User Review: Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
After a long day hiking with a full pack, a comfortable hammock is far more relaxing than sleeping on the ground or in a tent! It is also a lot faster to set up a hammock than a tent and easier to locate a suitable campsite.
Like with any choice of camping gear, there are trade-offs, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The hammock with a rain-fly and bug net, takes up less space in your pack than a tent. If camping in a region where there are no trees, you can still use the rain-fly with your hiking poles to set up a shelter.
- Makes a hammock campsite more comfortable
- It can be difficult to get the tarp to line up centered over the hammock
I prefer a lighter pack and a comfortable night's sleep. I do this with an ENOs Double Nest Hammock, tree straps, ENOs Pro-Fly Rain Tarp, ENOs Guardian Bug Net, a sleeping pad (for insulation), a sleeping bag (bag varies based on weather), and a felt Kelty bag liner.
I can set up virtually anywhere that I can find two trees (they're everywhere). I do find it challenging to get dressed discreetly camping with friends of the opposite sex. I also do like that I can hang all of my gear on the ropes, off the wet ground.
The one time that we camped in a location with only one suitable tree, I used a hiking pole to setup the rain-tarp and bug net as a shelter. I ended up sleeping on my sleeping pad on the ground (which is basically what I would have been doing if I used a tent...).