Review and Video: DutchWare Half-Zipped Netted Hammock

 Basic Specs: 

  • Half-Zipped Netted Hammock
  • Material: 1.0 Hexon Forest Green (rated to 200 lbs)
  • DutchWare Gear
  • Hammock Weight: 13 oz(includes double ended stuff sack)
  • Approximate packed dimensions: About size of a standard Nalgene bottle but can be compressed further.
  • Hammock only price as configured: $115

Circumstance of review

I used this hammock around home in Virginia several times just to get to know the hammock.  After all the trees in the backyard are strikingly similar to ones in the piney woods.  The hammock was tested in the woods of south west Virginia during late fall early winter.  The weather was cool and sometimes a little drizzling rain.  The hammock material can shed light water and seems to dry quickly when the weather warms up.

Pros: 

1.) Weight

This is where this hammock has an advantage over other netted offerings.  Many thru-hikers care about weight above all else, and the Half-Zip comes in at a light 13 ounces (without suspension).  With the addition of a lightweight suspension, the whole setup can come in at under one pound.  At this weight, it is in the market to compete strongly with other hammock thru-hiker netted favorites like Hennessy Hammocks or Warbonnet Hammocks.

2.) Ease of setup

This hammock is very easy to set up thanks to the included ridgeline, which keeps the sag consistent while providing a spot to hang a headlamp or organizer.  This will ensure many consistently comfortable nights.

Setting this hammock up—even in the pitch dark—wouldn’t be difficult with adequate practice beforehand. (If Springer Mountain is the first setup, at least I warned you…)

Note: There is an option to purchase the beetle buckle suspension (shown in pics above) with the hammock which makes the setup of the hammock incredibly easy with no need to fuss with whoopie slings or knots.

3.) Side Tie-Outs

The rings on each side at the head and foot end can be tied out to pull the bug net off the user’s face for those that sleep head-towards-bug-net (my preference) and also prevent excessive sway if the user prefers not to be rocked to sleep.

Note: In the video below I have it rigged to use two tie-out points, similar to another DutchWare hammock.  On this hammock there is only one ring or tie-out attachment point, but it still works well.

4.) Comfort

Hexon is a very comfortable hammock material.  It breathes well and is comfortable to sleep in even if you want to sleep sans shirt and/or pants (do your thing).

5.) Craftsmanship

Dutch and his army of seamsters in Pennsylvania do an excellent job hand-making every hammock.  The stitching on this hammock, as well as other items I have received from DutchWare, is top notch.

Cons:

1.) Durability of Hexon 1.0

Hexon 1.0 is relatively newer material in the hammock world.  This material is continuing to push the limit for a light weight material that shave ounces but be durable enough for backpacking.  The material is lighter and thinner than most standard hammock materials so with these weight savings comes more stretch of the fabric.  To compensate for this extra stretch the user has to establish plenty of margin between the hammock bottom and sides and sharp objects in close proximity by setting the hammock higher than normal on initial setup. Personally I got a hammock of the same material too close to some rocks one night and ended up on the ground the next morning due to a hole one of the rocks created.(Not fun)

Once there is more field experience on the long-term durability of the proper use of Hexon 1.0 in the field, this concern may be an afterthought.

If this is a concern to you or you are close to the weight limit for the hammock, bump up to the Hexon 1.6 (350# weight limit) its heavier but its also an excellent material and an available option for the half-zipped. I used a hammock of this material for hundreds of( if not 1,000) miles on the AT and it held up very well.

2.) Ridgeline Organizer

A ridgeline organizer would increase the ease of use of this setup.  Having a spot to stow headlamps, ear plugs, or other small items would round the package out nicely.  Luckily, Dutch has organizers for sale separately.

Overall: 

I would recommend the DutchWare Half-Zipped hammock for anyone from thru hikers to backyard loungers.  This is a light ,comfortable, and affordably priced hammock setup that I wouldn’t hesitate to take on a long trip tomorrow.

In addition to all of the items discussed above, Dutch and his team have amazing customer service—especially for thru-hikers. After all, Dutch thru hiked the AT in 2003.  The only place to get the hammock is from Dutch himself (link below) and it is competitively priced with other alternatives.  If you order one make sure to let Dutch know you found out about it on this site and you are planning to take it on your thru hike.

