My wife who is 5'2" originally bought the Expedition model but after trying my JH she returned it and ordered a JH. We both like the extra space in the JH. At 5'2" she'll have enough room to store everything she brings right at the foot of the hammock with room to spare. We found both hammocks to be very comfortable but the extra space was the deciding factor. (I'm a bit claustrophobic too) Keep in mind we're not doing extended trail hikes where weight is very critical. We mainly do overnighters and weekenders. Space and comfort rule....at least for now.