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Jan 14, 2010
Ultralight A-Sym Jungle Hammock by Hennessy Hammock
Putting it to the TEST (reliability and performance)
UPDATE: Using the Hammock as a Household Bed
Sleeping on a Windy Jetty
(Feb 2, 2010) I tried stringing up the hammock on the 3rd floor of an extended jetty shaped like a ship (click thumbnail). The wind condition was hellacious, you would think there was a tropical typhoon. But it was just amplified sea wind at my 3rd story elevation. My UP Mountaineers buddies Fredd, Mark and Tope have already prepared, cooked and eaten dinner and I was still struggling with the hammock. The strings and ropes got tangled up. Eventually, I had to remove the side support strings and settled on the first level where wind was muted. To improve its usability, I got rid of the thin side strings and replaced them with durable and light strings used for blinds. That did the job without adding weight. The wind condition was so adverse that I cannot take it against the hammock. I retain its 5-star rating.
(Jan 14, 2009) The last time I slept on a hammock, I couldn't sleep. My back could only curve so long before it gets uncomfortable. I thought it would be the same weight/sleeping-comfort compromise with the Ultralight A-Sym Jungle Hammock...wrong! Yes, the hammock is exceptionally light, but it's very comfortable too. Somehow, instead of being cramped into the center of the hammock (like what most hammocks do), I felt a roomy interior that didn't seem to curve my back too much. Maybe that's what the asymmetrical construction does...dunno! I could even vary my sleeping positions. Naturally, I woke up having a nice comfy sleep.
Moreover, the overall design tells me the hammock was well-thought through going over several versions before they've perfected it. They have little add-ons that can only be realized through real-use in the real world - rain collector, snakeskins, bottom entry, automatic Velcro closure, etc. Attention to details was impeccable. The quality and thinking-through of this hammock mirror's the company's tenacity to continually improve this product. 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!
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