On a recent backpacking expedition through the dense wilderness of Northern Michigan we decided to ditch our tents and sleeping mats for a more laid back approach to slumber in the forest. Leading up to our trek we called in a favor to our good friends at Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) who hooked us up with their OneLink Sleep System, which consists of a single-nest hammock, rain fly, bug net, straps and stakes. The OneLink Sleep System was designed to be ultra lightweight and keep you well rested no matter the elements.
What You Get:
Comfort: (10 out of 10) The expression "feels like I'm floating on air" applies here! The single-nest hammock included with the OneLink is built from soft breathable nylon and hugs the contours of your body providing excellent support while you rest and relax. While tents typically become stuffy and covered with condensation we found the opposite to be true with ENO's hammock. I slept two full nights in this bad boy and I have to say it was extremely comfortable! WARNING: while yes the OneLink does insure a restful night of sleep it doesn't cure hangovers... you've been warned!
Protection: (9 out of 10) Whether you're seeking shelter from a terenchal downpour or pesky mosquitoes the included rain fly and bug net have your back. We ran into some nasty bugs on our adventure, but when bunker'd down under the vail of the bug net we were safe from nasty bites.
Pack-ability: (9.5 out of 10) The entire OneLink Sleep System is extremely lightweight weighing in at just 4.25 lbs and is what I like to call "Scrunch-able" meaning you can fit it easily into your backpack without taking up too much storage. Every accessory comes in it's own reusable bag, which then fit into a larger compression bag to keep the system organized. For fair weather excursions you can leave the rain fly and bug net at home and bring just the hammock and straps, which will practically fit into your pants pocket.
Setup: (8.5 out of 10) Initial setup was quite easy and intuitive. Though you'll want to make sure to bring along the instructions when camping and reference them as needed. After you've set it up once you'll be a pro!
Durability: (9 out of 10) The materials and construction are simple yet extremely well made. You can tell by the almost excessive stitching that the hammock and accessories were built to last and take some occasional abuse.
Value: (9 out of 10) At nearly $200 this isn't you average impulse buy, but serious hikers and campers should take note that this package isn't offered many other manufacturers and the cost of the individual pieces is quite expensive!
The Bottom Line: If you're a serious outdoors person who considers backpacking, camping and kayaking a relaxing way to spend your weekends we highly recommend you look into getting yourself a ENO OneLink Sleep System for your next adventure. It keeps you off the cold hard ground, provides excellent sleeping quarters, relief from the rain and bugs and all in a small lightweight package that is easy to transport. Seriously, what more can you ask for?
August 2, 2012 9:18 AM | Hiking