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ENO JungleNest Review

The Junglenest puts ENO on par with specialized hammock brands in terms of comfort, weight, and design
ENO JungleNest
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Price:  $110 List | $109.95 at REI
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Pros:  Spacious interior, easy to set up, bug net tucks away, comfortable
Cons:  Suspension not included, no hooks for underquilt
Manufacturer:   ENO
By Elizabeth Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 14, 2020
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#8 of 16
  • Comfort - 40% 6
  • Weight - 20% 7
  • Durability and Protection - 20% 7
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 8
  • Versatility - 10% 7

Our Verdict

In the ENO lineup, the Junglenest is a step towards specialized hammock brands. ENO incorporates light fabric, spacious dimensions, a ridgeline, bug netting that can be stashed away, and lightweight whoopie sling suspension that can be purchased separately. We love the tiny spreader bar on the bug netting that adds to the livability of the interior space. The Junglenest is ENO's hammock for backcountry users who don't want to sacrifice comfort, weight, or their rent money. This model puts ENO on par with backcountry brands favored by elite hammockers and is worth your consideration when shopping for your next suspended shelter.

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Pros Spacious interior, easy to set up, bug net tucks away, comfortableLightweight, spacious, easy set up, versatile for day use or backcountry shelterComfortable asymmetric design, budget friendly, package includes full shelter systemVery comfortable flat position, easy to set up, durable material and construction, attachable pillowComfortable, large, easy to use, versatile, surprisingly low cost
Cons Suspension not included, no hooks for underquiltAll components sold separately, can only use branded suspension system, pricey for the full systemMore complicated set up, small rain fly, bug net is not removableBulky, heavy, narrow for sharing, suspension straps sold separatelyNot the lightest, sticky carabiner
Bottom Line The Junglenest puts ENO on par with specialized hammock brands in terms of comfort, weight, and designThis lightweight all-around model makes no sacrifices when it comes to comfort and versatilityThe trimmed-down design of the Expedition offers a comfortable asymmetric shape and keeps both the weight and the price lowReady for kicking back with a cold one or napping alike, the Skyloft is a durable and comfortable hammock for relaxing at the park or cragA great way to save money but still find all the comfort, simplicity, and webbing suspension straps that you expect from top hammock brands
Rating Categories ENO JungleNest Sea to Summit Pro D... Hennessy Expedition... ENO Skyloft Kootek Portable
Comfort (40%)
6.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Weight (20%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
3.0
5.0
Durability And Protection (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
Ease Of Set Up (10%)
8.0
7.0
4.0
8.0
9.0
Versatility (10%)
7.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
5.0
Specs ENO JungleNest Sea to Summit Pro D... Hennessy Expedition... ENO Skyloft Kootek Portable
Measured Weight - Package (ounces) 20 oz 16 oz 42 oz 44 oz 23 oz
Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces) 18 oz 16 oz 30 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension) 42 oz 23 oz
Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces) 24 oz 19 oz 30 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension) 54 oz with atlas straps 37 oz
Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes) N/A 42 oz (hammock suspension, bug net, tarp) 42 oz (hammock, bug net, tarp, suspension) N/A N/A
Capacity (weight) 300 lbs 400 lbs 250 lbs 250 lbs 500 lbs
Hanging Straps Included? No No Yes No Yes, 10' straps
Hammock Size 10' x 4'10" 10' x 6'2" 10' x 4.92' 7' x 3' 9'10" x 6'6"
Size Compact 10" x 5" x 5" 4" x 6" 9" x 7" x 4" 18.5” x 4.5” x 4.5” 9.8" x 7.4"
Connectors Dyneema loops and aluminum toggle Buckles Polyester rope Aluminum carabiners Steel carabiners
Material 40D NewWave Nylon / SkyWeave Lite Mesh 70D nylon ripstop 70D Oxford Nylon NewWave nylon 210D nylon
Construction End-gathered 40D ripstop nylon with zippered bug netting Ripstop nylon, double interlocking stitching Single panel double-stitched seam connection to zipper and 30D polyester No-See-Um netting. 3mm integrated ridgeline. 5mm cord connected to hammock anchor point to tie around tree strap. Dual stretch cord attachments to pull hammock body away at sides. Durable ripstop nylon with aluminum spreader bars Triple interlocking stitching
Sizes / Colors 1 size/2 colors 2 sizes, 4 colors Multiple other sizes/configurations available under other Hennessy product names 1 size, 4 colors 1 size, 5 colors
Capacity (height) Not stated Not stated 6' Not stated Not stated
Accessories (compatible, not included) Atlas Suspension System, gear slings, top quilts, rain tarps Suspension straps, Rain fly, bug net, gear sling, wider tree protection straps, Tree straps, larger rain flys, insulation, "snakeskin" stuff sacks Suspension straps, rain fly, bug net, top quilts, under quilts, insulation pads, permanent anchors None
Accessories (included with hammock) Continuous loops and toggle, bug net, ridgeline Continuous loops Tree straps, 70D polyurethane coated polyester ripstop rainfly, integrated bug net Aluminum wiregate carabiners Tree straps, steel carabiners
Extra Accessories Tested ENO Blaze Underquilt Rain fly, ultralight suspension straps, bug net None Atlas straps None

Our Analysis and Test Results

Our testers enjoyed their time in the Junglenest and feel like ENO has made a good move towards high-end overnight hammock design. Previous ENO models tended to be comfortable but heavy, light but restrictive, or somehow just not quite right for backcountry use. The Junglenest offers features sought after by the most experienced hammock campers. Read on to see how ENO has stepped up their game.

