First Look: ENO JungleNest Hammock Review

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  1. Rick Bartley says:

    The Junglenest is fantastic news for those of us that canoe and kayak camp on Florida’s coasts and interior waterways. I can’t wait to get one. Thanks for the thorough and objective review!

    • Derek says:

      Thanks! There are lots of other hammock models out there that have integrated bug nets, if you are looking for some. Let me know and I’ll send you a short list.

      • Rick Bartley says:

        A list would be appreciated. I recently retired my old canvas jungle hammock and the Junglenest with its one piece floor sounds attractive.

      • Matk says:

        Don’t forget to spray the bottom of the hammock with Permethrin or you will get eaten from the bottom.

      • Jason Hendrickson says:

        Thanks for the information on the new ENO JungleNest. I am first time hammock user and am looking for one with the integrated bug screen for my trips up to the BWCA. So far I have narrowed my list to the Bliss No-See-Um No More, Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free, and now the ENO JungleNest. I am about 5’10” and 230lbs. What are your thoughts on how you would pick from the this list? Or would suggest something else?

        • Derek says:

          That’s a good list! For me, I have some other factors that mean a lot: weight, pack size, and set-up time. Set-up time can be subjective, although I think that the JungleNest has some simplifications in the bug net that might tip the scales. The integrated pad sleeve in the Sky Bed may be a factor for some who want a no-hassle approach to using a pad (you can use a pad in all these hammocks, but the sleeve makes it a little easier). The hardest and probably most important consideration is what is the most comfortable. I don’t often provide subjective critiques like comfort as I’ve found that what I find comfortable is not universal.

          • Tom says:

            New to hammock camping myself. I purchased the eon double nest for a recent hunt trip to spike camp. I didn’t like how I couldn’t use my rei pro lite pad as the air channels would ride under my shoulder. Without the pad understand why hammock camping is preferred by you and others. The jungle nest with one panel how is it with a pad to sleep on? I’m looking to upgrade as well as a tarp, the poly tarp is too bulky to pack but needed from the monsoon storms that rolled in, recommend a tarp?

          • Derek says:

            When I read “monsoons” I wondered if you are from Arizona? I live in Flagstaff and quite enjoy these seasonal monsoon rain storms :) Getting a good tarp is key for staying dry, but also knowing how to pitch it. A hex-shaped tarp is a workhorse tarp for hammocks and is the most fool-proof in terms of all-around coverage.

            A hammock made from a single panel of fabric and one with three panels will handle a pad equally well (or equally bad). This isn’t so much the hammock’s fault — pads are designed to be rigid and flat and they don’t flex and bend like the hammock does to conform to your body shape. The Jungle Nest, with the integrated bug net, will help keep the pad from falling out, but it will be about the same in terms of keeping the pad under you.

            There are hammocks that are made with two layers, one on top of the other, that creates a sleeve where a pad can be sandwiched. ENO sells one called the Reactor Hammock. Some hammocks are sewn with a pad sleeve, which acts in very much the same way.

            One way that I use pads with hammocks, or at least recommend to folks, is to put the pad inside your sleeping bag. In this way, you use the sleeping bag as the pad sleeve, which prevents the pad from rolling out from under you. One of the best solutions for staying warm below is an under quilt. Check out my book for more details or send me a PM.

  2. Steve Summersell says:

    I’m new to hammock camping and but was lucky enough to get a Junglenest :) I do not like the vertical zipper on the Guardian Bugnet so the Junglenest was perfect. It is very comfortable in hot weather, can’t wait to try it in cold. I also purchased an ENO Profly tarp and the Slap Straps. I’m 280 lbs and have experienced a lot of stretch with the suspension so I’m currently using the Slap Straps as tree huggers and 1/4 StaSet poly deck line (rated as only 2% stretch). Big, big difference.

    • Derek says:

      Congrats on the hammock! I would upgrade to the atlas straps. They are poly based and don’t stretch like the slap straps do.

    • Steve Beaver says:

      I agree with Derek regarding the Atlas straps. They have virtually replaced the Slap Straps for the same complaint you mentioned. The Atlas straps also have several more loops for more attachment options and flexibility.

  3. Steve Summersell says:

    I plan to. What kind of hammock stand was used in your article?

  4. Alan says:

    EMO seems to be out of stock for pretty much everything. Are they still in business?

    • Derek says:

      Yes. They do a lot of business. They are one of the top retailers. That said, inventory problems are more a management issue.

    • Steve Beaver says:

      REI just completed a huge Labor Day Sale that pretty much cleaned out a lot of inventory. ENO hammocks — SingleNest, DoubleNest, JungleNest, and OneLinks were all 30% off the regular prices. I bought a JungleNest and have one more and two OneLinks on backorder at their sale price. Wish the straps and flys were on sale too!

  5. Homer says:

    Do you like the atlas staps over the kammok python straps

  6. Michelle says:

    Is the mesh a similar size to the hammock bliss sky bed bug free hammock.
    Is it 2100 square hole as well?

  7. Ryan Brotherton says:

    What are your thoughts on the JungleNests ability to keep my backside from being bit? Currently I have the Guardian Net around my SingleNest which obviously keeps me protected. But as you noted the simplicity of the integrated net can’t be beaten. So long as it doesn’t compromise my protectedness.

    • Derek says:

      Like all hammocks, your backside can still be a mosquito target if they can bite through the material. One easy way to solve this is to treat your hammock with Premethrin each season. However, during most of the camping season, it’s very likely you will be using a sleeping pad, bag, or other insulation under you, which will prevent bite throughs. Even some double-layer hammocks are enough to prevent bite throughs.

  8. Seth says:

    How about sleeping two people, as in a couple

    • Derek says:

      There are only a few two-person hammocks on the market, and even then, they are designed so each person has their own “bed” area that is separate from the other. Sleeping two people in the same hammock is much like synchronized swimming in a fishbowl: some folks really like it, but they are a rare breed. I’ve found that the best solution is to have two separate hammocks that are hung in bunk bed style or side-by-side, both covered by the same tarp. It’s a very coy arrangement. There are tradeoffs because it is not possible to share insulation like you might in a tent.

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