Review – Amok Segl Ultralight Hammock
Amok Segl Hammock
The Segl is a new ultralight hammock from Amok, a company known for their unique hybrid hammock, the Draumr. In contrast, the Segl is a simple, open, gathered-end design using lightweight ripstop nylon fabric with a single panel design. The hammock comes complete with a full suspension system included in the price. The suspension is a common cinch buckle hardware and strap. The stuff sack is attached to the end of the hammock, near the gathered and and cinch buckle on one side. Included with the strap are a pair of slim wiregate carabiners attached with loops on the end of the webbing.
The entire kit—straps, buckles, carabiners, and hammock—weight a remarkably light 15 oz (425 g)!
Overall Impressions and Updates
Cinch buckles are a pretty common hammock suspension hardware system, but Amok is one of the only companies I’ve seen who really set it up to be very user friendly. For example, when a cinch buckle is tightened, it can be somewhat difficult to loosen. Amok has added a pull tab on the cinch buckle that makes releasing the strap simple, even when it is cranked tight (not recommended). The downside to cinch buckles, however, is that if there is any twist on the webbing at the buckle, it can easily slip. Ironically, this happened to me while I was testing — even a pro can make a mistake! A careless set up was all it took to put me on the ground. The precaution here is to always inspect your webbing and make sure it is fed flat through the buckle and is not twisted. The metal slider should rest flat against the webbing. If the slider is angled, it can also cause the buckle to fail.
The hammock comes with the straps already attached to the hammock. This makes set up extremely easy since all you have to do is wrap the carabiner end around an anchor point and go. The downside is that some anchors—pine trees for example—can have sap and goo that will gum up the straps. I hate to pack gunked up suspension with my hammock. The good news is that it is easy to remove the webbing straps from the hammock if necessary.
The hammock is generously proportioned and has a nice lay. The lighter fabric is more stretchy, but it still provided a stable bed. I enjoyed many nights of slumber in the Segl.
It’s no secret that I prefer hammocks with a single panel design. Popular hammocks like ENO and Grand Trunk (and their innumerable copycats) use three panels of fabric with seams that run the length. These seams introduce uncomfortable bulges in the fabric that become noticeable behind your head, shoulder, and legs, depending on how you lay. Single panel hammocks not only avoid these issues, but also allow the entire width to be used that helps relax the fabric especially around your legs to reduce leg ridges. It’s a simple design choice that has a lot of positive use benefits, even if it lacks some aesthetic benefits.
Recommendations and Review
This hammock packs down so small, it’s a great companion for hikes, picnics, backpacking trips, or lightweight adventures. It’s the base for a very modular system.
Update 9/17 – I have been taking the Segl with me in my day bag nearly everywhere, including business trips where I’ve been lucky on occasion to set it up in hotels and for breaks. The inclusion of the suspension system and easy-to-use cinch buckle hardware makes it easy to set up and I don’t have to worry or think twice about whether I have everything I need to hang the hammock — just grab the bag and go. With most open hammocks costing between $65 and $100 plus the extra cost of a suspension system (a common daisy chain suspension with carabiners can cost between $30 and $40), the Segl really becomes and competitive hammock option.
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The hammock includes high-quality carabiners, straps, and webbing strap/suspension lines.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Tight, even stitching. Generous hems.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Perfect example of a highly-modular base hammock.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Available in multiple single-color options.|
|♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Well-priced for a hammock and suspension combo. Imported.|
- Manufacturer: Amok, made in Norway, Vietnam
- MSRP: $119
- Bishop bag stuff sack plus a large polyester storage sack
- Titanium carabiners rated to 22KN
- Hammock: 20D Robic nylon – 113 × 63 in (300 × 160 cm)
- 1 in × 10 ft polyester webbing straps
- 10kN aluminum carabiners
- Steel cinch buckles with quick-release pull tabs
- Hammock: 7 oz (200 g)
- Straps: 5 oz (30 g)
- Carabiners and buckles: 3 oz (90 g)
- 330 lb (150 kg)
Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear.