8 Ways To Hang | ENO
By Tonia Bartlett
Christmas is only days away, and if a hammock was on your list, you’ll probably already be dreaming of where and when you’re going to hang in it. Here are a few suggestions for when the big day comes:
1) The Classic
Everybody’s got to start somewhere right? There’s nothing better than a classic, between-the-trees hang. Whether you’re buckling down for a long study sesh, posting up to read a book, or just taking a snooze, this conveniently classic hang promises comfort and availability in just about any setting.
2) The One-Tree Wonder
Finding a tree that stretches wide enough to hang your hammock between branches can be tricky, but it’s pretty neat to hang from two branches of the same tree. Keep in mind, the standard ENO is around nine feet long when you hang it, so try and find branches with space somewhere around that width. Also, be sure to double check the sturdiness of the branches you choose and keep them low to the ground – you don’t want to have your hang disrupted by dead branches cracking on you.
3) The Wrangler
Having personally drooled over Jeep catalogs for years, I only wish I could say I’ve tried this one out. All you need is a Jeep and a tree (or two jeeps if you’re lucky enough to have them around) and you’re hanging! Pull up beside the tree, wrap your straps around the top bar of the Jeep, and count your blessings for such a perfect moment.
4) The Fancy Hang
Hammock stands are a growing trend these days, whether they’re homemade, in the backyard, the sun room, or floating down a river, like this one, featured on Our Life Outside. Sometimes you need to hammock where there are no trees, and hammock stands provide the perfect alternative.
5) The Jungle Gym
You would not believe how many perfect places parks have for hanging a hammock. Whether it’s on the monkey bars, using the poles holding up the slide, or under that giant dome that you probably fell off at least four times as a kid, parks are a hammocking wonderland. Not to mention, they’re still absurdly fun no matter what age you are.
Note: Be selective on where you choose to hang with this one, otherwise you might end up with some pretty odd looks.
6) Open Skies
There truly is nothing better than a quiet night of stargazing in your hammock. Hearing the crickets chirping and bullfrogs croaking in the background is probably one of the most relaxing feelings in the entire world. Whether you’re in a campground, your backyard, or next to a crackling fire, looking at the stars from your hammock easily puts you in the best seat in the house.
7) The Rainy Day Hang
Indoor hammocking is a great way to bring adventure to you! Simply get a kit, put a couple screws in the wall, and you’re set to go. Hammock any time of day, under any weather conditions! While it may not be as exciting as hanging on the top of a mountain, you can hammock from the comfort of your very own home, and that’s hard to beat.
8) Last but not least, Anywhere and Everywhere
While The Perfect Hang is definitely a worthy goal, it’s more about the journey to find it than the end result. If I find my hammocking holy grail, that’s great. If not, it’s still led me to a lot of adventure I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Hammocking is about more than having a comfy spot to lay around in nature – it’s about getting out there and finding a sense of adventure in the most unexpected of places. So keep searching for the perfect hang, but don’t forget to take time and enjoy wherever you find yourself hanging today.About the author: Tonia Bartlett I like to think I would be the lovechild of Bob Dylan and Beyonce. My sense of adventure is as big as my stack of homework, though adventure usually wins that battle when it comes down to it. I wish I could say I chose Colorado for college because it was the smartest option, but honestly the gravity of those mountains pulled me more than anything else. My ideal day would involve my purple and orange ENO Doublenest Hammock, my ZX/2 Yampa Chaco’s, a long tall glass of raspberry lemonade, a rushing river, and some good
How to Wash Your Hammock | ENO
Life happens to hammocks. Mud, coffee, and trail mix can most likely be found on or in many hammocks after a full season of hanging around in them. Don’t fret too much though, it’s easy to keep your hammock clean and fresh throughout it’s lifetime.
The nature of the parachute nylon is fairly dirt resistant to begin with and it’s always good to spot clean extra dirty spots along the way. But sometimes, it’s nice to revert your hammock back into a flawless, soft, breezy oasis.
