Hennessy Deep Jungle Asym Hammock
The Hennessy Hammock brand is one of the most well-known all-in-one jungle hammocks on the market. In my review of the Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Hammock, I go into more detail about the basics of the Hennessy asymmetric design and what that means, along with the other unique features on this brand. Be sure to read that review if you’re new to Hennessy.
The Deep Jungle carries all the basic features of every Hennessy but differentiates itself by having a double-layer bottom. These two layers of fabric provide a significant protection against possible bites through the fabric compared with single-layer hammocks. This is a great feature for camping in bug-infested areas (hence the “deep jungle” name).
Openings along the edge allow the two layers to open up so you can insert a pad or insulation between the layers. Hennessy sells a radiant bubble pad that is designed specifically for the Deep Jungle. Clips on the bubble pad match perfectly with hammock’s asymmetric clip points.
I reviewed the zipper model, which includes a full-length zipper on one side. This allows the bug netting to be pulled open and it can be held back with a toggle tie.
The Deep Jungle uses the same lightweight but durable 30D ripstop fabric that the Hyperlite uses but keeps some trimmings such as full-size zipper pulls. The double layer fabric adds a little bit of weight, but it can be worth it in hot and muggy areas when you don’t need much insulation but you still want bite-through protection from underneath.
Overal Impressions and Updates
I’m a big fan of the Hennessy brand. They offer models for both beginners and veteran hangers alike. There are also versions for big and tall folks or those going ultralight. The Deep Jungle model provides a layer of protection and also a place for pads that is appealing for folks who don’t want to invest in hammock-specific insulation such as under quilts to stay warm. The double layer really does a great job in keeping a pad in place when you move around in the hammock.
Hennessy recommends that you lay in the hammock with the zipper on your left side, your shoulder matching up roughly with the asymmetric tie-out. You can also lay the opposite way, with your legs toward the zipper and head next to the net side. You’re still laying right-to-left, but in the opposite direction. For me, I found that this direction was the most comfortable for this hammock, but it works both ways.
The Deep Jungle is the lighter, more agile “big brother” of the Jungle category from Hennessy. The Hennessy Jungle category include all double-layer hammocks but use less expensive fabrics to bring the cost down.
The Radiant Bubble Pad
I can’t really mention the Deep Jungle hammock without a little more detail on the Radiant Bubble Pad. After all, the two were meant for each other. The Radiant Bubble Pad is a custom-cut pad that is tapered to be wider at the shoulder and narrow at the feet. It’s a great pattern for any pad used in a hammock because it eliminates unused portions of the pad and provides adequate shoulder protection without a pad extender.
People have been using reflective bubble pads for a long time with hammocks. Car sun screens and Reflectix are both popular for do-it-yourself projects. The Hennessy version is nice because of the custom cut, edging, and asymmetric clips that pair perfectly with the Deep Jungle.
To insert the pad into the Deep Jungle, I fold it in half lengthwise and then push it into the slit in the hammock on the foot end. Once in-between the layers, I reach into the hammock through the slit and open the pad up. The foot end of the Deep Jungle has the largest slit and is the easier to fit both my arms inside to adjust the pad. On the head end, a smaller slit opens up where I can reach in and use the pad’s clip to secure it to the hammock’s pull-out points.
There is enough room between the layers that you can fit a thicker pad if you wanted.
Recommendations and Review
|Construction and Craftsmanship||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Everything is well-made and has the fit and finish of quality: no loose strings; straight, even stitching; no “ugly” exposed seams or unfinished areas.|
|Modularity and Adjustability||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The zipper model offers more modularity by allowing you to unzip and pull the netting back.|
|Aesthetics||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||I’ve heard the Hennessy referred to as a floating space ship. To me, the hammocks are reminiscent of an Imperial Star Destroyer.|
|Price and Value||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The Deep Jungle is a little more expensive thanks to lighter/stronger fabric, but compared with piecing together a hammock+tarp combo, it’s on par with cottage competition.|
- Manufacturer: Hennessy Hammocks, made in China
- MSRP: US$289.95 (the Radiant Bubble Pad adds US$29.95)
- Includes tree-friendly webbing straps
- Tarp included (you can swap your tarp during ordering; upgrade fees may apply)
- Complete with bug netting (zippered and traditional bottom-entry)
- Two 10 ft (3 m) long 1500 lb. (680 kg) test Spectra reinforced ropes with tightly braided polyester cover
- Capacity: 250 lbs (114 kg)
- 30D high-tenacity 66 silnylon ripstop fabric
- 20D Polyester no-see-um bug netting
- Hammock: 120 × 59 in (305 × 150 cm)
- 24 oz (1.2 kg)
- Hennessy Hyperlite Hammock Asym
- Hennessy Jungle models (less expensive, but same features as the Deep Jungle)
- All-in-one hammocks
Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear.