ENO Skyloft Review
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|Pros||Very comfortable flat position, easy to set up, durable material and construction, attachable pillow||Versatile, ultra customizable, comfortable||Comfortable asymmetric design, budget friendly, package includes full shelter system||Comfortable, large, easy to use, versatile, surprisingly low cost||Affordable, lightweight, comfortable|
|Cons||Bulky, heavy, narrow for sharing, suspension straps sold separately||Can get pricey depending on options, ridge-line not removable||More complicated set up, small rain fly, bug net is not removable||Not the lightest, sticky carabiner||Limited durability and protection, only moderately sized|
|Bottom Line||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||This extremely customizable hammock is the perfect fit for even the pickiest hammock camper||The trimmed-down design of the Expedition offers a comfortable asymmetric shape and keeps both the weight and the price low||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 Skyloft||Dutchware Chameleon||Hennessy Expedition...||Kootek Portable||Grand Trunk Ultrali...|
|Durability and Protection (20%)|
|Ease of Set Up (10%)|
|Specs||ENO Skyloft||Dutchware Chameleon||Hennessy Expedition...||Kootek Portable||Grand Trunk Ultrali...|
|Measured Weight - Package (ounces)||44 oz||37 oz (double layer hammock, bug net, suspension)||42 oz||23 oz||14.6 oz|
|Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces)||42 oz||25 oz (dbl layer)||30 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)||23 oz||10.3 oz|
|Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces)||54 oz with atlas straps||25 oz (dbl layer, webbing and beetle buckle suspension attached)||30 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)||37 oz||N/A|
|Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes)||N/A||N/A||42 oz (hammock, bug net, tarp, suspension)||N/A||N/A|
|Capacity (weight)||250 lbs||350 lbs||250 lbs||500 lbs||300lbs|
|Hanging Straps Included?||No||No||Yes||Yes, 10' straps||No|
|Hammock Size||7' x 3'||10'8" x 4'10"||10' x 4.92'||9'10" x 6'6"||8'9" x 4'8"|
|Size Compact||18.5” x 4.5” x 4.5”||12" x 6"||9" x 7" x 4"||9.8" x 7.4"||8" x 4" x 4"|
|Connectors||Aluminum carabiners||Beetle Buckle with webbing straps or whoopie slings with tree huggers (sold separately)||Polyester rope||Steel carabiners||Nautical grade carabiners|
|Material||NewWave nylon||Hexon 1.0, 1.6 or 2.4||70D Oxford Nylon||210D nylon||King Rhombic RipStop Polyester|
|Construction||Durable ripstop nylon with aluminum spreader bars||1.6 oz Hexon, end gathered, continuous loops||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.||Triple interlocking stitching||Mildew resistant, tear resistant|
|Sizes / Colors||1 size, 4 colors||2 sizes/9 colors/3 fabrics, 31 printed patterns||Multiple other sizes/configurations available under other Hennessy product names||1 size, 5 colors||1 size, 3 color options|
|Capacity (height)||Not stated||Not stated||6'||Not stated||Not stated|
|Accessories (compatible, not included)||Suspension straps, rain fly, bug net, top quilts, under quilts, insulation pads, permanent anchors||Suspension straps, rain fly, bug net, top cover, side car pockets, ridgeline pockets||Tree straps, larger rain flys, insulation, "snakeskin" stuff sacks||None||Trunk strap, aluminum carabiners, stand|
|Accessories (included with hammock)||Aluminum wiregate carabiners||Continuous loops, ridgeline||Tree straps, 70D polyurethane coated polyester ripstop rainfly, integrated bug net||Tree straps, steel carabiners||Stuff sack, carabiners|
|Extra Accessories Tested||Atlas straps||Body layer 2, Beetle Buckle suspension, asym bug net||None||None||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The ENO Skyloft is a supremely comfortable day use hammock with an easy setup and durable fabric. Our testers found the comfort of the Skyloft our Top Pick for Comfort but in a stripped-down version for day use. Seeing how comfort is the most important metric in a hammock, and the Skyloft is as easy to set up as the competition, it's clear why this product won our Editors' Choice for Day Use award.
We still love our classic end-gathered 'mocks for their small packed size. But, when you have a little extra room in your pack or want a cozy spot in the backyard and comfort is a priority, the Skyloft is a great choice.
We love a good, simple end-gathered hammock as much as anyone, but we learned during testing that a spreader bar and a dropped foot box give the flattest lay and, therefore, the most comfortable long-term position possible in a hammock. The Skyloft is one of only a couple of models we have tested with these features, and it leads the pack in our comfort ratings.
On the ground, you have to deal with lumpy spots and sloping ground that can cause you to slide off your pad. In a hammock, you fight the banana. This is the discomfort that comes when the curve of a hammock obstinately refuses to let your knees bend comfortably. Different hammocks try different strategies to overcome this issue. Some employ asymmetric designs, and others use spreader bars.
