I think if we broaden the view a bit we can see this is the same for the other commercial hammocks. Most of us started out buying a commercial hammock (HH,Speer,Claytor, whatever). The ones that were intentionally made for 'camping' really had weight as a consideration. Well this kind of 'shortens' things up a bit. However, the comfort is still there!
When you venture into the world of making your own, a whole new layer of comfort becomes obvious. It's like going from a Twin bed to a King. The both can be utilized but that extra space sure is nice
So, I think the commercial manufacturers have realistic size, weight, etc. limits but for a certain level of comfort. If you want to sleep in the twin bed there are some excellent (and light) products available.
Members of this forum that have been hammocking for awhile or explored many options tend toward the king size comfort IMO. The HH safari is MUCH more comfortable than the explorer ultralight, although I fit in both....
So, in a way the HF community isn't the best 'gauge' for consumer use....
We are the elite after all