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Hammock Shelter System Comparison With included Mosquito Net and Rainfly

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All in one hammock shelters make things much easier than buying each component individually. These shelters include a hammock, mosquito net, and a rainfly (tarp).

But listen up.

These shelters are extremely convient. They give you everything you need to camp in a hammock all in one pack. And depending on how much you spend it can be pretty light too.

For you impatient folks the best all in one hammock shelter is the Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip, and if you’re curious keep on reading. You might find that you like a different one better.

Anyways, lets get into comparing the most popular all inclusive hammock shelters.

All in One Hammock Shelters Compared

Hammock Weight Weight Limit Size Check Price
Eno Sublink Shelter System 45oz 300lbs 8’9” x 3’11” Check Price on Amazon.com
Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker Asym Zip 32oz 200lbs 10’ x 4’10” Check Price on Rei.com
Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip 44oz 250lbs 10’ x 4’10” Check Price on Amazon.com

Observations

When it comes to this type of hammock Hennessy is the big player. They’ve been around a long time and this type of hammock shelter is their specialty.

But when going with a Hennessy be sure to keep an eye on the weight limit.

I for one am definitely too heavy for the Hennessy Ultralite.

But Eno has also been around for a while. Their Sublink Shelter System is just a kit including all the components you need for this. Whereas the Hennessy Hammocks are actually all in one.

With the combination of the Sub7 Hammock, Guardian SL Bug Net, Profly Sil Rain Tarp, Helios Suspension System, and some lightweight stakes this system weighs in at 45oz.

What makes this different than the other hammock shelters is that this is a completely modular set up. Meaning you can swap out parts of this shelter system as it’s just a traditional hammock, bug net and tarp.

Small hammocks are difficult for taller and/or bigger people to get comfortable in.

I’m 5’11” and hammocks of this size always give me problems when trying to sleep through the night in them. Although they’re great for just relaxing in at my size.

This hammock is 8’11” x 3’11” and weighs in at 6.5 ounces.

Now the weight is impressive, but it’s simply not worth the sacrifice in comfort for me.

Next up we have the Guardian SL Bug Net.

It’s the lightest bug net that ENO makes at the time of writing this.

It works with all of the ENO hammocks out there.

And it has a unique take on getting in and out of the hammock.

Now unique isn’t always great. Many people complain about the difficulty of opening and closing the bug net. This is because it’s more like a sock that anything.

That means that when it’s open it’s cinched tight around one end of your hammock, then you get in and you have to pull the bug net up and cinch it around the opposite side of the hammock.

If you’ve spend any time trying to adjust an underquilt you know how difficult this is.

Finally we’re onto the tarp.

This is by far the best part of this shelter system.

But it is pricy, and the price of the shelter system package reflects that.

It’s 16 ounces, has a bult in stuff sack, and 4 tie outs.

Don’t forget that it’s made out of silicone impregnated ripstop nylon making it waterproof.

If it’s not already obvious this tarp is my favorite piece of this shelter system.

But wait there’s more.

We can’t forget about the Helios Suspension system.

This isn’t anything crazy, it’s just ENO’s take on the traditional whoopie sling suspension system. Which is much different than their other daisy chain suspension systems like the Slapstrap and Atlas Strap.

The weight limit for this suspension is 300lbs and it has my seal of approval because I love whoopie slings.

Another nice thing about the Helios Suspension is that you can easily use traditional drip lines instead of ENO’s Drip Strips.

Now onto the package, yes this is a package deal.

That means you get the Sub7 Hammock, Guardian SL Bug Net, ProFly Sil Nylon Tarp, Helios Suspension, and some lightweight stakes when you purchase the Sublink Shelter System.

Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker Asym Zip in Depth

In all in one shelter systems Hennessy is the big player here.

This is all they do and they do it well.

The Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker Asym Zip is their most popular shelter system for ultralight backpackers.

And that’s for a reason, it’s comfortable and provides all the protection from the elements you need.

The weight limit on this one is 200lbs and they recommend this not to be used by people taller than 6 feet.

So for me this hammock is out of the question, until I give up donuts of course.

But if you’re on the smaller side and willing to spend the money this is a great choice.

Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip in Depth

Like mentioned before Hennessy is the big player in the all in one hammock with mosquito net and rainfly game.

This is slightly cheaper and heavier than the Ultralite Backpacker from above.

But the Hennessy Expedition holds more weight.

The weight limit on this puppy is 250lbs.

And like the Ultralite Backpacker the height limit is 6 feet tall.

So for me I’m getting pretty close to the height limit as I’m 5’11”, but the weight limit is well within range for me on this one.

And I imagine most of you are not nearly my size so you might be okay with eithe of the Hennessy Hammocks mentioned here.

Anyways you can always expect quality from Hennessy and with their Expedition Asym Zip that is what you get.

This is by far their best selling hammock.

And for good reason, you can use this for anything you want. Car camping, backpacking, bikepacking or whatever else you can think of.

With the higher weight limit it’s a given that it’s slightly more durable than the Ultralite.

Conclusion

The obvious choice for me is one of the Hennessy Hammocks, all you need to consider is your weight.

If you’re well under 200lbs I recommend the Ultralite Backpacker.

If you’re like me, and over 200lbs then go with the Expedition.

All things considered Eno did pull out all the stops they could to make their Sublink Shelter System as light as possible. But for me it’s not worth the compromise in comfort.