The Blackbird is a mosquito hammock, meaning it has built in no-see-um mosquito netting. The body has the same 65"x120" raw dimensions as the traveler but it has loads of features. All models are the same dimensions and are comfortable for someone up to 6'8".
It features a roomy footbox to allow for an asymmetric lay, which is a feature that's harder to find in a mosquito hammock. It also features a unique shelf panel for gear storage, something that is often lacking in hammocks. The shelf is aprox. 2sq.ft. of space and is up over the edge and completely out of the way. It's actually out of sight from inside the hammock and folks often don't even notice it's there when trying out the hammock for the first time.
The zipper runs the full length on one side and can be zipped all the way open, rolled off to the side, and tied off and out of the way when not needed. It can be used as a chair, as well as can be set up on the ground and used as a bug bivy. (note) The fabric is not waterproof/coated because you wouldn't want a mosquito hammock with a waterproof/coated body. (think buggy, hot, humid) You want as much breathability as possible in these conditions especially. So you'll want a groundcloth for 2 important reasons if you use the hammock on the ground: one, because the hammock fabric isn't coated, but it's also important to protect the hammock fabric from abrasion. Remember, this fabric is holding your bodyweight, so you'll want to avoid any damage to the fabric. A piece of tyvek makes a good groundcloth.
The Blackbird has 2 tie-outs, one on each side. These mainly pull the hammock apart to give a roomier feel and to keep the netting tight and out of your face. The one on the shelf side also holds the shelf away from the hammock which is useful for keeping heavier items in the shelf from hanging against your body. They are not necessary to use however, and you can leave them un-staked any time it's more convenient.
The Blackbird comes with a built-in structural ridgeline (100"), is available in single or double layer models, comes with the suspension of your choice and comes with a double-ended stuffsac. It allows you to hang the hammock while it's still in the bag if extra space is needed under your tarp. You can also pack the hammock in the bishop sack but leave the suspension hanging out both ends. This is nice if your webbing gets tree sap on it, as you can just wrap it around the stuffsac and not worry about getting any on the hammock itself.
The Travel Sock is our hammock sock designed to be used with the Blackbird and Traveler hammocks. A "sock", named after a tubular wind sock is a giant breathable fabric sack that the hammock hangs entirely inside of. It encloses the hammock and underquilt, and since it's enclosed it will generally be about 15-20 deg warmer compared to outside air temp. The Travel Sock is meant to be used mainly in cooler weather to protect the hammock and underquilt from wind and windblown moisture that might come in under the edge/ends of your tarp. The fabric is wind and water resistent, not waterproof. It will repel light moisture, but if conditions contain wet snow or moderate rain you'll still need a small tarp.
Orders containing back-ordered items will ship as one order once the back-ordered item comes in (usually within 3 weeks). If you wish for in-stock items to ship sooner, you will need to place 2 seperate orders.Blackbird Hammock Details :Closeout :Out of Stock :On Sale :Backordered
The two weights listed represent the two different suspension options.
Every hammock comes with your choice of suspension, either the line/strap suspension or adjustable webbing suspension.
The adjustable webbing suspension is basically a cinch-buckle type suspension. If you choose this suspension, you’ll get 14’ of webbing per end. Each piece has a loop sewn into one end. You’ll place carabiners (sold separately in the accessories section) in these loops so you can simply take the webbing around the tree and clip back onto itself. All length adjustments are done by adjusting the webbing at the cinch buckle. This is by far the most quick and convenient type of suspension, and by far the most popular option.
The line/strap suspension cconsists of 2 tree straps which you will hitch (girth hitch/larkshead , see Animated Knots ) to the tree, leaving one end of the strap hanging free. This end has a welded ring which you will tie the hammock line to (via a slipped buntline hitch). All adjustments are made via tying/retying the knot. This is not nearly as popular as the adjustable webbing suspension and is generally only for folks who like to tie knots and are looking to save a few oz. However, with a little practice it is quick to tie, and since it’s “slipped” it unties very quickly. (note: the slipped buntline hitch may slip if used by users over 250#, so this knot may not be the best choice for heavier users)
All webbing is low stretch polyester and all line is low stretch single braid dyneema.