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HENNESSY HAMMOCK EXPEDITION ASYM
BY LANCE TURNER
March 20, 2010
NAME: Lance Turner
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas USA
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 184 lb (83.50 kg)
I started backpacking about 5 years ago and my experience consists of 1-2 week-long trips per year. I have completed multi-day hikes in Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, California, and Chile in which the terrain ranges from desert to mountains and the temperatures range from 15 F (-9 C) to 105 F (41 C). I hike mostly in the summer months and stick to moderate to difficult non technical hiking. In addition, I use my gear for a number of single night / weekend camping trips in and around Texas.
Manufacturer: Hennessy Hammock
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Manufacturer's Website: http://hennessyhammock.com/
Listed Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz. (1247 grams)
Measured Weight: 2 lbs. 14.5 oz (1320 g) (with lightweight tent stakes and the snake skin system)
Other details: The Expedition Asym is an army green hammock sleeping system that includes an integrated bug net and a rain fly. The bug net is permanently attached to the hammock.. Entrance to the hammock is a slit in the bottom of the hammock that seals together using Velcro after the occupant is in the hammock. I use this hammock with 2 tent stakes and the snake skins, which are both separately purchased items.
The hammock is attached to cords, which must be tied on to the straps that are provided, which wrap around the trees being used.
The rain fly drapes over the hammock and clips on to each of the cords to provide tension to the rain fly. Both the rain fly and the hammock have guide lines that are attached to tent stakes, rocks, etc to provide tension to the rain fly and provide stability to the hammock.
Weight limit: 250 lbs. (113 kg)
Suspension system: 10' (3.05 meters) long 1600 lb. (725 kg) test polyester rope - 42" (106 cm) long x 2" (5 cm) wide nylon webbing straps called "tree huggers"
Hammock dimensions: 100" (254 cm) x 48"' (122 cm)
Hammock fabric: 210 D oxford nylon
a parallelogram with - short side - 58" (147 cm) -
long side - 87" (221 cm) -
short diagonal - 85" (216 cm)
long diagonal -130" (330 cm)
Canopy fabric: 1.9 ounce (54 grams) polyurethane coated nylon or polyester ripstop
Mesh: 1 ounce (28 grams) 20 D polyester No-See-Um netting
Stuff sack: Logo and set up instructions printed on ripstop nylon bag with drawstring
Set-up-time: 2.5 minutes
Packed size: 7" (18 cm) x 10" (25 cm)
I have used this hammock for multiple camping trips in the last six months for a total of about 7 nights at about 500 above sea level with overnight lows ranging from 22 F (-5.5 C) to 45 F (7 C). I have used the hammock in open and wooded areas. The hammock was always used with a 2.5 inch (6.3 cm) inflatable air pad and a very used 40F (4.5 C) synthetic sleeping bag.
Setup is easy, but requires the user to tie a knot to attach the hammock to the tree straps. I would like to see an an attachment system that does not require a relatively complex, as I believe it would be more convenient and result in a quicker setup.
Getting into the hammock is pretty easy. Practically speaking, it requires the user to leave their shoes / boots on the ground below the hammock, which might protect them from rain, depending on how high the hammock and rain fly are pitched.
Once inside, it is difficult to situation yourself in your sleeping bag, on the sleeping mat, and positioned properly in the hammock. I had to slither into position because there is no anchor to grab onto. Once situated, the hammock is comfortable, but getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom is not a delight because it means I have to resituate.
The hammock is rated to 250 lbs (113 kg) for one person. Just to see how it would hold up, my girlfriend and I both got in the hammock. It held up nicely and there was enough room to fit, but I don't think that I would be able to sleep two in the hammock. I am 5' 10" (177 cm) and 180 lbs (81.5 kg).
The integrated bug net is a great idea for weight savings and ease of setup. I would prefer to not have a bug net on a sunny day when I want to relax in the hammock.
The hammock has a string that stretches atop the hammock and prevents the bug net from draping on me or my face. It also has a storage pouch for my headlamp, keys, etc. This is a great attention to detail, but the pouch ripped on my second night out as it is made out of the same mesh netting of the bug net. It makes me cautious when handling the bug net as I know how fragile the net is.
The coldest evening I used it had an overnight low of 20F (-7 C) with moderate winds. The hammock performed better than expected as it was not designed for these conditions without using additional accessories provided by Hennessy Hammock. The hammock appears to be quite noisy in the wind, but it did not move around as a result of the wind. It was surprising when I woke up and noticed a layer of ice on the bug net where my breath had been escaping all night, causing frozen condensation build up. There was also ice forming on the rain fly in the morning, so while there was very little precipitation, there was plenty of moisture in the air.
On warmer nights above freezing, I had no issues with becoming cold and slept well. The wind was quite loud as the rain fly is difficult to setup and keep tensioned to prevent whipping in the wind. Once asleep, I never noticed it again.
Taking it down is easier than setting it up. The snake skins are well worth it. They make taking down and packing a breeze.
Overall this is a great alternative to hiking with a tent. I believe it is a shelter hammock, rather than a leisure hammock. It is easy to set up and great if I don't have room, motivation, or proper terrain to setup a tent.
With a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and proper clothing, this thing really performed well in cold weather and wind. Not near as well as a tent, but it is not expected to given the setup.
The integrated bug net is great for ease of setup and weight savings, which makes this a great backpacking hammock.
THINGS I LIKE
Integrated bug net is much easier than setting up a separate bug net
Snake skins make the take down quick and easy
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Attaching hammock to tree system could be improved to eliminate the need to tie a complex knot
The integrated bug net cannot be removed if I wanted to enjoy some sun / fresh air and relax
Storage pouch made out of netting ripped on 2nd outing
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