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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.