Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by admin0
Eagle’s Nest Hammock: Relax In This Nest
Sleeping and napping outdoors is one of the best parts of camping and hiking. But your outdoor sleeping habits don’t need to be confined either to your occasional trips or a tight-fitting sleeping bag. Why not stretch out, and get off of the ground! Elevated cots help, but better is a way to feel even more comfortable and up above it all. And hammocks are probably the most natural way to get some shut-eye when you’re out in the trees.
The Eagle’s Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock can hold two people snugly, or is incredibly large for a single person. They also make a smaller, single model, and a variety of other gear. We were most impressed when we first received it, as the entire hammock weighs a bit over a pound and came wrapped up in the included compression sack. When stuffed up, it’s about the size of a couple of paperback books- not the easiest thing to get back in the sack, but a great size to take up little room in your bag, glovebox- or even your purse!
Available in a surprising array of colors, including solids like khaki and traditional navy blue plus crazier ones like “Rasta”- ours came in a mild and attractive Forest/Charcoal combination. Made of nylon, this is the best hammock we’ve tried- it’s pretty much the ideal design for what is a modernized version of the classic net bedding, updated for complete cover (solid fabric) instead of webbed material that you might get caught in. Capable of holding up to 400 pounds, it sets up and unrolls in seconds. You’ll want to take a couple of carabiners along, of course. And it dries fast, in case of storms! Available directly from Eagle’s Nest Outfitters, for a reasonable $65 with a two-year warranty.
You can lie sideways, longways, and the solid material means it’s easier to maintain your balance, which has historically been tricky. They also sent along their Atlas Hammock Suspension System- an extra that makes setup a little easier, and gives you some extra room to maneuver. If you already have climbing ropes and gear, then you might not need it, but it’s an incredible value- hard to beat at a reasonable price, and inredibly adjustable. You just wrap it around your solid object of choice, and through any of the many loops, before attaching the hammock itself to any of the other loops. Only $30, online and in stores.