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Old 04-28-05, 01:40 AM
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Hennessy Hammock Sale

After reading several posts on here about people touring with hammocks, the wife and I decided to give that a go-round. After many many googles, looking for good prices I struck paydirt yesterday on backcountrygear.com. They've got the Explorer Ultralite A-sym for $101.xx until May 2. I think it was $8 for UPS ground. The snake skins are available on their site...just have to do some fancy footwork to find them ($19.99-same everywhere it seems).

So, if you're moving in that direction, you really can't beat the price. Now then, the next question will be how the stealth camping option works on our Bavarian tour.

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(BTW, sorry if anyone's irritated that this sounds like an advertisement. I just figured this would be a good place to let y'all know about this price since many seem to like the idea of touring with these.)
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If this was your first post I'd have an issue, but you have an track record of decent relevant posts so I don't see a problem. Now a direct link would be an excellent folow up
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https://backcountrygear.com/catalog/t...ail.cfm/HEN130

There ya go.
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Now since I have no experience with covered hammocks other than my Dad's Vietnam era Jungle Hammock what exactly are snake skins? Something to protect the tree?
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It's a covering that goes over both ends of the hammock. When you are ready to take it down and move on, you just untie either end and the snake skin slides down, packing the whole thing up in a small easily-portable nylon tube.

You can see them by clicking on this link and scrolling down to the Snake Skin section...pretty cool (so I've heard):
https://www.hennessyhammock.com/new-products.htm
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Now THAT is a kick ass idea.
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Yeah, I've read posts here from people that swear by these things. We're going on a 2-week tour this summer...the Inn River route in SE Bavaria (Germany) this summer...and plan to use these things instead of tents. You can't beat 3 minutes to set up and less to tear down! Can't wait to try them out on some overnight "training" trips around our area here in Poland.

Supposedly not highly recommended for dessert touring...guess it helps to have trees!
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Originally Posted by mshattuck
Supposedly not highly recommended for dessert touring...guess it helps to have trees!
Ya think?
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I spent a few nights in a hennessy hammock, very comfortable! One of my best friends is thru-hiking the appalachian trail this year and she will be using the hennesy for most of the hike.
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I may put off some parts in favor of that bad boy.
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I have snakeskins on my Hennessy hammocks. Very, very useful!

I wouldn't buy another hammock without them if it was at all possible.

In addition to helping with setting up and taking down the hammock it also makes it easier to fit the hammock into your saddlebags. Another good thing about the snakeskins is that they help prevent water from dripping down the hammock ropes and into your hammock during heavy rain. Instead the water ends up dripping off the end of the snakeskin instead.

Highly recommended!

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I always love to join a thread about Hennessy hammocks. This is my second year touring with one. I'm still in love and the honeymoon shows no sign of ending.
The most critical posting so far stated you need a couple of trees. That is not always true. I hook up to fence or deck posts all the time and I believe the Hennessy web site links to pix of people using their hammock between everything from camels to Hummers. I've attached between one of those large electricity pilons myself.

What do I like? The Hennessy's are great for stealth camping. You lay slightly acros the hammock so you can keep your back straight. You don't have to be concerned about what is on the ground below you. You can hammock straight on the side of a hill, it is very Leave No Trace and it is very bike friendly.

I hope the pictures don't bore you.

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I just checked something on the site I mentioned above and it seems that they took the sale price off. Strange because if you follow the week-long sale link from their home page, the Explorer Ultralite is still listed there with the other sale items...but at the regular price of $119. Of course that's still way under Hennessy price.