Along with the spreader bars, ENO drops the foot and head boxes in the Skyloft, meaning that the fabric drapes down at both ends. That's the key element that keeps your legs from bending the wrong way. Hanging in this 'mock feels like being rocked in a suspended cot. Due to its construction style, it's narrow (3 feet wide), but it's long enough for folks up to 6 feet, 6 inches to easily get comfy.
A cool feature that ENO added is a whoopie sling style adjustment that lets you raise your head up a bit when you're not napping. When sleeping, you want your head at the same level as your body, but if you want to see out to the side, chat with friends, or read a book, a reclining position is nice. With a little practice, we learned how to work the tensioner without ever leaving the comfort of our bed.
The only thing we didn't like about the Skyloft was how tipsy it feels when sitting up length-wise. Sideways sitting is comfortable and stable. But, when we sat up in the other direction, the hammock wobbles back and forth, making us feel immediately dizzy.
One bonus feature that just shows you how much attention to detail matters to ENO, is that the stuff sack converts into a pillow. Just stuff in a jacket, and you have a comfy headrest. The stuff sack also has snaps that allow you to attach it to sewn-in webbing in the hammock to keep your pillow in place. We also appreciate the small pockets on either side of the hammock, which are perfect for a phone or sunglasses. Just another little touch to make kicking back in the Skyloft that much more convenient.
The Skyloft is not your throw it in the pack; I might use it option. It tips the scales at 42 ounces, for only the hammock. It's the heaviest one in our test and is the same weight as some of the shelter systems we tested with their bug nets and tarps included.
But don't let that sway you if your intended use is in the backyard or at a BBQ. Is adding an 18.5-inch x 4.5-inch x 4.5-inch package to your 20-liter daypack going to make a difference? Um, yeah, that's almost half your capacity. But will it keep you from loading it into the trunk of your car for a picnic or adding it to the arsenal of backyard accessories in your garage? Nope.
Durability and Protection
While it may not shine in the lightweight department, the Skyloft's fabric durability is impressive. This gives it a leg up for users who want a hammock that they don't have to worry about splitting if they bring their dog in to join them. The Skyloft is still made of lightweight nylon to keep it packable, but ENO uses a heavier denier than most camping hammocks.
The only problem with the durability that we can see is the low weight limit of 250 pounds. The force put on the spreader bars limits the load capacity in this model rather than the fabrics. It's, unfortunately, pretty easy to exceed 250 pounds if you want to sit in it with a friend. So hanging in the Skyloft is a solo activity or one for a couple of very light people (like the kiddos).
You could pair this 'mock with a tarp and make a night of it at basecamp, but it's not intended to be backcountry shelter.
We tried out the ENO Vulcan underquilt and found that the rectangular shape matches up perfectly with the shape of the Skyloft. There isn't a clear way to attach it, though. We ended up wrapping the underquilt's shock cord around the corners of the Skyloft's bars. ENO's website shows underquilt attached to end-gathered models with carabiners. When we tried this on the Skyloft, the setup pulled the quilt into a narrow shape that wouldn't insulate as well as the wide rectangle we wanted.
We scored this model a little higher than other day use hammocks in this metric because of its superior fabric durability, but not much higher because of its low weight limit.
Ease of Set Up
The simplicity of the Skyloft is best suited to slinging up at the park when hanging out with friends. We love it because it is, simply put, comfy and easy.
The aluminum spreader bar is permanently attached to the hammock, and it sets up and breaks down using a threaded shock cord, just like a tent pole. There are no adjustments to make on the hammock itself, just unfurl, pop your poles together, and clip the carabiners to whatever suspension straps you choose. The lightweight aluminum wire gate carabiners included with the Skyloft are the highest quality biners that came with any model we tested.
We wish that suspension straps were included in the package but also can appreciate the flexibility this affords you to choose your favorite style. We like the ENO Atlas XL straps, which give you more range than the standard strap.
The only reason we dock the Skyloft a few points on ease of setup is that it doesn't come with suspension included, and it requires the extra step of setting up the poles. Honestly, the pole setup is incredibly minimal, but we had to make some distinction between it and those that don't include that step.
You can love a product for one particular use, even when it doesn't have a lot of versatility, and that's exactly how we feel about the Skyloft. As we've mentioned so far — it shines with excellent comfort, a quick and fool-proof set-up, and durable fabric that's ready for a rough lifestyle, but its weight and bulk keep it close to home, and its low weight capacity makes it hard to hang with all but your tiniest friends.
This model is by far the priciest of the day-use hammocks we tested. Even so, we feel that its value is strong because its comfort is noticeably higher than all of the other day hammocks.
This hammock should be your go-to napping spot this summer due to the amazing comfort that a flatter position can offer. Just set it up in your backyard every afternoon and get ready for a good snooze. Add an underquilt and a blanket, and extend your alfresco napping into the fall.
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