Choose the Right Hammock
1. Size: Height and Weight
Start by selecting the hammocks that match your height and weight. It's important to get a hammock with ropes strong enough to support you and one long enough to be comfortable. Remember bigger hammocks are more comfortable if you don't mind the extra weight. You can use the "Show me" box on the left side of the hammocks page to help narrow your search, or select from the links below.
Height: up to 5ft. 8in. / 172cm. - up to 6ft. / 183cm. - up to 7ft. / 213cm.
Weight: up to 150lbs. / 68kg. - up to 200lbs. / 90kg. - up to 250lbs. / 113kg.
up to 300lbs. / 136kg. - up to 350lbs. / 158kg.
2. Classic or Zip? Two entry styles to choose from.CLASSIC INNOVATIVE BOTTOM ENTRY WITH VELCRO: Patented entrance on the bottom automatically snaps closed under the weight of your body and seals with velcro.
TRADITIONAL SIDE ENTRY WITH A ZIPPER: Zips closed with a full length, heavy duty zipper on one side between the mesh and the bottom fabric.
Both styles have advantages. The classic bottom entry works great when you are being followed by a cloud of mosquitoes. When you duck your head down to open the bottom entrance, the mosquitoes don't know what you're doing, so they get out of the way for a few seconds. Before they know what's happened, the door has snapped shut and you are on the inside and they are on the outside.
One advantage of the zip model is that it's a little easier to set up and climb into your bed. However, the mosquitoes are just as happy to come in with you and join you for a snack.
In the end, it just comes down to personal preference. Some of our classic bottom entry users are totally in love with this innovative design feature and would never switch. Others prefer the more conventional zipper entrance on the side.
3. Single or double bottomed hammock
It's really nice to be in your sleeping bag, cozy and warm without having to keep your insulation pad in the right spot under you. Between the two layers of bottom fabric is a space to insert your Radiant DoubleBubble Pad which can be purchased seperately. This pad clips into position on the correct diagonal and will not move around during the night. All of our Jungle Series hammocks have a double bottom and a full length zipper on one side between the mesh and bottom fabric. While double bottomed hammocks weigh a little more, if you heading for really buggy areas, this is a good solution. We made our first double bottomed hammock for Ed Stafford, the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon. It took him 860 days, When he got back to England, he told the Royal Geographic Society that it was the most important piece of gear on his epic trek.
4. About Insulation
Since the hammock is suspended above the ground, circulating air beneath the hammock causes a cooling effect, so insulation is a good idea wherever the nights get cool.
There are several options for insulating a Hennessy Hammock.
Our Radiant DoubleBubble Pad is tailored to fit our hammocks with clips to keep it in place. It attaches either inside the hammock under your sleeping bag or between the layers of our Jungle Series Double Bottomed hammocks and comes in two sizes. It's pretty well bomb proof and for the average metabolism, rated to about 40F.
Note: Before I made any insulation systems, I told my customers to go pick up a truck-sized windshield reflector shade pad and trim it down to size. It's still an option if you are pinching pennies. They can be purchased at any automotive supply shop for under $10 or so. Check your local dollar store, too!
If you are looking for an all-season insulation system that has been tested in the Arctic by British Commandos, check out our SuperShelter 4-Season Insulation System. It includes an UnderCover, UnderPad (contoured open cell foam pad), and a "space blanket" that goes on top of the foam pad to reflect body heat. The OverCover is an optional accessory that can add a layer over the mesh to trap warm air in the hammock.