“It’s that time of year once again, if you haven’t already, by now you’ve got to be itching hardcore to get out of the house and into the wilderness for some long overdue 1-on-1 time with mother nature. As long as you’ve got yourself a decent pack, a sleeping bag and means to stay hydrated you’re good to go right ? Well… yes, and no. You see – every year new and outstanding equipment, apparel and technology that makes camping and trekking lighter, quicker and easier is almost continuously put out to market. To keep up with everything is a full time job, and 2014 is no exception!
That’s why this summer we decided to do you all a solid and sift through the garbage and bring you only best of the best when it comes to new and unique products built specifically for camping. While we could have simply slapped together a list of “what’s cool” we didn’t. Instead we hand picked products we found to be essential and unique – then individually hand-test them all in the field. While it took us nearly 3 months to complete, we’re finally finished – so let’s get started!
If you’re looking to pack ultra-lite, ENO Hammocks are simply one of the best options available. Weighing in at just 20 oz, the DoubleNest is designed to sleep two people with a carrying capacity of 400 lbs. Recently we had an opportunity to put this jumbo hammock to the test ourselves and came away very impressed.
With the DoubleNest you can leave your tent and sleeping mat at home creating more room in your pack for gear, food and essentials. The hammock itself takes up hardly any space in your pack folding up into the size of a softball. The suspension straps come in a pack not much smaller so the entire setup is very small and pack-able! As far a sleeping in a hammock goes, we love it. Like a baby you can rock yourself to sleep. If you’re camping and the threat of rain is something you worry about, ENO sells a rain fly and if the mosquitos are buzzing your tower you can even pick up a bug net. We highly recommend both – better to be safe than sorry.
Overall, this is a great setup for camping with a partner or alone. The hammock keeps you up off the ground away from the critters and has to be one of the more comfortable ways to rest while camping.”