Featured in USA Today‘s “Surf Report:  Lightweight Gear for Outdoor Adventures” by Alice Truong. “HANGING IN NATURE Ah, to relax in a hammock, surrounded by trees and nature’s tranquility. Depending on where you’re heading, you can trade in the tent for a lightweight hammock on your next camping trip. Rated for 400 pounds, Eagle Nest Outfitters’ DoubleNest Hammock ($70) offers a relaxing hanging shelter. Though it’s said to provide enough space for two, in fact it’d be quite a squeeze for a pair of adults. Even as a petite person, I couldn’t see sharing this space with another. Hammocks offer a number of advantages, including the ability to hang and set up camp in areas that are tent-unfriendly, such as rocky terrain, uneven ground or over streams. (I, myself, am not so brave for some of the more extreme scenarios shown in ENO’s marketing materials.) Ultralight backpackers like the weight savings of these alternative shelters, not only because a hammock is typically lighter but also because there’s a possibility they can forgo a sleeping pad, depending on how cold it is. Keep in mind that while the DoubleNest weighs only 20 ounces (and packs down to the size of a cantaloupe), you have to...

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