Interesting...
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Originally Posted by Joe Gardner
I spent a few nights in a hennessy hammock, very comfortable! One of my best friends is thru-hiking the appalachian trail this year and she will be using the hennesy for most of the hike.
I wish I could try one out. I've heard so many good things about them, but comfort is a personal thing. I don't want to spend $$$ to find out that it's not comfortable for me.
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Whenever I see pictures of these things it looks like the rainfly would be pretty useless in anything but a light drizzle. Is this the case?
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I wish I could try one out. I've heard so many good things about them, but comfort is a personal thing. I don't want to spend $$$ to find out that it's not comfortable for me.
There's always eBay to help minimize the hit if you don't like it someone else will likely buy it off you
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I wish I could try one out. I've heard so many good things about them, but comfort is a personal thing. I don't want to spend $$$ to find out that it's not comfortable for me.
You can try one out. I just ordered a clearance sale "Hybrid" model from their web site that was (and is) $89 delivered. I was concerned also, but you have a couple weeks to try it out and if you don't like it, you can send it back for a refund. That's what they told me.

https://www.hennessyhammock.com/clearance.htm

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Originally Posted by Flip102
Whenever I see pictures of these things it looks like the rainfly would be pretty useless in anything but a light drizzle. Is this the case?
Not really. You can freely adjust the rainfly "roof" angle. The steeper rainfly walls drop towards the ground, the more sheltered your hammock will be. There are also larger rainflys (rainflies?) available, increasing the dry footprint beneath your hammock. Of course, whether that area actually stays dry depends on weather, terrain and how high you set up the hammock.

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I agree with Juha:
You are under trees after all, and much of the precipitation will fall from them. Wind is a factor so I lower the fly on the windward side.

Also something not discussed here but you can also winter camp with a Hennessy. The manufactuer has a system. I have developed my own and remain warm and toasty down to -10C.

About the comfortable sleep thing; everyone has their own comfort levels I agree. Keep in mind this tent is asymmetrical. You sleep on an angle to the sling line and it is much flatter than other hammocks. Some people say they sleep on the stomach. I don't, but I am a notoroiously picky sleeper. I can't sleep on most motel mattresses, but I always have a good nights sleep in my Hennessy.
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stokell, I see you are from Toronto... isn't a bit hard to find a quiet place to hang your hammock in Southern Ontario? I live in Ottawa and I don't think it's a problem here but in other regions like the Saint-Lawrence valley or Southern Ontario have a little less available spots isn't it?

Also, when you travel in a group of two or three, do you think a tent is more appropriate since you don't have to carry two hammocks, only one tent?

I love hammocks in general but never pictured myself using one on tour, at least not in relatively densely populated areas or areas of intense farming activitiy.
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Originally Posted by Magictofu
stokell, I see you are from Toronto... isn't a bit hard to find a quiet place to hang your hammock in Southern Ontario? I live in Ottawa and I don't think it's a problem here but in other regions like the Saint-Lawrence valley or Southern Ontario have a little less available spots isn't it?

Also, when you travel in a group of two or three, do you think a tent is more appropriate since you don't have to carry two hammocks, only one tent?

I love hammocks in general but never pictured myself using one on tour, at least not in relatively densely populated areas or areas of intense farming activitiy.
I've camped at Yonge and Bloor, right downtown--(think outside of the box). Pictures from a previous post on this thread show me camping in Toronto.

I never tour with anyone. One of the reasons I tour is the solitude. If I want to be with people I'll go to the pub. I don't see how stealth camping is something you can do as a group.
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Younge and Bloor! I'd like to see this ;-) I've seen tons of people who 'camped' downtown Toronto but my guess is that it was out of necessity and not for the pleasure of it. I guess in Toronto, the ravines offer a lot of different possibilities... and even the Leslie spit for a waterfront stealth camping spot... but then, when touring, these spots are not necessarily obvious if you don't know the area...

The problem I see is that not only you have to find a place out of sight, you also need to find a couple of trees to tie your hammock...
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Either you're a player or you're not. Keep thinking outside of the trees. You just need two 'things' to tie up to. So far I've never had a problem finding something.

These pix are from the Hennessy web site.

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Well I guess I should give this hammock a try... When we're talking "technology" I guess I am just a bit too conservative.
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