Step 1: Remove Carabiners
Make sure you don’t wash the biners!! Remove them and set them to the side. Be sure to keep track of them, though, so when your hammock is clean and dried you can get right back to hammocking!
Step 2: Gently Wash
Add just a little dose of a gentle detergent. Wash your hammock alone, with nothing else in the machine. This will get it the cleanest! Do not add fabric softeners or any additional cleaning agents. Wash with cool water on a delicate cycle in a front loading washer.
Step 3: Line Dry
It’s best to do this chore on a sunny breezy day. That way you can air dry your hammock outside. Regardless if you do it indoors or out–air drying is what we recommend. When drying outside in the fresh air, it won’t take longer than thirty minutes for your hammock to completely dry.
Step 4: Get in Your Hammock
Re-attach your carabiners and get outside!! Go get that hammock dirty again 🙂
How to Choose a Hammock | ENO
If you’re looking to get closer to nature while still being protected from the pests and elements it can bring, a hammock is a fabulous choice. It wraps you in relaxing comfort while keeping you suspended and out of the dirt, making it perfect for any occasion from lounging in the backyard, to camping in the wilderness.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when evaluating which hammock is best for you:
How big do you want your hammock to be?
Are you sharing it with your better half? Are you planning on stuffing it full of people? Are you just going to be hanging solo?
Even if you intend on making it your sole domain, you may want some extra room to stretch out. Hammock sizes can vary from around 4′ wide all the way up to 8.5′ wide. On average, between 6-7′ is a comfortable size for both a single user or two sharing.
The DoubleDeluxe is 8’4″ wide, 9’4″ long and is perfect if you plan on turning it into a hammock version of a party bus. Just make sure that the party-goers are okay with getting friendly with each other!
The DoubleNest is 6’2″ wide, 9’4″ long and is ideal for snuggling up with someone special. It’s also great for solo hangs, as the extra material allows you to cocoon yourself in cozy luxury.
The SingleNest is 4’7″ wide, 9’4″ long and is designed with a single occupant in mind. Sharing is possible – if you don’t mind being stacked like firewood.
The ProNest is 4’6″ wide, 8′ long and is made for the ultralight backpacker. A 6-footer could fit into this hammock, but if they would like a bit more roominess, they should opt for the SingleNest or DoubleNest.
How attractive are you to bugs?
Do stingers and skeeters love you, or are you OK with the occasional spider dropping in to say hey? Considering how much and what kind of insect protection you need is an important step before you hit the trail.
There are various options in insect protection, ranging from 1) built-in screens, 2) add-on screens or 3) permethrin-treated fabric.
1) Built-in screens: For those who get bitten year round, the best choice of protection is a bugnet that is integral with the hammock. Look out for the release of the JungleNest, which gives complete 360° coverage.
2) Add-on screens: If you only get bitten seasonally, the best choice is to supplement your hammock with an add-on bugnet like the Guardian BugNet. Simple to put up and take down, you can make a quick getaway from those biters and skeeters.
3) Permethrin-treated: For those who want effective insect protection but are prone to feeling claustrophobic, the Insect Shield Hammock is perfect. With no net blocking your view, you can enjoy that picturesque overlook with clarity.
What’s the temperature?
Selecting a hammock made from a lightweight and breathable material that will keep you cool throughout the summer months is a good idea – no more stuffy tents that are more like saunas than a home-away-from-home! And if you are expecting to keep using it when winter weather rolls around, it’s super easy to warm up that lightweight hammock with cold-weather add-ons.
Cold-weather comfort is dependent on adding products to the hammock set-up. While blankets and sleeping bags work as a basic wind breaker in mildly cold temperatures, the best protection will come from hammock-specific products: underquilts and topquilts.
