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    Is the Dj really worth paying the extra 100$

    Hi, first I'd like to say this site is great because I learned a lot about hammock camping. I first tried it last year out of an idea that had pop in my head. I don't like sleeping in tent because I find it uncomfortable and I feel claustrophobic in those things. First experience was awesome in a way. Slept confy like a king and didn't felt the claustrophobia. But in a other way, without the knowledge that you can get here, I was near and hypotermique stage at some point in the night. Shivering inside my sleeping bag. So its good to find out there's ways to stay warm in a hammock.
    Anyway after a lot of research and thoughts, Ive decide to go with the hh but can't decide between the dj xl or the explorer ultra lite with zip. Is it really worth paying the extra 100$? Here the main concern is the cold but I intend to get the hhss wathever wich one I decide to choose between. In the same time, over here, around june and july the bug is so present that at dawn and dusk time you can't even stay outside so much there are. Is the explorer will protect me from the bugs? If yes why pay for the extra 100? Except for the double layer that you can put pad inside if the hhss won't do. I know there's some topic on the dj and most people prefer it to the other hh so Ill appreciate some opinions because I can't decide between the two. thanks

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    It may be safe to say which hammock is better boils down to your hiking prefereces. The Deep Jungle's double bottom allows for insulation between the layers. It is VERY convenient and more comfortable for some people than sleeping directly on a pad such as one made from Reflectix. The second layer of fabric does add weight. Many who backpacking with a hammock are going for the lightest solution thay can achieve. Some will even go with a slightly small hammock to save weight and bulk. Those who hike small mileage days may be willing to accept the extra weight for extra comfort.

    You may want to check to see if Tom has made modifications to the Supershelter yet for a side-zip version. He has mentioned working on one. The original Supershelter was designed specifically for the bottom-entry, but I've been told that they can work with the side-zips. Some of the newer Backpacker Asym side-zips have the rings sewn in to accommodate the Reflectix pads' attachment lines. If the Explorers haven't been fitted with them, they are not hard to add. I sewed some inside a Hyperlight.

    Agian, as with other concerns, what works best for you comes under HYOH.

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    IF I could only have one hammock and lived in a cold and buggy buggy area - YES.

    The XL is a big hammock (comfy), the fabric is silky smooth, the double layers give you the option to use multiple pads (the radiant double pad and a minicell version) and does a great job against mosquitos without pads. I've used mine with the SuperShelter (little condensation at 22F, no deal breaker) and the overcover or a Phoenix underquilt with a 2QZX UQP. I plan to use a combination of all systems for extremelly cold weather.

    Double layer hammocks give you much more flexibility with temperature extremes. But the Explorer works great as well, I have the Ultralite version tool.

    Au revoir.

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    I actually just used the SS this weekend with my expedition zip. it can be done you just have to lift the over cover up and kind of squeeze in. It's not that bad.

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    I think I will go with the dj but it come up to a lot of money when you add the ex fly and the hhsupershelter. Does the bugs bite trought the fabric of yours hammock even thought its a single layer? Cause in the henessy site they say the explorer does the job too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkaz View Post
    Does the bugs bite trought the fabric of yours hammock even thought its a single layer? Cause in the henessy site they say the explorer does the job too.
    I have never had a bug bite through my single layer hennessy (I'm in New Brunswick)

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    I've never had trouble with bugs in a single layer but I don't hang in QC. What do the locals have to say?

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    I don't know and NEVER seen nobody that camp with a hammock. After my first experience I talk about it to other outdoors enthousiastic and they got very sceptical to the idea. Wheter its backpacker hicker, cayacker or hunter.
    For the bugs I don't think its as worst as some part of the USA where there is swamps and all. I think its the same environement as vermont(but cant tell for sure because I never been). Its not that bad but there is a short time period in the year where they can drive me nuts. And without a proper shelter or bugnet you can end up full of bytes.
    Isnt the dj xl is the same size as the explorer ultra lite? And the color kind a look different to no? Or is it just the picture?
    I don't know maybe ill just pass on the ss for now and bring on a bulky pad. I could always get the ss another time but can't get the double layer another time.

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    Listen to Rosaleen - she knows heaps about Hennessy Hammocks. My nephew got claustrophobic in a bottom-entry hammock.

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    Yes, the Deep Jungle XL is the same size as the Explorers, whether "Deluxe" or "Ultralight." The differences are in the fabrics used. The Deluxe fabric is like a "duck" weave, so it is more breathable. That makes it more prone to bite-through. It is also a heavier and cheaper fabric, so that class of hammock is less expensive. The Ultralight series bottoms are made with a very tightly woven 70 denier fabric. It is more expensive, so is the hammock. It is a bit less breathable, but very resistant to bite-through by mosquitoes. The Hyperlight series are made with a Spectra grid reinforced 30 denier fabric. It is the most expensive of the fabrics the Tom uses for hammock bodies to my knowledge. The Deep Jungle series of hammock are side-entry double bottomed hammocks, using the same fabric as the Hyperlights. I believe that Tom also pairs up his lightest silnylon tarps with the Hyerlights and Deep Jungles. Of course, these are also more expensive to produce. As with most backpacking gear on the market, lighter equates to more expensive.

    A note about insect protection and control: I spray all my hammock bodies and netting with permethrin to help protect myself from insects, especially ticks and mosquitoes. I don't expect a mosquito to penetrate my hammock bottom, but I want the extra measure of protection. If I end up with my arm or head against the mosquito net, I don't know of any mesh that is 100% safe.

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