Byer of Maine Moskito Hammock

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Byer of Maine Moskito Hammock
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The Byer of Maine Moskito Traveller Hammock weighs less than one pound. It features an attached storage bag for easy packing and transport on road trips. Fine mesh net protects you from biting buggers while you nap. Shock cords support the mesh, creating a roomy cocoon that's almost as large as a queen bed. Lie on it diagonally as they do in this hammock's country of origin, Brazil. This ensures proper support and maximum comfort. Simply flip the hammock over when you don't need the mosquito net protection. The attached 8- x 4-inch stuff sack is a great place to stash your flashlight and snacks, and it helps protect the hammock when not in use.

Fabric:

  • Fine mesh is supported by shockcord to keep it up and off your face and body; bottom is made of extremely strong and durable parachute nylon

Features:

  • If protective mesh is not needed, simply turn the hammock over and enjoy the Moskito as a regular Traveller
  • Attached storage bag doubles as a handy pouch for a flashlight, keys and more
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Practically a mini hanging tent, this Byers of Maine Moskito Hammock incorporates a fine mesh netting to protect you from pesky insects. A ridge cord supports the spacious netting overhead, and a durable zipper closes you in tight. If protection is not needed, hammock can be reversed. The comfortable parachute nylon packs into the attached storage bag that doubles as a convenient utility pouch when hanging. Hand wash and hang dry. Although weather-resistant, should be protected from inclement weather. Hanging cord not included. Imported.
Weight capacity: 250 lbs.
Dimensions: 84"L x 54"W.
Hanging points: 9.5 ft. - 10 ft.
Color: Green.

REI

Byer® Moskito Traveller Hammock offers a cocoon of comfortable, insect-free space.

This hammock hangs loosely and deep in the center, designed for you to lie diagonally, ''the Brazilian way.'' Your back stays straight and you can relax, sleep and dream for hours in ultimate comfort.
Note: hanging system sold separately. A flexible connection such as a carabiner clip, S-hook or shackle should be used between the hammock eye and the attachment point to avoid chafing.

Imported.


Campmor
A comfortable cocoon of space free from insects! The fine mesh net is supported by shock cord to stay off of you. Netting is stiched on one side and zips open on the other for easy in and out. The bed is made of extremely durable and strong parachute nylon. Nearly as large as a queen size bed yet weighs 16oz. Flip Moskito over to use as a Traveller Hammock. Color: Spruce green. Weight limit 240 lbs. Flat size 54in.x78in. Stuff Sac included. Made in China.
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Activity:Family & car camping
Capacity / Weight limit:240lb (149.7kg)
Dimensions:54 x 78in (137.2 x 198cm)
Folded dimensions:(Dia x L) 4 x 8 inches
Material:100% Parachute nylon, fine mesh
Recommended Use:Relaxing, car camping
Unfolded dimensions:(L x W) 78 x 54 inches
Weight:11oz (311.8g)
Weight capacity (lbs):250 pounds
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Byer of Maine Moskito Hammock Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Much better than expected

First, let me say that I bought this hammock as an inexpensive way to determine if hammock camping is for me and if I should spend the money on a more expensive hammock tent.

The instructions for use are printed right on the stuff sack, not that you will really need them. Simply sling the hammock with your own rope (or straps if you prefer) run the string for the skeeter net and adjust the tensions to your comfort.

Sleeping comfort is incredible. It took a few minutes to find the "right" way, but once I found it, I was stable and comfortable. It's one of the best night's sleep I've had in a tent.

The quality is, in all honesty, far superior to what I had anticipated. Considering the price of hammock tents, I really didn't expect anything from a hammock this inexpensive. I was very pleasant surprised to find this hammock is quite well built of good materials. Admittedly, it's not the most durable hammock I've seen and it's certainly not indestructible, but it is very good for the price and weight.

Rain protection, OK, so this hammock has no rain protection whatsoever. However, I simply string up my poncho as a rainfly and I stay dry. I want to get a better rainfly, but this is not a pressing matter.

Some of the other reviewers have commented on how easily the strings tangle, the hammock rips or falls down. Those strings could easily tangle and the solution I found was to roll the hammock and then wrap the cords around the hammock before stuffing it in the sack.

As for the hammock ripping or falling, I've spent about 20 nights in it so far and I haven't broken it with my 250 pound weight.

This hammock certainly is worth the money you pay for it, and it has proven that hammock tents are a good option for me. I may buy a "real" hammock tent at some point, but I'm quite satisfied with this inexpensive alternative.
BaconGrease at REI on 01/01/2008

Ditch your tent and get a good hammock.

