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    What's wrong with my ENO?

    Hello all,

    Actually, there's nothing wrong -- that I know of. But I've had it for six years now, and while I sleep it in comfortably, I've begun wondering what exactly makes the difference between ENO's and other, "better" gathered-end hammocks.

    If I were to upgrade, maybe to a Chameleon or a Blackbird or another cottage vendor's hammock, what difference would I see? Some appear to have nice features, like a shelf for storing gear at night, but is there a significant difference in comfort?

    For what it's worth, I sleep very well in my DoubleNest. It's the only hammock I've owned, so I don't know anything different. My only annoyance is the amount of fabric -- I call it a "coffin effect," which makes it difficult to see out of the hammock and sometimes drapes/falls over my face.

    For what it's worth, weight is not an issue. I use the hammock either for car camping or, most often, for trips to the Boundary Waters in northern MN, where a few ounces' difference in weight doesn't matter much at all since the hammock is riding in the bottom of the boat 99% of the time.

    Thanks, all!


    Carmike

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    There's nothing wrong with it if it works for you.

    As a backpacker of the UL inclination and one who needs a bug net, my fave is my DH Darien, which checks all my boxes.
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    I think it was designed as more of a lounging hammock. They are wide and shorter.
    But if you can sleep it it then snooze on! I sleep better in an 11' but when I go to my 10' I always find I sleep just as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    I think it was designed as more of a lounging hammock. They are wide and shorter.
    But if you can sleep it it then snooze on! I sleep better in an 11' but when I go to my 10' I always find I sleep just as well.
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    That's a good point. My fave Darien is 10' in length but the width is 64" as recommended by the Dream Hammock gurus for my height 5'9". Also an asym net so less material flippity-floppin.
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    There is nothing wrong with Eno for your application.

    It's probably more like what isn't right, and most of that doesn't matter a scratch as long as it suits you and your needs.
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    If you sleep well in your ENO, there's nothing wrong with it for you. I have tried sleeping in similar hammocks several times, and never could get really comfortable. Mostly due to the fairly stretchy "parachute" fabrics these manufacturers use, but length is a factor, too. If you are happy with your ENO, stick with it. Unless you're curious and don't mind potentially spending money on new hammocks. It's certainly cheaper not being curious

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    Asany said if it works for you nothing is wrong.

    With many of the cottage vendors you get a big range of option to choose from, type of material, single or double layer, different lengths, different widths, pull outs, peak lofts, type of suspension, etc..

    So technically you can get a more comfortable hammock if you know what will work for you.

    You can definitely get more storage options as well with some of these vendors.

    All that said if you are happy, then you can save money and keep doing what you are doing

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    There's nothing wrong with your ENO. There's also nothing wrong with a sirloin steak. But once you've had a dry-aged ribeye, you may not want the sirloin anymore!

    I'm joking of course. But honestly, that's kinda how it is for most of us. I felt totally comfortable in my Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro when that was all I had. But when I upgraded to my Dream Hammock Raven, there was no going back. It was a different level of comfort. That's not to say everyone will have the same experience. But there is definitely a reason why the majority of us have upgraded our gear over time.

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    I still have an ENO in my quiver, but I only use it for hanging near the lake and taking a nap. I will say that adding a structural ridgeline has helped a little, if that's something that might upgrade the kit for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carmike View Post
    Hello all,

    Actually, there's nothing wrong -- that I know of. But I've had it for six years now, and while I sleep it in comfortably, I've begun wondering what exactly makes the difference between ENO's and other, "better" gathered-end hammocks.

    If I were to upgrade, maybe to a Chameleon or a Blackbird or another cottage vendor's hammock, what difference would I see? Some appear to have nice features, like a shelf for storing gear at night, but is there a significant difference in comfort?

    For what it's worth, I sleep very well in my DoubleNest. It's the only hammock I've owned, so I don't know anything different. My only annoyance is the amount of fabric -- I call it a "coffin effect," which makes it difficult to see out of the hammock and sometimes drapes/falls over my face.

    For what it's worth, weight is not an issue. I use the hammock either for car camping or, most often, for trips to the Boundary Waters in northern MN, where a few ounces' difference in weight doesn't matter much at all since the hammock is riding in the bottom of the boat 99% of the time.

    Thanks, all!


    Carmike
    Unless you want to be like me, and play with this gear, there is ZERO reason for you to change. "For what it's worth, I sleep very well in my DoubleNest." says it all. You are not likely to be significantly more comfy than "I sleep very well".

    "My only annoyance is the amount of fabric -- I call it a "coffin effect," which makes it difficult to see out of the hammock and sometimes drapes/falls over my face." You may indeed be able to solve that issue. But you might develop another issue, something comfort related, something like the dreaded "calf ridge", which you apparently have not had for the last 6 years. There is almost no reason over all to change.

    Of course, OTOH, you might want to try something else just for fun. It's not like you are buying a bass boat. (this is what I tell myself). If you don't like it better than your ENO, you can always sell it right here and recoup most of your expense.

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