Gear Review: Eagles Nest Hammock

I snapped this picture this morning while on my morning bike ride, It’s an American Bald Eagle nest.. Minus the Eagle. I’ve seen the old boy a few times but haven’t gotten a chance to snap his picture.

Used as your backcountry bed or a permanent fixture at your home, this large single-person hammock gives you the freedom to sleep anywhere you can find two trees. Packing up to the size of a grapefruit, backpackers, boaters and world travelers are sure to appreciate this travel-friendly stowaway. High-strength, breathable woven nylon and triple interlocking stitching holds up to use and abuse. Marine-grade line with stainless-steel snap links securely attach to trees, posts, boat masts and whatever else you can find. Maximum capacity of 400 pounds. All topped off with a nighttime gear pocket that doubles as a built-in stuff sack.

After getting a clear bill of health on the weather, four of us took our Eagles Nest hammocks (no tents) on a five day backpacking trip through the blue ridge mountain parkway. As with all minimalist great your bound to have some tradeoffs but I can say after a night in a hammock, I feel much more rested then on a therm-a-rests in a shelter. Once you get over the fact that wild animals can actually touch you (Night two I was to tired to even care) you will really start to enjoy the ENO.

A comfortable night sleep does hinge on one key technique.. Sleeping sideways. When I get into my hammock I position my feet over the edge on one side and position my body and head near the opposite edge. In effect I am lying across the width of the hammock. This position allows you to lie almost prone and thus avoiding the confined banana wrap feeling. Unlike a tent, the hammock also doubles as a great char and a good place to put your shoes on in the morning.

Check out the ENO hammock on there website:

Eagles Nest Outfitters (worth visiting if only to see the hammock slideshow.. you’ll see)

From a palm-lined beach to a backcountry campsite, the Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock is a is a must have for ultralight backpackers and beach bums alike.


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