Camping, Bushcraft & Survival

Amok Equipment Draumr 3.0 Camping Hammock Review

Apart from having the best name for a hammock ever, the Amok is also a pleasingly off-beat product for off-the-grid living. As soon as we saw the hammock, and met the cool Norwegian guys behind it, it we knew we had to have it in the Outdoor 100. It was certainly one of the products that got the reviewing team most intrigued. Amok’s Draumr 3.0 (draumr is old Norse for dream) is a hammock like no other, and one that’s absolutely loaded with features.

The most notably different thing about this hammock is its configuration. It’s suspended between two trees (preferably overlooking a lake as the sun sets), but instead of the the head and feet extending towards the trees, the, erm, hammockee, is at right angles, meaning you’re swinging back and forth rather than side to side. It means you’ll be swinging less and it’s comfortable to lie on your side and front too.

“It’s when you jump in that you really begin to notice the details. There’s a beer can holder – it’s that kind of piece of kit.”

There are plenty of people now leaning towards using hammocks for backpacking, especially in the US and the bushcraft sector, and as long as you have a warm sleeping bag, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use one, even in the depths of winter.

To really state the blindingly obvious you’ll need trees (or at least two of them) for this to work, but it has its advantages. Many report sleeping much better in suspension than on a cold floor, and also uneven ground is of course no problem.

This setup probably isn’t lighter than a tent system, weighing in at 1340g, plus an extra 713g for the tarp and stakes. Not heavy by any stretch, but this is a hammock to be enjoyed at basecamp, taking day excursions out. The hammock itself is made from a lightweight 70D ripstop nylon and can come with a 30D double silicone coated ripstop nylon tarp for waterproofing it.

Setting the hammock up is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. The two trees need to be between 2.5m and 6m apart. Fasten the right hand side tree first and then extend out the left one around the other tree. It’s really easy to attach and adjust the height.

The Draumr 3.0 requires a sleeping mat to give it shape, as well as comfort and warmth. We used the ExPed Downlite (there’s a list of recommended mats on their website) that fastens into the hammock. You can also set up a tarp that will keep you dry. And then it’s time to jump in! And that’s when you really begin to notice the details.

The back is easily lowered to a sleeping position, but can also be placed in a sitting position. Similarly, the foot section can be adjusted easily from within the hammock. There’s a bug net that very neatly zips around you sealing you in completely. Oh, and there’s a beer can holder – it’s that kind of piece of kit.

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