Decided to ditch my tent (Mountain Hardware PCT 1) for the Summer and Fall, and try out a hammock. Have had my Byer Moskito for a few months now, and I love the advantages of the hammock over the tent. Hammock hiking does take some "getting-used-to" though.

PROS:

1)Compactness. the hammock packs to the size of a softball, and takes very little space in my pack. It also, weighs much less than any tent. I also love that the hammock packs into itself, with the bag sewn right onto the hammock.

2)Ease of set-up. I can put the hammock up in a matter of minutes in any space.

3)Features. I love/hate that the mosquito net is attached to the hammock itself (unlike the ENO). The hanging pockets are a nice "tent-like" feature that other hammocks do not offer.

4)Price. It is a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment, that can only enhance your trail experience.

CONS:
1)Brazilian style webbing. It takes a little "getting-used-to", sleeping at an angle. And with so many cords, there is the chance of tangling.

2)Questionable durability. The seams where the mosquito net is sewn into the bed seem a little weak to me. Although I have not had any problems with it, I anticipate them becoming weak through routine use. It does seem "delicate".

Overall, this is a really good hammock. It has served me well on many trails this summer. I do think that the ENO Doublenest is possibly a better built piece of equipment... but I am gonna use my Byer until it dies.
Tyrus at REI on 09/09/2007

recent convert!

On a recent camping trip to California I tried sleeping in a hammock for the first time and I have to say that I loved it. Luckily we had perfectly clear weather so rain was not an issue. The first night camping I slept on the ground on my thermarest and it was a fitful night, I spent much of it awake and tossing and turning. The next 2 nights I used the hammock and gazed as the starry sky (saw lots of falling stars!) and fell asleep fast and stayed asleep!

Another added benefit is that it worked well for my acid-reflux which only bothers me when I try to sleep. I was worried to try camping again since I've developed this condition because sometimes I need to sleep very propped up at home (like in a recliner) so my hope was that the hammock would act sort of like a recliner and keep my body lower than my head. It worked like a charm and I had no issues with reflux at all with the hammock.

The only reason why I gave this product 4 stars is because the ropes on both ends of the hammock are prone to tangling. I have an ENO double nest which does not tangle so I like that design better. But in my opinion the mosquito screening is an absolute must for sleeping out in the open, I wasn't bothered by bugs at all in my hammock, wish I could say the same for sitting at my campfire!
Tracy from WI at REI on 07/07/2011

Great Lightweight Hammock

This is a great hammock and super lightweight. I don't understand the negative reviews here. This hammock is feather light, and surprisingly strong. It looks like the synthetic ropes would break or rip out of the nylon, but they don't. I have camped in it 4-5 times, and hung it in my room and spent alot of time in it. It has held up nearly perfectly. I have jumped into it many times and the nylon hasn't ripped at all.

Several times I, or a friend, has rolled over in it and hung from the mosquito net. The mosquito net hasn't ripped, or deformed or anything (very surprising). I don't have alot of hammock experience, but I have not felt that this one is too unstable or anything. I have fallen out of it, but I have also rolled over in my sleep in it and adjusted my whole setup without feeling unstable.

I just spent a night in this hammock in the low teens in northern VT. It was great, with the proper bag and pad, the hammock was great and I got a great night's sleep.

I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a lightweight sleeping solution at a reasonable price point.
Nelsonmd at REI on 02/02/2011

Great Hammock

I have used this hammock on the Appalachian Trail through the entire state of Georgia and half of North Carolina. I have used it year round with a Thermarest pad for insulation in the winter. I am now living in Jinotega, Nicaragua and use this hammock for 5 or more day trips up the Rio Cocco (the northern border with Honduras) and it continues to serve me very well. I weight 160lbs and have no troubles with this hammock at all. I use it with Eno straps and a Hammock Bliss rain tarp and it sets up in about 5 to 10 minutes depending on terrain. I love that the carry bag is sewn onto the side of the hammock, it makes a perfect place to store my headlamp so that it is always close at hand. There is also a mesh pocket sewn into the inside of the mosquito net that can be used for storage. There is a mesh loop in the top of the net where I hang a light weight LED light for reading or what have you. This hammock is light weight, inexpensive and tough, I highly reccomend it!
Bear Head Hat at REI on 01/01/2012

