Re: [BackpackGearTest] Hennesy Expedition Asym Initial Report by Marc Pfenning (long overdue)
Nice, succinct report. Although I may have missed some, given my generally
poor spelling abilities, I was unable to find a single spelling error. I do
have a few comments for your consideration:
As I understand the Guide, you should include the following in your initial
report: (1) the date you received the product; (2) whether the product
you received was complete and undamaged; (3) a short statement indicating
whether the product you received was what you were expecting after viewing
the manufacturer's website; and (4) your strategy or plan for
testing/reviewing the product. I didn't notice that those items were
included in your report. If I just missed them, I apologize. If not,
please add them.
> INITIAL REPORT HENNESSY EXPEDITION ASYM HAMMOCK***I am assuming that the spacing or lack thereof in some places in the
> TESTER INFORMATION
report are Yahooisms. Please check this on the html version.
> corresponding tie-outs. Entrance is gained through a velcro closure***I'm not sure of the correct spelling on tie-outs but you have it
hyphenated here and not later on in the report. It probably should be one
way or the other. I did find tie-down as a hyphenated word in the
dictionary if that helps.
> slit in the hammock itself. You stand underneath the hammock, open the***I don't think you need a comma after ridgeline (one word in the
> slit, sit down in the hammock, pull your legs in then close the slit.
> Your body weight serves to keep the velcro sealed tightly. You then
> lie down diagonally for a surprisingly comfortable bed. The hammock
> body itself is grey and the tarp is green, for a very subtle stealth
> effect. There is an internal ridge line, from which are suspended two
> clips and a mesh pocket. The clips are excellent for keeping your***I would suggest that you break the next section into several shorter
> shoes dry, and would also be ideal for hanging a small stuff sack. The
> mesh pocket is divided into three sections, and is handy for keeping a
> flashlight available, as well as glasses and other small necessities.
paragraphs. It is good information but quite a long read as one paragraph.
>***night shifts, so I do about....
> Set Up : The stuff sack claims that the hammock sets up in three
> minutes, and I imagine that with a little practice this would be
> achievable. My first setup, from stuff sack to lying down inside, took
> 10 minutes, but as I said that was my first attempt, learning how to
> set it up as I went. Subsequent setups have been in the 5-6 minute
> range. The hammock arrives with the tarp rolled separately in the
> stuff sack. First you erect the hammock between two convenient trees
> about 10-12' (3-4 m) apart. The hammock includes two nylon
> webbing 'tree hugger' straps, which actually wrap around the tree, thus
> protecting the tree from abrasion. Tom suggests a special knot, a
> modified figure 8, for attaching the hammock to the webbing, and the
> stuff sack has a (poor) description of how to tie the knot. Luckily, I
> was already familiar with Shane's web site (theplacewithnoname.com)
> which has a set of slides explaining the knot very thoroughly. After
> stringing the hammock up, you attach the tieout lines to another tree,
> a rock or a tent stake. Next the tarp is attached by means of two
> plastic clips at each end, and the tarp tieouts get attached to the
> same anchors as the hammock tieouts. That's all there is to it, now you
> just climb inside and stretch out. The hammock tieouts use a fairly
> substantial nylon line which is very easy to work with. The tarp
> tieouts, on the other hand, use a very small nylon line which requires
> a real effort to untie. I don't look forward to trying this with wet,
> cold hands. I wonder how much weight would actually be added by using
> the thicker lines that the hammock uses. I must admit that I was quite
> concerned about how many black flies would get inside with me, but
> after getting in and out of the hammock over a dozen times I have yet
> to find a single bug inside, and I have set it up while being beseiged
> by the little buggers. There is a certain very real satisfaction that
> comes from lying inside the hammock and watching clouds of black flies
> land on the netting and search for a way in. When I take the hammock
> down I leave the tarp attached, and wrap it around the hammock, then
> fold the entire unit so it fits very easily back into the stuff sack.
> I have seen (again on Shane's web site) Tom's 'snake skins' which seem
> to be a very practical accessory for packing the hammock. These are
> two silnylon open-ended long skinny bags, one of which gets slid over
> each end of the main support line. When taking the hammock down, you
> just roll it tight and pull the 'snake skins' down so they overlap,
> thus enveloping the entire hammock. I will order a set and include a
> review of their usefulness in my later reports.
> FIELD TESTING
> The day that my hammock arrived I set it up in my yard and immediately
> went to sleep in it. I work 12 hour night shifts so do about half of
> my sleeping during the day, and I'm happy to report that I enjoyed a***Just a suggestion for a bit easier read, I would break the last sentence
> cool breeze that day while in the hammock. I know from experience that
> trying to sleep in a tent on a day like that (temps in the upper 70s F,
> mid 20s C) would have been a vey uncomfortable, hot affair. I have
> slept in the hammock a total of four days/nights in my yard, and took
> it on a day hike one morning after work, and set it up and slept for
> about four hours very comfortably.
into two: e.g., I have slept in the hammock a total of four days/nights in
my yard. I also took it on a day hike one morning....
Otherwise, well done and thank you for not being responsible for us sending
out the goon squad. I'm looking forward to your future reports.