DD Hammocks Jungle Hammock Modular System Review

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  1. Mark says:

    Hi there, I was looking at the lawson and this but can’t find any vids with then being used during heavy rain, have you had any experience, I am new to this all and eventually want a Clark NX-250 but in the mean time I am looking for cheaper alternative I plan to hike around Scotland’s national parks so could you recommend a thermo mat?

    Thanks, and great blog excellent reviews.

    • Derek says:

      Lots of great questions, Mark.

      The DD Hammock will be lighter and more suitable for backpacking than the Lawson, and shipping will be cheaper too. If you know you will be encountering a lot of rain on your trip, you might invest in a bigger tarp. In my own experience, the DD Jungle Hammock’s tarp/weather cover would do fine, especially if you leave the tent poles behind. The tent poles pull up the tarp and expose the under side of the hammock more. This isn’t a huge deal in some situations, but if you can’t get a good site that is somewhat protected from the wind, you might get some sideways rain issues.

      A good tarp alternative for less is the Ticket to the Moon diamond tarp.

      I think the DD Jungle Hammock is a good competitor to the Clark NX-250.

      As for insulation, are you looking for a cost-effective (less expensive) solution? For most 3-season camping down to 0°C (32°C), most people can get away with a closed-cell foam pad. I like the military pads because they are wider (most pads are only 20 inches wide vs 24 inches for the GI pad). The widest pad that I recommend for hammocks is the wide Thinlight Pads from Gossamer Gear.

      The double-layer DD Jungle Hammock is a great option to hold a pad in place, but isn’t necessary. If you want to save a little more weight, go for the single-layer.

      • Mark says:

        I purchased the DD Jungle Hammock after reading what you had to say plus other reviews, also purchased the under blanket for the hammock and have purchased a Vango 900 ultralite sleeping bag.

        I am Looking at different tarps.. Will decide in a few days which to get, my hammock will be here tomorrow 🙂 going to take it out Wednesday after few test runs tomorrow/Tuesday.

        Thanks for your help.

  2. I am 6’4″and go 275lbs, obviously I am American 🙂 (based on units of measure) and am interested in how this system accommodates a gentleman with my frame, I am not fat, just very wide, lots of protein heavy lifting and such. I am yet to find a system that could comfortably accommodate me, but this one looks promising, any info would be appreciated.

  3. Krammer says:

    For cold weather, i recommend an Underquilt, rather than a thermo mat.
    For European customer, http://haengemattenshop.com is a good place to shop DD hammocks. They also have the more expensive, but in my opinion better Hennessy hammocks in their inventory.

  4. Hi

    I’m looking at a DD or Hennessy deluxe. Absolutely no experience and wondered what you would choose?

    • Derek says:

      DD has amazing prices if that is a drivingfactor. I think Hennessy has a little better quality. What other factors are important to you?

      • Price is always nice but I can wait a bit and increase my budget. I’m after adaptability. One hammock for all situations. I’m not likely to be jetting off to the amazon or artic tundra (uk based) so it would be all seasons but temperature ranging from summer sun on engliah south coast/dartmoor to Scottish Highlands.

        I’ve got a snugpak jungle bag with built in mosquito net already but will not say no to a canopy as I like the extra sense of personal space.

        Thanks for the quick reply by the way.

        • LJ Dellar says:

          If you want versatility, go with the DD, as it makes a pretty good bivvy tent pitched on the ground; something that is difficult with a Hennessey. The difference in price is about £60 although it would seem it is cheaper to buy the DD in the States(!) as here in the UK it is £109 for the single layer and £119 for the double. The DD claims to take larger weights and comes with (in my opinion) a better suspension system.

          You can save yourself some pennies and get a better and more versatile shelter (again in my humble opinion) by going for the DD Travel Hammock/Bivi (it has a waterproof base) and a 3×3 metre tarp.

          Prices are currently £49 for the hammock and £35 for the tarp
          Total £84

          Weights are

          Tarp 790g (excl. Pegs & Guy Lines, which are included)
          Travel Hammock 930g (hammock only, but comes with 10m of Webbing (200g), 2 x 2m of Elastic Cord, 2 x Lightweight Poles, Stuff Sack)

          Total all-up weight of about 2Kg (4.5lb).

          Compare this to the Jungle Hammock at almost exactly the same weight for £119

          Add a pair of walking poles and you can set this up as a bivvy tent very simply…

          And if your Scottish adventures take you to Glencoe or Rannoch Moor there are very few trees…

          Just so you know I have used mine slung from trees, on the ground AND suspended between rocks on a Tor on Dartmoor using rock screws…

  5. Geoff says:

    I was very disappointed with this product. I tried setting it up in back garden and wasn’t convinced. Took it out in the wild the following night and it split right across the middle. Its only 1 skin if you want the tarp and feels very flimsy. OK. if you’re out in the jungle, you wont need the 2nd skin so as to insulate in between. However, I don’t believe this product is man enough for an outdoor adventure hammock. I emailed my disappointment to whom I bought it from on line and they haven’t given me an explanation which adds more sour grapes. My 1st DD hammock was great but this thing is, in my opinion, very poor and a waste of money.

    Apologies for the negativity but there you go!!

    • Rafael says:

      Hi Geoff, did you tried to contact them to ask for compensation ? I’ve heard they are really good at customer service in DD Hammocks…

      Thanks for the info!

  6. Rafael says:

    Hi Derek, thanks a lot for this Web page and your book. With a group of friends we are fostering some humanitarian activities in the Amazon rainforest since four years ago. This very year we are planning to go deeper into the jungle through one of the affluents of the Amazon river in Peru. We are considering to try hammocks but all of us are newbies with them. The DD jungle hammock is one of our candidates, but there are also the Clark TX 270 (much more expensive) and the HH jungle safari. As we will spend a minimum of 15 days an a maximum of one month (august) sleeping and living on it, which one would be your first choice ? Thanks a lot in advance for your answer !

    • Derek says:

      I would go with either the DD Jungle or the Hennessy Deep Jungle series. Both are lighter and pack smaller and will save you some funds. I’d upgrade to larger tarps on both just to give you more flexibility in shelter options.

  7. bill says:

    Derek, good review. My 1st question is what is your size height & weight? I am new to hammock & this one is smaller than most of the competition. i am 6’1″ & 190 lbs. & I am going on a camping road trip out west (US national parks) The DD’s impresses me & I wonder if I can use this rather than their XL. thanks again for the thorough review.

  8. Andy says:

    Hi Derek, thanks for the review.
    Do you think we can change or add another ridge line and place it from end to end of the hammock (attached to the suspension loops), just like HH or any other regular gathered end hammock? Thanks!

  9. sarah says:

    Hi Derek,
    I am 6’0″ and 265 lb (yeppers, I is a big girl!)…Lol! But I ordered the DD Frontline XL hammock and with the Rallt suspension system (rated to1000 lb+) and Rallt carabineers I am perfectly comfortable and SAFE! It’s also more affordable than the jungle hammock. With the money saved, I bought the 4m x 4m lightweight tarp. Totally awesome set up for the money! Also, check out the kellykettle.com site for the ultimate “cooking” stuff. And ALL of it fits in the bow of my kayak. Adventure awaits!

  10. Ian says:

    Any opinions on the (relatively) short length of 2.7m (<9'), and how that affects comfort vs, say, Dutch's new Chameleon (at 11')? I like the price and modularity of the DD, but not having a lot of experience with various hammocks, am leery on the short length.

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