What size Straps?
I'm finally ordering myself a Hennessy Hammock. I've been using pieces and parts for a couple of years always wanting one, so I've decided to just order it. I was going to get the Explorer Deluxe with the Hex Fly. Weight will be about 4 pounds, but that's lighter than my tent and tarps I carry now so :D. One question I have is straps. Should I get the 72" straps or the 42"?
If the trees are anything like the ones down here in FL, it might be worth it to get the 72" ones.
Originally Posted by AlabamaDan
I shifted over to JRB Tri-Glides instead of the stock suspension after my first trip, but if I'd've stayed with it, I would have ordered the longer straps.
All of the usual acronyms apply.
kind of depends on where and what size trees you are going to be hanging from......if it were me i would go with the longer ones, would cover more situations
One thought is to get one long and one short (or order both and mix and match), that might give you a few more options...
I was thinking for $5 get the longer ones. 42" is short. I use rope now and it's easy to add another piece with a square knot, but not so with straps. (Better for the tree too!)
I'm going with the Hex Fly over the included fly. Thought it might give me some dining fly options.
You guys seem like Hennessy guys...the choices are tough. I like the idea of the Explorer Deluxe for the extra room and length. I just think I'd like the extra room. Any more advice before I pull the trigger?
How tall are you and how much does extra weight on your back matter? Those're what'll determine your choices.
Originally Posted by AlabamaDan
For me, I'm about 6' and weigh between 185 and 200 lbs depending on my activities that month. The Explorer Ultralight fits me well--I just have a little shoulder squeeze some of the time (but that's an issue for me in all gathered-end hammocks that I've tried). Otherwise, it fits me perfectly. And, the weight savings that the hammock over the standard Explorer Deluxe meant that I was able to save 5 ounces even with the hex fly (comparing PU-coated to PU-coated models) versus the standard one.
It's still heavy versus some of the other designs out there, but I'm under thirty and in reasonable shape. Most of my outdoors adventures involve bike camping rather than hiking, and weight is less of a concern there (at least for me). So, an extra few ounces here and there don't kill me.
For you? I don't know. If there's a hang coming up in your area, it might be worth going to in order to try out various hammocks.
Just get the longer ones and save yourself some pain. I have the long ones and my son has the short ones on his Hennessy Scout. There have been a couple of times where they just weren't long enough, but there has never been a time where I couldn't double-wrap my long ones around a small tree.
Ok...I pulled the trigger. A HH Explorer Deluxe with the hex fly and 72 inch straps. I really appreciate everyone quick input.
This should be a huge upgrade from my Kalisto hammock and Harbor Freight Blue Tarp!
The straps you ordered should be just fine for anything we have here in Alabama. The straps I use are the same length and I have no issues when I am hanging.
Glad to see you went with the 72" straps. My son and I both spent the $5 upgrade to get those when we ordered our hammocks (Expedition for him, Explorer Deluxe for me).
Totally worth it. The areas we've been camping, there's no way the 42" straps would have been able to work around most of the trees we've hung from. I've almost wished for the larger yet straps at times.
Depending on how you're hanging your hammock, you can usually wrap any excess strap around the tree a time or two more than you need to in order to take up the slack. But if the straps just aren't long enough, you'll either need more straps or find another site to hang from.
Hope you enjoy your HH ED setup as much as I've enjoyed mine...best camping investment I've ever made. You ordered the exact setup I did...and I have NO regrets with it at all.