Hammock Camping: Make the Switch


When we think of camping most of picture a tent, maybe a tarp over said tent, some camping chairs and a campfire that is your stove for the duration of your time in the woods.  That’s Camping!

I am about to shake that up for you a bit.  Picture all of the above, remove the tent and throw in a hammock.  Its weird to think about but just hear me out!  I’m going to let you in on some reasons why making the switch will be worth it!

You will sleep better!  Believe me!

Our friends in Brazil have been sleeping in hammocks for centuries for good reason!  And nowadays there is modern science backing up what they have known all along. According to Dr. Steven Park, a head and neck surgeon and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and author of “Sleep, Interrupted” says the most healthy sleeping position is laying on your back, your head elevated about 10 – 30 percent.  Now think about the position of your body in a hammock.  Seems to line up with that description don’t you think!  Not to mention the instant relaxed feeling we get from the sway of a hammock.  If you still don’t believe me allow me to share with you that a lot of us here at Byer have hammocks in our homes that are slept in!  When our President travels to Brazil he is sleeping in a hammock, not because thats the only option but because its the BETTER option!

Our advice, if you have never tried sleeping in a hammock, try it at home first before taking it to a remote area and discovering that its just not going to work.  A few trial nights will give you a sense of the most comfortable position and if it is actually a possibility for you to be comfy and cozy in the woods!

Lighten the Load!

Probably one of the most obvious benefits to hammock camping is the shear fact that a hammock is smaller then a tent.  Which means there is more room for the other essentials like food, or maybe a cold beverage or two.  It also means that when the trip is over and your just ready to get back to the luxurious real world, or not…pack up is that much quicker.  Its an easy and lightweight set up, you can’t go wrong.

Again, we recommend setting it up before you go just in case you realize you might need something while your out there!

Enjoy the Hang.

Hanging is just…BETTER!  Imagine not having to worry about what is underneath you.  No more avoiding tree stumps or trying to position yourself around a rock digging into your back only to find another rock digging into your thigh.  Imagine waking up in the morning DRY!  No more concerns about water, you floating above it!

While some of you may be concerned about finding suitable trees to hang from it is almost guaranteed that finding two trees is easier then finding level ground with no obstructions that could hinder your sleep.

As said previously, we do recommend a backyard campout before heading into the deep woods in your hammock!  We can’t stress this enough.  We also would like to tell you not to give up if your first night is a little rough.  Do your research and find a camping solution that works for you!  There are lots of ways to make your hammock accommodating enough to essentially live out of it for a few days!

We have come up with a bundle of products to get you started on your Hammock Camping Adventures!  Check it out here.  It is only available for a limited time!

Mail Bag: Answering 3 Burning Questions, Vol. 3

mailbox_05We know, we know, its been awhile since our last mailbag discussion here at thebyerblog.com.  Please accept our apologies and rejoice in the return of the infamous Byer of Maine Mail Bag!  It is our hope that you find the information here useful as questions about our products and company arise!  Now lets get to it!

Question 1: What does hanging point mean?

We get this question often and lots of times it can be a confusing and not a rock solid explanation so let us explain.  Simply put the hanging point of a hammock is the distance between the two points where you plan to hang your hammock!  The complication comes into play when a hammock description states a hanging point that may vary.  For example, some of our hammocks, the woven hammocks to be specific, are handmade and tied which means that there can be a variation in length, by a whole 12 inches.  The good news is as long as you have two points that are at least in the ballpark of the hanging range your hammock will be very comfortable.  Length can always be added!  We also have solutions for those who may not have enough length, our Madera Stand for example is a stand that only needs one fixed hanging point, like a tree, and the stand can be put where ever you need it to get the best hang for your comfort and hammock.

We also recommend revisiting this old blog post, how to hang a hammock, with further hanging tips and instructions!

Question 2: Can I order replacement parts?

Why yes!  Yes, you can!  We have replacement parts for most of our line, past and present!  You can order replacement parts by calling our office directly, we do not sell the replacement parts online.  From cot covers down to hammock stand hardware we probably have it!  A word of advice, make sure you have the measurements for your cots when you call, there are several different sizes and we need to make sure we get the correct one to you!  When in doubt, about which part you need, email us a photo to comfort@byerofmaine.com and we can figure out exactly what you need!

Question 3: Do you ship internationally?

As of now, no.  But, we are hard at work trying to find a solution!  However, to our friends in Canada, please call us directly to place your order and we can ship to you!  To keep up to date with the developments in shipping sign up for our newsletter so you will be the first to know!

That’s it!  Answers to the 3 of the most burning questions from the past few months!  As always, please feel free to email us at comfort@byerofmaine.com with any questions, comments or concerns!

Introducing the NEW Micro Straps!

