Product Review: Eno Doublenest Hammock

Ever since seeing that little rolled-up pouch at an outdoors store years ago I knew I had to get one. Earlier this week I finally pulled the trigger and bought it. That littleEno Doublenest Hammock pouch I’m referring to is the Eno (Eagles Nest Outfitters) hammock. They have two different options: the Singlenest and the Doublenest. I’ll let you figure out the difference, but if you need a clue, the Doublenest fits two! I ended up going for the Doublenest. The way I see it; you can’t go wrong with too much real estate, and the Doublenest definitely has it.

The Doublenest itself is compact. It packs down to about the size of a grapefruit in a pouch that’s attached to the hammock. It’s made out of super strong breathable nylon, and kind of reminds me of what parachutes might be made out of. The difference between the double and the singlenest is two more feet of fabric which is what makes room for your second or third person. They both hold up to 400lbs so the choice of how much snuggling you want to do is up to you.

Besides buying just the hammock itself, I got a few accessories to go with it. The first thing I needed were straps to hang this thing up. I could use rope, but decided to go with the tree friendly Eno Slap Strap Pro Hammock Hangers. The pro straps offer an additional two feet of length per strap which gets you a few more options as far as location goes. Even though the straps didn’t come with instructions they were pretty simple to figure out.

Eno Doublenest HammockThe second accessory that I got (and by far the coolest) was the ENO Twilights. These seriously set the mood for night time vibes. The Twilights are portable LED string lights. They’re powered by three triple A batteries and have 300 hours of burn time. Each string is 120 inches long and has 23 LED bulbs. I bought two sets so I could string them between longer distances or have multiple stringers out in different spots. Now that I had everything I needed, all I had to do was head to the great outdoors.

I went out to the local lake that I fish at, and walked to a bank I knew with a few trees and lots of shade. This was the spot. I took out both pro straps from their pouch and slung them across each tree. After finding the right height I was ready to put up the Doublenest. The great part about the nest is it includes two really strong carabineers that are already attached to the hammock. I clipped them to the pro straps and voila! I was all setup. I strung the Twilights over the hammock and let them stay off until dark.

The hammock itself is really comfortable. I spent a few hours getting in and out of the hammock to cast my line out and It was just as easy to get out as it Eno Doublenest Hammockwas to get in. Having two people in there definitely works, but you seem to roll into each other instead of having some space.  I would recommend that if you’re going to spend the majority of your time solo, go with the single nest. The double is great for the option of having two people, but it would be a lot of extra fabric for just one person. The good news is it was
enough fabric to wrap into a little cocoon.  Putting the hammock away after I had been out for a while was a breeze. Everything has its own case. I still couldn’t believe that a giant hammock could pack into the size of a grapefruit! I packed up everything, threw it into my backpack, and headed off to the car. I had a great time.

Ultimately, I love my Eno Doublenest and all its accessories. You can use this hammock as a place to nap, a reclining bench, or even to store stuff you need elevated at a campsite. The straps are sturdy and feel safe and the lights are just awesome. I’m glad I pulled the trigger and purchased all my new Eno Stuff and can decisively say that for now, they’re my favorite new toys.

-Kirill Braynin, Associate Buyer @ ACK

How To Wash Your Eno Hammock

Guest Blog by the Eno Hammock Team

Life happens to hammocks. Mud, coffee and trail mix can most likely be found on or in many hammocks after a full season of hanging around in them. Don’t fret too much though, it’s easy to keep your Eno Hammock clean and fresh throughout it’s lifetime.

The nature of the parachute nylon is fairly dirt resistant to begin with, but it’s always good to spot clean extra dirty spots along the way. Sometimes, it’s nice to revert your hammock back into a flawless, soft, breezy oasis.

Eno hammock carabinerStep 1. Remove Carabiners.

Make sure you don’t wash the carabiners! Remove them from your Eno Hammock and set them to the side. Be sure to keep track of them so when your hammock is clean and dry you can get right back to hammocking!

Step 2. Gentle Detergent.

Add just a little dose of a gentle detergent. Wash your hammock alone, with nothing else in the machine. This will get it the cleanest. Do not add fabric softeners or any additional cleaning agents. Wash on cold!!

Step 3: Line Dry.