Overview and Tour of the DutchWare Half-Zipped hammock

Shop the Half-Zipped Hammock Here

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Comments 6

  • Mark Stanavage : Nov 21st

    I love it and totally agree. Dutchware is in the city I live in. Stopped to see his shop and he gave me a tour. Very big on making versatile gear that doubles as something else to shave weight. I have their halfwit and Hammock Gear’s top quilt and underquilt. Both super companies to work with.

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    • Chris Guynn : Feb 20th

      Great to hear you like Dutchware’s gear. Dutch is a master of his craft and I’ll be one of his customers for a long time to come.

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  • Jan : May 12th

    I’m 6′ 4″ 190 lbs and leaning towards a 12 ft hammock. I’d probably fit fine in the 11′, but on the flip side I would more likely be thinking what if I got a 12 ft vs the other way around. You’re probably not as tall as me, but do you have any experience with 12 ft hammocks or friends as tall as me with a 12 footer?
    I know that Dutch has a 12 ft hammock now, but it’s pretty basic and I’d rather not have to upgrade again if I can help it lol.
    I looked at Dream Hammocks too, some configurations I liked others not so much. Need to call them I guess.

    p.s. I think the half-width is symmetrical now, which would be important also cause I toss and turn at night and have no idea which way I’d prefer to lay since I’m a noobie at this.

    -thanks

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    • Chris G. : May 12th

      Hi Jan. The length of hammock varies from person to person and interestingly a longer hammock doesn’t follow a taller person all the time. One of my hiking partners is about 6’4″ and he uses a homemade 10′ hammock and loves it and pokes fun at my heavy 11′ hammock. That being said I have tried to use shorter hammocks and I enjoy the 11′ version more. The best way to determine what hammock will be right for you is to try out a few. There is a forum called hammock forums . net that hosts meetups for hammock folks in the US so if you are in the states I highly suggest going to try out a few.

      Given your height Id recommend getting a wide hammock. The geometry of the diagonal lay will be better with a wide hammock for a taller person. This is tough to explain but watch this youtube video by Dutch and you will understand.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F28QYy01PMs

      He recommends a wide hammock for folks over 6′. I’d go with his recommendation. He makes several hammocks in wide that already have the bugnet and can be accessorized. I have a chameleon and a half zipped and enjoy them both. I have heard very good things about dream hammocks too but I have so many hammocks I cant justify buying one at the moment. If you need tarp snake skins or other small accessories you should check out Two Speed Hammocks on Etsy Its my store.

      P.S. The tossing and turning will go away after a few nights getting used to it you will just automatically get in the comfy position and drift off to dreamland. I like to set my hammock up so I am laying into the hammock body and not into the net when laying left to right.

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      • Jan : May 14th

        I appreciate the reply back.
        I’ve been reading and learning a lot about hammocking as you suggested on hammockforums.net and have seen Dutch’s video. SimplyLightDesigns looks good as well.
        I realized after I first responded at the top of the page you had a site too. That’s awesome. I actually contacted one of your customers in regards to some mods they did on their Amok foot box.
        I noticed that your half-zipped is the regular version. To me the bugnet looks still pretty close to your face. Do you think a half-zipped wide would take it further away? I was looking at Shelltowee hammocks and the Warbonnet XLC Blackbird and those do an awesome job of keeping it away.

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        • Chris G. : May 14th

          I have never had any bugnet in face issues myself. The ridgeline puts slight pressure on it and keeps it flopping around on my face. The picture near the cons section does a good job of demonstrating what the net looks like in relation to the hammock. I dont have any experience with Shelltowee hammocks or Warbonnet but Warbonnet makes some great tarps. My main driver to the halfzip was ability to get it in 1.0 hexon and of course the fact that it was provided for the review. I used the half-zipped for the entire PCT and its still going strong as an update to this review.

          Its never an argument about whether to hammock amongst hammockers it is however always an argument on which is best lol. Good news is you can always buy two hammocks. Most cottage vendors have reasonable return policies as long as you return it in like new condition.

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