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    Question Kids are getting hammocks... Advice?

    Hello all,

    I am a relative noobie to HF, been hanging for a couple years now and starting to get involved with group hangs etc. Over the last couple years my hammock has been on numerous family camping trips and inevitably I get kicked out back to the tent for a night or two so that my 7yr old and 9 yr old can have a turn spending a night in the hammock. Both are accomplished back country campers and love to sleep in the hammock. In the next few years they are likely to go on some fairly extensive trips. I just found out that the Grandparents would like to buy the kids their own hammocks for christmas so I need to come up with a suggestion as to which is best. Price is definitely a concern and bug net and tarp will have to be in the package, so I am looking for any advice on what the best value is out there for a complete set up with a specific focus on kid friendliness? Anyone out there have their kids using a non-custom set up? I would love to hear some feedback.

    Thanks in advance for any advice,

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    My two older kids (13 & 14) have Hennessy Hammocks Ultralite Backpackers. My youngest has a Grand Trunk Ultralight. They all seem very happy with them.

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    Hennessy Scout Zip is a good option. It has an integrated bugnet and it comes with a tarp, 42" tree straps and free snakeskins for $100. The tarp is small but works well enough for straight down rain. IMO $200 for two complete set ups is a good deal. The only thing I'd do is swap out the stock rope for some whoopie slings. If you buy or make them they need to be made specially for the hennessy with a longer fixed loop. This video shows a stitched bury but you can also do a locked brummel the way Dan showed you at the hang.



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    If you're interested in being able to swap the suspension out, I'd recommend making a pair of long chain links (fixed loops), you can thread then through in the same manner as the whoopies, though the last hammock I saw bought from Hennessy no longer had the traditional "two holes" for suspension. They had swapped out for a sewn in piece of 2" webbing. If that's how your setup looks, then a simple larks head will do the trick. TBH I much preferred the older style of gather.

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    Will second Bubba's suggestion of Scouts. I have two for my girls. I have slept in one several nights,was comfortable.
    If we can figure out a way you are welcome to borrow them to test out.

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    Thanks all,

    Was surfing for a couple hours last night and the Hennessy does look like the best deal for the money. I will have to work on my rope work so that I do't trap the kids in their own bug net (thanks Bubba ) Jay I will let you know if we end up down that way but thanks for chiming in I knew your girls had a Hennessy just couldn't remember which one. Dan you may get an urgent message on or about the 24th of Dec asking for help with rope construction !
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    Cost wise, the ENO SingleNest might be a better option, but by the time you add a bugnet and tarp, it may wind up being more expensive. Whatever you get them, do teach them what tree saver straps are and how to use them.

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    No worries man.

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    I have a Scout for my 7-y-o. He's just not real keen on staying by himself yet. I think we might do a Cub Scout campout in Nov and I'm afraid I might end up on the ground.
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    Hi Jax

    Hey Jax,

    Glad to hear you chose Hennessy too. My daughters first time we both slept in the hammock, heads at opposite ends, I chose a warm dry night and made sure the tent was within talking distance so she could hear the rest of the family. Still put the hammock close and she can talk with us if she likes when she is in there alone. Also found that hanging a small l.e.d. light from the ridge line right above her head so she can read and/or turn it on if she likes helped.

    Good luck with the camp out.

    Cheers

    Cedar
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