Dutchware Half-Wit Hammock Review

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  1. Dave says:

    I’ve owned this hammock since January, and largely agree with your findings. My hammock bed is the Hexon 2.6, which pulls it away from the “ultralight” category, but makes a fine carrier for more weight.

    The bug net is not for the faint-of-heart, as you aptly describe your creation. I keep the Scouts away from it, as it is must more of a fussy structure than a durable one. In fact, I’ve even separated the shock line from the top of the bugnet somewhere on the way, leaving a tab of grosgrain to support it (the grosgrain loop failed on one side). Luckily, I know a few knots, and a tautline is the perfect way to hold the tab and yet allow it to fail gracefully if roughly handled. Maybe that’s a further suggestion…

    I’ve never felt completely secure from bugs in it, as the bugnet leaves gaps between the hammock side where it drapes down – but I also haven’t experienced biting from it either. Maybe I shouldn’t “mind the gap”.

    One question – in your original design of the Hug, the bugnet also protected the bottom of the hammock. Do you think it offered better upper body protection without under insulation, or was that just illusory?

    • Derek says:

      There are some construction issues/considerations that I think could be addressed. I think the concept is solid, but as you mentioned, some of the elements could be improved.

      As for a comparison between the HUG and the Halfwit, the HUG has the possibility of providing more back protection, but it’s still not a full-length net so it will leave portions unprotected too. Big portions. It’s strength is in leveraging different systems to remove overlap and redundancies, thereby minimizing weight.

      One of the challenges of the HUG–and even the Halfwit–is that it begs the question of whether or not the few ounces or grams saved are worth the hassle. Fitted, sewn-on bug nets like on the Hennessy, Warbonnet, and Dream Hammocks use minimal netting because they are asymmetrically or geometrically shaped to reduce netting. A zipper adds that final bit of security so no matter how you lay or sit, you have confidence that the netting is secure. These full-length nettings are pretty light.

      In contrast, the HUG and Halfwit rely on all the right systems being in place. This is why I don’t recommend these systems to just everyone, especially your run-of-the-mill campers. Those familiar with bivvy sacks and minimalist tarp camping will feel the HUG and Halfwit are generous and maybe even eccentric in their use of netting. Some of the bug bivvys used for ground shelters are tiny in comparison.

      To your question about the “gap.” The HUG doesn’t use side pull outs. For better or worse, those pull outs create the gap, but the also create better interior space. If I were to modify the Halfwit, I would move the pull outs more toward the peak of the hammock, on the asymmetric point by your shoulder or head. This would relax the fabric where it begins to drape and limit the size of the gap.

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