Bug-Free Bliss: ENO JungleNest Hammock Review

ENO JungleNest Hammock

The ENO Junglenest Hammock is a great hammock option for someone looking to keep the creepy crawlies out while keeping their hammock kit streamlined. I’ve been testing the JungeNest with a set of Helios Straps for a year. Get the full details in this review!

Whether you’re looking to lounge around camp for a day or stare at the stars for a few nights, hammocks are a great addition to any camping gear setup. I love using a hammock to sleep in. You never have to worry about the ground being uneven, and rolling around trying to get comfortable. You may, however, need to worry about bugs. Which is what led me to purchase my JungleNest.

Searching for a more “bug-friendly” hammock to use on a camping trip, I opted to try out the ENO JungleNest Hammock after nearly a decade of using my ENO DoubleNest. After trying to use an add-on bug net to my DoubleNest, I knew it wasn’t the right option for me. I needed to find a hammock with a built-in bug net to make it easier to set up and stow away when not in use.

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With numerous leisurely days and nights of use with my JungleNest, here’s my full review.

Eno Junglenest Hammock Overview

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Specs

  • Extended 10′ hammock body
  • Stowable SkyWeave™ Lite Mesh bug net
  • DAC Featherlite spreader bar creates a tent-like canopy above your hammock
  • Interior Storage: gear loft, side pocket, and hanging accessory loop 
  • Aluminum toggle system designed for use with ENO® Helios Hammock Straps (not included)
  • Capacity: 300 lbs / 136 kg
  • Material: NewWave™ 40D Ripstop Nylon, SkyWeave™ Lite Mesh
  • Packed Dimensions: 9.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.5″
  • Weight: 20 oz / 567 g
  • MSRP: $109.95 (2024)

What I Love

  • Easy to set up
  • Convenient, fully integrated and stowable bug net
  • DAC spread bar makes the inside feel roomy
  • Compact pack size which is great for motorcycle camping (or lounging)
  • The small gear loft (I can store my Nalgene in it) plus a small side pocket that I can throw an external battery charger + phone in.

What I Don’t Love

  • The built-in ridgeline has tightening limitations
  • Straps sold separately

ENO JungleNest Hammock Review

Removable Bug Net

The most appealing feature of the JungleNest hammock for me was the integrated SkyWeave™ Lite Mesh bug net system. While I love my DoubleNest hammock, I don’t enjoy lugging around a bug net to use with it when I’m in “buggy” climates. Having a bug net that is built in (with a great zipper, by the way!), without adding much to the overall pack size, was the winning ticket.

The JungleNest’s bug net can be easily removed and stuffed into the stuff sack hanging at the end of the hammock. However, I personally never remove it. I’ve had many bug-free nights in this hammock, in addition to afternoons of lounging.

Another plus to the bug net, is that you can use an included DAC spread bar to give the hammock a more internal spacious feel. It’s a small design detail that makes a big difference, keeping the bug net structured and far away from the hammock body.

Built-In Storage & Organization

Unlike a tent, hammocks usually don’t have much room for internal gear storage. The JungeNest does feature a small gear loft (I can store my Nalgene in it) plus a small side pocket that I can throw an external battery charger + phone in at night. 

If you’re lounging around camp for a day, these little features won’t be too noticeable. If you’re camping in your hammock for multiple days, they’re nice additions to this minimalistic setup. You can always add a gear sling or internal organizer.

Setting Up and Tearing Down the ENO Junglenest

This is a very easy hammock to set up. I usually spend more time picking out my trees to use than I do setting up the JungleNest. Since the bug net is built in, it takes that entire step out of the set up process.

Tearing this hammock down and putting it back in its bag takes about a minute. I love how small it all packs down, too. On my motorcycle, I can easily store it in one of the side pockets of my saddlebags.

