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

Beneath the Sleeping Bag: A Guide To Camping Sleep Platforms

Ultralite Cot Getting a good nights sleep in the back country can be a daunting prospect, fortunately it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading for a detailed look at all the camping sleep platforms available at ACK.com and to figure out which one is right for you.

First thing to consider when picking a solid sleep platform should be how you like to sleep and camp. Do you prefer firm surfaces? Elevated and cushioned? Will it fit in your tent? These are all things one should consider before making their purchase. Another important consideration is how you will be traveling. If you are backpacking a lighter, more portable platform would be ideal whereas campers taking a car to their destination would do well with virtually any option.

There are a few basic things that you should understand when shopping for your sleep platform. One being that camping sleep systems consist of two basic parts: a sleep platform and sleeping bag. While the other is that camping sleep platforms are the lesser known half of the camping sleep systems and come in various styles: cots, air mattresses, sleeping pads and hammocks. Here’s a look at each:

Cots

Cots come in two styles today, ultralight and standard. Ultralight cots sit just off the ground and use a folding pole frame with a special fabric spread across via tension. Cots were previously a platform that tended to be a bit clunky however, manufacturers are continually tweaking their designs to make these ultralight cots more appealing to campers who are backpacking or do not want to carry a lot of weight around.

Standards cots, on the other hand, are intended for car campers. Generally, they are very easy to setup and are similar in height to a bed. Also like a bed, standard cots offer under bed storage that makes organization easier.

Cots are some of the most comfortable sleep platforms and are most practical during the hotter months as they lack insulation between you and the air circulating around you. However, when used in tandem with a pad or blanket between their cot and sleeping bag, a cot can be a cozy and warm sleep platform during the winter as well.

Shop ACK’s selection of camping cots.

Kelty Good Nite Air Bed
Kelty Good Nite Air Bed

Air Beds

The Air beds appeal is in its similarity to your bed at home. Its comfort and convenience has made the air bed a fan favorite among campers for good reason- its endless options, ease of set up, and the “home-like” familiarity it provides in an otherwise rugged and unfamiliar camp site.

Most air mattresses come equipped with a foot or electric pump to inflate in a relatively short amount of time. Although these beds have been heavy in the past, many manufactures are creating beds that are lighter in weight so that backpackers and car campers alike can rest in comfort during their trips. If you are looking for something that will ease you into a camping lifestyle an air mattress would be the easiest transition from home to tent.

Shop ACK’s selection of air beds.

Sleeping Pads

Exped DownMat 7 Sleeping Pad
Exped DownMat 7 Sleeping Pad

The standard in camping sleep platforms today is the sleeping pad. They come in a variety of styles but in general, sleeping pads represent the lightest and most pack-able option around making it a great options for backpackers as well as car travelers. They provide on average about an inch of padding and insulation, which, while it might not sound like a lot, is a huge improvement over nothing at all. The two most common styles are inflatable and self-inflating, both of which utilize air for cushioning.

Inflatable pads are inflated easily with or without a pump and roll into a very compact size for easy travel. Self-inflating pads on the other hand use special foam that decompresses and fills the air gaps when you unseal the valve and unroll the pad. Resealing the valve traps air within the foam cells and boosts insulation and comfort. However, self-inflating pads are a bit larger when rolled up than air only pads.

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Foam Pads

Light, inexpensive and nearly indestructible, foam sleeping pads are a popular option for campers and those who just want a little something beneath them while they sleep. These pads use a closed cell foam that is particularly effective at insulating when sleeping on cold ground or on rough surfaces that could puncture an air filled pad.

Shop ACK’s selection of foam pads.

ENO Singlenest Hammock
ENO Singlenest Hammock

Hammocks

Much different than any of the other camping sleeping platforms available to back country campers, hammocks offer an intriguing option that many have come to love. Hammocks require minimal set up and are extremely packable and lightweight making them a viable option for campers who tend to pack light. They also offer a unique experience of not sleeping on a flat surface, which for many is an acquired taste.

Hammocks initially offer no insulation, so unless paired with a sleeping pad, they are more suited for warmer  weather. That being said, a wide variety of hammock accessories exist to help you setup and sleep in you hammock comfortably anywhere and anytime.

Shop ACK’s selection of hammocks.

 

Ultimately, when choosing your next sleep platform, you need to consider what makes you feel the most comfortable as well as how you tend to go camping. Are you a light packer versus a heavy packer? A backpacker versus a car traveler? Consider the weight you are willing to carry and the environment you will be in. Once these are taken into consideration check out ACK.com with this handy guide and choose your new portable bed!

Visit to the Heart of the Paddling World – Part 3 of 5

Chris Hackerd, VP of Store Operations and one of three ACK co-owners, is an avid mountain biker, birder, ‘yak angler and all around outdoors-man. Recently, Chris traveled east to North Carolina to celebrate his grand mother’s 80th birthday and took the opportunity to visit many of the manufacturers based out of the area including Confluence, Legacy, WernerEnoAstralFeel Free/Pyrahna. Below is part three of his trip. See part two here.

Visiting Eno

I had more time on my hands so I popped into ENO which produces one of my very favorite products, the ENO Doublenest Hammock. I have one on my deck and now that it’s cooled down some I’m back in it nightly. ENO stands for Eagles Nest Outfitters and they’ve been in the same building for about 13 years and love the outdoors scene in Asheville. With the endless hiking and camping trails it’s no wonder it’s an ideal spot for these folks.

I got a tour of the facility and viewed their pick, pack and ship process. So many of the employees had been there for several years. One of the highlights of working at ENO is that right across the street is 2 local favorite watering holes Green Man Brewing and Next Generation Beer. Note to self…head back this way after I’m done with my visits. ENO has an employee on hand named Elijah that is a master welder and wood worker. I had to take a picture of this conference room table it was beautiful!

Since this visit was unannounced I needed to get out of Adam Cohens hair and on my way to Astral! They’re conveniently located near the French Broad river so they can paddle right after work so I hurried on over!

Chris@ACK

Next up, Chris tries on the new Brewer from Astral.

ACK Kayak Camping Gear Guide: A Visual Presentation

We’ve written several articles highlighting what you need to know when kayak camping. This time, we took a different approach featuring the camping gear you should consider taking along with you through an easy to follow one page visual presentation. See below or download a high res PDF version for printing and to reference it at a later time. Both versions contain clickable links that will lead you to detailed information about each product or product category. Enjoy! – Roland & Joseph @ACK