Whether used independently or with your hammock, the DryFly rain tarp from Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) allows you to enjoy the outdoors even in wet conditions. Ergonomic drip lines and 10' 6" x 5' 2" dimensions ensure that you and your hammock stay dry.
Providing reliable protection and a safe haven from the elements while hammock camping, the Eagles Nest Outfitters DryFly is the perfect option for a backpacker or camper who wants to go hammock camping, but wants that protection from rain.
This works great as a rain fly. Water is going to bead up and run off of it. It is completely waterproof, polycoated nylon rip stop material. So with that rip stop you have a lot of durability. It is going to last a long time. And not only does it give you protection from rain, but it gives you shade under sun. So we have got a hammock set up underneath of it, but this can be used by itself. It doesn’t have to be used with a hammock set up. So it would be a great item to take along with you while backpacking, whether you are hammock camping or not.
As you can see, the length of this sprawls the entire length of the hammock plus some. So even if you have got a little bit of wind, this is going to protect you from rain. If you have got a sideways wind and you have got really nasty weather, you might want to position the DryFly in a specific way so that it is not coming in. But this is definitely going to give you reliable protection there.
The way you set it up is really simple. So all together there are eight guy out points. There is two right at the ridge line. So that is going to match up with the line or your hammock. You attach it to the two trees or the two fixed points that your hammock is attached to. And what I normally do, I position it high enough above my hammock that I don’t feel really claustrophobic. It is not really close to my face, but I position it low enough that it provides sufficient protection again from that rain.
With the guy out lines the three in the front and three in the back, you can tie those off to trees, rocks, roots, stumps. It does not come with stakes. So if you do want to use stakes with this system, you have to purchase them separately. You just need six stakes with this system, but, again, I have just got it tied off to a couple of different points. I am using some branches on trees in the back and on then on the front I have it tied off to some heavy logs. So you can definitely get creative with this. If you know you are going to be in an area that you are not going to be able to tie it off to things like rocks or stumps, you know, definitely brings those stakes along. But if you are in area that it is really rocky and you are not going to be able to stake it out, this is a really great option with those lightweight lines.
Once you have the bottom of the lines secured, you can pull on this end to tighten it. So that makes it really easy. And what I normally do is I stake it out loosely so that the fabric is pretty loose. Once I have all my adjustment points kind of guyed out, I then go out around and tighten each one of them so that you have a very even, taut fly above you.
I have got the stuff sack here for the DryFly and, as you can see, it packs down to be really small. So this is definitely a backpackable option. You can pack it down, throw it inside your pack. And if you couple this with a hammock and maybe a bug net as well, you have got a really great system that is going to protect you from the elements while hammock camping.
It is the Eagles Nest Outfitters DryFly.