Great starter hammock

Great starter hammock if you're looking to give hammock camping a shot. Lightweight and very compact. Also, very easy to put up and take down. Took me less than 10 minutes to figure out and set up and 5 minutes to roll up in the morning. I'm still dialing in my overall setup but I was comfortable and warm with just a 50* bag on a cool summer night. It was a little awkward overnight as the nylon on both the hammock and my bag were slippery against one another. I woke up once feeling like I lost my diagonal orientation along the hammock. I think that'll just be a period of adjusting to sleeping a different way. The Moskito doesn't come with a suspension system. Though, you can easily fashion something similar to the MicroRope with 550 Type III paracord or 1" nylon webbing straps from , carabiners and metal toggles.Overall, a nice hammock at this price point that I see getting a lot of use.
endeavor at REI on 08/08/2011

I Love My Hammock

I bought this hammock several years ago and have never regretted it. This thing is light and fast to string up. For summer camping/backpacking (where you know you will have trees present), this thing cannot be beat. Like a previous reviewer, I simply throw a poncho over my hammock anytime I expect rain --the added cover helps keep things a little warmer on cool nights, too.

I can see how some buyers might be hesitant in regards to this product's durability, but be realistic. This hammock is made out of parachute nylon … maybe you shouldn't be dragging it around across rocks. I have always treated my hammock with care and have never had problems with cords knotting up. For the last several years, there have been times that I have slept in this hammock for weeks at a time. Often, I tell people that this is one of the best buys that I have made for the price.
Reluctant Ornithologist at REI on 03/03/2012

I really like this hammok

This was not an exhaustive test. I strung the hammock out side between two pines and the micro rope slowly slipped. My test was put on hold until later that night and was forced to be tested in my basement. I reread the directions for the micro rope and realized that I did not use the rope correctly. Once the rope was being used properly the hammock held fine and was comfortable. The net does have two loops to hang the net off of your face. However the loops are not reinforced and there is no cordage included to hang the net. I like the purchase, despite some missing features on the hammock. After all it is literally a hundred dollars less than any other bug proof hammock on the market. You can't beat it for the price. I also weigh in at 230 and i felt that the hammock was sturdy.
Joshua B at REI on 07/07/2010

Best bargain in the Hammock biz!

After reading some of the comments on this product I decided to write my own. I'd always used a hammock for lounging around the campsite on BWCAW trips. Once I tried actually sleeping in my first Byer Hammock I'll never go back to sleeping on the ground! You really need to sleep diagonally in these to get a flatter sleep. You don't want to sleep like a banana all night. By lying diagonally you flatten out your sleeping posture into a much more comfortable position. Bug netting works great. Yes, you may need a rain-fly, but what "tent" doesn't. I use an oversized Poncho and it works fine. You could easily spend 2-3 times more and not achieve a better nights sleep than with the Moskito Hammock! Also, invest in their easy adjust ropes, they make set-up a breeze and still fit in the stuff sack with the Hammock.
3 dog knight at Campmor on 03/03/2011

Excellent Value!

This is a very lightweight hammock that allows one to add their own lightweight hanging method in addition to having the option of using a tarp or not. I added a 9' non-stretch structural ridgeline to enable achievement of the recommended optimal hang droop, as this is key to being able to lie diagonally and flat in this hammock. It is short, and I purchased this for my 10 year old son, but I have tried it myself (5'6") and was able to get pretty comfortable. I left the clear plastic sleeves on so I could slide them over the strings when packing it up. This helps to avoid tangled lines. The attached stuff sack is handy, and I am able to get the hammock and all hanging devices into the one sack, which makes for a very small and compact bundle.
Backpacking Mom at Campmor on 06/06/2012

Negative Reviews:

Leaves much to be desired...

Would I recommend this to a friend? My answer depends upon what that friend is looking for.

This hammock has too many flaws for me to consider using it for serious backcountry hammock camping. First major problem is the stitching is very, very poor. You have to be very gentle with it, or the stitching will unravel and you'll lose, among other things, your netting support tabs.

The strings that support either ends of the hammock is also a very poor design and they tangle very easily. Before you hang you have to untangle all the lines in order to ensure the hammock will be supported like it's designed too, or else it will be uneven in tension. At one point, I resorted to using rubber bands to keep them from tangling while in storage. What a pain!

Then there's the fact that this hammock isn't built around a no-tipping design. Meaning, when you get in it, the sides of the hammock don't envelop the hammocker in a small tub, which helps to prevent tipping while getting in and during use. I was always careful, but my brother, who tends to indulge himself in drinking now and then, has lived a world of hurt with this hammock! It's very easy to fall over the other side while getting in or climbing out of it.

