User Review: Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
If you are looking for a simple lightweight alternative to your tent then this hammock might be just the thing for you. Overall the price and performance offered by this hammock is unrivaled by anything I have ever slept in.
- Quick setup/teardown
- Expensive accessories
The Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) Double Nest is extremely simple to set up and the entire process takes about 2-3 minutes. The key to hanging the ENO is finding the right trees. The straps that are used to hang the ENO are long enough to extend about 6 feet on each side, but the further apart the trees are the more sag you hammock will have. Once I have found two decent trees and setup my ENO I usually spend about 5 minutes laying in it allowing the material to stretch before I get up and tighten the straps. This helps to get rid of some of the sag in the hammock.
Once you are in the hammock it is a very comfortable night's rest. If you choose to sleep in a sleeping bag it can get pretty restrictive. I have used a quilt and much prefer that option. The first few nights in a hammock can be a little awkward, but once you get past the idea of dangling all night it is great.
The Double Nest is very compact and once in its bag it is about the size of a grapefruit. The straps to hang the hammock are sold separately and won't take up much room in your bag either.
There are many different accessories that you might want to consider before purchasing a hammock. A rain tarp is a must if you will be using the hammock for anything besides laying in the backyard. The tarp from ENO costs about an extra $70. If you plan on camping on a cold night (anything below about 35 degrees F) you will more than likely want a under quilt (work a little better than sleeping pads for hammocks). These can be really expensive ($200-400) depending on how cold you plan on it getting.
If you will be backpacking and won't have a base camp you may consider the underbelly sling (a mini hammock that hangs under yours to put gear in). These help to keep you gear off of the ground and only cost about $25. The most important accessory, at-least in southern Mississippi, is the bug net. It costs about an extra $50 and fits right around the hammock with a zipper to let you in and out.