by: Ben Duchesney
The Dry Fly rain tarp and Guardian Bug Net make this kit a true all weather sleeping option. Photos: Ben Duchesney
“I promised myself this winter that I’d try to camp out from my kayak more often. Long winters will do that to you. Instead of getting a big tent that’d be hard to stuff into a bow hatch, kayak fisherman need a lighter option, something that is lightweight, easy to set up and leaves no trace. Eagles Nest Outfitters‘ (ENO) Onelink Sleep System, $219.95, is the perfect solution for anglers looking to sleep soundly without pulling their hair out trying to set up a tent before bed.
The Onelink Sleep System includes everything you might need for a night in the trees: DoubleNest Hammock, Atlas Straps, Dry Fly Rain Tarp and a Guardian Bug Net. The system is also customizable, so you can choose your choice of hammock, kind of straps and model of rain tarp, as well as the different colors for each product. The system even comes with stakes to make the rain tarp taut.
Setting up the hammock system starts with the Atlas Straps and since those are so easy to figure out, the whole process is a breeze. The many holes and length of the stretch make it easy to find two trees to set up the hammock. I had the hammock up under five minutes once I trekked out in the five feet of snow behind my house. It took longer to get to the trees than it did to set up the whole system.
The DoubleNest Hammock is so thin and lightweight that I wasn’t sure the fabric would hold. Once I nestled into the hammock and stretched out, I realized this hammock is tougher than it looks. It’s also super comfortable and has more room to move than I imagined. Without the rain tarp or bug net on, I could stretch out and look up into the sky and watch the clouds pass.
I imagine a night spent sleeping under the stars in this hammock is as close to perfection as you can get. I can’t wait until the weather warms more for me to test that theory. I nearly fell asleep in the few minutes I was lying in it before setting up the rest of the system.
(Editor’s Note: I forgot to put up the ridgeline for the Guardian Bug Net, which lifts the net away from your body.)
Like the rest of the system, the Guardian Bug Net is easy to set up and feels as lightweight as it is durable. With the ridgeline (not pictured) installed, the net is held away from your body so bugs can’t get to you and you can sleep comfortably. All summer long you’ll be able to relax at camp while your buddies swat away. But, the DoubleNest Hammock is big enough to fit two people, so you can at least save your sweetheart from the slaughter. Talk about romantic.
The Dry Fly Rain Tarp is what makes this system a true all weather fishing home base. Those sudden summer rains that ruin most camp relaxing can’t bother you with this tarp stretched tight. The included stakes secure the tarp into the ground and stretch it taut so rain bounces right off. It can also double as a shelter for your camp fly tying station or a table for lunch when you feel like sharing with the rest of the group.