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    New HH owner- first night out, and some first impressions

    With another summer of motorcycle camping approaching, I've been accumulating hammock gear for my wife and I. In the past we've tented but this year we'll be off the ground. I ordered a Hennessy Explorer, and it arrived Friday, so I set it up and played around with it, and decided to try a night out in it. A low of 30 was forecast, and although I'm not a winter camper, even summer nights in the U.P. can get into the low 40s, so I figured it would be a good test of my insulation system.

    Under me I had a cheap Thermarest knockoff that I got at Dunham's a couple years ago, and under that a short section of a WalMart blue pad. They were both slid into an SPE I made from bed sheet material, with blue pad extensions under my arms & shoulders. On top, a synthetic fill mummy bag, also from Dunhams', rated at 30 degrees, deployed quilt style. Wore fleece sweats, wool long john top, fleece sweater, tuque.

    There was a slight breeze from the WSW. I rigged the tarp (stock HH diamond) low on the windward side, and high to leeward, since that was east and I wanted to see the sunrise. That is, if I didn't bail before then.

    Well, I didn't bail. In fact, I was quite comfy most of the night, which wound up dropping to 33 degrees. Nature's call woke me at 0330, and I got a bit cool after that, but not so cold I couldn't sleep the rest of the night. The weak link was the sleeping bag- it was a cheapo when I bought it, and it seems to have lost some of its loft since then. But the pad combo kept my backside toasty. So I think it will do for camping in what we call summer up here. I'll likely ditch the WM blue pad and just use the inflatable and SPE.

    So, a successful first night out in the HH. In fact, it was my first night OUT in any hammock, although I've slept inside in my DIYs quite a bit this winter.

    A few first impressions, to add to the boatload of info already on here:

    When I first set it up it seemed awfully small compared to my gathered end DIY hammock- and in fact it is a good foot shorter between the whipping. I was worried it was going to be too small, but I fit just fine. But I'm glad it's not any smaller. I'm 6', 190 lbs, BTW.

    I had no problem with the pad/sleeping bag combo and the bottom entry. There is a bit of squirming involved, but no worse than in my top entry DIY. I was a little concerned about this, based on some of the posts I read here, but it turned out to be a non-issue.

    I may experiment with a simple weather shield to go inside the bug netting. I'd like to be able to shut out the drafts, while still having the tarp pitched high. It would have to go inside, so I could open it and peek out, or pull it shut for privacy/warmth. Has anyone done such a thing?

    Anyway, those are my first impressions of my new Explorer Deluxe. I'm looking forward to more nights in it.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Excellent cold weather /1st night outside results! A million times better than my 1st ever attempt years ago.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Nice piece of gear and congrats on a successful cold hang!
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    Congratulations on your hang! Know what you mean about the added cover. I have tried emergency space blanket material but think I would go to very light nylon if I did not have a super shelter top. Easy to tuck one side up on that during setup. It would not be hard to make one once you see one.

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    Yeah, something like the SS overcover is what I'm thinking, but inside the bug net so it could be opened or closed while inside. I may putz with it some. My hammock has rings on the inside at the tie-out points, to hold a HH bubble pad I assume, so I may try something that clips to those and drapes over the ridge. A zippered panel that stows at the foot, like a Clark or a 2QZQ mod 4 would be great, but that's beyond my skill level.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Do yourself a favor and make sure to leave some vent for moisture exit what sounds line an inner tent. Otherwise, you are likely to have condensation raining down on you as you get up...
    Rosaleen

    Hennessy Hammock afficionado and supporter.

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    I enjoyed my first night out in my Explorer Zip last week. I used two blue cf pads, and slept in a mountain equipment co-op Habanero rated to 0 c. I have to say, other than having to play around with the cf pads, I slept very soundly. The temp dipped to -9 c. where I was and there was no wind. The only problem I noticed was a buildup of condensation on the bottom of the cf pads. Great, now if I could only afford an Underquilt.

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