Hey everyone, I'm a brand new member to the forum and pretty much a brand new hammock camper--so hopefully I'm not too full of stupid questions.
After some shopping around for 1-2 person tents, bivys, and hammocks I settled on a Hennessey Expedition zip. It was exactly what I wanted in terms of being packable, lightweight, and simple to setup and take down. Immediately after buying it I headed out to spend a couple nights in it and decide if I made the right choice. I had some issues and was hoping your input would help me solve them.
First, the main issue, I'm ~5'11" and 160 pounds. The Expedition seemed to be the right hammock for my size; however I'm wondering if I should trade-up to the explorer. Without a sleeping pad the hammock is comfy, but with my current sleeping pad (the topic of my next question) I feel a bit squished, and this is before I bring gear into the hammock (I'd like to be able to keep my pack in the hammock with me on lightweight weekend outings). Myself and my gear together shouldn't exceed 200 lbs, but that puts me right at both the size and weight limit of the Expedition.
What's your advice on the Expedition vs. Explorer? Is the larger size (and extra bulk/weight) worth it for some extra room?
Next up--I'm pretty sure I've got the wrong sleeping pad. My current pad is a Nemo Astra. It's an awesome inflatable pad for tenting. It packs up to the size of a water bottle and has a built-in pillow, but its rectangular shape gave me nothing but grief inside the hammock. Also that built-in pillow propped my head up at an awkward angle. I'm considering a few options, input would be appreciated:
- Switching to a Big Agnes or Kelty Recluse mummy pad. The big bonus is keeping the super-packable benefits of an inflatable pad
- Switching to a CCF pad and cutting it to a rhombus shape if needed to fit the hammock. I don't like the idea of adding that much external bulk to my pack, but I'm sure I'd be fine with it if it makes me comfy and happy in my hammock
- Buying the Hennessey reflective pad. This seems like a gamble, as it looks like it's equally as bulky as a CCF pad and from what I've heard reflective pads work best with an extra blanket over them.
Finally, any links/tips to maintenance of the hammock? Namely stuff like regular waterproofing of the fly, or recommended upgrades? I've already switched to using biners and descent rings to hang the hammock (love them), and will try tying the rain fly to the trees next time.
Thanks! I can't wait to get these kinks figured out and get back out there