We first got wind of the Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 hammock at the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The ENO Sub7 is a new, lightweight, gathered end hammock that pushes the boundaries of hammock camping. As the name implies, this hammock weighs less than 7 ounces. For those of you who may be new to backpacking, you will soon learn that the lighter your pack is, the farther you can go and you will enjoy the trip much more. The old saying goes, “Watch the ounces, and the pounds with take care of themselves.” For most of us, comfort is worth something and so being ultralight may not be all that great if comfort is lost. Hammocks go a long way towards providing a comfy place to get some shuteye.
ENO has made the Sub7 8 feet 9 inches by 3 feet 11 inches. Less fabric used in the hammock equates to less weight of the hammock obviously. I haven’t been able to test out a Sub7 to evaluate whether or not the smaller size provides the same comfort as larger hammocks, but there does seem to be a trend these days toward smaller hammocks. So for now, the jury is out on this topic.
The ENO Sub7 is constructed of 210 denier ripstop nylon. Specifications on the Internet claim that the Sub7 will pack down to a tiny 4 inch by 3 inch softball-sized package. The hammock is rated to hold 300 pounds. A couple of ENO’s aluminum wire gate carabiners come with the Sub7 to attach to the suspension system of your choice.
The ENO Sub7 Hammock is available in 3 color combinations – Lichen, Charcoal and Orange. A press release from ENO stated that the Sub 7 will be sold exclusively at REI for the beginning of 2015. MSRP for the Sub7 is $69.95
At OWRM, ENO was also showing off their lightweight suspension system that should pair perfectly with the ENO Sub7 hammock. The Helios suspension system employs polyester webbing tree strap and super strong dyneema line to create a suspension system that is over 11.5 feet long and weighs in at 5.7 ounces. The Helios suspension system uses a buried splice for infinite adjustment. The splice acts like a Chinese finger trap. When tension is placed on the suspension, the splice self-tightens on itself. This means that the Helios sets up quickly, and can handle even the most awkward setups. The Helios suspension system has an MSRP of $34.95. I haven’t seen the Helios suspension system for sale yet, but I am keeping an eye out. www.eaglesnestoutfitters.com