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I am thinking adding a camping hammock to my gear. I am looking at three brands. Any one with used any of these before. Leaning toward the Hennessy Explorer,Warbonnet Blackbird 1.7 & Speer 1.9.The Clarke Tropical also looks nice but is a little more $$$. Thanks.
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Posted by: mcthiel on Oct-30-12 3:27 PM (EST)
I've got a Hennessy Expedition and I like it. Easy to set up, so far quite dry and very comfortable once you get used to the sleeping position. Just be sure you get a fly that is big enough for it (default on the Hennessy is a square shape but it's a free upgrade to their larger hexagonal fly).
Posted by: yknpdlr on Oct-30-12 5:28 PM (EST)
I got a Rockhopper for a decent price|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Oct-30-12 10:25 PM (EST)
on ebay. It's nice for the vented fly and the ability to use it on the ground as a tent when there are no trees. Kind of hard to get out from under the fly when on the ground but it's nice to have the ability to use either way. It also packs down small enough to take along when flying.
I've got a Hennessey|
Posted by: redmond on Oct-31-12 6:10 AM (EST)
and I love it. Much more comfortable than a tent. I also like the slit in the bottom. Easy in and out. Some day I do want to put a zipper in the mosquito netting, there have been nights when there were no bugs and I would have liked more of the wind. Like these:
I've got a Hennessy|
Posted by: brawleytj on Oct-31-12 7:34 AM (EST)
Ultralight Backpacker and love it.Have got three other people into hammocking after they tried it. The Explorers work well and are well made. I did change to two different tarps...a Kelty 9 for good weather and the Hennessy Hex for a large amount of coverage. The Kelty 12 works great for winter camping. Check out www.hammockforums.net for all the data you'd ever want.
Posted by: Fadedred on Oct-31-12 10:53 AM (EST)
makes one .....looks like a copy of the Clark
Technically, a hammock is a |
Posted by: Jsaults on Oct-31-12 7:50 PM (EST)
Posted by: medawgone on Oct-31-12 9:52 PM (EST)
I am going to go with a Hennessy. Trying to decide between the smaller Expedition and Explorer. I am somewhat vertically challenged at 5'4". Will the extra length in the Explorer make a lot of differnce in comfort and body positioning. Thought the extra length might be used for lite storage. Any thoughts.
Posted by: at_hiker59 on Oct-31-12 11:01 PM (EST)
The longer length is great if you bring a pillow and other stuff inside. Go on Hennessy's site and sign up for email notices on the deals of leftovers and missing parts (ie bug nets)
Posted by: yknpdlr on Nov-01-12 7:42 AM (EST)
Posted by: conk on Nov-01-12 7:29 AM (EST)
I recommend TRYING them out.|
Posted by: brawleytj on Nov-01-12 4:38 PM (EST)
Go to Hammockforums.net and you'll find someone in your area who will let you try one. Hennessey has a big sale in early October for closeouts, but there is a For Sale forum on hammockforums and you may find a slightly used Explorer for $120 or so. I recommend getting a set of snakeskins, and then check out alternate ways of suspending the hammock. There are a lot of You Tube videos showing fast ways to set up the hammock using carabiners/rings, or "whoopieslings", etc. Hammockers are pretty creative in ways to save weight, and setting up without wasting any time.
Posted by: Alpinbogen on Nov-01-12 8:05 PM (EST)
A year ago, I was in the same boat comparing hammocks. I went with a Warbonnet Blackbird, in the double layer 1.1 oz fabric. I later picked up a Hennessey Scout for my kid. The stock Warbonnet is way ahead of the Hennessey, IMO. I like the straps and carabiners. Very simple, very quick to set up and adjust. The ropes on the Hennessey are a pain, because you never get the setup just right on the first tie-off...meaning you have to undo the knots, try again, etc. I also really like the footbox on the Warbonnet. Very roomy and comfortable to lay diagonally. The materials and quality seem better, too. I also think the stock Hennessey tarps are bit, small, meaning you'll probably want to spend more on an upgrade. I also like the double layer of fabric that I chose on the Warbonnet. I can stick a sleeping pad between the layers in cooler weather. (In temps much below 70 degrees, you'll want some insulation underneath you, actually.) The only thing I "don't" like about the Warbonnet is the sides come up high, which limits visibility while laying in the hammock. But that's not an issue when actually sleeping, of course, or when you have a tarp pitched over it anyway. Eventually, I'd like to get an underquilt and topquilt to go with it, but for now, I'm doing quite well with a sleeping pad and mummy bag. You can hunt and go ultralight, too, with whoopie slings and the like, but that's not much of a priority with kayak camping.
mil spec hammocks|
Posted by: baldpaddler on Nov-05-12 9:28 PM (EST)
Hey Paul for a few trips would it be better/cost effective to pick up a mil spec hammock at $39.oo versus a henessy at $170. ? at my age I only for see a few more nights out camping.
A hennessey you might borrow|
Posted by: gingernc on Nov-04-12 5:13 PM (EST)
Rufus, you might ask Dawn about hers. I saw it on a Lumber River trip a few years ago.
Hennessy Explorer Zip|
Posted by: medawgone on Nov-05-12 9:45 PM (EST)
Thanks to all. I went with the Hennessy Explorer Zip. Got it today. The stock staps are lacking. Ordered Eno Atlas Straps to replace the supplied straps. Hope to do a backyard trial run this weekend. Then camp with it next week. Will give feedback.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Nov-05-12 10:50 PM (EST)
I don't understand hammocks|
Posted by: Waterbird on Nov-07-12 11:25 PM (EST)
How can it be comfortable to sleep with your back in a curve? Thank you for enlightening me.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Nov-08-12 6:24 AM (EST)
It made no sense to me either|
Posted by: redmond on Nov-08-12 9:31 AM (EST)
until I went camping with a friend of mine who had a Hennessey. I asked him if I could try it out, and I was hooked. I don't really like standard hammocks, but these are something different. Most comfortable thing I've ever slept in.
Hammock follow up|
Posted by: medawgone on Jan-18-13 11:19 AM (EST)
Ended up getting two Hammocks. I am now hooked on Hammocks for most of my non-camper trips. Hammocks do not trump AC in the heat of summer. But,they sure beat a tent and pad for the rest of the year.