PERFECT ADDITION: Moskito Kakoon And Traveller Rain Fly Offer The Best In Hammock Camping

Traveller Rainfly 2-MMy math has always been a little fuzzy, but in this case I’m certain that one-plus-one equals a complete outfit.

Stay with me.

On its own, the Moskito Kakoon hammock hit the market and earned a great reputation for its innovation, design and value. Better than its predecessor — the Moskito Traveller — with its flexible fiberglass spreader bars for the fine mesh netting, elastic tabs for the guy line and triple stitching, it was lauded as a roomy single-sized camping hammock built to last over the long haul.

This spring, we’ve debuted a new camping tarp, the Traveller Rain Fly. It’s lightweight, features a hexagonal cat-cut design, and employs reinforced corners. Including aluminum anchor pins and an ample amount of rope for adjustability in any conditions, it comes completely ready to use without the need to purchase any additional equipment.

Put together as a pair, the Moskito Kakoon and the Traveller Rain Fly are better and more mobile than any tent setup — at a fraction of the cost. The combined weight is less than 4 pounds, and the two items pack small enough to fit into a backpack.

You’ll be dry, outside in the fresh air, completely protected from insects and with enough space below the hanging hammock to store any items that need to stay dry.

Whether it’s for a camping trip with the family, a long hiking expedition or just a few nights out in your backyard, the Moskito Kakoon and Traveller Rain Fly add up.

In this case, the math makes perfect sense.

— TB

MAILBAG: Answering 3 Burning Questions

mailbox_05You’re asking, and we’re answering.

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

HANGING A HAMMOCK: It’s Easier Than You Think

Smartrope with Barbados-LWhen it comes to how to hang a hammock, you can make it as simple or as complicated as you choose. 

Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with finding a couple of sturdy trees roughly 10-12 feet apart, tying a couple of ropes around them and enjoying some much-deserved R&R right then and there. There are, of course, other things to consider — like where you want to use your Brazilian hammock, whether you plan to travel with it, or if you want to hang it in a spot where there may only be one tree or patio support beam.

Ideally, experts suggest hanging points for your hammock should be roughly five feet high on either side. You’ll want to remember that it is important to have some “sag” in the middle of the hammock when it is hung; the U-shape will give you a flatter, more comfortable fit in the hammock when you lie diagonally across it. Continue reading