MAILBAG: Answering 3 Burning Questions, Vol. 2

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In the latest installment of the semi-regular, often-imitated and never duplicated segment of The Mailbag, we’re back answering three of the most burning questions you have. We have a diverse line of products — from hammocks and hanging chairs to bird homes and folding cots, from lightweight gear to wooden folding furniture.

Coming off one of the busiest summers in our 130-year history here at Byer (THANK YOU for all of your support!), we remain committed to our goal of unparalleled customer service and support. So, without further ado, off to the mailbag…

What’s the difference between a Brazilian hammock and a Brazilian-style one?

On the surface, not a whole heck of a lot. A Brazilian-style hammock is a traditional hammock without a wooden spreader bar at either end — a gentle, U-shaped hammock that flattens out naturally when you lie diagonally across its width. Continue reading

The 2016-2017 Byer of Maine Catalogs

Our entire product line for 2016-2017 is included in four different catalogs this year.

To view the catalogs, please click on the one that interests you to download the corresponding PDF file:

For Amazonas Hammocks & Hanging Chairs: Hammocks and Hanging Chairs

For Byer Cots & Camp Furniture: Cots and Camping

For Byer Birding: Byer Birding

For Globo Products: Globo Hanging Chairs

THE MAINE OUTDOORSMAN: Camp Comfortably And Conveniently

P7080020For over 125 years, Byer of Maine has been a leader in camping, emergency preparedness and a long list of other outdoor products designed to make your time in the wilds comfortable and convenient. This passion for creating innovative products is highlighted in the new, award winning TriLite Line.

Washing dishes, the dreaded chore that most of us try to avoid at all costs becomes even more difficult when attempted in the wilds. When camping, one attempts to awkwardly crouch by the lake or streamside frantically scraping beanie weenies off plates and hoping that in the process they do not get their feet wet. Leave it up to the innovative folks at Byer of Maine to come up with a solution that makes washing dishes in the wilds a much easier endeavor and one that can actually be enjoyed.

The convertible TriLite seat/wash basin is a lightweight, highly portable piece of equipment that should be part of every camper’s kitchen. In seconds, one can remove the small seat from the webfoot stand and install the TriLite washbasin. Boasting 4 separate compartments, the washbasin has plenty of room to wash, rinse, and dry dishes, as well as a small pocket to hold biodegradable soap and a scrub brush. This set-up allows you to sit down comfortably and leisurely wash dishes, avoiding the typical discomforts associated with this chore.

This article appears courtesy of The Maine Outdoorsman, and the story and accompanying photo are courtesy of registered Maine Guide Steve Vose. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE.

RELIEF EFFORT: A Cot For Any Situation

relief 1Hurricane season is here.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season, as outlined by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), runs from June 1-November 30 each year and details the six months out of the year when hurricanes are most likely to form. It’s the time of year where national agencies, state governments and local organizations take preparation seriously.

And so do we.

After more than 130 years of supplying folding cots and supplies for all sorts of relief efforts — from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to earthquakes in Pakistan in 2005, among many others — we have a line of cots that are ready for every emergency scenario. We’ve been here from the beginning of the American Red Cross right through Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve lent helping hands wherever they’ve been needed. Whether you’re a small, local relief chapter in need of only a few cots or a large national agency needing tens of thousands of cots in a matter of days, our experience and our craftsmanship will guide you through the entire process — from selecting the right model, ordering it swiftly, on-time delivery and setup.

It’s never too early to prepare for what you will need should disaster strike. Continue reading

MAILBAG: Answering 3 Burning Questions

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Winter seems to have an interminable grip on the northeastern part of the United States, but that doesn’t mean that spring isn’t right around the corner. (I know, I know. The calendar suggests that spring is already here, having arrived on Thursday — though the thermometer and more than half a foot of snow that fell across Maine that morning suggest otherwise.)

Because we’re so close to warmer days and summer events, we’re seeing lots of you getting ready by getting your hands on new gear and giving some of what you already have a much-needed freshening up.

Naturally, we field lots of questions from people at this time of year. Here are three of the most common:

How do I hang my hammock?

This is not as difficult as the novice might think. If you’re using a hammock stand, the stand is already set with hanging points at the right height and distance. Continue reading

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: What You Can Expect From Byer Of Maine

This photo was sent to us by Ashlyn in California, who has really come to love her Easy Traveller Hammock.

This photo was sent to us by Ashlyn in California, who has really come to love her Easy Traveller Hammock.

We received a great email from Clark in Michigan last week and thought it was worth passing on. Owner of a pair of our TriLite Cots for several years, the cots’ covers had recently started to come apart — so we sent him two replacements.

“We’re ready to go camping again this summer!” Clark wrote to us. “I appreciate you standing behind your product. I’ll tell anyone who cares to know that I think your cots are comfortable and you folks are great to work with when things aren’t quite right. Have a great coming year.”

Sure, you’ve stumbled upon this post and are thinking to yourself that this reads like shameless self-promotion. And, in the interest of full disclosure, that’s probably a little bit true. But the story behind the story illustrates a much larger picture.

We take customer service — nay, customer satisfaction — seriously. Very seriously. Continue reading