Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:22

Amazonas Moskito-Traveller Pro Hammock tested and reviewed

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Amazonas are a German manufacturer that make high quality hammocks and Simply Hammocks offered us the chance to test and review the Moskito-Traveller Pro from their Ultralight range.

Their website offers many hammocks and hanging chair products, but I like to travel very light on my adventures, so I chose to review the Moskito-Traveller Pro, sold from their Ultralight range.

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What the manufacturers say:

The material and mosquito net of the AMAZONAS MOSKITO-TRAVELLER PRO are impregnated with the insect repellent of TANATEX Chemicals. This impregnation provides lasting protection against flying insects such as mosquitoes and biting midges as well as against crawling insects such as ticks, ants, cockroaches and mites, which will not even sit on the material or the net.

Despite this the impregnation has been proven to be completely safe for humans. It is also kind to the skin, odourless, heat-resistant and washable (up to fifty washes).

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The MOSKITO-TRAVELLER PRO is ultra-light, the pack dimensions are very small, and both sides can be used: with or without the net. But it is also extremely robust and can hold up to 150 kg.

You get in from the side by opening a zip. The net is kept away from the body using the cord enclosed.

Specs

Total length: approx. 350 cm

Lying surface: approx. 220 x 140 cm

Load capacity: max. 150 kg

Weight: approx. 450g

Field test.

Hammocking is a very comfortable way to wild camp. It's a great way to keep off the wet ground and if set up correctly I find using a hammock often removes some of the troublesome issues of condensation that tent-living can bring, In a damp woodland, air circulation is needed to keep your kit dry. I don't like to just limit myself to forests though and it's fun to use rock features for instance to hang a hammock. Best of all, you have a comfy place to relax that supports your back at the end of a long day, whatever your activity.

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These days I find myself at home on many summits in all seasons, where there is a distinct lack of trees. I've become used to floor dwelling using minimalist kit so going back to hammock use has been interesting for me, as it is how I first wild camped when I was younger. Back then I was content with a cheap net hammock, a plastic tarp and some twine as a ridge line. Thankfully hammock materials have evolved and the MT-Pro is a good example of this.

We were sent the basic hammock set up for the Moskito-Traveller Pro (MT-Pro) and none of the extras available. Amazonas make a neat dyneema hanging kit with easily adjustable alloy toggles at either end of your hammock, but these aren't included in the price. I made my own hanging gear from straps and carabiners, which hug the tree nicely minimising damage to the bark and offering a nice static fix. Amazonas also sell their own tarp for their products and the video reviews I watched show it to be of good quality.

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The MT-Pro is rolled into its own compact stuff-sac. This made packing away and stowing in my pack easy. The stuff-sac also hangs from side of the hammock and doubles as suspended storage.

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Inside the substantial insect mesh, are two more small pockets suitable for small devices or a headtorch. These are handy at night, because once settled getting out of your hammock for any needed items is always a bane. Unfortunately they are not ideal for a heavy smartphone and mine kept falling on me as I shifted about getting comfortable, due to the bug mesh bending over. This proved to be my only niggle with the hammock. Inside the mesh at the top are two loops which would make it easy to create a line to suspend a small bag or other kit from, so I'll opt for this in the future.

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The base of the MT-Pro is made of strong and ultralight parachute silk, keeping down the weight impressively but offering a decent sized sleeping space. Being made from silk it also dries out very quickly. The MT-Pro lacks a sleeve for a mat so care is needed getting in for the night, but it was not an issue. Amazonas also make the Silk Traveller Thermo which has this mat sleeve option, but no bug mesh.

Set up was quick and easy. You can use the hammock either way around, with or without the net over you which is a nice option. At dusk, I was swamped with midges on this trip so I opted for the net. Amazonas claim the impregnated net deters bugs even landing on the hammock and I found this was true. I wish I could say the same for me, but this is the risk of woodland dwelling in the UK in summer!!

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Using the included ridge line which has handy adjustable toggles, I threaded this easily through the net's loops and cinched it up without a problem. The line has plenty of give, so as you climb in it allows the net to stretch upwards without straining it.

Once inside, the multiple lines stretch out neatly and spread your weight evenly. It should be of note that I'm 5'5”, so some very tall people may want to look for larger options. It was ample for me however. Amazonas suggest sleeping diagonally to distribute weight correctly. I found this worked really well and this maximises your sleeping area, plus leaves a small area by your legs to place a garment.

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My overall impressions of the MT-Pro are good. The fabrics and construction seem strong and durable and with its 150kg load limit, it feels robust as you shuffle around getting yourself in position. It is a small package with minimal construction and at under 500g makes lightweight adventures possible. Comparable hammocks on the market with integral bug netting do seem to weigh in heavier. The whole sleeping system I carried weighed 1950g, inclusive of mat, sleeping bag, tarp, the hammock and the hanging kit. I envisage using this for long distance lowland treks in the future.

I've had some very uncomfortable nights in poorly designed hammocks, but the Moskito-Traveller Pro has a good sleeping area and the hammock is very comfortable, which has to be a crucial factor in anyone deciding to purchase one.

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