Hammock

#1
As the title suggests, I'm after a small, lightweight hammock that can be packed down fairly small. I've checked out this one on RV-Ops, but I'm after second opinions, if anyone's got a recommendation.

-Tango
 
#2
If you are looking at hot country overseas use,

I seriously recommend the Hennessey Hammock.

Takes minutes to put up, is very comfortable, give you a nice little admin area and you can bring a weapon in with you if needed. Packs down small and is easily dried and aired.
 
#3
7.62 bayonet used one during our holiday last year, I was very envious of it as it was a delight to sleep without sweat soaking your back.

If I remember correctly he purchased it from SOF quite cheap too.
 
#4
Great, thanks for the tips guys, I'll have a closer look at them both.
 

Cutaway

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#8
I'll throw my thruppence worth in on the side of Hennessy.
You can set it up within one minute and it really is midge- and mossie-proof.

You may be able to get a couple of quid off if you shop around, but if you buy from RV Ops you won't get any rondfok.
Just remember to get the Snakeskins too, they make pitching & breaking much easier.


Edit.
If you're very pushed for space/weight or need something more tactical go for a Thai hammock.
 
#9
waitout said:
7.62 bayonet used one during our holiday last year, I was very envious of it as it was a delight to sleep without sweat soaking your back.

If I remember correctly he purchased it from SOF quite cheap too.
Made by Gelert, cannot remember how much but it was cheap, less than £20. It packs down really small (about the same size as an army water bottle). Very quickly set up too...
http://www.worldofcamping.co.uk/shop/Gelert_mini_Hammock__2070
 
#11
RVOps said:
I would second what Golf one one says about the Hennessy. The travel hammock has its uses but it depends on where/country etc etc you are going to use it.
Hmmm. So you wouldnt reccomend the £6 hammock but the one you sell you £95? Makes sense
 
#13
Ref a Gelert Travel Hammock and a Hennersey

I know which hammock I would rather live out of for a few months.

Incidently, a mate of mine had a travel hammock in kenya, slung it up next to mine at one of the airstrips by archers post, we had a load of bottles of tusker supplied by 'Michael Jackson' or 'Bobby Charlton' whoever the chogie shop blokes were.

One of the two blokes in hammocks fell out during the night and ended up covered in ants with a mouthful of sand and one didnt and had a blissfull Tusker fuelled sleep.

Hennersey all the way gentlemen!
 
#14
As the original poster didn't specify where and when he intends using a hammock isn't it hard to make sensible recommendations :?

Hennessey hammocks aren't very good in wind/rain and cold conditions, there are other hammocks which are much more suitable for British conditions if that's what he is after.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
#15
Cryptotermes said:
As the original poster didn't specify where and when he intends using a hammock isn't it hard to make sensible recommendations :?

Hennessey hammocks aren't very good in wind/rain and cold conditions, there are other hammocks which are much more suitable for British conditions if that's what he is after.
I'll have to disagree, the Hennessys I've used are better than any other make in wind and rain, it all depends on the cover you're using above it and your experience in these weather conditions.

In cold however all hammocks are pretty kak unless you use a kip mat, & with the Hennessy it's just a question of folding the mat over your maggot.

Horses for courses. If you need to get away from the gnd due to bugs use a 'mick, if it's really cold most insects don't mess with your kip so set up a normal basha.
 
#16
Fair one, in tropical and midge areas it doesn't make sense to use anything other than a mosi-hammock (but I'd still rather pay for a DD as it's half the price of some of the other brands :D )

For UK-based 'tree-dwelling' most folk use a 3x3m tarp for shedding the wind and rain and a double-thickness base (for a mat) or an underblanket slung beneath http://www.lakelandbushcraft.co.uk/acatalog/Hammocking.html

I'd second Cutaway's tip on the snakeskins, also RV Ops sell the oversize Hennessey cover/tarp, thats worth getting for use anywhere it's guaranteed to rain (pretty much anywhere really).

If you look at some of the bushcraft forums or songofthepaddle there will be some pictures of people who've been out hammocking in the recent snow 8)
 
#17
Cutaway said:
Cryptotermes said:
As the original poster didn't specify where and when he intends using a hammock isn't it hard to make sensible recommendations :?

Hennessey hammocks aren't very good in wind/rain and cold conditions, there are other hammocks which are much more suitable for British conditions if that's what he is after.
I'll have to disagree, the Hennessys I've used are better than any other make in wind and rain, it all depends on the cover you're using above it and your experience in these weather conditions.

In cold however all hammocks are pretty kak unless you use a kip mat, & with the Hennessy it's just a question of folding the mat over your maggot.

Horses for courses. If you need to get away from the gnd due to bugs use a 'mick, if it's really cold most insects don't mess with your kip so set up a normal basha.
Agreed. The tarp included with the henny hammock isn't much cop in a serious storm, but under a decent sized basha it's the best bed in the world in almost any weather. The ridgeline rope is great for putting your kit over, you're fairly flat for a hammock and a sandbag tied to the rope just outside the door offers a great bug-proof place for your boots.

Well worth the money in any country or climate...even if there's no trees, when it makes a passable tent.
 
#18
Bravo_Zulu said:
Well worth the money in any country or climate...even if there's no trees, when it makes a passable tent.
You've obviously never seen or used the DD Frontline? Beats the Hennessey hands down as a tent.

Even in woodland or jungle, a typical harbour area generally won't allow every man to sling a hammock in the space available (as the guys on Trop Storm find out after they've spent good money in the PRI on a Hennessey :( )

It makes sense to buy one that can be used on the ground as well, the DD Frontline beats any other brand hands down for that.

To prove I'm not biased, I have two issued (ie free) Hennessy but I prefer to use the Frontline (which I've paid out my own money for).
 

daywalker

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#19
I used a Hennessy hammock in Brunei and to be fair i dont think it was worth the money i paid for it . I found that very little air can circulate through it and i was becoming very hot in it even on cold nights.
 
#20
Some hammocks made with waterproof polyester can trap sweat/condensation overnight, especially if you are sealed in against insects. Sometimes just a wet back and damp sleeping bag, especially if you haven't got a mat or underblanket.

In freezing weather, your breath will ice up the inside of the fabric and mosi-net.

Couple of amateur videos on youtube on the DD hammocks, the karabiner mod is pretty much essential to provide a drip-ring (the same problem affects Hennessy in wet weather).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo2BjrqIzaY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yuNBXdpPaQ
 

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