User Review: Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $65 (plus straps and new carabiners)
Perfect ultralight alternative to a tent!
- Easy to set up
- Ultralight and small when packed away
- Slap straps (sold separately) are difficult to take down when wet
I never thought I would turn to hammocks until I borrowed a friend's on an overnight trip in the Appalachians. It is a small, super lightweight alternative to hauling around a tent and stakes. I prefer the DoubleNest over the SingleNest, not for fitting more than one person in the hammock, but because you can flip the extra material over you during the night to keep out bugs, light, or just as an added layer to keep warm (it is a similar material to the Cocoon sleeping bag liners).
These hammocks are super easy to set up, however the Slap Straps (sold separately) can be difficult to take down if it has rained (the cord when wet and pulled tight from body weight can be hard to untie). After not being amused by the Slap Straps, I started using some longer nylon climbing Runners by just slip knotting them around the trees and clipping the carabiners to those and those work perfectly, with no problem when rain hits them.
The one other alteration I made to this set up was the carabiners. While the ones that come with the hammock are perfectly strong, they are pretty heavy (if you are looking to shave off a few more ounces) and the clip part is kind of abrasive, so they can start to wear on cords or the hammock when hooking it up. I switched to wiregate climbing carabiners, so they are strong enough to hold body weight, they are incredibly lightweight, and they are not abrasive to any fabric.
Cost wise, my personal setup versus buying the ENO Slap Straps is about $10 or $15 more, but overall, the whole setup is still much less than a tent, and definitely worth every penny!
I have been able to use my hammock in the Southern US during the summer, and stayed quite cool, and also in the Northern Cascades in late October, and have been able to keep warm. It does take a little getting used to sleeping in that position as opposed to on the ground, but I have never been uncomfortable while using it!