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.
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.
If you're very pushed for space/weight or need something more tactical go for a Thai hammock.
The travel hammock would not be an ideal hammock in the jungle for a protracted exercise , as i mentioned it does have its uses. With that in mind i would have no hesitation in recommending the Hennessy in this instance.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).