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Wise Owl Outfitters DoubleOwl Review

Wise Owl offers a comfortable end-gathered hammock with included suspension straps at a good price.
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Price:  $36 List | $36.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Large, comfortable, tree straps included, easy to hang
Cons:  Straps only have 5 loops for adjustability, sticky carabiner, not the lightest
Manufacturer:   Wise Owl Outfitters
By Elizabeth Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 7, 2019
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  • Comfort - 40% 6
  • Weight - 20% 6
  • Durability and Protection - 20% 4
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 9
  • Versatility - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Wise Owl Outfitters DoubleOwl keeps the price low and comfort high. Like with the Best Buy Award winning Kootek Hammock, included straps sweeten the deal. It doesn't offer quite as good of a price point as the Kootek but does have more colors and other accessories to choose from like bug nets, tarps, strap upgrades, and indoor hanging kits. If you are shopping for a day-use hammock, the DoubleOwl is a great option.

If you are looking for a similar but lighter option for backcountry use, check out our Top Pick for Ultralight Versatility, the Sea to Summit Pro.


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Pros Large, comfortable, tree straps included, easy to hangSpacious, comfortable, easy to set up and use, integrated bug net, customizableThe comfiest/flattest sleeping surface, optional integrated bug net and double layer bottom, large gear pocketsLightweight, spacious, easy set up, versatile for day use or backcountry shelterAsymmetric design for an easy diagonal lay, lightweight, includes suspension, tree straps, bug net, and rain fly
Cons Straps only have 5 loops for adjustability, sticky carabiner, not the lightestSuspension sold separately, can't remove bug net completelySuspension sold separately, not for the lightweight crowd, vulnerable to tippingAll components sold separately, can only use branded suspension system, pricey for the full systemMore complicated to set up, bug net isn't removable, smaller tarp
Bottom Line Wise Owl offers a comfortable end-gathered hammock with included suspension straps at a good price.All the features and comfort in a lightweight package.The Ridgerunner is a luxurious and innovative hammock with spreader bars for a super flat lay, an integrated bug net, and lots of storage.Not willing to sacrifice on versatility in a comfortable, lightweight hammock shelter? The Pro Double is an excellent balance of all three!A fantastic combination of lightweight and backcountry features, the Ultralite Backpacker from Hennessy provides a unique and versatile hammock camping experience.
Rating Categories Wise Owl Outfitters DoubleOwl Warbonnet Original Blackbird Warbonnet Ridgerunner Sea to Summit Pro Double Hennessy Ultralite Backpacke...
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Specs Wise Owl... Warbonnet Original... Warbonnet... Sea to Summit Pro... Hennessy Ultralite...
Capacity (weight) 400 lbs 350-400 lbs depending on options selected 200-250 lbs depending on options selected 400 lbs 200 lbs
Hanging Straps Included ? Yes, 9' straps no, can add onto purchase for extra $ No, can add onto purchase for extra $ No yes
Hammock Size 10' x 6.5' 10' x 5.25' 10'1" x 3' 10' x 6'2" 9'10"x4'11"
Size Compact 8" x 5" 10" x 4" 15" x 7" 4" x 6" 4"x6"x9"
Connectors Steel carabiners Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately) Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately) Buckles Webbing straps and spectra ropes
Material 210D parachute nylon 40D or 70D Nylon (depending on options selected) 1.1oz/30D Nylon Double Layer 70D nylon ripstop 70d Nylon Taffeta
Construction triple interlocking stitching 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. Ripstop nylon, double interlocking stitching End gathered, asymmetric hammock, integrated bug netting and suspension system
Sizes / Colors 2 sizes, 11 colors 27 colors, 3 fabric layering configurations 12 colors, 2 fabric layering options 2 sizes, 4 colors 1 color
Measured Weight - Package (ounces) 22 oz 27 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 36 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net 16 oz 24 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension, stuff sack)
Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces) 22 oz 26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 35 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net 16 oz 22 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)
Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces) 29 oz 26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 35 oz hammock, whoopie sling suspension, bug net 19 oz 22 oz (hammock, bug net, suspension)
Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes) N/A 42 oz with Mini Fly tarp 52 oz with Mini Fly tarp 42 oz (hammock suspension, bug net, tarp) 32 oz with included tarp
Capacity (height) not stated 6' Up to 6' 4" Not stated Up to 6'
Accessories (compatible, not included) XL straps, bug net, tarp, wall hanging kit, 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, gear sling, wider tree protection straps, Longer webbing straps (free upgrade), Larger Rainly, hammock pad, insulation system, hanging pockets, snakeskins
Accessories (included with hammock) Tree straps, steel 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 Tree hugger tree protection straps, suspension cord, rainfly, bugnet (integrated), stuff sack, rainfly guy lines, hanging storage pocket, rain collectors
Extra Accessories Tested none Mini Fly tarp, webbing with buckles suspension, Mini Fly tarp, bug net, double layer fabric, whoopie slings, tree straps Rain fly, ultralight suspension straps, bug net Snakeskins

Our Analysis and Test Results

Wise Owl offers another solid end-gathered hammock. Amongst the plethora of similar hammocks on the market, we selected this one to test because of its included tree straps, low price, and good feedback from users.

We found it to be every bit as comfortable as models like the ENO Doublenest and Kootek Double, with wide, soft parachute fabric. The included straps make the already low price even better, but their lack of adjustability, with only five loops, isn't as appealing as some other options out there. Overall, we highly recommend the DoubleOwl as an alternative when looking for your perfect color combo at a low price.

