Written and photographed by Rini Sugianto
Simplicity is the biggest point for the TravelNest Hammock + Straps Combo. No instruction needed even for the most gear challenged out there. Perfect for summer months when hanging out with friends at the campground.
It’s been a pretty hot summer here in Southern California but that doesn’t stop all the campgrounds from getting booked far ahead of time. We’re pretty lucky to have found a campsite spot in the nearby lake. Two toddlers, two dogs, and five adults packed into a shaded campsite. With a lot of trees around us, it was a perfect spot for a hammock.
Unbeknown to me, I actually didn’t get to use it until late that night when one of my dogs had a stomach issue. After having to get out of the tent every 20 minutes or so, I decided to just hang out at the hammock to stop bothering my tent mate. Once he emptied out his stomach, both of us fell asleep in the hammock for a couple hours till morning came.
The TravelNest hammock feels wide and long for my 5’3” body and leaves plenty of space for a dog to share. For privacy, it is wide enough that you can completely wrap yourself like a burrito.
I was able to snooze for a couple of hours in it but had to use my sleeping bag there. Even though it was a hot summer, it was still about 40 degrees at night.
Eventually, I felt that my shoulders were a little crunched on both sides after a couple hours.
Look + Style
The color wasn’t as fun with mostly monochrome choices of Marine, Moss, and Charcoal. But on the other hand, these natural colors blended well with the surroundings.
The material is soft and feels slightly cold which is nice for the summer months. The straps are super easy to set up and the steel carabiners were pre-attached to the hammock for easy use. Both the hammock and the straps fit into its own stuff sack that was attached to the hammock, and it is small enough to fit into a backpack.
Weight + Packability
Weighing about 28 oz, it is not the lightest hammock out there, even compared to the other models under the same brand. SingleNest hammock weighs about 16oz and DoubleNest hammock weighs about 19oz, but these models do not include straps. As a hammock and straps combo, it packed pretty small to justify bringing it to even a backpacking trip.
Function + Performance
The TravelNest Hammock + Straps Combo is a great and comfortable bundle to have in the gearbox. It functions really well, feels sturdy, and you can't beat the price point. It is great to have around the campsite or area where there are a lot of trees that aren’t too far apart.
Durability + Construction
The construction feels solid. At no point do I feel like I will fall down or the material will rip. The capacity of the hammock is 400lbs. My husband and I both hang out there and with a total weight of 260 lbs, and it still felt pretty nice. Each strap is able to hold 200lbs.
Friendliness to the Earth
The fabric of this hammock is certified bluesign® approved. ENO seems to be really trying to make the products as sustainable as possible by promising that the product will last a long time. As stated on ENO’s website, they also have a testing program in place with an accredited third-party lab so that they can stay on top of priority chemicals of concern.
The Final Word
To my surprise, I actually enjoy hanging out in this hammock. It is comfortable and the easy setup is a major plus. For the price, this hammock is a great option for beginner and expert hammockers alike.
Eco-Friendly : 4/5
Rini Sugianto has been writing trip reports and articles for the Outdoor Project since 2016, covering the trips all over Sierra Nevada to the French and Swiss Alps. Having a day job as an Animation Supervisor only means more motivation to spend any of her spare time outside whether it is climbing, ultra trail running or skiing in the mountains. Connect with her on Instagram @rinisugianto