User Review: Clark Ultralight Jungle Hammock
Ease of Setup: Hammock has four total knots. Fly has two to four considering conditions. Super easy and takes only minutes.
Weight: 2 lbs
Price Paid: $179
I recently used my hammock in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend NP and was thoroughly impressed with its ability. Super easy to set up, although I recommend a practice run before getting out in the great outdoors.
The hammock is especially easy to set up if after initial set up you untie the head end and roll entire thing (fly and guy ropes) up into itself and when you reach the other end untie and wrap that rope around the body. This allows you to tie the foot end to a tree, unroll and tie the other end without it ever touching the ground.
The mosquito netting was truly a blessing with its safe haven from the bloodthirsty masses. The ultralight version only has two pockets on the body and proved more than adequate for shoes, headlamp and water with plenty of space left over. Total weight with hammock, fly and guy cords, right at 2lbs.
I had a surprise thunderstorm blow in on me and stayed awake just waiting for the ensuing wetness, but it never happened. Tying the fly out right was definitely the key to this. And it felt pretty good looking at the tent pads near 3am and seeing at least an inch of water covering them, and I was no where near it.
The fly also made for a great shady spot to take an afternoon nap to escape the heat. I also think one of the benefits to this hammock over the Hennessey brand is that you can sit in this one like a chair. You don't have to go through some sort of rebirth everytime you want in or out or your shelter.
Overall this is a great product, and I would recommend it to any solo hiker willing to try something a little different than the standard tent.