Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
Fantastic design for all types of weather. This hammock…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 170 or so dollars
Fantastic design for all types of weather. This hammock does a great job keeping the bugs out. I'm happy to see that it now has a water collection system available.
- All-in-one system
- Very rainproof
- The straps that are included make it hard to find the right tree
- My Neoair slides all around making it nearly impossible to use for insulation
- I wish there was some way to secure your sleeping bag or air mattress inside to avoid slipping
- It would be great to have a way to hang using Nite Ize carabiner
The hammock is a fantastic design. Setup and tear down is simplified using the snake skins. There is very little sway to the hammock during sleep. I have used it in heat and cold and rain. Hammock functions great in the heat as you can get great airflow and its very water resistant.
I did have an issue when I tried to use my air mattress on a cold night. My sleeping bag and mattress slid all around in the hammock and I had only a few minutes of sleep as a result. I would like to be able to suspend the hammock with a Nite Ize carabiner so that I wouldn't have to "mess" with the suspension so much. As it is the right suspension is difficult for me to achieve as I am only 5 feet tall and can't reach high enough on the tree to avoid a sinking hammock. It's no fun to wake up on the ground in the middle of the night.
Overall, a well-constructed hammock (probably the best on the market) that travels well in my backpack. I just wish they'd fix a couple of issues.
Over-all a pretty sweet rig. Overall a pretty sweet…
Source: bought it new
Over-all a pretty sweet rig.
- Comfortable (no sticks, rocks or snakes)
- Stealthy (low impact visuals)
- Tree straps are innsufficiant
Overall a pretty sweet rig.
I've used it as intended, also when the need arises it makes a pretty decent Bivy on the ground (esp. with hiking poles to keep the bug net high).
I like the Zip model better the the original as it's easier for chair-mode, and much easier entry exit on a cold night (yeah, you know what I mean).
As with all hammocks, it still needs a good under-quilt/over-quilt instead of a sleeping bag, but that's offset by not needing a pad.
I use the optional snake skins which is of major benefit to packing, setup and tear-down. With the snake skins setup takes about 3-minutes (w/o the underquilt) and teardown is about the same. That time includes the rain-fly setup too!
You don't store much gear inside as it would slide to the center, but shoes go into the end well and there's a bivy sack that hangs from the ridgeline taht is great for the nessaceries.
All in all it's a great rig for those that want the flexability of a hammock, but don't want to make or have made a custom setup.
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The Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip hammock has a comfortable, asymmetric shape and a large, protective rainfly. This version features a side-entry, double-slider zipper. This general-purpose hammock is an excellent and economical choice for those who like to travel light. Asymmetric hammock bed improves comfort; asymmetric rainfly improves coverage. Provides comfort for those up to 6 ft. and 250 lbs., with more room for shoulders at one end. Strong #10 zipper features double sliders for easy adjustments to the hammock and mesh; entry is from the side on this Hennessy model. Patented integral ridgeline maintains the same comfortable shape every time to keep your back straight and level when resting on the diagonal. No-see-um mesh provides excellent insect protection and ventilation, and will deflect wind to provide a calm space inside. Waterproof polyester ripstop rainfly may be tilted to any angle, rolled up above, removed or used separately; large rainfly offers ample protection. Nifty gear pocket slides on the ridgeline and stores out of sight behind your head. Suspension system includes 10 ft. long, 1500 lb. test low-stretch polyester core ropes with polyester cover. Complementary polyester webbing straps are attached to the end of the suspending ropes to protect the tender bark of trees and provide greater span for the ropes. Expedition Asym Zip hammock folds into an open-air lounger/chair or can be used on the ground as a tent when paired with your hiking poles.