock that fits a variety of purposes, from lounging by yourself in the backyard, to sharing an incredible view with someone in the backcountry.