ENO JungleNest Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Spacious interior, easy to set up, bug net tucks away, comfortable
Cons: Suspension not included, no hooks for underquilt
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|Price||$109.95 at REI|
Compare at 2 sellers
|$155 List||$210 List||$160 List||$80 List|
|Pros||Spacious interior, easy to set up, bug net tucks away, comfortable||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, no hooks for underquilt||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||The Junglenest offers a comfortable option with lightweight materials and features for excellent livability||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 JungleNest||Warbonnet Original Blackbird||Warbonnet Ridgerunner||Dutchware Chameleon||Sea to Summit Pro Double|
|Durability And Protection (20%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (10%)|
|Specs||ENO JungleNest||Warbonnet Original...||Warbonnet...||Dutchware Chameleon||Sea to Summit Pro...|
|Capacity (weight)||300 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||10' x 4'10"||10' x 5.25'||10'1" x 3'||10'8" x 4'10"||10' x 6'2"|
|Size Compact||10" x 5" x 5"||10" x 4"||15" x 7"||12" x 6"||4" x 6"|
|Connectors||Dyneema loops and aluminum toggle||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||40D NewWave Nylon / SkyWeave Lite Mesh||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||End-gathered 40D ripstop nylon with zippered bug netting||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||1 size/2 colors||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)||20 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)||24 oz||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)||Atlas Suspension System, gear slings, top quilts, rain tarps||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)||Continuous loops and toggle, bug net, ridgeline||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||ENO Blaze Underquilt||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
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, or light but restrictive, or somehow just not quite right for backountry use. The Junglenest offers features sought after by the most experienced hammock campers. Read on to see how ENO has stepped up their game.
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 it's 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 there are no special features that add to the comfort.
Something we really love is 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.
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 the ENO Sublink system, Warbonnet Blackbird, and Sea to Summit Pro Double system.
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 systems, 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.
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.
Our favorite kind of hammock bug netting is one that 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.
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 start around $50 higher. 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.
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 and can offer additional features or customization options but only the Hennessy, while lacking versatility, 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.
— Elizabeth Paashaus