Updates on the Amok Draumr 3.0 Hammock

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  1. Jimbo says:

    Excellent review!! Thanks for this! They’ve made more changes than they stated on their web page. Outstanding!! These guys at Amok go way over the top to ensure a high quality item. I ordered the 3.0 and can’t wait to get this thing out there!! Getting rid of the ridge line carabiner might change the set up a bit. The 2.0 I could leave the entire hammock in the bag while i got my straps up, keeping the hammock off the ground completely. Can this still be done? The head shock cord is awesome! The only time i had the net in my face was a high backed chair position. But it did sag pretty low while flat. This feature should very much improve that. The ‘biner in the bug net inside is cherry. I can hang my lamp now. Thanks very much for the detailed update! Now i sit like a kid counting days ’til Christmas waiting for mine to show up. BTW, thanks very much for this blog. I’m a recent convert from tents. I’m 45 and tents are hard on my bones these days even with a nice pad. I’ve learned a great deal from you guys. Keep up the good work and happy camping!

    • Derek says:

      Thanks Jimbo. Good observation on the ridge line carabiner. It is missing in v3 so you can’t set up the straps independent of the hammock now. Honestly, I didn’t even bat an eye when I set it up because it sets up much like all the other hammocks where I clip one end, pull the hammock out and clip the other end without the hammock touching the ground. As long as you pack the hammock with both strap/carabiner ends sticking out of the stuff sack, you can set it up without the hammock touching the ground, but it isn’t as obvious as the previous version.

  2. Christoffer says:

    Hi, nice review.

    I am totally new with hammocks, and i just received the Amok 3.0 last thursday (07.23).

    I also noticed that the hammock presented in the youtube video and the info from facebook.com was different than what i got. First i thought that maybe they had given me a prototype of 4.0 😀 Anyways, your review confirms that i did not 🙂

    I do have a few questions though, it might be my lack of experience hammocking but i tend to slide downwards when sitting or laying in the hammock. My first concern is that it puts pressure on my foot sack, do you have the same problem ?

    I also find it very hard to get inside my sleeping bag as it also makes me slide downwards and the only thing holding me up is the foot pad (not sure how much weight that can withstand).

    I see you recommend the 45° angle, is this to release pressure?

    Also, the few minutes i had to test it, i learned that when im settling in it, if i pull the hammock further back (behind the ridge line) it makes it is easier to get in it that just tuck the pad in middle and settling in. This way, i didnt even have to use the ridge line as stabilizer to get in it.

    Anyways, hope you give more reviews of this product, its not much information out here in the www 🙂

    • Derek says:

      I found that I need to adjust my position, balancing my body so I don’t slide down to the foot area. I didn’t experience what you describe.

      As to the 45° angle, the goal is to match the angle in the hammock and extend or match that angle up through the suspension.

  3. Thom says:

    Greetings & thanks for sharing your insights here and in your book. My wife and I have read it through several times and it is always with us in our Kindle.

    We have two of the V3.0 and have test hung in the yard with a real over-night planned soon. We will be utilizing a DIY stand(s) similar to the TurtleLady but ours are made of 3/4″ conduit. Since I had two sets of Atlas straps from tree-use days i’m going to test these out during the trip. So far they are a simple/elegant solution for us. Our test is set at ~40 degrees at this point…time will tell.

    As for pad we sprung for two of the ExPed Synmat 9LW’s. They fit great and the test hang is really comfortable. Way beyond what we are used to in our top-of-the-line gathered end hammocks (which we are grateful for! Many fun outings.)

    One thing we might test is raising up the Amok for bed time a loop in the straps. I’m not sure yet…but my wife had a close encounter of the critter kind last trip with a squirrel attempting to get cozy with her in her Hennessy! With the suggested ultra-low hang height of the V3 I think we’d almost be inviting them inside!?

