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    Broken Byer Moskito: Any Ideas For Mods?

    I was at an outdoor retailer's store today hoping to score some Labor Day sales and, as I often do, I rummaged through a box of returned stuff that is marked down for quick sale. Among the items was a Byer Moskito which someone had abused badly on first setup, ripping out the two suspension points for the bug netting and leaving two baseball-sized holes in their place.

    The hammock had no price tag attached and was missing the ridgeline. I inquired, and after some Guadalajara-style dickering I bought it. The final price? Ten bucks. Yup, $10 USD.

    So now that I'm home I'm wondering how to mod it. It has a silly suspension system, which is a problem. If nothing else, I could simply flip it over, bug net side down, and use it as a day lounger in camp. I doubt that it could ever be a serious overnight sleeper, but I welcome your ideas about what to do to save this sad little hammock.

    Click here to see the manufacturer's page with pics and video.
    Last edited by Airsafety; 09-02-2012 at 19:43.
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    I've owned and slept in a Byer Moskito for about 4-5 yrs with NO complaints. In fact, I own 2 of them, so I can lend one out with whomever I go camping with. Now, I don't know what I haven't tried. All I know is that I wake up refreshed and not sore in my hips, shoulders, etc. just like your supposed to in a hammock. I've had no problems with them or the zippers. I'm confident that you will gain many amenities with a $100+ Hammock...but mine work.
    Back to your repair question. In the books I've read on Hammock camping, particularly DeJoha's, where he strongly suggest NOT repairing hammocks. BUT, this sounds like a bug netting issue and as such shouldn't have any effect on the overall integrity of the hang? If you can flip it over and use it then it still should be safe. I'd check with a local camping gear place and see what they would suggest? If it's just in the netting I'd just buy some replacement netting and sew it over the holes the best you can and move on. Hope I didn't miss anything? At about $40 market retail you'll have to decide how much time and effort you'd want to put in it? Done properly, this hammock could well turn out to be better than new!

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    Hey 4 dog knight - Thanks for your reply! And thanks for your suggestions about repairing the netting. I've had the hammock up in the yard and it lays just fine, with no apparent damage to the actual hammock. I may just remove the bug net entirely.

    I'm pleased to hear that the Moskito has been a great sleeper. My comments about the 'silly' suspension and the hammock being 'sad' were reflections upon the condition the hammock was in when I found it. The lines were tangled and took some time to unravel, but untangling them allowed me to really inspect their condition. They are not frayed or worn and the hammock held my weight (190) quite easily.

    I like your idea about carrying the hammock for buddies who want to try hanging. I'd love to hear any additional ideas that you may have about returning this hammock to service, and thanks again for your post.
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    It wouldn't be hard to sew in patches on the net. It would be ugly, but for $10? Who cares...

    I have a little no-see-um laying around, and some polyester "fashion Tulle" which is pretty strong stuff... PM me your address and I'll mail you enough for a few patches...

    8"x8" per patch big enough?

    I would hand-sew it, and pay attention to which way the net stretches and match it to avoid patch failure.

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    Running Feather made a bush tri-pod chair using a half of an eno at the John Rock Hang.
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    Thank you, John! That is an incredibly generous offer! With your inspiration, I think I'll repair the netting. I've got some netting here left over from making my UQ and TQ which should fit the bill.

    Since the netting itself appears to be a poor load bearing surface, I'm thinking of cutting out the holes to make two 6" x 8" diamonds, then sewing in the replacement fabric. The new ridge line will be elastic to hopefully avoid another over-stress and seam failure.

    I could use some ideas about the suspension loops. From the photos it appears that the original netting suspension is folded netting. I'd like to try something more robust.
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    grannypat - I've got some 1.1 left over from my quilt making that might be perfect for a chair like that. Did you sit in it? It looks pretty cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airsafety View Post
    grannypat - I've got some 1.1 left over from my quilt making that might be perfect for a chair like that. Did you sit in it? It looks pretty cool!
    It was a pretty cool chair, but I didn't sit in it. You do have to make sure your poles are sturdy. RF had a little trouble with the poles at first and it dumped him, but he replaced the poles and then it held.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airsafety View Post
    Among the items was a Byer Moskito which someone had abused badly on first setup, ripping out the two suspension points for the bug netting and leaving two baseball-sized holes in their place.
    My son ripped those suspension points more than once - he kept sitting on the bugnet when he entered. I just repaired them. The Byer is a decent hammock - I slept many a night out in the woods in my Byer.

    I tried flipping it over during winter - I thought I could put the ccf pad in the bugnet and maybe some insulation. While it worked, I found the hammock too short to keep me and my sleeping bag inside of it. My feet kept popping out.

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    I did exactly what you did. I replaced the stock suspension clew with dogbone lashit loops and sewed a large rectangle of bugnet on the existing with 2 channels for the net suspension to pass thru.










    Quote Originally Posted by Airsafety View Post
    I was at an outdoor retailer's store today hoping to score some Labor Day sales and, as I often do, I rummaged through a box of returned stuff that is marked down for quick sale. Among the items was a Byer Moskito which someone had abused badly on first setup, ripping out the two suspension points for the bug netting and leaving two baseball-sized holes in their place.

    The hammock had no price tag attached and was missing the ridgeline. I inquired, and after some Guadalajara-style dickering I bought it. The final price? Ten bucks. Yup, $10 USD.

    So now that I'm home I'm wondering how to mod it. It has a silly suspension system, which is a problem. If nothing else, I could simply flip it over, bug net side down, and use it as a day lounger in camp. I doubt that it could ever be a serious overnight sleeper, but I welcome your ideas about what to do to save this sad little hammock.

    Click here to see the manufacturer's page with pics and video.

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