Eagles Nest Outfitters’ camping hammocks

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The SingleNest hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters (www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com) comes in a softball-size stuff sack. Throw it in a backpack or boat and go. It sets up in five seconds on two trees. The whole package, which weighs 18 ounces and includes carabiners, the hammock and an integrated stuff bag, goes for $49.95.

A sheen of breathable woven nylon, measuring about 5 by 10 feet, provides the bed, which can support up to 400 pounds of weight.

Add the $19.95 SlapStrap system—essentially two pieces of daisy-chained nylon webbing—for a quicker setup.

I put one up in the backyard on Memorial Day ‘round noon, and the process took a whole 12 seconds or so. A slick, manageable design.

And at 18 ounces, plus the weight of the SlapStrap system, Eagles Nest Outfitters’ swinging sleeper will undoubtedly find its way into my backpack this summer on the trail.

Check out the company’s line of “technical” hammocks—including double-wide models, rain-ready tarp setups, and hammock shelter systems draped with bug netting for jungle environs—right here: www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.