Sit Back, Relax and Unwind, Happy National Hammock Day!

Paradiso Hammock Sunset-M365 days a year there seems to be some obscure thing to celebrate.  We hear them on the radio every morning, see them all through social media and even celebrate a few that we feel passionate about (National Pancake Day anyone?).  The origins of the National (insert something completely random here) Day calendar seems to be unknown.  I mean lets be honest, who started National Rice Pudding Day, you either love it or despise it.  But, who can complain about a day encouraging folks to sit back and relax in one of the worlds most comfortable, portable and versatile hanging beds?  Not me!

The origins of the hammock date back 1,000 years ago to Central America where the Mayans and other indigenous people weaved them using plant fibers and tree bark.  In todays world, there is a whole culture based around a hammock.  Hammmocking has become a way to create community with events around the country brining like minded hammocking individuals together to sway away an afternoon.  There is also a large group of individuals who now use hammocks instead of tents on camping and hiking expeditions.  Using hammocks as opposed to tents give campers and hikers a lighter load as well as making a less of an impact on the environment.

If you are new to celebrating National Hammock Day I wanted to share some unique ways to celebrate across the country.

1) National Hammock Day Party, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is throwing an impressive hammock party tonight from 4 pm to 8 pm at Spruce Street Harbor Park.  There will be music, food, beverages and a whole lot of swaying!  Honestly, I wish I could participate in this one.

2)  Sway Day, Lake Nokomis, Minneapollis

Back on May 30, 2015 SwayDay took over Fargo.  This time it is headed to Minneapolis for a Sway Day celebrating National Hammock Day on Lake Nokomis from 4 pm to 7 pm  This is a BYOH (Bring Your Own Hammock) event that is sure to please!

3)  UF Hammock Club Hammock Day Gathering, Plaza of the Americas, Gainsville, FL

University of Florida Hammock Club (where was this when I was in college?) is celebrating National Hammock Day with a gathering from 10 am to 1 pm.  They plan to relax the afternoon away and create some memories in the hot Florida sun.

4) Your backyard, Anywhere

If you prefer the a less social way to relax or, like us being in the deep woods of Northern Maine, simply can not get to one of these events, check your backyard.  Do you have a hammock?  Do you need a hammock (we can help with that, www.byerofmaine.com)?  Get out there with your favorite book, the beverage of your choice and maybe a comfy blanket or pillow and just relax.

Whether you have the whole day to celebrate (sick day anyone?) or an evening to spare a few minutes, I encourage you to sway in a hammock today and celebrate another obscure but really awesome National Day of Celebrating.

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, Vol. 2

mailbox_05You’re asking, and we’re answering. (Again.)

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

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: Byer’s Easy Traveller Is The ‘Best’

Easy Traveller, Blue-LWe’re No. 1! We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!

(Sometimes, it’s nice to toot your own horn…)

Outside Magazine ranked the “5 Best Summer Hammocks” back in July, and we’re proud to say that our durable, lightweight and affordable Easy Traveller topped their charts. Not only was it at the top of the list, but the Easy Traveller’s little cousin — the Traveller Lite — earned one of two honorable mention nominations.

That’s a total of two of our lightweight camping hammocks among the seven hammocks rated on their list.

And we’re justifiably proud.

Here’s a sample of what was said about the Easy Traveller:

“The Easy Traveller is the hammock equivalent of a no-pressure first date. It’s also easy on the wallet… We liked that everything needed to use the Easy Traveller was included, and it all packed into a small sack that you can toss into a backpack.”

To read the full story, and see the complete list of Outside’s “5 Best Summer Hammocks,” CLICK HERE.

FATHER’S DAY: For The Dad Who Does Everything

Mauritius-in-Ceara-pillowDad needs a break.

His 65-hour work week is over. He’s coached every Little League practice for the last 97 consecutive days. The lawn is mowed, the hedges trimmed and the garden planted.

How do you thank the Dad that does everything for you and your family?

Simple: Get him everything he needs to enjoy a summer afternoon in the very backyard he just finished perfectly manicuring. It’s our Father’s Day Combo — a complete hammock setup, including hammock, stand and pillow.

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