We love finding cool products that make traveling more fun. So, when Jill Richards (@JRichardsPhoto) suggested we try an ENO hammock, we were easily convinced.
Truth be told, I’m a hammock junkie from way back. My first encounter came when Uncle Mike pulled a stretchy rope hammock between two old pines at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. My sister and I spent hours playing on that thing and I’ve been in love ever since. Several portable hammocks have caught my eye since we moved into the Winnebago, but nothing was perfect. They were either to hard to assemble or took up too much space to justify given that we didn’t really need one. The ENO hammock and SlapTrapPRO hammock suspension system solved both those issues.
Follow these simple directions and you’ll be swinging in no time. First, wrap each SlapStrap around an immobile object, pass the end though the built-in loop in the other end, and pull tight. You’ll notice small loops along the length of the strap – they ensure you can hang your hammock at just the right height.
The hammock stores inside a built-in carrying bag – kind of like those rain jackets that fold into their own pocket. Packed up it’s about the size of a small jar of peanut butter. (If you know Rod, you know we’re quite familiar with peanut butter around here.)
Next, ask your dog to help you pull the hammock out. (You’d be able to handle it on your own, but they like to feel needed.)
Finally, slip the hammock’s carabiners through the loops in the SlapStap at the desired height and you’re ready to roll … just be careful it’s not onto the ground!
This little baby is made of high strength, breathable nylon and, though it weighs only 18 ounces, can hold up to 400 pounds. Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of room under that weight limit.
The hammock has been a great addition to our camping equipment, and because it’s small and light, we’ve also carried it to the beach and on picnics. If you’d like one of your own, you can check them out on the Eagle’s Nest Outfitters website, or stop into your local REI store.
Now, I’m off to have a nap …
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