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ENO SingleNest vs ENO DoubleNest
Individuals under 6 feet tall, 1 person
Individuals over 6 feet tall, 1-2 people
1 lb (0.45 kg)
1 lb 3 oz (0.54 kg)
112 in x 55 in (284.5 cm x 139.7 cm)
112 in x 75 in (284.5 cm x 190.5 cm)
3.5 in x 4.5 in (8.9 cm x 11.4 cm)
4 in x 5 in (10.2 cm x 12.7 cm)
400 lbs (181.4 kg)
400 lbs (181.4 kg)
Everything else about the two hammocks, from the weight capacity of 400 lbs to the material used (70-denier nylon taffeta), is the exact same.
As advertised, the SingleNest is intended for the single user, while the DoubleNest is better for folks who like to lounge together in pairs. But deciding which ENO you want to buy is about more than the number of people it can hold.
More significantly, a buyer must consider the height and size of each user.
We recommend individuals taller than 6′ and/or weighing over 200 lbs go with the DoubleNest. People who are shorter and lighter than that should opt for the SingleNest.
SingleNest or DoubleNest: Which Is Best for You?
For those looking for a quick answer to whether you should buy the SingleNest or DoubleNest, here you go:
- Best for couples: DoubleNest
- Best for short users (<6 feet): SingleNest
- Best for tall users (>6 feet): DoubleNest
- Best for heavier users (>200 lbs): DoubleNest
- Best for lighter users (<200 lbs): SingleNest
SingleNest vs. DoubleNest: Camping
If you’re looking for a hammock as a tent alternative, I’m so stoked for you. Hammock camping, if done correctly, can actually help you get a better night’s sleep.
Don’t believe me? There’s a trick to doing it right.
How to Comfortably Camp in a Hammock
When lying down in a hammock, the path of least resistance encourages us to fall down to that center line. For an afternoon lounge or study session, this may seem fine.
However, for sleeping, this is neither the comfiest nor most effective position. Instead, the trick to a better night’s sleep is to lie down at a diagonal.
When you lie diagonally in a hammock, you pull the fabric taut and the tension creates a flat bed platform.
Try it out and I promise it’ll change your life.
I’ve camped alone in both the SingleNest and DoubleNest hammock a few times and it is definitely fun, feasible and comfortable. However, if you are camping somewhere where the temperatures dip under 60 degrees, it’s likely that you will get cold without extra gear like underquilts and overquilts.
Camping in the SingleNest
The SingleNest is a solid camping hammock for individuals under 6′. If it isn’t too cold (or you have the right gear) and you lay in it at the proper angle, you can get a good night’s sleep.
The SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks don’t come with any camping accessories such as a rain tarp or bug’s net, though. Clear, bug-free nights will be all you can comfortably handle without a larger investment.
(Also, the hammocks don’t come with any hammock straps. You’ll need to buy those, too, in order to hang a hammock in a tree. Check out our guide to the best hammock tree straps for our recommendations.)
Camping in the DoubleNest — By Yourself & With Your Partner
Solo camping in the DoubleNest is a straightforward, enjoyable experience for taller individuals, akin to a shorter person sleeping in the SingleNest.
That being said, I had never attempted to camp with somebody else in the DoubleNest. Last weekend, I had full intentions of doing so with my boyfriend near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
TL;DR: It didn’t happen.
As the sun was setting, I stared at the hammock and thought about grizzly bears. We crawled in, got comfortable and watched the sunset.
But as it got darker, I realized the impossibility of either of us getting sleep. There is no room to change positions or adjust in a hammock. The temperature was in the 30s. And what about the grizzly bears?!
Ultimately, neither of us could do it. We didn’t last long and opted for the beautiful ground instead.
Maybe we will try again when it’s warmer and I can get over feeling like a packaged diner meal for a passing grizz.
Can One Person use the DoubleNest?
Short answer — Yes! In fact, you may prefer to.
People over 6′ tall or weighing more than 200 lbs may never be comfortable alone in a SingleNest. There just isn’t enough fabric to comfortably lie down at a diagonal or even vertically.
However, if you’re under 5’5″, you may dislike the experience of lying in a DoubleNest by yourself. With all the extra unused fabric, it’s easy to feel like you’re swimming in a sea of nylon.
This claustrophobia can be exceptionally bad if you’re camping or chillaxing somewhere windy. No one likes to be literally attacked and engulfed by their ‘bed sheets.’
That being said, I get great enjoyment out of hooking the DoubleNest’s extra fabric around my shoulders and flipping the hammock upside down to hang like a bat, but that may just be a personal preference.
Can Two People Use the SingleNest Hammock?
As a 5’6″, 115 lb female, I enjoy hammocking the most when I’m by myself in my SingleNest hammock.
You add my 5’10”, 160 lb boyfriend to the equation and things get complicated.
He starts pulling my hair. I knee him in the crotch. Somebody gets an elbow to the chin. Bad news, for both our relationship and comfort. Is the ENO able to hold our weight? Yes. Do we want it to? Not really.
SingleNest vs. DoubleNest: Weight & Packability
Lastly, because the DoubleNest has more fabric, it also weighs more and doesn’t pack down as small. The 3 oz of extra weight and 1 inch of space will be negligible for most people, however, even if you intend to use the product for backpacking.
Let comfort, rather than minimalism, be your deciding factor…unless, of course, you’re one of those rabid minimalist people. In which case, enjoy your hammock for ants!