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    Question Expedition vs. Ultralight vs. Hyperlight

    Good Morning All ~

    I am about to purchase my first HH and I am curious if anyone would share the pros and cons that exist between the HH Expedition Asym Zip, the Backpacker Asym Ultralight Zip and the Asym Hyperlite Zip. Beyond the obvious weight differences, has anyone used all three and have opinions regarding them.

    A few points to help with your insights:

    1. I am trying to get my pack down to between 15# - 20# (the weight difference between the three types is important, but not critical).

    2. I am about 5'9" and <190#.

    3. I generally solo hike around the Northwest in the Cascade Range, the Olympic National Park or along the Pacific Coast.

    4. Cost is not a deciding factor - overall quality/usefulness is.

    5. In your opinion, why is one model better than others? Details are appreciated.

    Thanks for your feedback.
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    How tall are you? Some folks find the Expedition models too short. I am 5'9" and I have the Explorer Ultralight and love it. I have not tried the Expedition models though. I tend to prefer a longer hammock.
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    While I don't own all three I own the HH Hyperlite (haven't tried the other two), if I was to compare them I would look at the fabric type used, length, width, and weight. Then using these 4 I would decide which would work/fit best for me.

    FWIW I am 5'9" 192# and the Hyperlite fit's me just fine, although I haven't used it in over 2 years, well not that I haven't tried but this is the hammock that my better half (Adia) uses and she loves it, so much so that I don't get to use it anymore..... FWIW she is about 5'6" and skinny'er than I.....

    Sorry if this didn't help you much, but, I would look at the complete spec's for all three then decide....Good luck with your decision.
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    How much do you weigh? I haven tried the hyperlite but I have had the ExUL and ExD and while I loved the ExD I wanted the weight of the ExUL - I'm at ~220 and I can deffinately tell the difference between the two, the ExD was by far more supportive and comfortable - I would suspect that you would experience similar differences if you are closer to the weight limit in one over the other
    The only other difference that would be noticeable would be the length of them vs your height.
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    There's a 50lb difference in weight capacity between the Ex and the other two.
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    I'm pretty sure there's not such beast as an expedition ultralite. I'm guessing you're talking about the Explorer Ultralite. As it's been mentioned you'll want the longer hammock if you're nearing 6' or more. I bought an expedition for my son and while I can sleep in it fine, it's not nearly as comfortable as my explorer (I'm 6'0").

    A friend of mine has the Backpacker Ultralite (same dimensions at the Hyperlite). He seems to sleep fine in it but I think he's only spent a few nights hanging. It's his only hammock so there's not much room for comparison.

    Of the HH zippered models I've seen I'd much rather have my 2QZQ mod vs the stock zipper. They use a smaller but very high quality zipper and the stitching and installation looks better than stock. It will cost extra but is just a little lighter (if that's a concern).

    Bottom line is the longer the hammock, the more comfortable it will be. If you're going to be hiking then you'll want the lighter weight model. After that, it just comes down to money. Good luck.

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    I had an HH UL BP Asym and used it for about eeh in grand total over 2 years so that is about 730 nights, sold it to a friend of mine and it is still going strong after NINE years....

    I also have a HH UL Explorer, and that has well over 730 nights in it, NINE years of age too....

    THey both have the 2qzq modification (#4), I am 1,86 mtr (6'1") and weigh 85 kg (187 lbs) to complete the info...

    Hope this helped a bit.

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    Thanks...now I know that they are a quality product.

    Why did you move from the BP UL Asym to the Explorer UL?

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    If you want a 15 to 20 lbs pack, you're pretty much stuck with the lightest option. Of the three models you suggest, any of them should fit, they are all the same size. The only difference is the weight of the fabric used. I think HH is a quality product, but if it's comfort your looking for, look at other, heavier options. I used a HH UL during my 2004 thru hike and was happy with it. The hyperlight wasn't available back then. Only when I tried other brands did I realize how much comfort I was giving up. For more comfort, Mosquito Hammocks (the least expensive of my choices), WarBonnet Black Bird, Tree to Tree Trail gear (best compromise between comfort and weight), Clark Hammocks (to me, by far the most comfortable, but maybe the heaviest to, but what I choose to carry now) and a few others. But, remember, these are only opinions, your mileage may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropicalzach View Post
    Thanks...now I know that they are a quality product.

    Why did you move from the BP UL Asym to the Explorer UL?

    Zach
    Forgot to answer your question. One would move to the heavier Explorer UL because it is a longer and bigger hammock. All else being equal, a longer hammock will be more comfortable than a shorter one. Do you need the additional comfort? Only you can answer that.

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