    Happy Trails,

  4. Tord Hoppe says:

    Derek, I´m probably kicking in an open door, bur regarding that type of cord lock that they now use on the tarp you should be able to solve your issues in at least two ways. Always set the cord lock so that the line is as long as possible. Then use a Marlin Spike Hitch with the tent peg somewhere suitable on the line so that it is fairly tensioned. Finally adjust the tension with the tensioner.
    The other way is to pull through more of the line through the tensioner, i.e. grab the existing stop knot, pull more line through and make a new stop knot where needed (using a slippery whatknot for quick release). 🙂

    Hope that helps. I´m also a great fan of the type of chord lock they used previously. I´ve rigged many of my tarps with them on all points where cordage is attached, included the ridge line. With the thinner guy lines I always finish off with a slippery half hitch after having tensioned. Works perfectly, no slippage (if that´s a word).

  5. Paul B says:

    The cost of an air pad is a fair comparison only for people exclusively hammock camping. For people making the transition to Hammocks, an UnderQuilt can EASILY cost ? $175 😉

  6. bee thomas says:

    Got mine on the Shug discount, absolutely love it! It is difficult to get hours in it because friends want to try it out for a night and I don’t get out as often as i want. If I were Amok, I would design my own pad custom made for it. Going to be in the high 30’s this weekend, that was my only downside to this. I was too warm bordering on hot when it was 70 at night.

  7. jpickett1968 says:

    Is this available anywhere at a discount? Sweet product.

  8. Ryan says:

    What are the differences between the draumr and the Exped Ergo Combi they look to be pretty much the same but I have no experience with either

  9. Scott says:

    I am new to the hammock world. I gave it a try but sold my first hammock, a Hennessy, because in warmer months, I was still cold. I also constantly ended up balled up in the middle. I know now some of the mistakes I was making and I want to give it another go after finding the Amok. However, I also enjoy winter camping. Do you know of an underquilt that would work with this system?

    • Derek says:

      The Draumr is different than most hammocks in that you need to use a large, thick inflatable sleeping pad to provide the structure for the hammock. Without the pad, the hammock doesn’t work (it has no structural form that you can lay in). The good news is that the pad provides all the insulation you’ll need, especially if you get an insulated pad like the one I used in the review. The downside is that if you don’t already own a compatible pad (see the list of pads that will work on the Amok website), you’ll need to buy one, which makes this hammock on the expensive side. You will sleep very warm with the pad.

  10. Kurt says:

    Hi Derek, Nice review as always. Can you comment about any height restrictions with this version? There was some mention of Amok producing an XL model that I ran across elsewhere. I’m 6’2″” and wondering if I will fit comfortably in the 3.0 or if I’ll be at the limits as far as height.

  11. Ryan Burgess says:

    I love the designs of these but simply don’t have the money because I’m only 14, even if I did have the money I don’t think they would let me one due to the high price. I’ve tried out the deal their doing for scouts however a $200 shipping and handling fee is just insane. I’m seeing if I can negotiate it to be lower however if I can’t do you think it would be possible to diy this because it would just be so much more reasonable then

    • Derek says:

      You can always try to DIY. It’s much more complicated a project. $200 shipping? That doesn’t make sense unless they are driving it to you personally.

  12. ADB says:

    Would a 10×10 tarp fit this well for winter setup or would a tarp have to have doors for it to better cover the ends?

  13. David Williams says:

    Hey Derek,

    I’m contemplating a bed for inside a van and was wondering if the Amok would work with some modifications. I think the average width of a van is 60″/5ft. Obviously, that is too narrow but, in your opinion, can you tell whether a modification is possible to make it work?

    • dejoha says:

      The Amok Draumr is a great hammock, but trying to use it in a constrained space like inside a van would be problematic. The drop in the hammock is deep and would probably exceed the interior space. The hammock is also hung perpendicular, which is very problematic to lay in. I have hung regular open, gathered-end hammocks inside vehicles before, on the diagonal from the back door across to the front door, which is just barely enough space.

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