Hangin’ in a Hennessy Hammock
I’ve had an ENO packable Hammock for a couple years now and really enjoy it. A few months ago someone was reading my review of the ENO and left a comment about another backpacking hammock I should try…the Hennessy Hammock. After reviewing the Hennessy Hammock system online, I saw that there were some features that intrigued me. I do a fair amount of camping and backpacking and am always on the look out for innovative new products that will make my road trips and camping experience, that much more enjoyable.
Having my Ultralite Backpackers Hennessy Hammock for a couple months now, I can see why it was recommended. It’s a high quality, sturdy hammock with features that other leading brands do not have. For example, all Hennessy Hammock systems have a built-in mosquito net. And, one of the features I really enjoy is the “SnakeSkins,” which are an instant stuff sack system that collapses your hammock in less than thirty seconds. This ingenious system protects your hammock from ever touching the ground…keeping in clean, dry and debris-free. Backpackers will appreciate the fact that the UltraLite Hammock comes in under two pounds and doesn’t take up a lot of space. It’s about one-third the bulk and weight of a lightweight tent.
Outdoor and hammock minimalists will appreciate the basic set-up, however knot and lashing novices will want to brush up on their tying skills before hitting the field. If you don’t care for knots, I found a helpful alternative for hanging your Hennessy …click here for a video. (Note: the manufacturer does NOT recommend this method due to the possibility of premature wearing of the hammock ropes. If you decide to experiment with the hanging method illustrated in the video, be sure to acquire rings that have no burs and that are extreamly smooth).
42″ webbing straps come standard with your hammock, however I would recommend upgrading to the 72″ or 96″, especially for solo camping/backpacking and/or in areas with larger trees. A rain fly, support ropes and stuff sack also come standard with your Hennessy Hammock.
There are a number of options/upgrades available for your Hennessy, one of which I have. If you’ve ever used a packable style hammock before, you know that in cooler weather an inherent chill can be felt through the fabric. Hennessy has come up with a solution for this problem…a radiant bubble pad. I can tell you that it really does make a difference in the comfort level. They also have a “SuperShelter” for extreme cold weather, as well as a number of other items which can be found by visiting their site at: HennessyHammock.com.
If you own a Hennessy Hammock, please leave a comment below and let my readers and me know what you enjoy most.