Handy Hammock Stand Review

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  1. Artie Bruno says:

    Can you use a hennessey hammock with this stand?

    • Derek says:

      I will check and see. I’m also going to test a longer 11 ft (3.3 m) hammock as well. The issue with a Hennessy will be the attached suspension rope on either end. You could either remove the stock rope and replace it with a loop, or use a hardware go-between. I’ll append this post with my findings; thanks for asking!

      • Artie says:

        What do you think of the madera hammock stand by Byer of Maine for the Hennessy hammock?

        • Derek says:

          I’ve never tried the Madera stand, but it looks interesting. It looks like it is only one support. I’m not sure how it would work with two stands. The Hennessy Hammock could work, but you may have to modify the stock suspension.

      • Derek says:

        Yes! The Hennessy worked out great with the mod I put on (carabiner and amsteel loop). Just widen the distance between the struts. Here’s the measurements I used (as seen in the images with the Hennessy):

        Distance between struts:
        TOP: 136 in (345 cm)
        BOTTOM: 92 in (234 cm)

  2. Ian Smith says:

    I have one of these and its used all the time. Assembly is quick and easy and durable. Comes in as the name states handy almost anywhere we needed to stop and pitch. Great product.

  3. Isheian says:

    Think it can handle a clark?

    • Derek says:

      I found the stand to work with hammocks up to 11 ft (3.3 m) long (NOTE: that is the measured, flat length; a hammock is “shorter” when hung with a proper sag). The Clark hammock should fit fine between the struts, the question is about the suspension. If you look at the modifications I did to the stand, I rigged a short loop of 7/64″ am steel and then connected a small climbing-rated carabiner. This gave me an attachment point that would work with all my hammocks one way or another. The carabiner is not needed with some styles of hardware (e.g., Whoopie Hook from DutchWare). The trick is that the attachment point is near the end of the hammock. With my Hennessy with the stock rope, I was able to tie off as close as I needed. I’m sure the Clark will fit, it’s just a matter of adjusting the suspension system.

  4. Heather Darnell says:

    Not really understanding all the details and stressors – would it be feasible to replace the two longest support (struts?) with sturdy – probably fixed length – trekking poles, to save weight?

    • Derek says:

      The way the stand is constructed, it is not possible to remove the struts and replace them with trekking poles, but it’s a great idea. I think it would be difficult, however, to make a stand that would work with trekking poles. The grips would be a major problem to overcome. The strands of cord apply compressive forces from the tips of the metal struts and the four poles in the center keep the strut from bending. It’s a very interesting design that puts tensegrity to good use.

  5. georgemaung says:

    Hi Derek

    I just played with my handyhammock stand. Thanks for the modifications tips.

    One thing I did was instead of connecting the two strut with a shock-cord, I added a small shock-cord to one of the small arm in the middle of the strut. Now I am able to set up each strut free-standing.

  6. georgemaung@yahoo.com says:

    I will post it on hammockforum. It is easier. My put up
    time is Less than 3 minutes each strut. Take down time is less than
    two minutes each side. I did add 4 whoopies on each side to make
    the tetrahedral bigger to handle more upright position of the
    struts. Then two short whoopies with Dutch hooks to connect to any
    hammocks. So total of six whoopies added to each side.

    • Brittany says:

      Hi there!

      Just wondering, where might I find your mod to make the HH free-standing? I combed through HF but couldn’t seem to find it. Have you found your mod to be a viable alternative/mod in the long(er) run? I.e., has it held up over the past ~8 months?


      • Derek says:

        Hey Brittany. There is no mod specific to the Hennessy per se. The mod instructions here work for the Hennessy and any other hammock. The only trick is to separate the struts so you can lengthen the distance between them. The shock cord keeps the stand from falling while you set up the hammock. The stand and the mods have held up great and I continue to use it.

    • HoosierHanger says:

      I have gone to Hammockforum and looked through your posts hoping to see pictures of your modifications. I haven’t been able to find them. I am very interested in seeing what you have done. Could you post pictures here or tell me where to find them on Hammockforum. Thanks.

      • Derek says:

        The main modifications I’ve illustrated in the post. Some of these mods have been incorporated into the retail version. For example, I added the shock cord between the struts, the Amsteel loops and Dutch Whoopie Hooks or Biners to allow me to attach the hammock after the stand is up.

        Recently, to try and save more weight, I eliminated all but two (2) of the plastic ground discs and measuring lines. Since the triangles are basically equal distances, I use the “tendon” lines to measure everything out. I stake the pegs in at angles and then wrap the tendon lines in a figure-8 pattern before locking it down. The two ground discs are used to keep the struts from digging deep into the ground. This isn’t really a “mod” per se, but it has saved a lot of weight overall. I now prefer not having so many lines to get tangled up. It’s more convenient, and probably stronger, to use the discs with the ground pegs, but it has been working for me so far.

  7. This was a GREAT review, Derek! Very informative and sheds whole new light on me picking up the stand for beach/camping trips. Any idea if the stand would work on an ENO Double Hammock?

  8. Jaime says:

    Do you think it would work with a WBBB?

    • Derek says:

      Yes, it will.

      • Cletus says:

        How about a WBBB XLC with a big guy in it (230lb)? Any guess what clearance might be like, and if it could still accommodate an UQ beneath it in those circumstances?

        A single Handy Hammock strut per hammock might be a great solution for camping or backpacking when trees are somewhat scarce and especially when you want to hang two hammocks beside each other (e.g. spokes off a hub). Four out of five dentists agree it is clinically proven to be 100x easier to find one tree in a good place rather than 3-4 trees just the right distance apart. Also you should floss…

        • Derek says:

          I haven’t personally tested the XLC on the stand but based on my experience I think it would be fine. It might be a little lower than chair height.

  9. Justin says:

    What is the easiest way to figure out the required distance between the struts for different hammocks? Thanks for the great review, and your continued responses to everyone

  10. Katie Chauvot says:

    Hi Derek! Do you think 3 of these would be able to support a Clark Vertex with two adults? Thanks! :)

  11. Amanda says:

    I bought the modified Handy Hammock pack that comes with extra hardware based on your review. On my first test I’ve found that the bug net I picked up (eno guardian) sags a lot, to the point that the netting is touching my skin. Any suggestions? I’m using the hammock that comes standard with the HH.

    • Derek says:

      Any bug net like the ENO Guardian requires some “lift” to keep it off your face. Some hammocks come with internal ridge lines that function to keep the bug net away. In your case, you will need to device some sort of line that will pull the bug net away from your face.

      The Handy Hammock stand doesn’t provide much height, so you’ll likely need to use separate poles, like trekking poles or sticks, to pitch a tarp or hang a line to hold the bug net up. Another way would be to tie a line that pulls the bug net from your head to your feet. It might sag a little over your legs, but still away from your body and head.

      • Amanda says:

        Thanks. Do you have any recommendations for hard, impacted soil? Apparently we have a lot of that around here… I was able to pour water on the soil and let it sit for a bit, but even then, the HH stakes don’t seem to be made for bad soil. I’m currently thinking of replacing the ground anchor system entirely.

        • Derek says:

          The choices are difficult if you are backpacking. So much depends on where you will be and what you’re willing to carry. If you are Just using the stand for local trips, you might get some 3 foot rebar and use a mallet.

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