After all this negativity, I do have something positive to say about this hammock, and this leads to why I would ever recommend this hammock to a friend.

If you're completely new to the concept of hammock camping and are not sure if you would like it, then this hammock is a great inexpensive way to try it out. Just don't judge all hammocks based upon this very limited design. All hammocks will completely support your body and spread your weight throughout the fabric, but not all hammocks are created equal!

If you decide to purchase this hammock and like how it feels, you should definitely consider buying, or even making (as I do now), another hammock made for more serious outdoor camping.

The wider and longer the hammock is, for example, the more comfortable you're going to be since there will be a lot more wiggle room. Hammocks are designed so that you sleep on the diagonal, with your feet in one corner, your back sprawled over the imaginary center line, and your head in the opposite corner. The Byer hammock is narrow and short so, while you can hang on the diagonal, there are far better models on the market today.

Hammock camping is, in my opinion, one of the best things to happen to us back country campers since the portable stove! It is the most comfortable sleep you will ever have in the backcountry and, for me, even at home! My hammock has replaced my Sleep Number bed at home!

There's just no comparison! Plus, think about the weight you can eliminate, even if the hammock ends up weighing a little more than the Byer. You don't need an expensive camping pad anymore, you can ditch the tent too since the ability to sleep anywhere leaves any tent in the dust!
Wildewudu at REI on 06/06/2010

Chintzy

I bought the Byer Amazonas hammock as an introduction to hammock camping. As an exploratory purchase, the price of the Amazonas was clearly the way for me to go. I have learned a lot since then.

The hammock is super lightweight, as advertised. However, it is not of the same quality as many other ultralight products I own. When I took it out of the package, threads were already fraying along a couple of seams and there was a tiny hole in the bug net. A hole, right out of the box! The strings at either end are pretty cheap; with that many strings to distribute the weight I guess they can get away with it. I haven't experienced any broken or stretched strings yet, but I'm not a heavy guy.

The biggest drawback to this model is the bug net. It is cut quite generously, but all that fabric hanging from just two suspension points means that the bug net lays directly against my body. This problem was partially addressed by tying the ridgeline much higher than the suspension. This presented new quirks, however, in needing to hang the hammock lower and in forcing me to hang my tarp higher. If I were using the Amazonas in colder weather or blowing wetness, I would surely want my tarp closer to my body for protection. The net would be more useful at keeping mozzies off my skin if (a) the ridgeline travelled inside the net, and (b) the hammock had lateral tie outs like some of the much more expensive models.

The main selling points of the Byer Amazonas hammock are price and light weight. The price is unbeatable. The design and materials, not so much.
Dunes and Wadis at REI on 05/05/2013

Didn't go as well as planned.

I brought this hammock along for our first Kayak Camping trip of the season with pretty high expectations. Yes two of my friends had eno racks, but mine had a mosquito net, so there! Or so I thought. Construction was far less durable than anticipated, but I guess you get what you pay for. If the net didn't rip from the para-material the first time I got into it, thus rendering the insect protection useless, I would have loved it. I still gave it two stars for the idea of this hammock, but the implementation left something to be desired. I will give it this, Even though the net ripped, what net I could hold together kept a surprising amount of dew out come morning. Again for the second star just for the idea of this hammock.
Outbound Hound at REI on 04/04/2011

Worst gear item I have ever purchased

I purchased this hammock several years ago but did not attempt to use it until this past weekend. Yes, it was easy to set up but, as soon as I had completed hanging it, I noticed a hole at each end of the zipper in the bug netting. As I was attempting to get into the hammock the bug netting continued to rip and now it is full of holes. I always try to purchase quality gear and, until now, I have never had a piece of gear fail on me as this hammock did. Fortunately, I was not a long way out in the woods.
Brian at Campmor on 08/08/2013

Serious Oversite ...

HoKay,My first hammock purchase. Went with the Byer Moskito due to it's features and price.Mine arrived with-out an owner's manual. Serious oversite IHMO.FYI: This afternoon I attempted to rig for the first time and guess what ... the rope I used to secure to the trees broke and I landed in a clump on the ground. Hope I'm not lame from my fall and lack of hammock experience. Stay Tuned as my shoulder is aching right now. I have no idea how to rig and get under the bug netting.
dplant at REI on 12/12/2007

horrible; not for serious camping

The bottom part of this hammock is no barrier to mosquitoes. Spent many horrid nights getting exsanguinated through my back and legs. The material is so thin that it is no barrier at all but more like a landing pad for a mosquito feeder: just insert human.

