The Trail Lair is a symmetrical hammock with integrated bug net. The bug net is retractable with 2 separate sets of zipper pulls that goes all they way around the hammock body. This allows you to have 2 separate openings anywhere along the length of the zipper. Great for those who use under quilts, as you can make adjustments to both sides without getting out.
Each Trail Lair comes with included stuff sack and a peak bag for storing the net when not needed.
Which Options should I choose?
There are many different options available for the Trail Lair, as I aim to allow you to make as many personalized choices as you can. For newer hangers, this can seem like a lot, so I've attempted to breakdown all the options below.
One of the first stops in customizing your hammock, is choosing a fabric. There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of options ranging from Ultralight (UL) to more robust, heavy duty fabrics. I can generally offer recommendations on weight limits, but as far as feel, comfort or whether you will like a particular fabric, that mostly boils down to personal preference. I stock several types and colors, but there are also many that can be ordered (typically indicated by the "U-Pick" designation) from various vendors. I use mostly Dutchware and Ripstopbytheroll fabrics, so a great deal of your research into fabrics can be at their respective sites. And for end-user feedback a good resource is Hammockforums.net, which has thousands of users offering feedback on them.
Many fabrics are standard width materials, which will result in a hammock typically 56-59" wide. For those needing more room (taller or broader build), there are several wider fabrics - Hexon Wide, HyperD XL, HEX 70 or MTN 1.2 or 1.7 series, which are in the 70" range, but can also be cut down to a more exact width.
- Length -
Standard lengths are from 9-12', however if you need a custom length, that can usually be arranged. There isn't a 100% set rule in regards to which length for a given height. In my experience, most customers under 5'2" can use a 9' hammock, 10' is typically good to 5'10", 11' around 6'6" and 12' for over that. However, a contributing factor to that is also the hammock width. A wider hammock body may allow one to get by with a shorter hammock.
Pretty straight forward. Single layer saves the most weight and as long as you are not too close to the weight limits of the fabric, are suitable for most situations. Double Layers are useful for ones who like to use a pad between layers, like the extra support or use it to limits insect bites.
- Netting Material-
The two standard options are between .9 NoSeeUm Netting and .7 NanoSeeUm netting. Most people can use the .9 netting in most situations, but if you are using in an area with NanoSeeUms, then the .8 netting is helpful. Other things to consider is that .9 netting is more durable, while .7 is lighter weight. .9 has thicker filaments and larger holes, while .7 has more holes, but finer filaments.
- Zipper Size -
Two choices - #3 or #5 YKK. #3 is smaller and lighter weight, while #5 is larger and more durable. If you do lots of winter camping, the #5 is easier to use in those situations.
- Fixed Ridgeline -
Netted hammocks should be used with a fixed ridgeline at all times, otherwise damage may occur to your netting. Amsteel is stronger, heavier and does not pack as small. My stock color is the black, but really has more of a dark charcoal color to it. Zing it is Yellow and Lash It is grey.
The Trail Lair is designed to be used in conjunction with a Structural Ridgeline. Using a Trail Lair without a ridgeline is not recommended and will void the warranty. Proper Maintenance includes checking your ridgeline for slack on a regular basis. If slack is found, please contact me.
Two standard options here - Whoopies & Straps or Cinch Buckles. Whoopies and Straps can either be used with toggles or carabiners. It is the lighter of the two options and allows the most adjustability. Cinch Buckles are heavier, but simpler to use.
- Add On Tie Outs -
Roughly located around knees and shoulders, these are helpful for holding fabric away from you. The one at the head location is probably the most beneficial for this. Also, can be used as attachment points for various accessories if needed.
- Continuous Loops -
Not essential to the hammock, but handy for a couple of reasons. They can serve as a drip point for water running down your suspension. They can also allow for easier swapping out of suspensions. They can either be removable (larksheaded into the end channels) or permanent (crafted into the channel itself and not removable). The benefit of the permanent ones is that they don't bunch up the fabric quite as much as the ends and this can help with comfort and lessen calf ridge.
- Peak Shelf -
Storage option that can be located at the triangular area at either head or foot ends of the hammock. Useful for storing larger items like top quilts and jackets.
- Removable Windshield -
Zips to the inside of the netting and allows for wind blockage and heat retention, as well as a measure of privacy. It is vented at either end to lessen condensation.
Available in two fabrics, Ion and Argon 90. Ion is slightly heaver and less breathable. Argon is light and packs away easier.
- Ridgeline Gear Pouch -
Simple storage option that attaches to the ridgeline. Useful for quick access items you want to keep handy. Measures @ 9 x 13"
- Stuff Sack-
The Trail Lair includes a standard double ended stuff sack. This is the option to add a zippered pouch to that stuff sack for keeping your tree straps in. Helps keep sap from getting on the rest of your gear.
- Underquilt Hooks -
Useful for many models* of Underquilts that have their suspension hang off you hammock suspension. You clip the UQ suspension into the hook and it holds it closer to your hammock. Also, can be used to hang accessory items from (like my Saddle Bags). If you want to use them for both an UQ and to hang items, get the dring option to utilize both.
* The Trail Winder is designed in a way that the UQ hooks are not needed in most situations.
- Zippered Storage Pouch -
Another handy storage option. Good for things like tablets, readers, phones, etc. It is best located at the side opposite your head lay position. Roughly 10 x 14"
Dimensions & Average Weights*:
With so many different Fabric choices, varying widths and add ons, weights will vary.