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Hennessey Hammocks

Rode into Budapest a few days ago and met up with Bicycle Luke. After a week and a half apart where I just plodding and pondering over his Hennessey Hammock, I figured that I’d have him unfurl it and show me what it is made of.

What follows are photos and descriptions of the Hennessey Hammock:
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Budapest, Hungary- July 23, 2008
Travelogue Travel Photos
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The hammock is first tied up to a tree or another support similar to any other hammock. Then you tie in the lines and adjust to the length you want it to be.

This is the Hennessey Hammock when it is initially unfurled. “It is like a ship’s sail,” spoke Luke about how you open the hammock.

Once you have it tied up and unwound you can open it up and get in. The weight of your body automatically closes the opening, so you are defended against insects from the mesh that extends over the top of the hammock.

Photo of Luke unwinding his Hennessey hammock. You simply wrap it up like a sail when you want to pack it out and then unravel it when you want to sleep. The whole process only takes a matter of minutes.

A photo of the Hennessey hammock ready to be used.

Luke demonstrating how to attach the rain slip over the hammock. The “roof” of the hammock is but a piece of fabric but it connects to the main body with clips. It seemed as if it would really withstand the force of a rain storm, and Luke says that it does just this. He recently spent two days tucked up inside this hammock in rain showers north ofBudapest.

In all, after inspecting the Hennessey Hammock, I think that they are a useful piece of travel gear. But there are other options. Andy the Hobotraveler.com just recently left a comment on one of my previous entries – Hammock Tent as Travel Shelter – about how he has a similar set up but just uses a Thai hammock with a mosquito net slip, and a rain poncho over it.

I like the idea of assembling low cost multi-use pieces of travel gear rather than sending $200 on a Hennessey Hammock that is specialized to the point that it’s uses are limited. For example, you can use all of the pieces in Andy’s rig seperately: You can use the hammock as a hammock, the mosquito net as a mosquito net, and the rain poncho as a rain poncho. You can then, if you choose, easily assemble these pieces all together to assemble a hammock set-up that is similar to the Hennessey.
But the advantage of the Hennessey Hammock is that all of these pieces are already put together and ever ready for use as a tent shelter. It is also light weight and compacts into a small package. If camping outside is the modus-operandi of your travels then perhaps the Hennessey Hammock could suit you well.
I am still thinking it over – $200 is a lot of money.
Links to previous travelogue entries:
Hennessey Hammocks
Cheap Travel Means Studying Foreign Language
Postcards from Around the World

Hennessey Hammocks
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