ENO Junglenest Hammock
The ENO Helios XL Straps and Junglenest Hammock pack up pretty small.
ENO Junglenest Hammock
The included DAC Pole spreads out the bug net canopy, making the interior feel a bit more roomy.

Hammock Comfort & Design Downfalls

If you’re wanting to use this hammock to lounge around camp without worrying about mosquitoes or other bugs, the JungleNest delivers. If you’re wanting to use this tent as your camping sleep system, there’s a few things worth noting about the JungleNest.

I usually sleep better in a hammock than I do in a tent. Any opportunity I get to sleep in a hammock on camping trips, I take it. However, I found myself having some lower back pain in my Junglenest hammock after a few nights of consecutive sleep. I think I’ve found the culprit: the extended 10’ hammock body and integrated ridgeline system.

Comparing the JungleNest to my DoubleNest hammock, which has a 9.5’ foot hammock body and no ridgeline, the JungleNest does have limitations and thus design flaws. Once you’ve tightened the ridgeline of the JungleNest to its maximum capacity, the hammock itself still has a bit more flex than I prefer for a good night’s sleep.

At 5’4”, I may just be too short to enjoy this hammock at the peak comfort it was designed for. Judging by other reviews I’ve read online, taller individuals seem to really enjoy it, while others relate to my concerns about the ridgeline limitations. For 1-2 nights of sleep, or to lounge around camp, I don’t hesitate to take this hammock with me on road trips or overnight camping trips.

Hammock Strap Options

Like most ENO hammocks, the hammock straps are sold separately from the JungleNest itself. The pros? You get to pick the right option that works for you. The Cons? You have to spend more money for your hammock to work.

The Eno JungleNest was designed to be used with the ENO Helios Ultralight suspension system. The hammock has built-in durable aluminum toggles that quickly and securely connect to the ENO Helios suspension system, which is sold separately.

ENO Helios Ultralight Hammock Straps

Overall, the Helios Straps are functional and do their job well. They’re sturdy, lightweight, and pack down small. If you find yourself hunkered down in a rainstorm, The Helios straps work well to deflect water down the cords like a guyline. If you’re used to the traditional Atlas strap system, these may take a second to get used to. You can purchase the Helios Suspension System in standard length and XL. I own the XL Straps.

ENO Atlas Hammock Straps

If you have a set of Atlas Straps and want to use them instead of investing in a set of Helios straps, you can use them with the JungleNest. You’ll need to add carabiners to your pack to attach the hammock to the Atlas Straps properly.

JungleNest Hammock Add-On Accessories

If you want to go all-in on a hammock camping setup, the JungleNest is compatible with hammock accessories such as an under quilt and rain tarp. You can also by the JungleLink kit directly from ENO, which includes the standard Helios straps and their DryFly rain tarp.

ENO JungleLink Hammock System
A motorcycle camper utilizing the JungleLink Hammock system.

If you want more storage options, you can also purchase a gear sling or internal organizer. These can help keep your items off the ground if that is a concern for you.

Conclusion

The Eno JungeNest Hammock is a great option for someone who wants a bug-free hammock experience. I’ve used it to read books in my front yard and to sleep under the stars on numerous trips. It’s been a quality piece of gear and money well spent. I’d give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars due to the ridgeline limiting it’s ability to be fully tightened. Overall, I’m still happy with my purchase.

Where to Buy the ENO JungleNest Hammock + JungleLink Hammock Kits

Shope the ENO JungleNest and other products via ENO.com

Shop the ENO JungleNest on REI

Shop the ENO JungleNest on Amazon

ENO JungleLink Hammock Kits are available on ENO and Amazon. This kit includes standard Helios Straps, a JungleNest Hammock, and a DryFly Rain Tarp.

ENO Junglenest Hammock
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Staci Wilt

I’m Staci: a freelance journalist, photographer, and marketing consultant. I primarily focus those skills around my passions of motorcycles, travel, and food…and yes, we will count margaritas and craft beer in that last category. Thanks for checking out my blog!
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