ENO JungleNest Review
Cons: Suspension not included, no hooks for underquilt
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|Pros||Spacious interior, easy to set up, bug net tucks away, comfortable||Comfortable asymmetric design, budget friendly, package includes full shelter system||Very comfortable flat position, easy to set up, durable material and construction, attachable pillow||Comfortable, large, easy to use, versatile, surprisingly low cost||Affordable, lightweight, comfortable|
|Cons||Suspension not included, no hooks for underquilt||More complicated set up, small rain fly, bug net is not removable||Bulky, heavy, narrow for sharing, suspension straps sold separately||Not the lightest, sticky carabiner||Limited durability and protection, only moderately sized|
|Bottom Line||The Junglenest puts ENO on par with specialized hammock brands in terms of comfort, weight, and design||The trimmed-down design of the Expedition offers a comfortable asymmetric shape and keeps both the weight and the price low||Ready for kicking back with a cold one or napping alike, the Skyloft is a durable and comfortable hammock for relaxing at the park or crag||A great way to save money but still find all the comfort, simplicity, and webbing suspension straps that you expect from top hammock brands||A very affordable and easy-to-use hammock that provides a great entry point to try out hammocking without breaking the bank or the scales|
|Rating Categories||ENO JungleNest||Hennessy Expedition...||ENO Skyloft||Kootek Portable||Grand Trunk Ultrali...|
|Durability and Protection (20%)|
|Ease of Set Up (10%)|
|Specs||ENO JungleNest||Hennessy Expedition...||ENO Skyloft||Kootek Portable||Grand Trunk Ultrali...|
|Measured Weight - Package (ounces)||20 oz||42 oz||44 oz||23 oz||14.6 oz|
|Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces)||18 oz||30 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)||42 oz||23 oz||10.3 oz|
|Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces)||24 oz||30 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)||54 oz with atlas straps||37 oz||N/A|
|Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes)||N/A||42 oz (hammock, bug net, tarp, suspension)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Capacity (weight)||300 lbs||250 lbs||250 lbs||500 lbs||300lbs|
|Hanging Straps Included?||No||Yes||No||Yes, 10' straps||No|
|Hammock Size||10' x 4'10"||10' x 4.92'||7' x 3'||9'10" x 6'6"||8'9" x 4'8"|
|Size Compact||10" x 5" x 5"||9" x 7" x 4"||18.5” x 4.5” x 4.5”||9.8" x 7.4"||8" x 4" x 4"|
|Connectors||Dyneema loops and aluminum toggle||Polyester rope||Aluminum carabiners||Steel carabiners||Nautical grade carabiners|
|Material||40D NewWave Nylon / SkyWeave Lite Mesh||70D Oxford Nylon||NewWave nylon||210D nylon||King Rhombic RipStop Polyester|
|Construction||End-gathered 40D ripstop nylon with zippered bug netting||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||Mildew resistant, tear resistant|
|Sizes / Colors||1 size/2 colors||Multiple other sizes/configurations available under other Hennessy product names||1 size, 4 colors||1 size, 5 colors||1 size, 3 color options|
|Capacity (height)||Not stated||6'||Not stated||Not stated||Not stated|
|Accessories (compatible, not included)||Atlas Suspension System, gear slings, top quilts, rain tarps||Tree straps, larger rain flys, insulation, "snakeskin" stuff sacks||Suspension straps, rain fly, bug net, top quilts, under quilts, insulation pads, permanent anchors||None||Trunk strap, aluminum carabiners, stand|
|Accessories (included with hammock)||Continuous loops and toggle, bug net, ridgeline||Tree straps, 70D polyurethane coated polyester ripstop rainfly, integrated bug net||Aluminum wiregate carabiners||Tree straps, steel carabiners||Stuff sack, carabiners|
|Extra Accessories Tested||ENO Blaze Underquilt||None||Atlas straps||None||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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
— Elizabeth Paashaus
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