OK, maybe this is uber obvious to some of you, but for whatever reason it just never occurred to me. I finally figured-out what real strength the Mayan hammocks have that the others can't compete with. It's all about the heat and how well in performs.
We live in an older home in Colorado. That means no central air conditioning. You don't really need it out here very often and it's only been in recent years (maybe the last 20) that homes have been built with central A/Cs out here. Swamp coolers and window units generally do the trick. But, our house has been very warm in the late afternoons because of a fairly warm summer. Makes afternoon naps (one of my life's joys) uncomfortable.
The other day I climbed into the Mayan we have in our guest room, just to take a load off for a few minutes. As I laid there it occurred to me that I was very comfortable, so of course, I squeezed in a siesta. Normally, I'd get to sweating and wake-up all damp and moldy feeling. Not with a Mayan! With the open weave, your body's sweat actually gets to do its job and cool you by evaporating. There is no real cloth/fabric to block the evaporation, or to catch the perspiration. Any sweat that forms and doesn't evaporate just drips through the weave and falls to the ground. I slept for 3 hours.
New winter project for me. I'm going to play around with these designs and try to have a Mayan Camper built by next summer. Slap a bugnet around that baby and summer camping will once again be pleasant. Not going to be easy to make a Mayan shorter and lightweight without losing a ton of comfort, but I don't know until I at least try.
What do you kids think?