User Review: Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym
Design: Asym Hammock
Ease of Setup: Very simple
Weight: 2+ lbs
Price Paid: $199.99
I love this hammock. Many of the negative comments I read above I have to disagree with. Like anything new, there is a learning curve involved in using a hammock.
The complaint of leaking. I have two Hennessy tarps, the stock tarp and their hex fly. Both have been used in torrential downpours with absolutely no leaks. At all. Pitch either the stock tarp or one of the optional tarps correctly, and you will stay dry.
As regards getting cold, remember, you do not have the ground under you to insulate you from the cool air. Using a short ccf pad, or a 2/3 length Thermarest will work. Or, if you plan on using a hammock regularly, and in cold weather, use an Under Quilt (UQ). These range in price and materials, and work wonderfully.
Someone commented it was difficult to set up. While the Hennessy method is a bit counter intuitive at first, it is not difficult to master, and works very well. Simpler methods are available, from whoppie slings, to strap and buckle, etc. I use two descender rings at each end to form ring buckles in a carabiner, and a simple garda hitch to pull my hammock to the correct tension. It only takes a few minutes to set up correctly, and it gives me a nice, comfortable flat lie in the hammock.
As with anything new, research and learning are necessary, but do not let it dissuade you from trying out a Hammock. This or any other one.