Hennessy Safari Deluxe Hammock
- My Safari Deluxe model Hennessy Hammock arrived yesterday afternoon.
Like my 2 Original model Hennessy Hammocks it arrived in great shape.
I'd like to say Ann and Tom, at Hennessy Hammocks were very
and understanding in resolving some concerns I had due to the some
misunderstandings passed on with the "Backpack Gear Test"
for Beta testers. After a couple of emails and a phone call, I
finally got it straight; that the Safari was the hammock I wanted and
was in fact what I had ordered. They even got my hammock here in time
for a backpacking trip this weekend during which some the Boy Scouts
in my troop will be trying the Original model Hennessey Hammock.
Since I weigh 300 pounds, and will be using the hammock a lot while
trying to loose some of the extra weight, I inspected the hammock
carefully looking for any flaws that could cause a weakness. The
Safari is very well made, all of the seams are sewn well and there
are gussets at all of the high stress points. The only flaw I could
find was the rain fly attachment strap, on the entrance end is
attached off center on the 2-inch hammock-hanging strap. As far as I
am concerned it's purely cosmetic; I never even noticed it until
tightened the rain fly while setting up the hammock.
The setup instructions on the stuff sack are well written and make
first time set up easy. Just for the fun of it I had my wife and 2 of
my sister-in-law's try setting up both the Safari and the original
models, they had no problems. Then as the ultimate test of the
instructions, I had my 14-year-old son whose motto is "if all
fails look at the instructions, but what ever you do don't
had no problems with the Safari, but had to look at the picture on
the stuff sack for tying instructions the first time he set up the
The Safari has a zipper closure instead of the snap tight closure on
the other models. They have a nifty little pull system built into the
Safari that allows you to open and close the zipper while lying in
the hammock. The zipper pull system works well, but time will tell
how well the pull system and zipper stand up to extended use.
Just for the fun of it I pulled out the old baby scales to check the
weight. After scientific calibration of the baby scales (yup a 5
pound bag of sugar weighs 5 pounds) the Safari weighed 3 pounds 4
ounces "advertised weight is 3.4 pounds". Just for the fun of
weighed the Original model as well it weight 2 pounds 5
ounces "advertised weight 2.25 pounds". For my money the weights
were consistent with the advertised weight. Especially since my 3
pound 12 ounce LL Bean backpacking tent actually weighs 5 pounds 4
I decided to try the Safari last night. I set it up in the back yard,
since it was very warm to this time of year in Maine; I didn't
bother with any back insulation, just my old 20-degree synthetic bag.
Air temp when I went to bed was 54 degrees. It felt like we were in
for a shower so I set the Hammock up with the sides low. At about
midnight we had a brief thundershower, with heavy rain and strong
gusty wind. Where the hammock was set up, it was totally exposed to
the wind and rain, It rocked some with the wind gusts, but wasn't
objectionable and was dry. At about 2 a.m. when nature called, I had
a brief bout with panic when I dawned on me that I had to open the
zipper to get out. What was I going to do if the zipper stuck? But
thankfully the zipper pull lines worked well, and I was on my way.
The web site says that it can be difficult for a second person to get
in and out of the Safari due to the first persons weight. But with
one 300-pound person getting in is easy, but getting out is a bit of
a chore. I find it difficult to get my short chubby legs far enough
through the entry slot to reach the ground. To solve the problem I
may add a second ridgeline of Para cord with 2 or 3 hand loops to
help me get out.
Over all I believe the Safari to be just what I have been looking
for. It has lots of room and is very comfortable, in fact I find my
Hennessy Hammock more comfortable to sleep in than my bed. I doubt
that my tent will be getting much use in the future. I'm looking
forward to camping in my Safari this weekend.
I would and have recommended the Hennessy Hammocks to anyone that
wants a good nights rest outdoors. In my opinion a quality product
with outstanding customer service backing it up.
Male, 52 years old, 5'11' tall, 300 pounds, I am from and
live in Maine, backpacking and canoe camping for over 45 years,
assistant scout master, I average 2 to 3 days a week in the woods
- Excellent report! I created a Hennessy Safari Deluxe folder with a
Non-tester Comments folder. Could you please upload this report to that
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Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 1:32 PM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Hennessy Safari Deluxe Hammock
> My Safari Deluxe model Hennessy Hammock arrived yesterday afternoon.