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Pros: Compact and light for the space
Cons: Lacks suspension, shorter than other doubles
Best Uses: Spacious, comfortable with low weight that won't take up space in your pack
There is a good deal of hype behind the ENO DoubleNest, and it did not disappoint. While compact and lightweight, it is not as comfortable or spacious as the Grand Trunk Double, our Top Pick for a double hammock, but it was a close runner-up. By including awesome lightweight aluminum carabiners and integrating a compression strap into the stuff sack, this is an ideal lightweight camping option for people wanting more space than provided by the Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest, also a parachute nylon hammock. The DoubleNest only weighs 20 oz and is 6' 2" wide, offering plenty of comfort and space. While we found small tears in the fabric after a few uses, other ENO products of the same material have performed admirably in rough conditions.
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As one of the most popular hammocks on the market, the ENO DoubleNest impressed us. The slim packing size fits easily in a pack and the increased width is comfortable for extended trips.
Wider and longer hammocks are often more comfortable, and the ENO DoubleNest is no exception. The stretchy parachute nylon fabric feels great, even against bare skin, and the added width when compared to the SingleNest make cocooning in the hammock easier. While we don't recommend camping as a couple in any hammock, we found that lounging as a pair is easy and enjoyable in the DoubleNest. When hammock camping with a significant other, we enjoyed being able to wake up and sip coffee in a double together and curl up in our sleeping bags at sunset before crashing in individual hammocks. The real beauty of a double is in the ability for one or two people to lounge in it, and one person to sleep.
While a great double hammock, the ENO DoubleNest was just a bit smaller and less comfortable than the larger Grand Trunk Double which won our Top Pick award for a double hammock.
ENO includes some thoughtful features in all of their parachute hammocks, and the included ultralight aluminum carabiners and compression straps stand out as unique from its competitors. At 20 oz the ENO Double is the same weight as the Grand Trunk, though smaller, and lacks the suspension that the Grand Trunk includes with their parachute nylon hammocks. Many campers prefer to use their own individual strap set up anyways, and for many users who upgrade to fancy lightweight suspension systems, the lack of included accessory cord will not be missed.
The weight of the hammock is great only if compared to other summer hammocks, as a trip to the Pacific North West in a rainy season or Yosemite National Park in mosquito season will require serious upgrades such as a bug net and rain fly, raising the weight of the hammock substantially.
A double hammock is always a versatile product, despite the fact that we would not recommend actually sleeping as a pair in one. Many times, hammocks are used in camp for lounge activities such as sitting and watching the sunset or for reading a book under a tree, as well as for sleeping. For these uses the ENO Double Nest is great, the 400 pound capacity makes it great for kids to play in as well as for a few friends to pile into.
So long as upgrades are provided for weather or bugs, this hammock is one we would recommend for four season use as it easily holds a variety of sleeping bags and pads.
Ease of Set-Up
ENO does not include straps or suspension with any of their hammocks we tested. Those looking to integrate their own set up may not notice the difference. There are many options and methods to try, however it can not be set up "out of the box."
The DoubleNest is the shortest double tested, so finding trees far enough apart was slightly easier than with the Hammock Bliss Double, which was the widest double tested, or the Grand Trunk Double, though in heavily wooded areas this would not be an issue.
This hammock is best suited to a serious hammock camper looking to pick up a double they can share for lounging or for a large-sized person looking for extra space in their hammock. The light weight and tiny size of the ENO DoubleNest will be appreciated by any user.
The ENO DoubleNest was the most expensive parachute nylon hammock tested, at $69.95, and despite needing additional suspension, we feel that the quality of the product and the included wire gate carabiners make the hammock a great value.
The ENO DoubleNest is a popular hammock that is comfortable for a single camper or a couple lounging in a campground, and the low weight and compact size is ideal for those looking to backpack in mild climates.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest is the same version of this hammock, but for one person.
The Eagles Nest Outfitters Pronest has the distinction of being the lightest parachute nylon hammock in our test. Those who prefer this fabric and who want to limit ounces in their pack will come to appreciate the Pronest's compact size and light weight.
The Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net is a necessary accessory to add protection for buggy conditions. Also, this hammock requires the purchase of an additional suspension system.
— Greg Davis
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