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Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock
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ENO Vs. Fox Outfitters Hammock
The Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock Vs ENO Backpacking Hammock – “which is the best?” debate is one that pops up fairly often for people who are researching hammocks for their next trip. Both are very lightweight, good value for money and provide you with a comfy sleep, so to find out which hammock you should go for you have to think about where and when you are going to use it. Will you be carrying all your gear on long hikes through the rugged wilderness or will you be using the hammock in hostels and by the beach? Comparing the Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock Vs ENO Hammock essentially comes down to personal choice but there are a few things you should know that might make making the decision easier.
Your first lightweight backpacking hammock
Depending which country you are traveling in, backpacking hammocks are often used to provide extra sleeping space in hostels and they have often seen a fair bit of use. Taking your own hammock is a good idea no matter which way you look at it and if you pack a rainfly or tarp as well, it will provide emergency shelter as well as the odd free night’s accommodation. If you are going backpacking or just looking for a new camping hammock, you are going to want something lightweight and compact like the Fox Outfitters Neolite Single / Double or the ENO Single / Double Nest Hammock. The ENO is available in a wide selection of color patterns which make it look and feel great while the Neolite Trek Camping Hammock is ultra lightweight.
Hammocks are a great alternative to sleeping in a tent and with just a rope and rain fly you have an instant shelter that gets you off the ground and gives you a comfy night’s sleep without fail. You can pack a hammock, rain fly and cordage inside your bag instead of strapping it to the outside of your backpack like a tent. Hammocks offer one of the comfiest nights sleep you could ask for when set up with enough tension and make a great seat for relaxing, where ever you are. The combined weight of an ENO or Fox Hammock plus cordage and rain fly is often less than your average 1 person tent and can be adapted and used as a ground shelter with a little knowledge and practice.
What else do I need?
The Fox Outfitters Neolite and ENO both come with carabiner clips and tree straps, however, the tree straps on the SingleNest are fairly basic and should be replaced with a pair of tree hugging hammock straps if possible. I definitely recommend a tarpaulin/rain fly to pitch over the hammock in bad weather, as well as some rope and guy lines with pegs. Using paracord for both the guy lines and the pitching rope is a fine way to save weight and pack size, however, a thicker piece of rope for the top works best in a strong wind. For cold weather camping a base layer should be placed between your sleeping bag and the hammock to prevent heat loss – a sleeping mat does this very well and also helps create a more leveled sleeping platform. You may also want to take a bug netwhich can be strung from above to cover your face in areas with lots of mosquitos or sandflies.
Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock Vs ENO – What you get
So one offers ultra lightweight design while the other compresses down small and has dozens of color patterns to choose from as well as some custom accessories. Both hammocks include nautical grade rope, carabiners, and an attached storage bag while the Fox Neolite includes some basic tree straps. The Fox Outfitters Hammock is a firm favorite for Hikers and weight-conscious backpackers who appreciate not having to carry those extra 70 grams or so. The ENO SingleNest is a hammock you will find in hostels and campsites all around the world, easily recognizable by its funky colors and logo on the stuff sack. Neither hammock is bad value but I would say that because the Neolite is extra lightweight and includes tree straps, you can’t deny the appeal to spend and carry less.
Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock Vs ENO – Most Lightweight and Compact!
The Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock is substantially lighter than the ENO and surprisingly, is also longer and wider by a few inches each way. What is even more surprising is that the weight of the Neolite hammock includes some very basic tree straps while the ENO does not and requires you to purchase them separately. What the ENO does have though is a handy compression strap on the attached storage sack which helps get the pack size down to a tiny 4 X 5 inches or smaller. If you are backpacking around countries without the need to have ultralightweight gear then the ENO is your most obvious choice. If you are specifically looking for a lightweight hammock to add to your already lightweight kit then the Neolite hammock will not disappoint.
Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock Vs ENO – Comfort and Durability
Using super strong, breathable and quick drying woven nylon with triple interlocking stitches, the Neolite hammock provides a super comfy nights sleep with solid build quality. The SingleNest Hammock from ENO features 70D high tenacity breathable nylon taffeta and triple interlocking stitching to provide lots of comfort and durability. Both the ENO and Fox Outfitters come in a single and a double however I am nearly 6 feet tall and the single version of both hammocks suit my needs just fine. The double versions do add some extra comfort and strength but also add on extra weight into your backpack, which may or may not bother you. As with all hammocks, you need to get enough tension between the trees to stop any sagging once your body weight is added.
So, Fox Outfitters Neolite Trek Camping Hammock Vs ENO, which is best? Because I own both and I use both of them, the question then becomes, “which do I prefer and which do I use the most”? The ENO gets used all summer in my garden, on a weekend and for short backpacking trips when I know I will not be attempting any long distance hikes. The Neolite is my go-to choice for any sort of hiking, camping or long term trips where you will be carrying lots of outdoor gear and keeping your backpack lightweight is a priority. If I had to choose I would have to say the Neolite wins by a HIGH DEGREE, partly because you get the tree straps included but also because it is lighter and a better value. I would not get and ENO again or recommend it.
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