User Review: Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym
Price Paid: $160
I have camped in tents for years. No longer! This hammock packs up and weighs less than almost any tent. Loads of room inside. I am 6'3 280lbs. Will hold my heavy a$$ no problem as long as you know a few simple knots.
I've actually set it up during the remnants of hurricanes in the backyard to test the water-proofness and if set up correctly, it won't leak. Set-up is easy, taking it down is easy, getting in is easy, getting out is easy. It is bug-proof, water-proof, and is well ventilated. It can even be used without trees if you have trekking poles or find sticks. The only drawback is cold weather camping. I have used it without modification down to 35 degrees F. without getting cold (15 degree bag). I have not tried it below this temp, but I have read that there are contraptions designed to assit with keeping your backside warm. Perhaps a little velcro window could be modified on the bug-screen so your buddy can pass a drink, cigarettes or whatever so you don't have to get out.
It also can be used as a chair but be careful not to put too much stress on the bug-screen. In the summer it's really nice because you are suspended in the air, closer to the breeze and condensation is not a problem. If you lay diagonally, your back will lay flat and I actually prefer the hammock over a bed. Use the included straps so you don't scar the trees you tie up to.
This is a very well designed 3-season (as is without modification or pricey add-on blankets) shelter and once you try it a few times, I'll bet that most will not want to be in a tent again. I've had mine for two years and there is no sign of wear yet. Approximately 35 nights out.