It all started when I first went travelling. On my first major trip in 2007 I spent 5 months travelling and surfing around Indonesia. It was an amazing experience which I would not change a thing about. One thing I quickly learned though was how much downtime there is on a surf trip, waiting for buses, lazing around in the evening or just sitting on the beach there’s always time to kill and a lot of times not the comfiest options available.
On a later trip close to the end I purchased my first woven hammock to go on my deck at home. I ended up setting it up in the courtyard of a hotels where I was spending more than a couple days. This was awesome, but setting it up was quite the hassle transporting the hammock took up way too much of my backpack. When I got home once I had set up the hammock in the spot I had imagined it never really came down because it was just too much trouble to set up and takedown.
The next trip I went on I found a guy on the streets of Indonesia who was sewing hammocks with a foot powered sewing machine. This was it, I was sure. This hammock fit in one hand and took up way less of my bag. Setting it up was still a bit of a hassle, but I had gotten better with the knots and finding spots. This trip was my first trip where I was able to set up my hammock all over the place.
When I returned home with this hammock I found that I would take this hammock everywhere. When I went rockclimbing I could set it up while other people were climbing (even belay from it on certain routes!), When I went to the beach it was my perfect spot to catch a nap, when I went camping this was my favourite way to spend a lazy afternoon, I was finding so many times I could use my new hammock. Another thing that allowed for such quick setup was I had swapped out the cheap metal hooks that came with the hammock for carabiners and the ropes had been replaced with a climbers’s daisy chain. This was a perfect setup although the daisy chain was a bit expensive to have 2 of and a little short for some of the places I tried to setup. Also the hammock itself was quite poorly made, and low quality; the single stitched seam had come loose in many places and the low quality nylon was wearing through in other areas. One thing i found was almost every time I setup my hammock I met someone new that wanted a hammock setup just like mine.
So the next time I went back to Indonesia this time with my girlfriend, I brought my trusty old, poorly made, falling apart hammock with me of course, but I met someone that had a friend that worked in a factory where he said they could make me a new hammock of a way higher quality. I went with him and met his friend and sure enough they assured me they could produce a hammock to my specs and as many as I needed. This was the first time the suspended life was born (although we didn’t know what to call it at the time).
With our hammocks I changed a few important key features and with the addition of our suspension ropes setting up your the suspended life hammock couldn’t be easier. We made sure to have triple stitching on every seam to maximize durability, we used the highest quality parachute nylon available and we added a new stuff sack design that was completely waterproof. Once I had this hammock (took 3 or 4 prototypes) and our suspension ropes, I was setting this hammock up at every chance, in airports, while waiting for a ferry, on that ferry. I could set it up and take it down in under a minute so there was no commitment.
Once I had one and people saw my pictures and heard I was able to get more, the orders just started rolling in, before even arriving home with our first stock we had over 30 people who wanted hammocks as soon as we got home. From there its been an amazing experience of starting a business from nothing. And that brings us to where we are today, browse the gallery for pictures of all the amazing spots we’ve found to use our hammocks.
And remember: Please Hammock Responsibly.