reviews on mosquito hammocks?

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Pang

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Sep 8, 2007
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Hi, has anyone here brought form tom claytor? I'm interested in the rainfly and the expedition hammocks, but its quite expensive. And insight or revies will be much appriciated

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Spacemonkey

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Tom is a great bloke and the hammocks are fantastic.. Here's a review I posted on my forum:

A couple of years ago me and Giz wanted a good hammock each so after much research we settled on a Jungle Hammock from www.MOSQUITOHAMMOCK.com and it proved a very good choice. We have tested them in the UK in Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, New Forest, Savernake Forest, the Chiltern Hills and also France, Spain, Andorra and Hungary. And a cross channel ferry- I got a good night's kip after I strung it up on deck behind the Bridge as the inside was full of noisy French truckers. Nobody minded..

Anyhow, they have a double layer waterproof bottom which has room to insert a kip mat. A kipmat is ESSENTIAL in a hammock as you have no insulation at all underneath as the sleeping bag is compressed and your **** is swinging in the mid air breeze. It also has a stitched in mossy net which works perfectly. Once tied with the Spacemonkey Hammock Knot style it will barely rock and is super stable. You can move around to your heart's content in the night and you won't fall out. The hammock is also quite enclosing so it's very windproof too. I pace out two trees 3m apart and tie the hammock tight at chest height. This gives just enough slack once sat in it to just have your feet off the floor. I know some prefer a droopy hammock, but there is more chance of the hammock slipping down the tree and it is very bad if you have a dodgy back. The tarp is fixed with bungees just above the hammock knot, and the mossy net string is attached here too. I do the tarp in a diamond formation if possible, but if the trees are a bit closer, I will have to use the square formation. Either is good. The tarp is always fixed with bungees and in the morning I place a stick about 4ft high in the corners to open up the tarp like a tent and raise the middle 'ridge'. This gives a nice open yet sheltered working/cooking/admin area. I use a 3mx3m tarp. I usually cut a small stick to stretch the mossy net open into a good box. Less claustraphobic this way.

Tom, the guy who makes them, is a great bloke. He set off from the US in a Cessna in 92 to fly around the world... He seems to have got sidetracked in Thailand! These hammocks help fund his travels/living. They are very cheap for what you get, and of course you can get the jungle hammock cheaper if you ask for it without the fly.

This is one of those bits of kit that has proved itself over and over again. We have even camped over streams with it- something you'd never do with a tent or basha/bivvy!

The Spacemonkey Hammock Knot:
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Mossy net tensioner:
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Dartmoor- 2 hammocks with diamond formation tarps on the flat hidden amongst spruce trees, opened up:
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Camping on a very steep slope on Dartmoor with stream at the bottom:
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From website:

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This last pic is too big for the page, but is from Hungary!
http://www.mosquitohammock.com/images/picJungleHammockSnowKorenLaszloHungary.jpg
 
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Sickboy

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I have a jungle mosquito hammock, i have no real beefs with it, have used it in pooring rain, hot nights and at well below zero in snowy Norway. The only small gripe is that the tarp could be a little bigger as when it was really windy snow was blown underneath no matter how close i hung it to the hammock. Though saying that the mozi net stopped most of it getting onto my sleeping bag :)
They are also a really good length (i'm 6'1) and are built very solidly. Easily a match for Hennesey's etc
Heres some pics from Norway :240:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15287361@N04/1601124431/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15287361@N04/1601123075/in/photostream/
 

mentalnurse

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I have a jungle mosquito hammock, i have no real beefs with it, have used it in pooring rain, hot nights and at well below zero in snowy Norway. The only small gripe is that the tarp could be a little bigger as when it was really windy snow was blown underneath no matter how close i hung it to the hammock. Though saying that the mozi net stopped most of it getting onto my sleeping bag :)
They are also a really good length (i'm 6'1) and are built very solidly. Easily a match for Hennesey's etc
Heres some pics from Norway :240:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15287361@N04/1601124431/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15287361@N04/1601123075/in/photostream/

that looks about the coldist camp i have ever seen... but looks great fun:You_Rock_
 
I got one for one of my friends, after I tried out another friends one last year.
Decent bit of kit.. echo all the above, but especially Sickboy's comment on the tarp size.

Never been keen on diamond tarps myself, and on a particularly rainy night, my friends one let a little in at the end. I was under my Tatonka tarp and was fine.
You can only hand the tarp "so" low tho because of the mossie net so that limits how close you can get any tarp down.

Good for the money tho, I paid almost the same price for just my hammock a few years ago and it's not that much better (mine has a nicer tree hugger strapping system tho).

Cheers
Carlo
 

baggins

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I've one of the standard mozzie hammocks, and i love it (just wish i had the time to use it more). I know tom does the diamond tarp but he also does a 3x4m one (with hooks on the underside for the mossie net) which seems to be much more useful imho.
Plus, he's a really good guy to deal with, although don't be too supprised when you recieve a parcel from tailand and not the states (he has them made out there).
Baggins
 
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bushyboo

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ive got one of the jungle hammocks never had a problem with it , if your not using the mossie net just turn the hammock upside down so the mossie net is underneath so it doesnt get in the way did get a differant tarp though, in the wind and rain the hammock was getting wet with the diamond tarp that came with it

Gordon
 

Spacemonkey

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I've one of the standard mozzie hammocks, and i love it (just wish i had the time to use it more). I know tom does the diamond tarp but he also does a 3x4m one (with hooks on the underside for the mossie net) which seems to be much more useful imho.
Plus, he's a really good guy to deal with, although don't be too supprised when you recieve a parcel from tailand and not the states (he has them made out there).
Baggins

That's because he has lived there these past few years!!:cool:

I never had the supplied tarp. I always used a 3mx3m tarp. I have a Tatonka and a DPM tarp from USMC which is lighter yet stronger. 3mx3m can be used equally well in diamond formation or conventional square formation. Both ways work really well when opened out with stick poles.
 

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