The time has coMicrostrap POSme to announce another new product as part of our line of hammocks and accessories!  Say hello the the new Micro Strap Hanging System!!

We are so excited to be adding these tree friendly and lightweight straps to our line of products.  The straps are one inch thick and 9 feet long to allow for ample room to adjust the hang of any hammock.  The straps feature strong box stitching and cross stitching creating a secure and strong system.  A Custom Aluminum clew bar and secure and easy to adjust buckle allow for easy and quick adjustment and set up.  At only 14 ounces the straps are still lightweight and easy to carry while hiking and hammock camping, all while providing a weight capacity of 440 lbs.  The Micro Straps are perfect to use with any hammock, lightweight or in the backyard.

Have a look for yourself here!  We hope you like them as much as we do!

Introducing the New and Improved Easy Traveller!

2016 is shaping up to be a year full of exciting new products here at Byer of Maine.  From improvements to our line of Hammocks to new and exciting birding products and cots, we certainly have a lot in store for you this year!_MG_9591

I want to take this opportunity to introduce to you the new and improved Easy Traveller!  Made with the same durable parachute nylon as the previous Easy Traveller, the new version is triple stitched for improved durability which in turn changed the weight limit from 250 pounds to 275 pounds.

One of the biggest improvements with this version is the placement of the seams which have made the hammock more comfortable.  We widened the center panel by eliminating the seam that previously cut into your shoulder blade.  This simple change has immensely improved the comfort of our Easy Traveller!  We have also made it lighterMicrostrap POS, weighing in at 13 oz and we gave it a smaller stuff sack.

Along with the new Easy Traveller we have developed a new hanging system.  We are very excited to introduce our Micro strap Hanging system!  A tree friendly strap system that weighs only 14 oz.  The custom aluminum clew bar fits any hammock and it pairs perfectly with our lightweight hammocks!  Visit your local dealer
to see first hand the Micro Strap Hanging system and the Easy Traveller!

This is just the beginning of a long list of product introductions and improvements that will be announced as Spring slowly arrives We are so proud of what we have come up with and think you will really enjoy what we have in store!


Its that time of year…

The time has come to put away all of summer toys, including your hammocks.  We wanted to give you a few tips to help assure that your hammock last through the winter so you can enjoy your favorite backyard spot next year.

Tip #1 – Hang them inside.

It is tempting to roll your hammock into a ball and throw it into the storage shed.  Now imagine all of the critters looking for a place to keep warm during the winter months.  One of them will be lucky enough to stumble upon your hammock.  A balled up hammock is the perfect spot to nest for the winter which means you could find your hammock with holes and chewed strings when spring time rolls around.  Your best bet is to hang the hammock up.  Now we encourage you to use your hammock year round but, lets face it, not everyones living room has the room for Brazilian relaxation in the winter so just make sure your hammock is not an inviting ball of coziness for potential winter renters.

Tip #2 – Make sure they are dry.

This one seems pretty obvious but just to reiterate make sure your hammock is dry and clean.  Problems such as mold could occur and thats no fun.  We recommend hand washing your hammock before you tuck it away to assure all the dirt, mud or other potential issues are taken care of.  This especially applies to our lightweight hammocks.  You would never dream of putting away a wet tent, you hammock should exactly the same.

Tip #3 – Store in secure dry area.

To further ensure you hammock does not fall victim to rodents this winter we recommend keeping it out of storage sheds or garages.  Basements are best but if that is not an option we do condone rolling the hammock into a ball and placing it in a closet.

If your ropes are tangled when you put it away it will be a frustrating scenario on the first sunny day of spring to have to untangle them.  The best way to do this is to lay the hammock flat on the ground.  This will allow you to see where the ropes are tangled and the best method to untangle them.  There will be a lot of twisting and flipping but it will all be worth it to keep your hammock in good shape.

If you have any other tips on how you put you hammocks away for the year we would love to hear from you!  We hope wherever you spend the winter months that they are full of adventure and happiness.

Introducing the Traveller Hanging Chair!

Its here!!  We are proud to introduce to you the latest addition to the Byer of Maine product  line, the Traveller Hanging Chair!

IMG_3318The Traveller Hanging Chair is made of uncoated and breathable nylon and is reinforced with double stitching and stress points. Its lightweight aluminum shock corded poles, an aluminum thimble and a strong polyester hanging system allow
for easy setup and can be hung just about anywhere. In addition there are no knots to tie! With a deep seating contour and an adjustable foot rest the chair is very comfortable and can also be adjusted forward and backward. The chair comes with its own compact storage bag and weighs in at a mere 31 ounces.

It is a great addition to our lightweight hammock line.  It is our first compact and lightweight hanging chair that can be taken anywhere.  We are so excited to bring this product to you!  It is now available at www.byerofmaine.com!

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