One of the traditional benefits of having a tent over a hammock is that you can cram more people into a tent, that was until hammocks cottoned on and upped their game. The DoubleNest from Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has enough room for two people to lay down flat, or, if you’re feeling less social, one person to sprawl out.
The beauty of sleeping in a hammock is that you feel closer to nature, you do less damage to your environment, and it requires no heavy poles or ground sheets to lug about on your back. The DoubleNest Hammock packs down into the attached compression sack, giving you dimensions of 9' 4" x 6' 2" / 2.86m x 1.89m and a weight of 19oz / 538g. It comes in a huge array of colours - 47 in total - so you can choose whether you want to blend into your surroundings or remain easily visible. Although the hammock is super light don’t be fooled by its thin feeling: it is constructed from 70-denier nylon taffeta and high tenacity polyfilament Webbing, which is both tough and durable. It also has heavy-duty triple-stitched seams which can hold up to 400lbs.
You can whip up the DoubleNest in a matter of minutes; it uses its tree friendly polyfilament webbing straps, which have been designed to leave minimal impact to the environment - I mean, you wouldn’t thank a friend for letting you stay over by punching a hole in their wall and keying their car, would you?
We received the DoubleNest with the atlas suspension system, these are also tree friendly straps that provide a strong, secure and easy erection (that’s the best kind, right?) They weigh just 11 ounces and have a total of 30 adjustment points. You also won’t have to try and remember your knot tying skills from scouts, as these straps are completely knotless (yes, that’s a word). Other features include the aluminium wiregate carabiners and the soft, breathable and fast-drying material. There are also a huge range of accessories for a wide range of adventures.
We found the DoubleNest was well made, keeps the bugs out, and was easy to set up and pack down. However, the big drawback for us was that we struggled to get a comfortable night’s sleep in it. There is about a 4 stone weight difference between me and my bunk mate which meant, whatever we did, I would end up rolling on top of him. If you are looking for a cosy place to rest and lounge with someone you are happy to get up close and personal with, then it’s perfect. Maybe one night would be ok, but as for sleeping with someone night after night, I think the novelty will wear off, although it does make an excellent roomy space for one. RRP £70.00
3.5 out of 5
Easy to set up and pack down
Tree friendly straps
Roomy space for one
Lots of colours available
Difficult to get comfortable for a good night’s sleep