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Hennessy Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym Hammock and Cuben Fiber Fly (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

The Ultralite Backpacker A-sym takes a 7 ounce diet

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by Doug Johnson | 2006-08-11 03:00:00-06

At 1 pound 8 ounces, the Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym drops seven ounces off of the popular Ultralite Backpacker A-sym. According to Tom Hennessy, this gets the Hyperlite very close to the 1 pound 4 ounce Light Racer A-sym hammock without the issues of shelter durability that come with his adventure racing-only models. The weight reduction is made through the use of lighter 1.1 ounce uncoated 30D nylon for the hammock and 1.3 ounce 30D silnylon for the fly.

In addition, Hennessy plans to switch the rainfly to an even-lighter 20D polyester early in 2007. This will bring the Hyperlite down to approximately 1 pound 5 ounces, effectively bumping the Light Racer A-sym out of the Hennessy line.

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Alan Dixon power lounging in a Hennessy A-sym hammock.

For those unfamiliar with Hennessy A-sym hammocks, they use an asymmetrical design that puts the camper at a diagonal axis, giving a much flatter position than a traditional hammock. A bottom exit with Velcro closure, full bug netting with internal pocket, a ridgeline cord to maintain internal space, and a full-coverage rain fly round out the Hennessy design.

Features and Specifications

  • 1 lb 8 oz (going to approx. 1 lb 5 oz in 2007)
  • $219.95
  • Comfortable for six-foot tall hikers
  • 200 pound weight limit
  • Includes bug netting, full fly, Velcro entrance closure, internal pocket
  • Asymmetrical design for nearly-flat sleeping

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Tom Hennessy showing off his prototype Cuben Fiber rainfly.

In addition, Tom showed us a prototype rainfly made out of Cuben Fiber fabric. When trading the Hyperlite fly for the Cuben Fiber fly, the hammock dropped and ADDITIONAL 7.4 ounces bringing the total Hyperlite/Cuben Fiber package to just 17.9 ounces.

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The Hyperlite with a Cuben Fiber fly come in at 17.9 ounces with all components- an incredible weight for a full-length, fully-featured, and durable hammock.

We were excited to leave the Hennessy booth with both a Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym and an exclusive on the Cuben Fiber fly; look forward to both reviews at BackpackingLight.com.

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Tom shows off his Automatic Fly Tensioner and Water Collection System.

A option now available on Hennessy hammocks is a simple 0.3 ounce plastic funnel that hangs from the rainfly guyline attachment(s). When it rains, water runs down the fly and into the bottle, adding tension to the rainfly at just the time that it typically starts to sag and leaving you with a bottle of fresh water in the morning. By using a simple filter such as noseeum netting, the crud stays out of the water.


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"Hennessy Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym Hammock and Cuben Fiber Fly (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Doug Johnson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/hennessy_hyperlite_backpacker_orsm06.html, 2006-08-11 03:00:00-06.

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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Hennessy Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym Hammock and Cuben Fiber Fly (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/12/2006 00:53:24 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Hennessy Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym Hammock and Cuben Fiber Fly (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

REX BAUM
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AUTOMATIC TENSIONER/WATER COLLECTION on 08/30/2006 19:58:15 MDT Print View

Is it possible to use a Platypus water bladder on the new water collection funnel instead of a soda bottle, for those of us who like the ability to make the bladder smaller when it does not contain any fluid?

Andrew Dolman
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platypus bladder on 09/11/2006 21:14:52 MDT Print View

Platypus bladders have a standard soda bottle thread, so yes, should work.

Joe Kuster
(slacklinejoe) - MLife

Locale: Flatirons
Just received one on 01/11/2007 14:32:17 MST Print View

I just received the new hyperlite (with 20D tarp as cuben wasn't available yet). Having used the expedition A-sym before this thing is an amazing improvement. The fabric is softer and even more comfortable and it packs down much smaller than I expected. The support lines are thinner and easier to work with.

I'm looking forward to putting it through the paces as soon as my JRB underquilt arrives for it.

Edited by slacklinejoe on 01/11/2007 14:34:54 MST.