The important thing is to make sure the insulation is under the hammock and not under you – if you just use a regular sleeping bag or blanket, your body weight will compress the insulation and allow the wind to still get through, giving you the Cold Butt Syndrome. Hammock-specific underquilts are constructed to match the natural contours of the body and most efficiently keep the warmth in and the cold out.
- The Vulcan Underquilt, with a temperature rating of 30-40° F, is most suited for extreme conditions. It uses Primaloft® Synergy Continuous Filament Insulation for superior warmth, softness and loft. It is a full-length quilt, complete with adjustable shockcord suspension and a DWR finish that creates a moisture-resistant barrier.
- The Blaze Underquilt also has a temperature rating of 30-40° F, though its insulation is different from that of the Vulcan. The Blaze uses 750fp duck down insulation, which is warmer and tends to be less bulky than synthetic insulation. The downside to duck down is that it is more expensive than synthetic, is less hypoallergenic and loses its insulating properties when wet (however, the DWR finish on the underquilt repels water, so you don’t have to worry about that).
- The Ember Underquilt is built for milder conditions, with a temperature rating of 40-50° F. It’s the longest and widest underquilt of the bunch (8’6″ x 4’4″), though this makes it the heaviest in weight.
Now that your underside is covered, it’s time to focus on your front. The Ignitor Topquilt has 750fp duck down insulation, a soft nylon taffeta lining and moisture-repelling nylon ripstop shell with a DWR finish. A temperature rating of 35-45° F makes it a superior choice when cold-weather hammocking. And with its convertible footbox that gives you the option of tucking in your toes or sticking them out the sides, you can keep toasty warm and still be able to get in and out of your hammock for late night bathroom runs with ease.
Wind can be a welcomed visitor during warm weather, as nylon material is very breathable and allows you to feel any breeze that blows through the bottom of it. However, when it’s cold outside and you’d like to feel the breezes at a minimum, a great way to warm up is to block the wind, whether it’s by hammocking farther in from the treeline so that you’re protected by trees or by draping something on either side of you to act as a barrier.
Nylon vs. Cotton Material
Material is a very important factor to consider when choosing a hammock. The two most common hammock materials are nylon and cotton. And between the two, nylon always comes out ahead:
- Compresses down smaller than cotton, making it easier to pack.
- Is HydroPhobic – meaning it actively repels water. This allows it to better handle iffy weather and work as an outdoor staple.
- Lighter weight than cotton.
- Has a higher strength-to-weight ratio, making it very strong.
- More versatile
Easier to tear with sharp objects
- Because of its weave, it can be printed with elaborate designs and patterns, as opposed to nylon, which only allows for solid color.
- Could be considered more “hip”-looking to some people.
- Heavier than nylon.
- Is HydroPhyllic – meaning it attracts water. Because of this, cotton does not do well in wet/adverse weather, as it seems to never ever completely dry!
- Can really only ever be used in one place – cotton hammocks are harder to transport because of their weight and bulk.
What’s the weather like?
Unexpected blizzards and sudden rain storms can put quite the dampener on any camping trip. If you’re going to be venturing into an area with unpredictable weather patterns, it’s a good idea to prepare for it. Remember, unlike tents, hammocks do not have a cover, so tarps specially designed for hammocks are versatile and will most efficiently shield you from anything Mother Nature throws your way.
Here is a handy chart comparing all of ENO’s tarps:
How heavy do you prefer your hammock to be?
Would you cut your toothbrush in half just to make your pack a little lighter? If you answered yes, then your hammock’s weight could make or break a backpacking trip. The ProNest, which weighs in at only 12 oz, is a great choice for ultralight backpacking. Just remember that the lighter in weight the hammock is, the smaller in size it will probably run. Also, bear in mind that your chosen suspension system will need to be included in total weight.
What kind of suspension system are you looking for?
