Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series – Expedition Zip Review

  • June 4, 2020
  • / By Matthew Cordero
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Zip

For many campers and trekkers, the tent is the number one, must-have item on the checklist. Tents, after all, serve as a make-shift shelter and a comfortable corner amidst the great outdoor.

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Zip

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Many outdoor lovers today, however, are becoming fond of hammocks and the ease it brings. Hammocks are fast becoming one of the most favorite travel accessories for campers, trekkers, and backpackers. Many are even swapping their tent in favor of a hammock where they can actually sleep on it. There is such a thing as “Hammock Camping” now and compared to tents, hammocks are easier to set up and only take up a little space in your bag.

If you are interested in bringing a hammock in your next camping, you might want to consider the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series - a fully innovative yet affordable hammock shelter.

Hennessy was able to make a name for itself when it comes to offering unique hammocks specifically for campers. The company was a forerunner in innovative hammock designs that allows for flatter lay while suspended in the air.

Dubbed as the hammock that “started the hammock camping revolution” the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series offers lightweight, comfortable, and easy to set up hammocks suitable even for a family of campers.

There are three products in the series: the Classic, the Zip, and the Jungle Expedition Zip. The Classic Model is a bottom entry camping hammock that snaps closed under the weight of your body and seals with velcro. The Zip Model offers a side entrance with a heavy-duty YKK zipper and two double sliders. The Jungle Expedition Series has a double layer bottom made available with a40d nylon for 100% mosquito protection. All Hennessy hammocks have built-in bug nets, wind protection, are waterproof, and have great nylon straps for excellent support.  

The Hennessy Expedition Zip is one of the most popular choices for campers and hammock enthusiasts for many reasons. Its components - 70d high-density nylon bottom, 30D no-see-um mosquito mesh, gear loft slides on ridgeline; 70d polyester ripstop rain tarp,680 kg test polyester ropes, and complimentary webbing straps - are seamlessly integrated to give you protection from the weather and from insects like bugs and mosquitos.

The Zip provides the comfort you need while in an asymmetrical position. Many campers would vow to the ease and support of the side entry option that the Zip brings. Through the side entry, you can smoothly go in and out of the hammock for quick breaks while exploring the outdoors. Its structural ridge line allows you to have the same bed and comfort every night while on camping as it gives sturdy setup with its suspending ropes that are six times stronger than the rated weight limit.

Nature loves would also love the fact that the Hennessy Expedition Zip Hammock is environmental-friendly. It includes complementary webbing straps with every purchase to prevent damages, even on small trees. It guarantees a “Leave No Trace” to nature shelter.

Specifications

  • Height Limit: 6' tall / 183 cm
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs / 114 kg
  • Packed Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz / 1232 g not including 3 oz/ 84 g webbing straps
  • Packed Size: 4" x 7" x 9" / 10 cm x 18 cm x 23 cm
  • Hammock Fabric: 70d high density nylon taffeta  
  • Suspending Ropes: 10' / 305 cm, 1500 lb. / 680 kg test polyester rope
  • Webbing Straps: 1.5" x 42" / 3.8 cm x 107 cm black polyester

Insider Thoughts

The Hennessy Expedition Zip is undoubtedly one of the most beloved hammocks by campers and outdoor enthusiasts because of its great, asymmetric design.

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Zip details

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However, the comfort this hammock brings vary per individual. It has a height limit of up to 6 ft and 250 lbs. so much taller individuals can find it a bit uncomfortable. Many campers though love the fact that it is affordable and easy to carry around than a regular tent.

Some also find the ridge line not ideal for sitting up. The hammock being a bit narrow compared to other brands might be a disadvantage to some but once you find your sweet spot, you might actually get used to it.

Components wise, the Zip is excellent. However, others, especially those who are new at camping, find it difficult to setup. It is not color-coded and the instruction takes some getting used to. For seasoned campers, this may not seem like a problem at all.

The hammock hangs easy but might also be difficult for some to make the suspending ropes equal in length, especially in the middle of the forest or nature. The tree straps of the Zip are 42 inches long, but you can request for a much longer strap for free directly from Hennessy, or you can bring an extra webbing of your own. You can easily just attach it while setting the hammock up.

Pros

  • Excellent accessories like rain fly to aid seasoned campers
  • Great for changing weather conditions
  • Durable, good quality, and a great alternative to a tent

Cons

  • On the heavier and bulkier side
  • Not ideal for sitting up
  • Difficulty when setting up for the first time

Who's This For?

The Hennessy Expedition Zip is excellent for seasoned campers and trekkers. Its design and all the accessories included in the purchase greatly benefits those who are always in the outdoors. If you are an outdoor lover, you would appreciate every feature, even the way it is setup.

The Zip’s functional rainfly and mosquito net are extra very useful especially if you want to have a good night’s rest after a busy day of camping and exploring nature.

This hammock is also a good choice for lovers of the environment since it leaves no damage to nature.

While the Zip is excellent in camping, you would be surprised by how versatile the hammock actually is. If you want to have some fun with your family in the comforts of your home, you can easily set it up on the porch or garden along with a tent. Have some BBQ and movie night and enjoy some quiet time in the afternoon or night, depending on your choice.

Where to Buy​​​​

The Hennessy Expedition Zip is available in shops specializing in outdoor gears. It is also readily available online via the Hennessy website or in Amazon, where you can find many helpful reviews that will aid you when deciding to buy.

Final Verdict

The Hennessy Expedition Zip Hammock, no doubt, is an excellent option for camping, even on variable weather conditions. It has great protection from weather and insects, and it has a great asymmetric design for comfort and support.

The hammock also is fully equipped with the right accessories to aid your camping comfort needs. So if you are the type who preferred hammock camping than bringing a tent, this might be the right choice for you.  It is good to note, however, that it is heavier than other hammocks being offered in the market. While it is easy to pack and bring around, the additional bulk might not be an advantage to some.

Value-wise, the Expedition Zip is on top of the list. With its level of comfort, innovative asymmetric design, and durability, you are sure that you are getting the value of what you have paid for. While it does take a while to set up, many would say that this challenge actually gets better in time.

Overall, the Hennessy Expedition Zip Hammock is a great tent replacement and is perfect for seasoned campers and trekkers who always go on a camping trip. If you are a beginner, then it is good to check out other hammocks models that might suit your taste.

When deciding to buy, however, make sure to do your research to make sure you are making the right choice.