Initial thoughts on setup

We made a quick run to our favorite spot for the day to setup our full hammock setups, and to dry test our rainfly and figure out any of the shortcomings of our system. We haven't fully tested them yet, and will upload more photos this week when we really test them.

Initial shortcomings of our setup right now is the lack of any real insulation underneath. For our normally summer camping this is fine, using a blanket is plenty. But for cooler nights we have been looking at Ripstop By the Roll's underquilt kit, or ordering one on amazon, but we haven't decided yet.

For our rainflies, though it came with guy lines and stakes, we still needed to supply our own ridgeline, which 550 cord (paracord) worked well, and we had some in Shawna's pack already.

Shawna fully setup her new ENO Doublenest hammock, and then curled into it for shelter from the unrelenting force of not relaxing. Her thoughts on it now that she's back:

Practical, I thought [the Doublenest] was really easy to open up, it just pops right out of the bag, the design I chose was super dope, and the hammock itself felt stable and all around cozy.

~Shawna

So all in all, great impressions and it gains the wife approval. As for mine, I've now had it for 3 years and the wear is finally beginning to show. From hanging in lean-tos and pavilions, inside of buildings between sketchy bunks, and randomly in the woods after getting my car stuck I have one tiny hole to show for it, and it's in the stuff sack. I'm extremely happy with the longevity of it and for the amount of abuse I've shown the ENO Doublenest, it certainly holds up well.

Making the Switch

Chilling in camp as night falls.

We had our first night of camping for this year, and have so far not started on the lean-to, but have now confirmed our plans. The construction should proceed as planned and only time will tell if COVID-19 is going to affect it.

We have decided to move fully into hammocks for the rest of our camping, to begin with this we had to pick out Shawna a real hammock, and decided to get an ENO Doublenest hammock, as I had one already, and it has a sweet design that can help us tell them apart.

What the other benefits of buying the same hammock, is that we can use the same gear. Our next investments were some cheap rain-flys (they are big), pillows, and new suspension as my last set had worn to much to be used safely. For straps, I personally recommend the ENO Atlas Straps, as I feel more confident with the 2 year warranty.

Another big thing we don't often see mentioned is how important your water is, always bring water! Don't forget your trust Nalgene bottle.

Here is the gear we highlighted

#EquipmentLink to Amazon
1ENO Doublenest Hammockhttps://amzn.to/2SHC1YA
1Rain flyhttps://amzn.to/2SG5cvd
1 setAtlas Strapshttps://amzn.to/3cjaS64
Items we used.