Not worth it in the long run
After trashing the hammock in one week i decided to spend the money on a hennesy hammock. It is way more expensive but I have been happily using it for 7 months without fail. Instead of buying 3 of these you can get 1 that will last as long as you do.
I've spent a lot of nights in this product. You can't go wrong for the price, BUT:
1. Sleeping in a hammock takes getting used to. If you use it for weekend overnight backpacking, you probably won't sleep well. I found after a few days of getting used to it, I could sleep eight hours without stirring. It is great on hot nights when the mosquitos are hungry and chiggers, snakes, spiders, and scorpions make sleeping on the ground unpleasant. It is light weight as well!
2. Insects can bite right through the canvas bottom. Use permethrin to stop that.
3. This product is not terribly durable. You have to be REALLY careful not to tear the mosquito neeting. The way you avoid this is tie the main support and center line of the tarp at the same level. Else when you put your weight on it you'll tear the mosquito net away from the hammock part. That said, it costs $35! You could buy two for the cost of one night in a motel! Nothing else comparable comes close in price, so I've gone through two and am happily about to buy a third.
4. Be careful with it in tactical situations. When you're all zipped up in it, you are a tempting bayonet target.
5. The provided ropes were flimsy and unsafe. Replace with multiple strands of 550 cords, or even better 6mm mountaineering accesory cord.
This is a pretty good hammock especially because of the mosquito netting. The only drawback is the lack of side panels. The key words here are Jungle Hammock, its not supposed to be warm, just dry, cool, and insect free. The whole point of a hammock is to keep you off the ground in rainy and damp jungle conditions.
Great sheleter for on-the-go!
The person who said you get wet with this is not very experienced with hammocks. I solved the dripping problem by simply wrapping and then tying some twine around the ropes near the rainfly so the water will drip off down to the ground before it gets into the hammock.
You'll get wet!
If you are laying in this thing when it rains, the water will travel down the ropes right into the back of your neck. The way to make this system work is take off the factory tarp and tie a poncho or other shelter half over the hammock to keep the ropes dry.
this product is perfect for dry and hot conditions, but cold, windy and wet conditions its not the best. pretty good overall.
- November 22, 2005
This kicks butt
This hammock is very comfortable and it keeps you dry and warm.At least warm on your underside.It's very light weight and easy to pack.