RE: [Hammock Camping] Intro -- a total novice with questions
- Hi, May. While I was happy to see that REI began carrying a few camping
hammocks a while ago, I think they stink at marketing them and understanding
how to sell them. Local stores here (Atlanta, GA) do carry them - but they
have nowhere to hang or demonstrate them - and I haven't yet found a store
associate that has slept in a hammock.....
That said, If you're interested in a Hennessey, order one from them on-line
and have it delivered to your closest REI - no shipping charges to you. Try
it out and if you don't like it, use their 'no questions asked' return
policy and give it back to them!
Now, if they'll only expand their product line and offer Speer, Jacks r
Better, and other products!
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of shy_in_sunnyvale
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 2:00 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Intro -- a total novice with questions
I'm a newbie on the list, and to backpacking, and I am very curious
about switching to a
hammock from a tent. When I read that hammocks let you sleep on your
side, my jaw
dropped. I'm willing to try almost anything if it means I can sleep
on my side! I've been
perusing the archives, and I've ordered Ed Speer's book, but I have a
couple of questions/
First, it's been really hard to find photos of users lying on their
sides in the hammocks.
The notable exception is the Speer hammocks page (thanks!). Although
comfortable, it also looks claustrophobic! I don't expect the
spaciousness of a tent, but
could someone comment on that aspect? Are some hammocks roomier than
the outside, it looks like a Hennessy hammock may not gather up
around the occupant so
Second, does anyone know of a place near San Francisco or San Jose,
CA where I could
actually try out a hammock? (I assume it has to be an asymmetrical
hammock for side-
sleeping?) Although REI online has Hennessy hammocks, I've not seen
them in my local
store. I'd rather not shell out big bucks for a hammock (and
Peapod/Supershelter/etc) without testing one. I'd just like to lie in
one and see what it
Thanks in advance for any tips. I've really enjoyed reading about
and experiments in the archives.
PS -- A bit more of a bio of me: I'm a graduate student in mechanical
husband is a former Eagle Scout who really got me hooked on hiking
and camping. We
took a backpacking class with our local Sierra Club last year and
really enjoyed it, so now
we're trying to plan more backpacking trips. We're also getting our
dog conditioned to go
with us. I have *never* slept comfortably in a tent, so I really hope
I can make a hammock
work! My husband is rather skeptical, which is another reason I'd
like to find someplace we
could try a hammock out...
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- --- In email@example.com, "shy_in_sunnyvale" <mql@m...>
> First, it's been really hard to find photos of users lying on theirThe HH asym models have extra fabric at the feet and head to allow
> sides in the hammocks.
> The notable exception is the Speer hammocks page (thanks!). Although
> it looks
> comfortable, it also looks claustrophobic! I don't expect the
> spaciousness of a tent, but
> could someone comment on that aspect? Are some hammocks roomier than
> others? From
> the outside, it looks like a Hennessy hammock may not gather up
> around the occupant so
you to more easily sleep off-axis, which means flatter.
The Hennessey also has elastic tie-outs on the side that attach to
the same stakes that you put out for the canopy. They pull the
hammock apart and give it a more open feeling. But you're still
sleeping in a sewn-in enclosure, which might bother sensitive
I notice the closed-in feeling most when using the fly. Just replace
it with a larger one that hangs up higher, like Ed Speer recommends.
You could also make your own hammock with a free-hanging bug net--no
velcro, you just sweep the thing aside when you get out.