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ENO DoubleNest Review
Cons: Suspension not included, shorter length than other doubles
Bottom line: The ENO Doublenest is an attractive and lightweight double hammock, perfect for lounging with friends or sleeping in mild weather.
The ENO DoubleNest has proven itself over the years as a great hammock at a nice price. There's a reason it's been so successful over so many years. It's well constructed, spacious and comfortable, sets up easily, and is available in a crazy amount of fun colors! By including lightweight aluminum carabiners and integrating a compression strap into the stuff sack, this is an ideal compact and lightweight camping option for people wanting more space than provided by a thin ultralight hammock or a single model. The DoubleNest only weighs 19 ounces but is 6' 2" wide, offering plenty of space for two loungers or seriously roomy luxury for one.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The ENO DoubleNest remains one of the most popular hammocks on the market, and after just a few minutes lounging in it you will understand why. The slim packing size fits easily in a pack and the generous width is comfortable for extended trips. It's a basic hammock without any of the frills of some of the other models we tested, but like comfort food, there's a reason you keep wanting to go back for more.
Wider and longer hammocks are often more comfortable, and the DoubleNest is no exception. The stretchy parachute nylon fabric feels great, even against bare skin, and the added width when compared to single models makes 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 DoubleNest was just a bit smaller and less comfortable than the larger Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech, which offers an extra 4" of width and 14" of length. The Kammok Roo just barely edged out the DoubleNest in comfort for one person, but with 7" less width, it wasn't quite as cozy for two.
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 19 ounces, the DoubleNest is a competitive weight for a double model. By comparison, the Kammok Roo is 24 ounces and the ENO Reactor is 27 ounces (though it isn't technically considered a double and has two layers of fabric on the bottom to create a sleeping pad sleeve). The lightest double hammock that we tested was the Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech, the upgrade of the Grand Trunk Double. It weighed in at an impressive 15.6 ounces despite, the widest and longest double we tested at 10'6" by 6'6". The DoubleNest by comparison is 9'4" by 6'2".
Keep in mind that the weight of hammocks like the DoubleNest and the TrunkTech is only great if compared to other summery open model 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.
Ease of Set-up
ENO does not include straps or suspension with any of their individual hammocks. Those looking to integrate their own setup may not notice the difference or care. There are many options and methods to try, and you will have to decide on this first before traipsing out into the forest. Once that issue is decided, however, setup is as simple as clipping the included carabiners into your anchor.
The DoubleNest is the shortest of the double models we tested, so finding trees far enough apart was slightly easier than with the TrunkTech, which was the longest hammock we tested across all categories, at 10'6".
Durability and Protection
An open model hammock like the DoubleNest can only provide so much protection from the elements by itself. It's no match for an expedition model like our Editors' Choice, the Warbonnet Blackbird, or something like the Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip which comes with a tarp. But in warmer months with a sleeping pad and bag, you can definitely get cozy, and the benefit of a double model is that, with only one person in it, there's extra fabric available to wrap up in like a cocoon. Narrow ultralight models, like the Grand Trunk Nano 7, don't have that luxury.
A really great upgrade that ENO offers for all of its hammocks is the OneLink Shelter Systems. When you get this system, your hammock comes in a larger stuff sack with suspension, a bug net, and a tarp - so you're ready to go in more serious weather but can leave those elements behind when you don't need them. We tested the Sub7 with this upgrade, and the ENO SubLink Shelter System ended up winning our Top Pick for Ultralight Versatility.
As far as durability goes, this is a well made hammock with three triple-stitched body panels and triple-stitched anchor loops. With proper care, we see no reason why the DoubleNest won't last you for years, making it a great casual starter hammock that can be upgraded if you decide to venture out in more serious terrain and weather.
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 reading a book under a tree, as well as for sleeping. For these uses, the DoubleNest is great, and the 400-pound capacity makes it ideal for kids to play in as well as for a few friends to pile into. And a little research into ways a double hammock can be used will show you all kinds of fun and creative sitting and lounging positions you may not have previously thought of.
So long as upgrades are provided for weather or bugs, this hammock is one we would have no problem recommending for four-season use, as it easily holds a variety of sleeping bags and pads. Upgrading to a package, like the ENO SubLink Shelter System, available for all of ENO's hammocks, is also a fantastic idea if you plan to push into more varied environments or cooler months.
The DoubleNest is a great hammock for campers who want to have some extra room to share for lounging or for a large-sized person looking to not be constricted by a single model. The modest weight and compact size will be appreciated by any user, as will the durability and easy set up. Whether car camping with buddies or trekking out into the woods, this is a solid choice that lends itself to being easily upgradable and long lasting.
The ENO DoubleNest is very competitive, at $70, and despite needing additional suspension, we feel that the quality of the product and the included wiregate carabiners make the hammock a great value. The only other hammock we tested that was cheaper was our Best Buy winner, the Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter, which goes for $20 but is not nearly as roomy or soft on the skin.
The ENO DoubleNest is a deservedly popular hammock that is comfortable both for a single camper to sleep in or for a couple to get cozy and stargaze. The low weight and compact size is ideal for those looking to hang in mild climates, and it can easily be upgraded for colder, buggier climates as well.
Other Versions and Accessories
If you are bigger or taller and think you would like a larger hang area, check out the DoubleNest Deluxe for $85. It's the same length but gives you over 2 feet more width. Conversely, if you are small and worried this hammock will swallow you, there is the SingleNest for $60, which is narrower.
The TechNest is ENO's upgrade to the DoubleNest, much like the Grand Trunk TrunkTech is to the Grand Trunk Double. It's made from a lighter fabric so that you can keep the nice double size but shed some weight. The TechNest only weighs 14 ounces and will put you out $95.
The AirLoft Mattress for $95 is a hammock-specific mattress with detachable wings. While you're hanging, this shape allows for maximum insulation coverage beneath you, and if you want to use it outside the hammock in a tent you can remove the wings.
ENO also offers a plethora of options for suspension, bug protection, and inclement weather to get you hanging comfortably in almost any camping situation.
— Penney Garrett
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