ENO Atlas Strap Review

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I was lucky enough to get one of the first pre-production prototypes of the Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) Atlas strap to review back in 2012, and since then I have really grown to love this style of hammock suspension (e.g., daisy chain loops with an integrated webbing strap). This is one of the few suspension systems that I recommend to new hangers, but I often take it out myself when I don’t want to fiddle with my über-light, but finicky hammock suspension systems. This is one of the few hammock suspension systems that has a permanent place in my gear closet.

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The Atlas hammock strap from Eagles Nest Outfitters is a pair of polyester webbing straps with sewn loops forming a daisy chain 9 ft (2.75 m) long. There are  15 loops, each is approximately 4 in (10 cm) long, but end about halfway up the strap. The side without the daisy chain has a single eye loop. This is the end that wraps around the tree/anchor point. The hammock connects to the webbing loops via a climbing-rated carabiner or other load-bearing hardware device. Toggles can also be used.

As I mentioned, the ENO Atlas strap is geared toward new hangers, occasional hammock campers, or those not too concerned about weight and bulk. I like to use it on gear demonstrations because it requires so little (if any) explanation and beginners pick it up quickly. These straps are dead-simple to use and understand.

The main advantage of the Atlas strap, besides the quick attach points, is the material. ENO has been selling this style of daisy-chain hammock straps for years, but the Slap Strap models are made with stretch-prone nylon material. A lot of folks have expressed their love of the concept, but hated the execution. The Atlas strap, made with polyester, is an improvement in material, but I also like the slimmer build of the loops compared with the Slap Strap line. This helps the Atlas straps pack a little tighter in my pack.

Product Information

MANUFACTURER: Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO)
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 2013, made in Vietnam
MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITEhttp://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com
MSRP:  $29.95
LISTED FEATURES

  • 15 loops per strap
  • 100% polyfilament polyester webbing (not tubular)
  • 200 lbs (91 kg) safe working load (per strap)
  • Stuff sack

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDATIONS

Weight limit 91 kg (200 lbs) per strap.

MEASUREMENTS

Weight: 318 g (11.2 oz) —straps only | 331 g (11.7 oz) —both straps in stuff sack
Dimensions: 108 × 1 in (274  × 2.5 cm)

MATERIAL

  • 100% polyfilament polyester webbing (not tubular)

Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear.

  8 comments for “ENO Atlas Strap Review

  1. Ashley
    September 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I am pumped to upgrade! Ive been using slap straps for a few years, and couldn’t agree more about the stretch factor, its always frustrated me. Thanks for the review!

    • Derek
      September 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Fantastic! I had a pair of Slap Straps too. The Atlas are a great upgrade I think you’ll enjoy.

  2. Mike
    September 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Added benifit: any extra strap acts as a drip line.

  3. Nick
    March 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Maybe you know, maybe you don’t, but what kind of stitch is used to make each loop and how is it done? I am trying to make my own. I have a set of these but I need one more set and I wanted to try my hand at making them.

    • Derek
      March 31, 2014 at 6:55 am

      The most important thing is the type I thread, not so much the stitch. Regular polyester thread will rip through. I’ve done this and it isn’t pleasant. I recommend Gütermann Tera thread. You can use straight or zig zag stitching. http://diygearsupply.com/product/gutermann-tera/

  4. September 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

    What a great website about hammocks.
    My name is Frank from France. A halmmock lover for nearly 3 decades. My ain goal when I travel with my hammock is to have the less volume in my bag and the less hassles with hooks, rings, lockers etc… I made a short video to show you how simple hanging a hammock is. Less than 2 mn ! Hope you like it and don’t hesitate to comment !
    video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acv2pys-cME Forget about the french speaking ! Looking is enough.

  5. Steve Summersell
    October 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Yes! Vast improvement over the Slap Straps. I just purchased the Atlas Straps and used them this week for an overnight hang. No stretch whatsoever and I’m 280 lbs. Can whoopie slings or a continuous loop be used in conjunction with the Atlas Straps (to negate the carabiners)?

    • Derek
      October 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

      You could use soft shackle carabiners or a toggle. If you want to reduce weight you might go with a simple strap without the daisy chain loops and then tie a slippery Becket Hitch. Easy to tie and untie.

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