ENO – The Quintessential Parachute Hammock
From stitching the highest quality most comfortable hammocks in the world from the back of a van, to setting up shop in Asheville, NC; Eagles Nest Outfitters has really set the benchmark when it comes to parachute hammocks. Competitors designs may vary one way or another, but most derive their basic concept from the original ENO. ENO’s beginnings as a music festival lounge accessory created a hammock that could withstand the abuse of inebriated, drug-addled millennials. As such, it’s been adopted by serious campers and casual users worldwide.
Size and Capacity
Most hammocks are designed with a single inhabitant in mind while the DoubleNest makes room for two, or a few loungers at a time. It’s spacious design makes it extremely comfortable even with multiple users… especially when sharing with a significant other. Nevertheless, no hammock is truly ideal for sleeping more than one person. No matter how comfortable you are with the other, it just doesn’t work out very well. Still, when it comes to relaxing with a partner or a few friends… the DoubleNest does it well. A 400 pound maximum capacity and high tenacity parachute material ensures relatively fail-safe performance.
The DoubleNest comes equipped with nautical grade cordage and attached aluminum wiregate carabiners to attach whatever suspension you choose. However, ENO’s Atlas Straps are arguably the most ideal option. Atlas nylon webbing straps are extremely simple to set up and offer no stretch over time, the least damage to your attachment point, and the longest life of any suspension system. Combined with Atlas straps, the DoubleNest is likely the most versatile, easy to set up hammock system available.
Camping & Accessories
Because the DoubleNest folds into it’s attached compression sack down to the size of a grapefruit, it’s a great candidate for camping. It’s also relatively lightweight compared to other products. That being said the hammock itself is only a barebones solution. Without a tarp, bugnet, or insulation, you’ll be limited to near perfect conditions. However there’s an endless variety of extras and accessories compatible with the ENO setup. For insulating my ENO, I use the Snugpak Hammock Cocoon. For protection from the elements, I recommend the Chinook Guide Tarp. These are just my picks though, and I encourage you to seek out what works best for you. Nevertheless, an ENO hammock will give you the best nights rest you’ve ever had on the trail. Those used to sleeping on the cold hard ground will find the difference to be night and day.
While other hammocks may be cheaper, lighter, or come with more features, the DoubleNest is likely the absolute best product for the best price. When it comes to comfort, durability, and versatility, ENO is the champion of value.
- Capacity: 400 pounds
- Weight: 20 ounces
- Width: 6' 2"
- Material: 70D high tenacity breathable nylon taffeta
- Suspension: nautical grade cordage + aluminum wiregate carabiners