The Onelink System

Eagles Nest Outfitters has gained a reputation for providing lightweight, affordable camping hammocks with a variety of options and add-on components that fit the needs of weekend car campers to serious back-country hiking enthusiasts. The Onelink system is a packaged deal hammock sleeping system that includes everything necessary to store, hang your hammock, keep you dry and bug free while lounging or sleeping in that hammock. This ENO Backpacking Hammock allows for many options of customization including, type of hammock, color of hammock and rain fly, type of rain-fly, options on hanging straps, and add-on options such as gear pouches to keep your stuff high and dry off the ground. The onelink system that I purchased included a double nest hammock, slap strap pro hanging straps, a guardian bug-net, the dry-fly rain tarp, tent stakes for tying down the rainfly, a stuff sack to hold all components of the system and I added a talon ridge-line gear pouch to go with the it.

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Packability

The whole system weighs roughly 71 ounces or about just under 4 1/2lbs. This is by no means the lightest possible shelter/sleeping system for backpacking but is by no means the heaviest either. For me personally, the fact that the hammock doubles as a place to sleep and also a comfortable place to lounge and sit when hanging out around camp makes up for the fact that it weighs more than other single person shelter/sleeping systems available on the market.

Each component of the system includes its own individual bag (the hammock itself and the bugnet’s storage pouch are attached to the components themselves) and makes for neat and tidy storage inside of the greater storage stuff sack. The whole system when packed into the stuff sack is fairly small and takes up roughly a quarter of my 60liter pack. This is far less space than my current backpacking tent occupies allowing for much more space for other gear and amenities.

Weight breakdown

Onelink System Component
Weight
Packed Dimensions
Doublenest Hammock
20oz.
4″ x 5″
Dry fly rain tarp
22oz.
10′ 6″ x 5′ 2″
Guardian Bugnet
16oz.
4.5″ x 4″ x 3.5″
Slap Strap Pro
8oz.
4″ x 1.5″
Easton Tent Stakes
1.56oz.
6″ x 1″
Talon Ridgeline Gear Pouch
3oz.
2″ x 3″
 

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Set-Up

Setting up the ENO Backpacking Hammock itself is a very quick process, even the first time without any practice. The slap straps wrap around the tree and have multiple loops every few inches or so down to the end with which you attach the carabiners on either side of the hammock to these loops and repeat the process with the other side. The trick with setting up the hammock is finding the right height for the hammock initially. You need to find a height that is manageable for your height in order to get into the hammock but that is still high enough so that the hammock doesn’t settle down so that you are on the ground. I have found that a good rule of thumb is to set the hammock about chest height. For me, this allows the hammock to settle and, with me inside of it, rests about 1.5′ off the ground.

Setting up the system as a whole, including the bug net, rain fly, and gear pouch, is a little more involved time in terms of time but is not anymore difficult than setting up your standard tent. If you are attaching the bug net, this will be done before you actually hang the hammock itself. The bug net has draw strings on either end of it so that you can slide the hammock into it, then you pull the draw strings tight to close the hammock off from the cloud of mosquitoes waiting to feast on you as you sleep. After sliding your hammock into the bug net, with the carabiners sticking out, you then just hang your hammock, with bug net attached, as you normally would.

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The next part of the set-up depends on the expansiveness of your setup. Since I have the Talon Ridgeline gear pouch I found out the hard way that it is much easier to tie up this piece next rather than doing it underneath the rain fly which, while do-able, is annoying to say the least. The process for both of these items consists solely of tying the ends off to your main two trees, then in the case of the rain fly, there are three other points of contact to tie down which is what the six aluminum stakes are included for. You don’t have to stake these points off to the ground and can use other trees in the area if they are conveinently spaced.

Again, so long as I have had it, the ENO backpacking hammock with net and fly does take longer to set up than my backpacking tent. I have not actually gotten a stop watch out to time myself but I would guess that it takes me roughly 10 minutes to set up.

Comfort Factor

I was a bit apprehensive about how comfortable sleeping in the hammock would be. I had lounged around in the hammock at my house, before I had taken it out backpacking, and for that period of time it was comfortable, but I wasn’t sure how sleeping 8 hours would be in it. I was pleasantly surprised that I slept really well in the hammock and didn’t wake up at all in the night to readjust much. Having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night is admittedly a bit more complicated than just unzipping the front of your tent and stepping out, but I managed fine. (I had a panicked moment when I could not immediately locate the zipper to the bug-net) The only real comfort issue is temperature. The temperature never dropped below 60 degrees F, but with the draft underneath it did feel a bit chilly at times. I had brought my 20 degree sleeping bag which provided more than enough warmth but this led to me having to find a happy medium of in and out of the bag so that I was not chilly but also not sweating. Overall, I would rate my nights in the hammock as some of the absolute most comfortable I have ever spent in the woods.

Review: Is it worth it?

Overall, I would say that for those that are looking for a low weight, compact option for either backpacking or car camping, the ENO Backpacking Hammock Onelink system is a good buy. It is relatively uncomplicated to set-up, it packs down relatively small, it does not weight that much and it is (at least in my opinion) very comfortable. That being said, I think that hammock camping provides little in way of added benefit over more traditional means of backpacking or tent camping. Apart from the comfort of lounging in a hammock, none of the attributes I stated above are exclusive, or even best in their class for the money, to the Onelink system. While not heavy, the whole system weighs just as much as many 2 person backpacking tents but can only sleep 1 person. If you are only worrying about weight and sleeping one person there are many options out there that are far lighter and also far more compact than the Onelink system. Also, traditional tents provide more coverage from the elements for your gear since you can actually take them inside the safety of your tent if need be. Most single to two person tents are just as simple to set up, if not more so, and, I think, are actually much quicker to set up. Despite these facts, I still like the system. During the summer months I would absolutely use the system as my go-to backpacking sleep/shelter system. In the fall and the spring I would maybe still bring the hammock itself for lounging but I would probably bring a traditional backpacking tent because of the superior shelter that it provides for both me and my gear and because of the much quicker set-up (which can be very important when it is 50 degrees and starts to downpour out of nowhere in the mountains). Overall, it is a cool buy and has its usefulness, but for me, more of a novelty than a go-to piece of gear. Very cool though indeed.

 

 

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