It’s best to do this chore on a sunny breezy day. That way you can line dry your Eno Hammock outside. Regarless if you do it indoors or out, air drying is what we recommend. When drying outside in the fresh air, it won’t take longer than thirty minutes for your hammock to completely dry.

Step 4: Get In Your Hammock.

Hopefully it doesn't stay clean for long!
Hopefully it doesn’t stay clean for long!

Re-attach your carabiners and get outside…once it’s clean, it’s time to get your Eno Hammock dirty again! :)

 

 

 

The ACK Guide To: Tailgating Like a Professional

It’s football season, which means one thing for the weekends… well, aside from football and paddling. That’s right, you guessed it — tailgating! Everyone’s favorite pre-game ritual is back and that means you won’t look so lonely smoking brisket in the parking lot near the stadium now that football season is in full swing. Being a company based in Texas, not only do we have a pedigree in paddlesports but we also know a thing or two about how to tailgate and we offer plenty of products that would help make you parking lot royalty.

First things first: you gotta stay protected from the sun. If you’re a die-hard fan (of either the sport itself or the act of tailgating) you’re probably outside the stadium in your spot hours before kickoff. You don’t want to get zapped by the sun before the first touchdown so here are a few things to help:

Your main line of defense against the sun should be sunscreen. Hands down, no questions asked! We’d recommend the Aloe Gator All Natural SPF 30 sunscreen. It’ll help your skin stay protected from the sun’s rays, it is water resistant and all natural. You can’t really go wrong there. The next essential item is a sunshade and Kelty’s Hula Shadehouse couldn’t be better for the job. Not only is the design eye-catching and stylish but it is very deliberate in its protection from the sun, angling down in the back to give you that added protection, helping you keep your team cool and securing your place on the tailgating throne.

Aside from protection from the sun, you also need be comfortable when you’re lounging around before the game. Whether you’ve got an ENO Doublenest Hammock (made for two!), the Eureka Director’s Chair (with its own side table for your chow or drinks), or a Crazy Creek Camp Chair which could be used inside the stadium as well, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a comfortable creature in the asphalt wilderness.

What’s a tailgate without the food and drinks? Well, not a tailgate I’d attend. We offer several products that can help you feel a little bit closer to your own kitchen like the Primus 2-Burner Stove-Grill Combo which folds up into its own nice little case and can help you cook up the meanest links in the lot. The stove-grill combo makes this a versatile, portable option for your outdoor kitchen setup and doesn’t have a large footprint. If you’re a charcoal guy or gal, Sandbar makes a great charcoal chimney called the FlatFire which folds up nicely for storage, is made of sturdy stainless steel and will get you cooking in no time. Now you can’t forget about the drinks and for them we offer a wide array of coolers like the Yeti Tundra 45 if you’re bringing cold ones for everyone or the NRS Dura Soft Cooler which has just enough room to hold a six-pack and has an extra-wide strap so you can sling it over your shoulder to tote it around.

Entertainment is also a must at a tailgate and you can quickly turn the parking lot into your own playground with some toys like the OgoDisk. These soft, bouncy “hand trampolines” come with a ball and can be used for a variety of fun activities like volleyball, baseball, and tennis-type games and can be tossed on their own like a Frisbee, adding to the fun. They can launch the ball up to 150 feet (!) and they’ll even float if you should happen to land them in some water. The Zing Z-Curve Bow could also make for some interesting parking lot games. It comes with three super-soft arrows (safety first, y’all!), two for the long-range shooting (up to 125 feet) and one with a suction cup end and the bow is easy to use for both right and left-handed folks. Everyone appreciates some tunes, whether its background music for conversation or jams to get you pumped for the game, Grace Digital’s Eco Terra Waterproof Audio System is just what you need. This boombox-style music player will fit your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or any MP3 player so you know you’re covered on that front. It holds your device behind a 100% waterproof, clear shell so if and when spills happen, you’re in the clear and it even floats!

Hopefully this has sparked some ideas for your adventures in tailgating. Remember, many camping supplies are great for your pre-game asphalt excursions so browse our online inventory and let your imagination go wild. Pretty soon they’ll have to build a tailgating hall-of-fame just to enshrine your pre-game ingenuity for generations to come.

Trent @ ACK