User Review: Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75
Sturdy, comfortable, light, it really performs.
- Strong and stable
- Quick to set up
- Good looking
- Stock attachment system leaves a few things to be desired
- Can be tricky to pack down
Over the last few years, I've gotten a really good experience base with my ENO hammock, and I've become a nearly full-time convert (to the point of choosing it over the large family tent when we're car-camping — it's way better than an air mattress).
One of the best parts of hammocking is how rock-solid stable it is. sure there's a bit of rocking, at first, but you rarely worry about the wind blowing your hammock down. granted, in heavy winds/rains your tarp will get noisy, but that's not the subject of this review.
Like all single-layer hammocks, it doesn't do much for insulating you, and while the solid material keeps the wind off, you'll still shed heat without some sort of insulating layer. i've done underquilts, i've done sleeping bags, there's a lot of options to keep you warm out there. being open-topped, the ventilation is stellar tho.
Storage isn't a real concern. for small handy items, the stuff sack that carries the packed hammock can be used, as it's attached to the middle on one side and is very easy to get to. makes a great place to tuck your headlamp/watch/etc, so you don't wind up sleeping on them.
This hammock packs easy, stuffing down to the size of a grapefruit. it packs and unpacks in less than a coupe minutes, and sets up easy enough.
I personally chose the hammock for its weight rating of 400 pounds, as i'm a hefty guy and most other backpacking hammocks have weight limits of 200 pounds. if you're a wee skinny twig that's great but some of us hikers are built more like vikings. the carabiners that came with mine were the older-style steel ones that feel like they could hold a car. they're sturdy enough but not exactly light. the new-style ones i've seen, i wouldn't trust and would replace with climbing rated clips ASAP.
While the ENO Doublenest isn't any incredibly FANCY hammock, it's a sturdy, durable, long-lasting hammock that, unlike some of the really fancy ones, is much more customizable.