To suspend your hammock, you need a suspension system and a pair of carabiners. There are many different choices as far as suspension systems go. From webbing straps to nylon rope to synthetic tree slings, variety is wide when it comes to your hammock straps. You also have options for attaching your hammock to the straps. Some hammocks come with carabiners and some do not. Make sure that you have checked what comes with your set up before heading out the door.
Generally, the longer the suspension straps are with more attachment points, the better they are. That is, the more adjustability you will have and the better you will be able to work with various types of trees. Straps with less stretch in the nylon are better if you’re using your hammock to sleep – no one likes waking up on the ground.
Above all, pick a suspension system that is tree-friendly. Tree-friendly straps are generally wide (0.75″+), flat and made from nylon or polyester webbing. They spread the force out on the tree trunk to prevent damage to the bark.
The Atlas Suspension System, made from non-stretch polyfilament webbing, is both long and wide (9′ x 1″). It’s also the most adjustable of all ENO straps, with overlapping attachment whorls. And with a weight capacity of 400 lbs, you can rest assured that you’ll be securely suspended.
The Slap Strap PRO System, made from nylon webbing, is long and wide (9’4″ x .75″) and is the lightest in weight (8 oz).
The Slap Strap System is also made from nylon webbing and a bit shorter in length (7’4″ x 1″). It is the heaviest of the straps (12 oz), though it is the least expensive.
How much weight are you going to putting in the hammock?
All hammocks are made from different nylon qualities and have different weight limits, varying from 150lb- 500lb. Make sure to check the weight limit before you purchase it. If you’re going to be frequently lounging with your great dane, pick a hammock with an appropriate weight capacity!
Every ENO hammock has a 400-lb capacity; so whether you’re packing in a group or lounging solo, you know you’ll be safe and sound in your hammock.
NOTE: The weight quoted is a static weight, so jumping up and down in your hammock will shorten its life and its performance.
Hang A Mayan Hammock, Hammock Hanging Tips, Mexican Hammock Care
Mayan and Mexican hammocks have been around for thousands of years, made using the same centuries old techniques. While your hammock may not last for centuries, with the proper care and maintenance, it will provide many year of lasting comfort and relaxation. Here are just a few tips to help protect your hammock life.
Mexican Hammock Hanging Info & Care Tips :
Hanging Your Mayan / Mexican Hammock Finding an Angle:
The most comfortable way to enjoy your Mayan hammock is to lay it at an angle with a droop in the middle. This ensures better distribution of weight, lessening tension, and greater back support. Feel free to experiment to find your favorite position.
Hanging a Mayan Hammock Indoors:
Hang your Mayan hammock from wall studs or ceiling beams. Find center of stud or beam and screw in hooks with a power drill. Ropes or chains can be used to compensate for extra distance. Never hang loops end directly from hanging hook. Suggested distance is 12+ feet.
Hanging a Mayan Hammock Outdoors:
Can be hung from trees, strong fence posts, side of garage, patio beams, etc… Hammock should be hung about 6 feet from the ground. Use rope or chain to compensate for extra distance. Never hang loops end directly from hanging hook. Suggested distance is 12+ feet. you have any questions or you’d like to contact us with your hammock stories and pictures, we’d love to hear from you.
Getting Into your Mayan Hammock:
NEVER climb in feet first. Sit with your back to the hammock, as if you were sitting on a chair. Reach behind you and spread out the hammock before sitting (this will ensure you make full use of the space and your weight is distributed evenly). Now sit, lay back and relax.
Caring For Your Mayan / Mexican Hammock:
Your hammock is made of cotton and should you find your hammock in need of a wash, you can easily put in the washer. Simply put your hammock in a pillow case in the wash on the cold washing cycle and gentle wash along with a small scoop of laundry detergent. Once washed you may want to hang dry it.
Exposure and Weather:
Mayan/ Mexican hammocks are made of 100% cotton with the end strings made of nylon for handing strength and support. The bed body being made of cotton can be affect by exposre to moisture and the elements. Never leave your hammock out in the rain. Prolonged exposure to rain and inclimant weather can end up weakening the strings and inducing the strings to rot. If your hammock is wet and you would like to dry it out, simply hand it out to in a dry place. If you want to use a dryer, place the hammock in a pilow case, and tumble dry on low heat.