I took this camping in Costa Rica. On my return, I returned it to the store even though I no longer had the receipt just so that they could dispose of it.
Arrr at REI on 04/04/2011

shelterless in the middle of the woods

first time use cheap screen ripped .product is junk, was stuck on the wapak trail with no shelter thanks to this . i suggest you go to and buy a tarp, you would be better off.
jenksy at REI on 07/07/2010

You get what you pay for

This hammock does not hold up. I haven't even had it out on a camping trip yet and the zipper is broken, there are too many cords, it is not easy to set up.
Mike the hiker at Campmor on 04/04/2011

Think twice!

I weigh 190 pounds, and the first time I carefully climbed into this hammock, it ripped, and I fell out. I would only recommend this hammock for people under 100 pounds.
w3bguru at REI on 04/04/2012

I Don't Get It!!!

I don't get it, it doesn't protect me from the rain at all. It is probably a 2 or 3 season thing. It's all right.
Jalil the Adventurer at REI on 05/05/2009

Neutral Reviews:

Good Price for a Decent Hammock

This is not my first hammock, but it is my first camping hammock with a mosquito net, and really the first that I've attempted to sleep in regularly. I love hammocks for three reasons: they're comfortable, lightweight, and they keep you cool. I was just so tired of leaking tents, rocks poking me in the back, and stifling heat when the sun started beating down on my tent in the morning.

I am 6'2" and weigh about 260lbs. I am definitely on the edge (if not past it) of being too big to use this hammock. I believe it might be rated for somebody slightly smaller than me but at such a low price compared to other hammocks, I was willing to take a chance on it. I am not certain that it will last for too long, but it's held up fairly well so far, and I expect it will survive the summer.

The construction is about what you might expect for a low-price hammock. The lower fabric is very thin nylon. It seems to hold up, and is very light. The bug netting is also very thin and light. That being said, they are not heavy duty and I feel like any kind of point stress will rip a hole through either one. If you are careful you don't need to worry about this too much. The zipper closing works fairly well, and fairly convenient.

There are a few drawbacks with this hammock. First it does not come with hanging ropes. The hammock itself has rope rings on either end. You must find rope and hardware to tie it with. I used some parachute cord (400lb test) wrapped around a tree so that each end was supported by two strands. I grabbed some cheap rope hardware from the hardware store, but caribiners would work great. Give some serious thought to how you tie your knots, though. The first time I used this, I made some bad choices and spent almost an hour trying to untie very tight knots. Also make sure you hang the hammock at least 2-3 feet off the ground. The height will depend on your weight. It does come with string for holding up the bug net.

You absolutely must hang this as close to level as possible or you will be very uncomfortable. If one end is elevated you will naturally slide to the opposite end of the hammock. If you are small this might not be a problem but for me it was critical. Once I leveled both end, I had one of the best nights sleep of my entire camping career. You also should make sure you sleep diagonally. This will allow your body to flatten out. If you are a back sleeper (like me) you will be very happy. Side sleepers will probably be okay. I imagine stomach sleepers might be unhappy.

The mosquito netting means there is much less airflow than you might like in hot weather. I am hoping to put together a small fan system for my hammock to keep some air circulating. Also, you'd be best to buy some detachable hooks for holding up the netting. In order to use the hammock without netting, you have to flip it upside down. Without some sort of removable hook, you will have to de-rig the string holding up the netting to flip it over.

It does not come with any rainfly. There are other manufacturers that make special hammock rainflies. However, I'd be reluctant to spend more money on the rainfly than I did on the hammock. I went out and purchased your standard large blue tarp. I haven't quite settled on the best way to rig it up, yet. Two methods come to mind. One is to just keep the tarp close by and to drape it over the hammock only when it rains or you are not in it. However, if you want it covering you constantly, you can not just drape it over the hammock, or else you lose all air-flow. What I'm planning on doing is running another rope about a foot above and parallel to the line that holds up the bug net. I will then stake/tie the corners of the tarp, thus creating a roof a ~3 feet above the hammock. I am hoping this keep things dry while still affording some airflow. Since hammocks are almost always under trees and often in the woods, horizontal rain is not as much of a problem, so I imagine the sides being open is fine. If you are camping somewhere where high winds and horizontal rain are an issue, you may need something a little more robust than what I've described.

