Hennessy Expedition A-sym Hammock

Why take a tent? Just string up the easy-sleep hammock with built in mosquito net and waterproof cover sheet.

Traditional hammocks only support  the upper spine, so a night in one can be a pain in the back. Not in the Hennessy; it’s asymmetrical: sleep diagonally across the centre line and lie virtually flat out. With a bit of experimental wriggling you can find other comfort spots on your side or even in a foetal position. The a-sym shape also makes it far more stable than a normal hammock so you won’t feel like you will tip out at the slightest shift of weight.

Safe in your womb in the woods
It is not only comfortable, it’s a cocoon with a sewn-in mosquito net – climb inside for an insect bight free night. The entrance is through a slit in the bottom that runs from one end to the centre. Step inside, spin round sit down and then lie flat. Your weight reseals the velcro and closes it up tight. Inside, there’s a rope running along the inside of the ridge-line for attaching light items like clothes, a torch or a towel. A separate rain-proof sheet, shaped to give the hammock maximum protection can be strung up over it. This can also be used as a sun shade.

What? No trees?
If there’s no anchors strong enough to support your weight and all you can find are saplings the Hennessy can still be very useful. Tie it up so that the fly sheet is taught and the hammock on the ground and it makes a simple one man tent.

Setting it up for the first time can be a little difficult; tying the knots, finding well spaced trees, stringing up the rain sheet so it will keep the worst of the water off, but use it a couple of times and it’s quicker and easier than pitching most tents.

Very comfortable to sleep in
Bug bite free nights
Lightweight and compact

Needs trees or raised anchor points
Rain sheet can be awkward to set
Only sleeps one

Stuff Says
One of the best night’s sleep you can have outdoors. An innovative alternative to lugging around a tent.

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Tech Spec
Weight:                                     1265 g
Height/Weight limits:         up to 182.9cm and 110 kg or over 182.9cm                                                                                           and 135 kg for Explorer Delux version
Hammock dimensions:         254 x 16.51 cm
Hammock fabric:                  210D Oxford nylon
Mosquito netting:                  1 oz. 20D polyester NoSeeUm netting
Canopy fabric:                           1.9 oz 70D PU coated polyester



Stuff.tv January 2009


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