Performance Comparison


The DoubleOwl is an inexpensive way to up your city park game as well as to set up backcountry chill spots.
The DoubleOwl is an inexpensive way to up your city park game as well as to set up backcountry chill spots.

Comfort


As with other end-gathered hammocks, the comfort comes down to the size and pitch of the hammock. The DoubleOwl measures in the upper end of the hammocks we tested at 10' long by 6.5' wide. It is beat by 6" in length by the more expensive Grand Trunk OneMade Double and it beats the less expensive Kootek by 2" in width.

This model is plenty spacious enough to comfortably sit sideways or get a nice diagonal lay for napping. The soft parachute fabric feels nice against even bare skin. During testing, we found very little difference in the comfort of the Wise Owl DoubleOwl, Kootek, ENO Doublenest and GrandTrunk OneMade Double.

Sometimes when testing  we snuggled up and didn't want to move.
Sometimes when testing, we snuggled up and didn't want to move.

Weight


The DoubleOwl's weight is nothing to write home about. It weighs 22 ounces, on par with other similar end-gathered models we tested. Once you add in a tarp and bug net for protection, it's going to make a pretty hefty package. It probably isn't the hammock to choose for longer backcountry adventures when weight is critical. But for short overnights, days at the crag, or lounging in the park, we wouldn't hesitate to throw it in the bag.

If you are looking for an ultralight hammock, check out the minuscule Sea to Summit Ultralight and ENO Sublink.

The compact size of the DoubleOwl isn't going to stop you from throwing it in your daypack.
The compact size of the DoubleOwl isn't going to stop you from throwing it in your daypack.

Durability and Protection


The protection provided by a standard end-gathered hammock with no additional accessories is, of course, not going to be as good as that provided by the expedition models we tested. The voluminous fabric, however, does provide some protection from the sun, bugs, and a drizzle if you cocoon up in it.

Along with their comfy hammocks, Wise Owl offers a line of affordable accessories to step up your hammock game from day-lounging to overnight sheltering. For around $125 you can buy a full shelter set up, a deal we think is pretty sweet even though we haven't tested their tarp or bug net yet.

Like all the other similar models, the DoubleOwl is constructed of a smooth parachute fabric with triple interlocking stitching. We tried but really couldn't discern a difference between the fabrics and construction of any of the standard end-gathered hammocks.

The straps from Wise Owl are made of a thinner webbing than those from Kootek or ENO, and so they may be a little less durable in the long term.

Wise Owl uses thinner webbing in their straps than some other brands  which could mean decreased durability in the long term.
Wise Owl uses thinner webbing in their straps than some other brands, which could mean decreased durability in the long term.

Ease of Set Up


Included straps make the DoubleOwl a breeze to set up. They make use of the popular style of webbing with sewn-in loops for quick and easy adjustment. A carabiner on either end of the hammock allows you to clip into these loops and get right to relaxing.

The carabiners were of a similar low quality to those of the Kootek hammock. They are heavy, steel carabiners with a sticky gate that often requires closing manually. We recommend upgrading to a light, aluminum, wire-gate carabiner that you can get from your local climbing shop.

Webbing is used to gather the ends in the DoubleOwl and cheap steel carabiners are included. Upgrade to wire gate 'biners now or when these gates inevitably fail.
Webbing is used to gather the ends in the DoubleOwl and cheap steel carabiners are included. Upgrade to wire gate 'biners now or when these gates inevitably fail.

Versatility


A 400-pound weight capacity gives you the option to invite a buddy in without the fear of rejection.. we mean rejection by the hammock, we can't speak to your friend's interest in sitting in a hammock with you.

One thing we aren't enamored with about the DoubleOwl is the versatility of the straps. They are a few inches longer than ENO's Atlas straps but offer only five loops over their 22" length, making them less adjustable. Compare this to the 15 loops and the 62-inch straps of the Atlas straps and the 18 loops over 59" from Kootek, and you will certainly find the versatility lacking. The Wide Owl straps had us frequently trying to hang the hammock, just to discover that it was too loose, but we were out of adjustability and couldn't easily tighten it. Wise Owl offers longer straps with more loops for an additional cost.

For overnight excursions, Wise Owl offers bug nets and tarps at a lower cost than many top brands, though we didn't test these.

While many of the hammocks we tested have room for two people to sit in together  you have to be really  REALLY into snuggling to overnight in one as a pair.
While many of the hammocks we tested have room for two people to sit in together, you have to be really, REALLY into snuggling to overnight in one as a pair.

Best Applications


Hanging at the crag, cooling off at a hot summer BBQ, or even sleeping overnight at camp are all perfect uses for the Wise Owl DoubleOwl. Its small size won't prevent you from bringing it along on day trips and, with the right accessories, you'll be able to use it as an overnight shelter.

If you are looking to save weight and have a comfortable full shelter, check out the Hennessy Backpacker Ultralite and Warbonnet Blackbird.

We can't think of a better way to take a break on a hike than in a hammock.
We can't think of a better way to take a break on a hike than in a hammock.

Value


The DoubleOwl is inexpensive enough to give it a try even if you aren't sure you will like hammocking. With a bargain price for both the hammock and straps we find it to hold a lot of value, but still feel that the Kootek offers more value with better straps and a lower price.

If you can't find the color you want from Kootek or just love the cute little owl on the logo, give Wise Owl a try. It offers just as much comfort as any other standard end-gathered hammock we have tested.

Conclusion


The DoubleOwl is a great place to spend a lazy summer afternoon. It's very comfortable, comes with webbing tree straps, and offers a variety of colors, sizes, and accessories for your customization all at a low price.


Elizabeth Paashaus