ENO DoubleNest Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Compact, lightweight, strong and durable
Cons: Suspension not included, shorter length than other doubles
Manufacturer: Eagle Nest Outfitters
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|Price||$69.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Compact, lightweight, strong and durable||Spacious, comfortable, easy to set up and use, integrated bug net, customizable||The comfiest/flattest sleeping surface, optional integrated bug net and double layer bottom, large gear pockets||Versatile, ultra customizable, comfortable||Lightweight, spacious, easy set up, versatile for day use or backcountry shelter|
|Cons||Suspension not included, shorter length than other doubles||Suspension sold separately, can't remove bug net completely||Suspension sold separately, not for the lightweight crowd, vulnerable to tipping||Can get pricey depending on options, ridge-line not removable||All components sold separately, can only use branded suspension system, pricey for the full system|
|Bottom Line||This popular design has been a great choice for an all-around hammock experience for years||This hammock gives you everything you want from a lightweight backcountry shelter||A creative design makes this model a great choice for folks who struggle to sleep in traditional hammocks||Design your own hammock and choose just the features you want for a versatile hammock that is comfy and adapts to any conditions||This hammock shelter is an excellent balance of versatility, comfort, and low weight|
|Rating Categories||ENO DoubleNest||Warbonnet Original Blackbird||Warbonnet Ridgerunner||Dutchware Chameleon||Sea to Summit Pro Double|
|Durability And Protection (20%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (10%)|
|Specs||ENO DoubleNest||Warbonnet Original...||Warbonnet...||Dutchware Chameleon||Sea to Summit Pro...|
|Capacity (weight)||400 lbs||350-400 lbs depending on options selected||200-250 lbs depending on options selected||350 lbs||400 lbs|
|Hanging Straps Included?||No||no, can add onto purchase for extra $||No, can add onto purchase for extra $||No||No|
|Hammock Size||9.3' x 6.17'||10' x 5.25'||10'1" x 3'||10'8" x 4'10"||10' x 6'2"|
|Size Compact||5" x 5"||10" x 4"||15" x 7"||12" x 6"||4" x 6"|
|Connectors||Wiregate carabiners||Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately)||Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately)||Beetle Buckle with webbing straps or whoopie slings with tree huggers (sold separately)||Buckles|
|Material||70D High Tenacity Nylon Taffeta||40D or 70D Nylon (depending on options selected)||1.1oz/30D Nylon Double Layer||Hexon 1.0, 1.6 or 2.4||70D nylon ripstop|
|Construction||Three triple-stitched body panels, triple-stitched anchor loops with 7mm cord to connector.||End gathered, asymmetric hammock, single or double layer fabric, zipper along 1 side, integrated bug netting. Storage shelf and foot box||Bridge style hammock made with one or two layers of 30D Nylon, bug net optional.||1.6 oz Hexon, end gathered, continuous loops||Ripstop nylon, double interlocking stitching|
|Sizes / Colors||3 sizes, 59 colors/patterns||27 colors, 3 fabric layering configurations||12 colors, 2 fabric layering options||2 sizes/9 colors/3 fabrics, 31 printed patterns||2 sizes, 4 colors|
|Measured Weight - Package (ounces)||18 oz||27 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension||36 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net||37 oz (double layer hammock, bug net, suspension)||16 oz|
|Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces)||18 oz||26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension||35 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net||25 oz (dbl layer)||16 oz|
|Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces)||30 oz with atlas straps||26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension||35 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net||25 oz (dbl layer, webbing and beetle buckle suspension attached)||19 oz|
|Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes)||N/A||42 oz with Mini Fly tarp||52 oz with Mini Fly tarp||N/A||42 oz (hammock suspension, bug net, tarp)|
|Capacity (height)||Not stated||6'||Up to 6' 4"||Not stated||Not stated|
|Accessories (compatible, not included)||Aluminum wiregate carabiners||Rain flies, bug net, carabiners, fish hooks, under quilts, top quilts, suspension systems||Rain flies, bug net, carabiners, fish hooks, under quilts, top quilts, suspension systems||Suspension straps, rain fly, bug net, top cover, side car pockets, ridgeline pockets||Suspension straps, Rain fly, bug net, gear sling, wider tree protection straps,|
|Accessories (included with hammock)||Aluminum, wiregate carabiners||Guylines, bugnetting, storage shelf, continuous loops (for attaching suspension system to), stuff sack||Stuff sack, continuous loops (for attaching suspension system to)||Continuous loops, ridgeline||Continuous loops|
|Extra Accessories Tested||Atlas straps||Mini Fly tarp, webbing with buckles suspension,||Mini Fly tarp, bug net, double layer fabric, whoopie slings, tree straps||Body layer 2, Beetle Buckle suspension, asym bug net||Rain fly, ultralight suspension straps, bug net|
Our Analysis and 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 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 sleeping 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 is just a bit smaller and less comfortable than some other similar models we tested.
ENO includes some thoughtful features in all of their parachute hammocks, and although including a suspension system isn't one of those features, the standard ultralight aluminum carabiners stand out as unique from its competitors. At 19 ounces, the DoubleNest is a competitive weight for a double model, coming in lighter than similarly sized models other than the Sea to Summit Pro.
Keep in mind that the weight of hammocks like the DoubleNest is only great if compared to other summery open model hammocks. If you're planning a trip to the Pacific North West in the rainy season or Yosemite National Park in mosquito season, you'll want some serious upgrades, such as a bug net and rain fly, which will raise the weight of your hammock package substantially.
Ease of Set Up
ENO does not include a suspension system with any of their hammocks. Those looking to integrate their current 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 resolved, however, setup is as simple as clipping the included carabiners into your anchor.
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 set up that comes with a bug net and rain fly as well as the hardware to set it all up. But in warmer months with a sleeping pad and bag, you can 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 don't have that luxury.
A great upgrade that ENO offers for all of its hammocks is the OneLink Shelter System. 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.
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, even though we would not recommend 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 purchased for weather or bugs, this hammock is one we would have no problem recommending for three or four-season use, as it easily holds a variety of sleeping bags and pads. Upgrading to a package is also a fantastic idea if you plan to push into more varied environments or cooler months.
The ENO DoubleNest used to be very competitive in the hammock market at $70 (plus a suspension system). These days, you can get parachute hammocks for much cheaper from many manufacturers. Though not all hammocks are created equally, and we feel it's worth noting that the ENO DoubleNest maintains a very durable material and construction that won't just fall apart after a single season of use. If you're looking for an open, double hammock from a tried and true brand, the ENO DoubleNest might be the right choice for you. However, if you're hoping to save a few bucks aren't married to the brand, we highly recommend the Kootek, which for less than half the price won our Best Buy award.
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 are 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. 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, which is narrower.
— Penney Garrett