User Review: Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $249.95
Just about everything is perfect with this hammock. A comfortable night's sleep is only 3 minutes of set-up time away.
- Easy to set up
- Suspension system is questionable
Okay so I'm just going down the list here on the review.
Setup: Easy peezy. The lashing system is super easy. Setting up the hammock and rainfly all is about 3 minutes. Grab a couple ultralight y-type tent stakes to make the rain-fly easier to set-up.
Stability: As stable as a hammock can be... maybe even more so with the side tie-outs. Nothing to worry about weather-wise either, really, so long as you're prepared for the cold. The weather is extremely easy to deal with in these hammocks.
Weather Resistance: Again, excellent. You'd have to get in some serious, serious weather before you had any problems... as in... "you'd better hope a tree isn't falling on you" type of weather. I have the Hex-fly and so I feel pretty well covered all the way around.
Ventilation: You're in a hammock. Ahhhhhhhhhh. It's relaxing. You breathe. It's wonderful.
Room and Storage: Room for one. Storage of your gear is pretty simple though. If it's a wet night out, hang it from the same rope you're hanging from. The rain fly will keep it dry. No water on it from the ground. It's wonderful.
Packability: No tent poles. Packs down to the size of a grapefruit. Or don't pack it in the stuff sack and let it fill the bottom of your backpack to take up the little crevices and all that. Or use the snake skins and strap it to the outside of your pack. In any case, you're packing is quick, easy, small, and light.
Ease of Use: Extremely easy to use. I'm pretty sure my wife can set this up, and she's never been camping.
Features: No-see-um mesh bug netting attached. Comfortable Asym design means you lay flat. If you're buying direct from the manufacturer, they include snake-skins and tree-hugger straps.
Construction & Durability: A few notes. First, take care of the no-see-um mesh. If you're not cautious about where you're putting your hammock, it might get caught in a zipper, and the mesh might rip. Easily repaired with some screen-repair but still, it's not as pretty now. Second, particularly on this model, it's not made for lashing with a carabiner. I've had some issues with the rope, and plan to make the switch to some whoopie slings, assuming I can make them correctly.
Conditions: It can get cold in a hammock. Make sure you have proper insulation and check out hammock-forums.net for information on how you can make your hanging experience better. A lot of those folks know a lot of good stuff.
As it is, I've had this hammock out in cold and warm. It's extremely comfortable and well worth the price.