Performance Comparison


The temperatures were chilly and we still had some snow on the...
The temperatures were chilly and we still had some snow on the ground but our tester stayed warm in her cocoon of down, swinging above the wet dirt.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Comfort


The design of the Junglenest is a standard end-gathered one. It is about average in length at 10-feet and a little narrower than some of the wide day-use models but on par in width with most backcountry models. Therefore its comfort ranks with some of our other favorite end-gathered models. It's large enough to get a nice diagonal position for a fairly flat lay, but no special features add to the comfort.

We really love the combination of a ridgeline and a spreader bar on the bug netting to open up the interior space. You still can't really sit up fully, pretty common in hammocks, but the space feels so open that rainy evenings inside the hammock are going to be a lot less confining. Because of the ridgeline, the Junglenest can also be used without the bar if you want to drop an ounce or so.

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Weight


The Junglenest weighs 20 ounces for the hammock and bug net plus another 4 ounces for the Helios suspension straps. If you pair that with an 18-ounce tarp like the ENO Profly Sil, you'll come in right around 42 ounces, similar to many of the other hammock shelters we tested.

You'll find room in the stuff sack to add in your Helios suspension...
You'll find room in the stuff sack to add in your Helios suspension straps but your tarp will need to be packed separately.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Ease of Set Up


The Helios straps make suspending the Junglenest a breeze, that is, assuming you have the Helios straps. An aluminum toggle on each end of the 'mock slips into a small loop at the end of the whoopie-sling style straps. Without this specific suspension system, you can tightly thread a carabiner through the small amount of spare cord at the toggle and hang with another type of suspension strap, but it's not ideal. We always wish that the suspension straps were included when the hammock is designed to integrate specifically with that system.

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Durability and Protection


We rated the Junglenest above average for its durability and protection. The integrated bug net with ridgeline offers respite from insects while still giving you space to move about inside. While the hammock shape works well with the ENO under quilts, there aren't any clips to keep the underquilt in place, and we found ourselves wiggling out of it in the night and having to unzip the net, reach out, and pull the insulation back into place.

The Junglenest is a lightweight hammock and therefore needs gentle care and warm hugs. The fabric is not as fragile as some of the ultralight models we tested, but you want to be careful of snagging it on sticks or anything sharp that might make its way into the hammock with you.

Paired with a cozy underquilt and a lightweight tarp from ENO or another brand, the Junglenest makes a protective cocoon for your all-weather camping trips.

We don't know how this tear happened but it's a reminder that...
We don't know how this tear happened but it's a reminder that lightweight hammocks are prone to snags and need to be treated kindly.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Versatility


Our favorite kind of hammock bug netting zips on and can be fully removed or at least tucked all the way back for wide-open access and views. The bug net on the Junglenest can't be removed but does unzip all the way down both sides and tucks into the stuff sack at the end, making a weird little bubble.

While you won't have the flexibility to leave the bug net behind or remove the ridgeline for unimpeded chilling, we feel that the extra comfort offered over the Sublink without incurring any extra weight in the entire system makes up for this lack of versatility for most backcountry users. However, if you want to be able to pop the hammock in your fanny pack for a quick trail run followed by a nap, the Junglenest isn't going to be compact enough for that.

A 300-pound weight capacity makes it about average among end-gathered backcountry models. The Junglenest should be able to support lounges with a friend, granted you only invite your smaller buddies around.

Tucking the netting away in the attached stuff sack makes the...
Tucking the netting away in the attached stuff sack makes the Junglenest feel more approachable for lazy days in the backyard and easier to get in and out of on trips where bug don't come buzzing around.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Value


Is this the best hammock out there with all the top features? No, but it gets extremely close, and for a much lower price tag, so we feel the value of the ENO Junglenest to be especially high. Comparable models that offer a few extra features, added length, or additional customization typically cost a bit more. Keep the Junglenest on your research list if you are looking for a budget model that has most of the features and comfort you'd want in a backcountry shelter hammock.

Conclusion


On the whole, we think ENO did a bang-up job with their newly designed Junglenest hammock. If we had to sum it up in as few words as possible, we would say "on-par." The comfort ranks average among similar models, it incorporates a ridgeline for better tensioning and livable space, and the bug net that tucks fully back adds to the versatility. Other specialized hammock brands have been making models like this for some time. They can offer additional features or customization options, but few others can touch the price of the Junglenest. If you are looking for a light hammock for overnight use that keeps the price low and the comfort and versatility fairly high, take a close look at the ENO Junglenest.

If you are handy with a needle and thread, you could add a few hooks...
If you are handy with a needle and thread, you could add a few hooks to the sides and secure your underquilt in place for a hassle free night's sleep.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Elizabeth Paashaus