In addition to the tents presented in form 256, hammocks also offer a comfortable option for sleeping or relaxing in the open air. They are less of a protection against wind and weather but on the plus side they are lighter and take up less space offering an alternative for outdoor sports and leisure.
A hammock can be installed in almost any environment – as long as there are some trees to hang it on. On the other hand, there are some models with free-standing frames but these are usually quite heavy and cumbersome. Jason and Mark Andrews, the inventors of the Handy Hammock, tackled this point and have developed a supporting system which, at only 1.5 kilogrammes is particularly light, and can be folded down to arm’s length. The combination of poles, pegs and nylon ropes can even be used on uneven surfaces. When choosing the materials, which include an alloy used in the aircraft industry, particular attention was paid to stability and durability. Manufactured in Great Britain, in addition to the struts and the hammock, there is also a carry bag so that Handy Hammock can be transported with ease. Further accessories are being worked on at the moment and will include an integrated sleeping bag, a mosquito net and extra storage space.