Research and Development.

A little insight into the used materials and our designs.

The biggest priority in designing our hammocks is practicality and ease of use. Of course weight, price and durability are being considered as well but our main purpose is to create equipment that can be used without a hassle by everyone. We have became experts in this field so you don't have to.

During the developement phase we have consulted various people and experts to find the right balance betwen the above factors and we had to answer several questions:

Lighter fabrics. I't is possible to to find and use lighter fabric so you carry less, but this a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns. Ripstop nylon we are using now is almost half the weight of polycotton, polyester or even netting we have tried before, while having the same or greater strenght and still reasonable price. There are options to go 10% - 20% lighter but the strenght and durability is greatly compromised. Our classic hammock weights 600g, we decided that 30g - 50g weight saving won't be worth the constant worry about snagging or ripping the fabric. Same goes for the mosquito netting, we use 36g per sq meter netting, each hammock uses 2sqm so that's 70g for the netting. We came to the conclusion that saving maybe 20g is not worth the loss in durability. There is a possibility of a ultralight version in the future but for now we are focusing on things that just work.

Down insulation. One of the biggest contributors to the weight of our hammocks is the synthetic insulation. Hi-end solution would be to use down filling. Unfortunatelly down is very expensive and very high maintenance on the user end, also quite complex to implement on the production side. Which means about 400g can be saved on the filling but about 100g of fabric have to be put in to contain the down. In short, for the 300g saving you would literally double the price of the hammock and force the user to be very carefull with the product. If you have the money, much bigger weight savings can be achieved by investing in to a good tarp or down sleeping bag/top quilt.

We have now switched to polyester insulation which comes in sheets rather than loose in a bag. This allows for more even distribution and less stitching on the underquilt component reducing the amount of cold spots. Also couple of tricks from origami (japanees art of folding paper) have been used so the underquilt comforts to the body better. This can be observed on the sides when the hammock is weighted, and at ends where internal "flaps" of insulation fill the space between fabric layers according to users position.

Detachable mosquito net. We found ourselves taking the mosquto netting with us anyway just in case. For the 130g weight "penalty" there is no reason to overcomplicate the design and risk loosing important element of the hammock. It can always be stored away in one of the hoods when not needed.

In this short writing I was hoping to show you we are constantly researching and trying new options and ideas, even the most ridiculous.