Hammocks in general are a warm weather affair. The nylon is very thin and provides no insulation. With so much airflow under you, any heat you have is wicked away pretty quickly. This is great in summer weather when night-time temps can be above 75 degrees. I've been sleeping with nothing but a thin blanket. However, once the temp starts dropping below 70, you are absolutely going to want to have a sleeping bag and/or liner. I imagine you could use this in cold weather with the right lining, but I don't think I'd try it.

I will confess that I tend to camp out of my car and not a backpack. As a result I can afford to bring a tent and other extra gear, or just pass out in my car if the weather or environment turns really bad. If you are backpack camper you will absolutely need to run this hammock through it's paces to make sure you are comfortable with it. I suspect you might end up going for a nicer hammock.

All of these issues aren't too bothersome. There are two that really bugged me though. First this hammock is just barely large enough for me. After a couple nights I found the right position, but it's still pretty close. I slept with a thin sheet over my feet/knees in case they ended up against the bug net. Also the strings at either end of the hammock can be easily tangled. In my case the strings were tangled when I opened it up. This wouldn't bother me too much except that the strings are very precise lengths as to avoid putting uneven stresses on the hammock stitching. I am almost certain that if this hammock fails on me, it will be where the strings are stitched to the nylon on either end.

Bottom line is that I'd definitely recommend this hammock to anyone who wants to try hammock camping (and everyone should). For the price, I'd say it's fairly well made and you have nothing to lose. There are some drawbacks to this hammock, but for the casual camper (<20 nights/summer) this would be completely adequate. It is a great beginner hammock. If you are an experienced hammock camper, you might consider something better. However, I plan to keep this one until it's worn out.
rmh at REI on 07/07/2010

Cheap Test

Bug netting is complete manure! First night I used the product, the net ripped from it's attachment points, and then all along the non-zippered side. Thank God I had the wit to simply flip it over; you can use the other side if you don't want to use the netting. The attachment point lines tend to get twisted very easily, so does the ridgeline. I think perhaps better material selection might help this.
I bought this hammock when I decided I wanted to try tree hugging. Not knowing what it was all about, I decided to get this one over a more expensive hammock & net setup. Took it out one afternoon and practised setting it up, everything went smooth, other than the fact that the ridgeline twists into a million knots if you look at it wrong! Get her out on the trail, and what do you know, the netting rips! I am 5'9", 130 btw, so I don't think that was a factor. Perhaps it was a fluke, who knows. I have used the hammock twice since on 2-4 night trips, and no problems. I continue to use it upside down and use an additional net from another company.

I would recommend this to someone experimenting with hammocking, or a cheapo like me! But I would warn that you really are getting what you pay for in terms of quality.
PMTRgr at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Will never hold up on trail

I just got back from a week on the JMT. I was very interested in trying this concept out to minimize my solo weight.

I have never tried to sleep in a hammock, but found with a bit of adjustment I had no problem. I really like the concept and could see using this item as both a hammock or ground tent if I added a rainfly, ropes and a few stakes.

Concept aside, however, I can't see this item standing up to my demands on the trail. The bugscreen was ripping in two sections on the first night of use. Nothing against the manufacturer, at this retail price I'm not sure I should expect more.

I wound up returning the hammock after my trip. While I really like the concept, when I consider the added weight of a rainfly, stakes, and rope required, I think I am going to have to go back to a traditional solo tent. I also realize that the weather on my trip was perfect. I could see rain and wind being a real problem, and can see using this hammock as a one season option.
grproctor at REI on 08/08/2009

Not bad, be weary of the break in time.

Ok, so I love the idea, and the overall comfort is quite nice. HOWEVER; the thing stretches a ton during the first few uses, and not that I know from experience, but be sure you alternate the diagnals you are laying on, or you may find your self upside down stuck in a mesquito net in need of some assistance. Basically one side stretched, the other didn't and I flipped over like a top heavy iceberg. Once I got it equally stretched out, it works fine, save the small hole I put in the screen during my adventure.
BWCA Brian at REI on 03/03/2008

It worked, but not built for comfort.

It is good for backpacking, when you don't want to carry a tent. It had mosquito netting and it was light, but it's hard to sleep in a sling when you're over a certain age. But my teenager was ok with it.
Mom to scouts &amp; sometimes backpacker at Campmor on 12/12/2010

OK for the price

Not a bad hammock for the price, but the net is a worthless option. I just turn it over and avoid the net altogether.
cdbcdb at REI on 06/06/2012

Nice, but treat it gently

Wonderful when working; doomed to break.
Cincinnatus at REI on 09/09/2007