Indoor Hammocking | ENO — Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hammocks are usually reserved for the out-of-doors. A few trees and a hammock is a combination as classic as burgers and fries. But feeling like you need trees to enjoy a hammock is an impulse that’s depriving you of countless hours of carefree slingin’. It’s time to bring your hammock indoors, it’s time to ensure that you’ve got a hammock throughout your day, no matter the season, weather, or room.
Beyond the basic selfish motives of never ending relaxation, indoor hammocks are actually very beneficial. They make extremely good makeshift guest beds, particularly because they are so easy to setup and no one you want to be friends with will ever turn down the chance to sleep in a hammock. When not used for sleeping, you can use your hammock to store extra pillows, blankets, clothes, or other soft things. They are not good for cutlery, liquids, or animals.
Finding a place to put your hammock is much easier than you might think, especially if you don’t need to anchor and can wrap straps around say, a column or other sturdy structure. In case you do need to drill in an anchor, find studs in walls or support beams that you can easily drill into. Because anchor points are so easy to put in and so unobtrusive, there’s no reason why you can’t have multiple possible hammocking areas. Get a setup in the living room to watch TV. Put one in the family room for guest beds. Put one on the porch or in the sun room for a hybrid, indoor-outdoor solution. The point is, you can place your hammock just about anywhere, so why not do exactly that?
You’ll want to start with a stud-finder to make sure that you’re placing your anchor points in something sturdier than straight drywall or you’re hammock session will be very short lived. The best hardware you can use is ENO’s own indoor hammock hanging kit. But if you don’t have one handy or can’t wait, an eye screw will work as a substitute in a pinch. Once you’ve located your studs, sink your ENO hardware or heavy eye bolt into the wall. To these bolts you can use your normal hammock straps to hang your hammock. Careful of metal on metal connections though (i.e. Carabiners directly onto the metal anchor,) it will prematurely cause your biner to wear and increase the chances of breakage.
When not in use, you can easily unclip your hammock and store it. The anchor points will stay in the wall, but they can be hidden so your indoor hammock leaves no evidence behind. Place a decorative mask over the clip or hang a pot of flowers from it, anything to make your setup more versatile and more valuable. Though the best thing to do is simply leave the hammock up.
By: Patrick Hutchison
The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
Not a day goes by where we don’t get asked a question from a customer who’s curious about how to best setup their hammock.
Whether it’s setting it up on a balcony, in a bedroom, between two Jeeps, or just in the backyard – the situations are always different but the questions are often the same:
How far apart should the attachment points be?
How high do they need to be to make sure the hammock isn’t touching the ground?
Is __ feet apart too short/long to hang the hammock?
If you’ve read our post on The Hammock Angle (part of our Sleeping In A Hammock Guide) you know that you should be hanging your non-spreader bar hammock with a nice loose curve so you can lie at an angle across it and get flat.
[NOTE: If your hammock has a metal or wooden spreader bar at each end then this guide won’t apply to your hammock — to find out why you should probably switch to a new hammock, check out our post on How You’ve Been Hammock Brainwashed.]
When your hammock is setup, the amount of curve (also referred to as sag) is going to be determined by the distance between the ends of your hammock. That distance can easily be measured by measuring across the empty space between each end of your hammock. This distance is commonly called the Hammock Ridgeline Length.
You’re probably already thinking, “Wow, there’s a lot more to hanging a hammock than I realized!”. Well, yes and no.
Hanging your Trek Light Hammock between two points can and should be as simple as eyeballing it once you’re used to it (and you can always make easy adjustments with our Go Anywhere Rope Kit). A tape measure definitely isn’t part of our backpacking kit!
