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PostSat Mar 09, 2019 4:27 am 
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Well Im finally trying to decide on a hammock.  Question; for those who've used them, compare the split entry (under) vs. the zip side entry offered by Hennessey.  Im leaning towards the side zip.


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PostSat Mar 09, 2019 9:17 am 
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I've used a simple hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters and a hammock tarp from Amazon with good results on a variety of hiking and bike touring trips.  Maybe 50 nights in the hammock.

I bring a headnet during bug season anyway, but have found that much past sunset the skeeters seem to go to bed as well.

When it rains or there is heavy dew.  It is nice to be able to pack up the nice dry hammock separately from the wet tarp.
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PostSat Mar 09, 2019 12:19 pm 
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I have a Hennessey with bottom entry and did not care for it at all. I did not like how the bug net was either and had both modified by https://www.2qzqhammockhanger.com/fullwidth/. Now it works perfect for me as a side entry hammock. If you haven't already done so, check out Warbonnet Blackbird hammocks. That is what I would get as an upgrade.
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PostSun Mar 10, 2019 10:28 am 
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I have a Hennesy with the bottom entry.  I used it once.

May try it again.  It was weird.  It was so darn comfortable but I still could not sleep.  I watched the stars all night--didn't need a tarp over it that night.  It was warm but I still needed some bottom insulation and getting a pad situated with the bottom entry was not good.

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PostSun Mar 10, 2019 12:23 pm 
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I have a bottom entry Hennessey. I find it easy to enter but difficult to exit. The zipper mod posted by RichardJ looks interesting.

Once I replaced my sleeping bag and pad with top and bottom quilts the comfort level matched my bed at home. And I paid $60 for it at a garage sale.
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PostSun Mar 10, 2019 7:23 pm 
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We have a Warbonnet and a couple Dream Hammocks. All of them work great but we've really fallen in love with the Dream Hammock kit. The fabric choices are fun too.

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PostSun Mar 10, 2019 11:22 pm 
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Addendum:  In my simple "top entry" hammock I use an air mattress or pad too keep my butt warm in cool weather.  I use this rather than an "under quilt" because having air mattress or pad is great when no suitable trees are available.
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PostMon Mar 11, 2019 2:18 am 
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...and so he tumbles down the rabbit warren.  wink.gif

Lots of choice out there these days.
If you already have a pad, you could slide it into a hammock with a pad sleeve & use your sleeping bag as a top quilt...keeps the initial purchase low while you get used to sleeping above the ground.

Or you could go the whole hog & purchase hammock, under quilt, top quilt & maybe a under cover/uq protector to stop all that warmth captured within that downy goodness from being blown away.

Then there's tarp choice... dizzy.gif

I have back issues, so I used the split(enter from below)...sit down, roll back, seal entrance. Sleep diagonally. Easy.
Dry bag with spare clothes used as a pillow.

Good luck... up.gif

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PostMon Mar 11, 2019 8:23 am 
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Damn all you back-sleepers!
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PostMon Mar 11, 2019 9:38 am 
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JonnyQuest wrote:
Damn all you back-sleepers!

I sleep on my side.  confused.gif

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PostMon Mar 11, 2019 9:43 am 
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JonnyQuest wrote:
Damn all you back-sleepers!

I also am a side sleeper and it works in a hammock, if you can sleep at all. You just kind of go kitty corner in it.   This thread has made me think that I can get a zipper put on and use a hammock again if I ever decide to go overnight again.

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PostMon Mar 11, 2019 10:51 am 
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FWIW we have used our Exped downmats in our hammocks mostly, but the spousal unit now has an underquilt/overquilt rig and after getting the adjustments sorted he absolutely loves it. Having said that... there are places where opportunities to hang can be tricky, and he realizes this reduces his flexibility.

He has wide shoulders and even with the 'pad extender' thing I found on line and helped him sling up, it's been an issue. The underquilt tends to wrap around his shoulders better.

My back does so much better in a hammock than anything else that I'll try to get time in it on the back porch once the weather warms up. When it gets REALLY hot, it's the weapon of choice for a siesta... even at 100°+ it will drain off enough heat that the next thing you know you've nodded off completely for a couple hours.

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PostMon Mar 11, 2019 2:57 pm 
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DigitalJanitor wrote:
I sleep on my side.  confused.gif

Well, I've tried.  Even in the "lay-flat" (spreader bar) hammocks.  And it doesn't work with me.  Of course, I can't sleep if there's a pea under my 20 self inflating pads either.
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PostSun Mar 17, 2019 12:49 am 
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There's a hang near you on the 5-7 April, camping, fire, food & sharing knowledge...if your interested.

https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/151792-Pacific-Northwest-Spring-Group-Hang-April-5-7th-Deception-Pass

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