BYER OF MAINE PARACHUTE TRAVELLER HAMMOCK
BY JOHN ADDLEMAN
April 26, 2007
NAME: John Addleman
EMAIL: wtvr (at) comcast (dot) net
LOCATION: South Central Pennsylvania
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 165 lb (74.80 kg)
STYLE: Light & Fast
I've only been backpacking for 6 months now but I've loved the
outdoors all my life. I'm a senior in high school and I'm going to go
to college in Boulder, Colorado. I go day hiking and rock climbing
every weekend and every time I have an extra day off of school, you'll
find me in the backcountry camping out. I'm usually hiking my local
AT and its side trails, and since I'm in Pennsylvania my hiking is
comprised of rocky trails and frequent ups and downs at low altitude.
Manufacturer: Byer of Maine
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.byerofmaine.com
MSRP: not provided on website (purchased for $20)
Listed Weight: "about" 11 oz (~312 g)
Measured Weight: Pending
Other details: 54" x 84" (137cm x 213 cm) flat, weight limit 240 lbs
The Parachute Traveler Hammock comes folded in a plastic blister pack
with no accessories. Basic instructions such and hanging height,
distance, and how to lie in the hammock are on the back of the package.
The hammock has no spreader bars and is made from silk parachute
nylon, with coreless braided paracord for the lines and loops on the
end. It comes in three colors (red, orange, and green) and stuffs into
an 8" x 4" bag that is sewn onto the side of the hammock. While in
use, the stuff bag can hold a drink or nighttime essentials.
The hammock is designed to be laid in diagonally, "the Brazilian way",
and would offer sufficient room for anyone under 6'6" (198 cm). To
hang properly, the trees supporting the hammock should be from 9-11
feet apart (2.7-3.3 m). The proper setup for this hammock is very
loose, with the hammock hanging in a deep 'U' to facilitate lying in
the Brazilian fashion.
I have used this hammock to sleep in on one 2 night trip, for
relaxation on another, and for some VERY comfortable breaks while day
hiking, all on the Pennsylvania section of the AT, in fair weather.
After receiving the hammock, it became apparent that there were no
hanging supplies provided, so those purchasing this item will need to
keep that in mind, because that will add expense and weight.
As a bed, the hammock can be quite comfortable but may not be the best
option for stomach and side sleepers. When on one's back, lying
diagonally, one's back stays straight. For example, I often get a sore
or tense lower back and using this hammock did not affect that at all.
One great thing about using a hammock is that the comfort element of
using a sleeping pad is already taken care of, so one can use a light,
thin closed-cell foam pad and still get a good night's sleep. The side
pocket is especially useful when sleeping in the hammock because it
can store water, a flashlight, one's glasses or watch, etc. Using a
hammock as a bed is naturally limited to those hikers sleeping in
forests without thick tree cover, so this would not be an option for
those in arctic of above treeline conditions.
For relaxing around camp, the hammock can still be useful, although
some may not wish to bring an extra pound (.45 kg) of gear for no
essential purpose. This weight includes the hanging gear that I have,
but those with a greater expertise with knots than I may be able to
hang the hammock with some rope and hitches.
The hammock is lightweight, packs small, and is cheap compared to
other lightweight hammocks. There have been no problems with
durability yet, and it seems quite sturdy.
THINGS I LIKE
-Sewn on drink/miscellaneous/storage pocket
-Comfortable for my back
-Packs surprisingly small
-Allows me to go without a heavy self-inflating mat without
-Keeps me off the ground and away from snakes and creepy-crawlies as I
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
-No bug protection
-Hanging equipment not included
-I don't feel comfortable sleeping in it on my stomach or side
-Can't be used in certain situations
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