But, simply knowing the factors involved can be extremely helpful when it comes to understanding how it all comes together. And, if you’re looking to hang a hammock in a more permanent way (such as installing eyebolts in your wall or posts in your backyard) doing it ‘by the book’ with measurements is definitely the way to go to make sure the hammock hangs exactly the way you want it in the end.
To break it down, when hanging a hammock you’re dealing with a combination of each of these factors to determine the final outcome:
- Distance between the two objects
- Height of attachment points (where you put the rope, straps or eye bolts)
- Hammock Ridgeline Length
- How high off the ground the hammock sits (think of it as chair height)
Another important safety factor you should take into consideration (especially when attaching to a wall or ceiling) is the amount of force being applied to your anchor points and suspension when you’re lying in the hammock.
The amount of force being applied isn’t just dependent on how much weight you’ve got in the hammock as many think. It’s actually a combination of factors including the weight and the angle of your suspension (the angle between the cord and the tree as shown in the picture to the right).
In a nutshell, the tighter you pull your hammock the greater the forces will be on the suspension and anchor points (another reason to hang loose!). An approximate 30 degree angle is considered ideal.
But don’t worry, you don’t need a protractor in your pack either, the angle will always be correct if you just follow the guidelines below. Exactly how tight or loose to hang the hammock can be a matter of personal preference, but there’s definitely a ‘sweet spot’ that creates the ideal hammock curve.
For our Single and Double Hammocks that ridgeline length is around 9’ (108 inches) to get an ideal hammock curve. On our Compact Hammock, which is a foot shorter, it’s closer to 8’ (96 inches).
So, how do you take all of these variable measurements and figure out how to hang your hammock?
Lucky for all of us hammock hangers, there’s a hero in the hammock community by the name of Derek Hansen and he created The Hammock Hang Calculator.
Derek is a hammock enthusiast, author and talented illustrator who has broken down the physics of hanging a hammock and designed an easy to use and understand calculator.
Using The Hammock Hang Calculator
All you need to do is plug in a few of your known (or desired) factors and the calculator will take care of the rest. It even opens with several default options preset that work perfectly with your Trek Light Hammock – the Ridgeline Length is already set to 108 inches and the Sit Height is set to 18 inches (average chair height for most).
If the Ridgeline Length and Sit Height is what you want, all you need to do is plug in the distance between your points — and your weight if you’re concerned (or curious) about the amount of force being applied — and you’re ready to go!
The Hammock Hang Calculator will show you how high to set your suspension points (rope, straps, eyebolt, etc.) to get the perfect hang every time.
Many thanks to Derek for putting together such an amazing tool for hammock lovers. Keep in mind that all of these numbers can be approximated and hanging your hammock doesn’t need to be an exact science, it’s all about what feels comfortable to you.
As it says in the disclaimer on the page, please keep in mind that the calculator is designed for ‘estimating and entertainment purposes only’ and the same goes for the contents of this guide. You should always get a professional opinion when hanging your hammock indoors, make sure any object you’re hanging from is strong enough to support your weight and double check all equipment.
Neither Derek nor Trek Light Gear can be held liable for damage or injury that results from hanging your hammock incorrectly, from an insecure object or in an unsafe manner.
The Ultimate Hang!
You’ll be hearing more from us on the blog about Derek Hansen soon as Derek recently just published an incredible book on hammock camping called The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping. We sell it in our shop so you can buy it immediately and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to learn more about the world of hammock camping.
Derek uses over 200 illustrations and a wealth of knowledge to explain everything you need to know about topics such as staying dry, keeping warm, and, of course, setting up your hammock properly.
I hope this guide, along with the Hammock Hang Calculator, has been incredibly helpful in helping you determine how to hang your Trek Light Hammock.
If you’ve got any questions about hanging your hammock or feel we missed anything just post your question in the comments below!
(P.S. You can also download a mobile version of the Hammock Hang Calculator for your iPhone in the Apple store!)