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    Superlight suspension.

    When there isn't a branch in sight, wrap Eagles Nest Outfitters' Helios Suspension System around a tree so you can set up your hammock on any backpacking trip.
    • Super strong Dyneema line
    • Tree-friendly polyester sling
    • Compression stuff sack included
    • Item #EGN000X

    Tech Specs

    [sling] polyester, [rope] Dyneema
    Weight Limit
    300 lb
    [length] 8 ft 2 in, [width] 1 in
    Claimed Weight
    5.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This item came exactly as described and the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is to highlight one small issue. First off, the straps are SUPER LIGHT, especially when compared with the Atlas straps. However, you should be aware that these don't offer quite the versatility of Atlas straps. I had thought it said in this description (but maybe it's on the ENO website or just on the directions in the package) that the Helios only works for trees 10-20 feet apart (don't quote me on those numbers). I kinda dismissed the length restrictions because I was so used to my Atlas straps, which can be used and combined to string a hammock in gaps from 8-30 feet and beyond. This is actually fairly necessary for me because I'm a more casual ENO'er and generally set up my hammock on the edges of woods and from manmade fixtures where there is less choice in gaps than there is deep in the woods. I know 10-20 feet sounds like plenty of range but I tried to set up in my sister's backyard one day and was totally flummoxed for about half an hour because all the trees were either too close or too far. Maybe Backcountry could highlight this length restrictions better, but it really isn't a big Issue and I've had great experiences with their customer support. Nothing at all against the the product, it is otherwise exactly as described and made of typically robust ENO materials. The Chinese finger-trap style knot is super clever and easy to figure out, I actually use my Helios more for hanging my rainfly now because the knot makes it so easy to tighten and remove any slack from the fly.

    TLDR: I was doing a multiday through the woods or really anything where A) weight is a major concern and B) I had plenty of choice in hanging points, this would be my choice over the Atlas straps 100% of the time. If you're a casual hammocker, watch out for the length restrictions.

    So light you'll think it's missing parts

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    When I pulled this out of the shipping box, I thought for SURE that there'd been a mistake, there was simply no way that what was in the little bag was all that I needed to hang a hammock. Dyneema is the magic stuff, incredibly resilient while being almost impossibly light. This now lives in the trunk of my Subaru next to my hammock just in case I have the opportunity for a quick nap in the forest.

    Close up of the splice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Here's a photo showing a close up of the splice that slides to adjust the length of the strap. It is solid and uses your weight in the hammock to cinch down which is pretty ingenious!

    Close up of the splice

    Better Than Expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    They seem a little delicate when you first take them out of the bag but they've proven to be quite sturdy. They pack down tiny and are lightweight. Admittedly, I still don't trust them as much as my old heavyduty webbing slings, but I'm extremely happy with how these have performed thus far.

    One of my favorite hammock accessories!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've got a full ENO hammock set up for camping/backpacking and ENO got it right with these lightweight straps! They are perfect for backpacking. It took a minute to get used to it and I was nervous sitting in it because I didn't really trust it but it worked fantastic. Rest assured though that it works with a splice which is a lot like a Chinese finger trap so it is solid! And it packs so little! Fits in the palm of your hand. I keep it in the bag that my tarp stakes are in to reduce clutter. They are rated for 300lbs and I have had it on my double for me and one other but both of us are pretty light, so I'm not sure I'd risk it with a larger hammock buddy in my double.

    The goat sticker is for scale so you can see just how small they are!

    One of my favorite hammock accessories!