Hammocks without spreader bars tend to be more comfortable than those with the spreader bars because the hammock can wrap around you, conforming to your shape and size. This wrap-around effect, however, makes it a little more difficult to get in and out of the hammock. This can especially be a concern if you have small children. When it comes to hanging a hammock that doesn’t have the spreader bars, you can be a little more flexible in the distance required to hang your hammock. If it sags a little more in the middle it’s not so much of a concern.
The Mayan hammock is considered by many to be the most comfortable of all the hammocks. It is produced from a tightly woven cord that conforms to your body while still providing an excellent amount of support. Because of this tight weave, it doesn’t leave marks on your body when you use it for an extended period of time. Though they are tightly woven, they still provide enough air flow to keep you cool. The Mayan hammock can be composed of cotton, polyester or nylon.
The cotton version is considered to be the top as far as comfort goes, but the natural cotton fibers are much more susceptible to damage from the elements as well as damage from zippers, buttons, etc. These hammocks are very suitable for use on porches or for indoor spaces where they won’t be subjected to the weather. The cotton Mayan hammock can be used outdoors as well, but it is recommended that it be brought in or kept covered when not in use.
A close rival is the Mayan hammock made from soft-spun polyester. The soft-spun polyester fibers provide a soft, comfortable bed and also provide protection from the elements which means less chance of mold or mildew. The polyester hammocks come in a wide range of colors and the color is much less susceptible to fading than the color found in cotton hammocks. This hammock is a better choice for outdoors and especially for areas where there is more humidity.
The third type is made from nylon. Nylon fabric is a good choice for warm, moist climates as it is the most resistant to mold, mildew and rotting. The colors are very vibrant and they remain bright for a much longer period of time. Care must be taken with these hammocks as they can be snagged by Velcro. Nylon hammocks are also the least expensive variety.
As with most non-spreader bar hammocks, Mayan Hammocks are relatively light weight and very strong which makes them a great choice for camping. They are easy to pack up, transport and set up and they take up very little space to store.
The Nicaraguan hammock is quite similar to the Mayan hammock but has a much tighter weave. This tighter weave makes it more durable because it is less easily snagged or torn by buttons, zippers, etc. The Nicaraguan hammock is suitable for a wider temperature range because it allows for the ideal amount of airflow – some for a cooling effect but not too much so, with a blanket or pad, you can stay quite warm.
Made of spun cotton fibers, the Nicaraguan hammock is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use but care must be taken when using it outdoors. The cotton is more readily distressed from the elements and so it is best to take it down when not in use.
The design of this style of hammock is made by using a double weave technique and it is often enhanced with a decorative crocheted edging, making this a very attractive addition to your indoor or outdoor spaces.
Once again, this non-spreader bar is a good choice for camping as it is easily transported and takes only a small amount of storage space. Remember though, that care must be taken to keep it protected from the elements.
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