Hennessy Hammock Water Collector Review

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  1. Kurt Papke says:

    I’ve looked at these since I bought my first HH back in 2008, but never pulled the trigger as I could not see a situation where they would be worthwhile. The one type of hike where I thought they might be worth carrying is a coastal trail, like the Oregon Coast Trail, where you are hiking along the ocean. There would be plenty of dew and rain to fill the water collector, but not much fresh water around as salt water cannot be purified through normal means.

    Here in southern AZ I can’t see much use — it’s just too dry and rain is too infrequent. There might be a few times during the monsoon season where it would work, but then the rain comes late in the afternoon while I’m still hiking and don’t have my hammock set up yet!

    • Derek says:

      Excellent observations. I should amend my review to indicate how I best envision using these, because they do have limited use just based on tarp deployment. The other catch is that for locations where rain comes often enough that a nightly shower is expected, water is often plentiful and more easily obtained. I’m thinking specifically of a hike along the Appalachian Trail, rain forests (including the Pacific Northwest), etc.

      In northern AZ, the monsoons are frequently an afternoon event, but we often get evening showers. But, again, based on the trip, it may not be of much value. For backpacking and camping, water is an essential daily resource that can’t be left to the whim of a rainstorm.

      So, in a nutshell, yes the collectors work and they have a “cool gadget” factor, but unless you’re starring on a reality TV show and surviving on rainwater collection, they do have limited practical use if you’re on the move. It’s really makes more sense if you’re camping in a place for a few days (maybe) and have the reliability of consistent rain showers.

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for doing the review. I thought these were pure genius and picked some up but haven’t tried them out yet.

  3. Vernon says:

    Isn’t there a drip filter on the market (Sawyer mini) that will attach to the funnel and the water bottle. Or is this (bird poop) out of the realm of the filter’s purpose?

  1. March 31, 2016

    […] located at each tie-out point. These clips can be used in a variety of ways, including attaching water collection devices, shock cord for tarp tensioning, or even to hold out the hammock side […]

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