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  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.

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