Let’s kick things off with a bit of background about me.
I’m known to most as SKelly. I’ve been mentioned in a few posts with Mr Hammocker before, as I am slowly becoming a hammocking fanatic! I love getting away from the daily life and routine that quite a lot of us sink into. Getting out into the woods with a warm fire, some great company, a few cheeky beers and a glorious bed (hammock) for the night is the closest thing to heaven for me. I’m kind of the class clown and can entertain myself in the easiest of ways. That pretty much sums me up, now let’s talk hammocks.
The Hammocker has asked me to take a crack at this reviewing malarkey, with quite an abnormal hammock, the Amok Draumr 3.0 (no it’s not from Yorkshire).
Now for those who haven’t heard of this hammock before, you may be about to have your mind blown.
The Amok Draumr 3.0 is quite a unique concept. The crazy and innovative folks over at Amok, a company based in Norway, have used their engineering and entrepreneurial brains to craft an impressive design. When I first took a look at the Amok in detail I realised what a game changer this hammock could be. Unlike “normal” hammocks the idea behind the Amok Draumr 3.0 is that instead of laying from side to side along your tree line, you instead lay perpendicular to the tree line. You also lay completely flat without having to be on a diagonal. This is achieved by using a specific inflatable mat, one that has tubes like a pool lilo.
This helps keep the rigidity and stops you just flopping out of the hammock.
Now we’ve kind of got our head around what the hammock is, let’s get into the pros and cons.
The Amok Draumr 3.0 is designed beautifully and the stitching looks immaculate and just everything about it wants you to love it. There are pockets everywhere on this design and either side of you as you’re laying down there is more than enough room for anything you could possibly need. When we’ve been out on a few trips I shove everything from coats, extra jumpers to snacks and drinks down there. All of them are really accessible and convenient to use.
The design of the hammock also gives you a really useful ridge-line which you can clip anything and everything onto. I found clipping head lamps and water bottles to it works a treat. The Amok Draumr 3.0 also comes with a built-in midge net that has a little crab you can clip straight onto your ridge-line to keep it out of your face, which is a nice touch.
The hammock is quite simple to put up, as even the suspension is included and already attached. I love the laser cut crabs with the Amok logo on them, style points!
The adjuster straps are awesome and in my eyes, the best part of this hammock. You can pull on some straps on the inside of the hammock which raise your hammock up into a chair position or if you loosen the lay you down flat into sleep mode.
Now for some things that I think took away from the beauty of the Amok Draumr 3.0.
The whole set-up is quite bulky for all you gram nuts out there. The full set-up tops in at about 2kg, but that does include the tarp and pegs, which all pack down inside the main stuff stack, which measures about 14 x 6.5 inches.
Getting in and out of this set-up is a little bit of a nightmare. Even after using it on multiple trips I still haven’t perfected it. The material the hammock is made out of is far too slippery for you to enter it the way that Amok intended. You are meant to fold up the bottom of the matt and hold the ridge-line tight and try to sit down on the hammock without sliding out. It’s just not the easiest, let’s leave it at that.
The tarp, it’s just not big enough. Not to cope with the blustery sideways rain of the UK anyway. They have included an extra piece of material for your head and feet which is a great idea but still not big enough for the hammock. You can see from this photo that even with no-one in the hammock the head end pushes up against the tarp, which results in a difficult sleep.
The final consideration of the hammock is what it’s like to sleep in. Bear in mind I’m only 5ft 10” and weigh just under 11 stone (not exactly the biggest lad out there). I just couldn’t have a single decent nights sleep in it. Either the rain would blow in from the sides or it would hit the tarp and I would end up swinging back and forth because my feet touched the tarp when I was sleeping. Now, a gentle rock in a hammock, I actually quite like, but let’s just say, it wasn’t quite a gentle ‘rock you to sleep’ kind of deal. Think more like a swing set!
To sum up, I wanted to love this hammock and use nothing but this kit ever again. I wasn’t even put off by the size and weight or the fact I had to fork out an extra £90 on a specific inflatable mat, which isn’t even included with the Amok Draumr 3.0, but you need one to use it. When I saw that the hammock came with a beer bottle holder (other beverages are available) I looked everywhere to buy one, as I had to have it!
Now that I own one, I’m a little upset as it’s not really a sleeping hammock. It makes more of a perfect chair than a hammock. If you’re looking for a totally amazing chair, that hangs off the ground or for a spot of fishing then look no further, just don’t expect a good nights sleep.
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