A Look At The AMOK “Segl” Hammock

The AMOK “Segl” Hammock is the second hammock that I want to go over for you from among hammocks I now have for the the day-hanger “pod” at group hangs.

“Segl” means sail in Norwegian.

The Segl is a smaller hammock [112″ long] It is intended to be something you can toss in your day pack and always have handy. At just 15oz/ 420gm [including hammock, suspension straps, carabiners & cinch buckles], and about the size of a soup can, it is pretty easy to tote along for some quick, comfortable relaxation. Despite the shorter length, it is 63″ wide. The extra width makes getting a decent lay angle very easy.

Here is one of their own promotional photos showing the colors available for the Segl.

The one provided to me to check out was in the Forest Green.

AMOK provides an integral, sewn-on webbing suspension with the Segl. It has cinch buckles and provided carabiners that allow you to get up and hanging very quickly. It comes down and goes back into the attached stuff sack just as rapidly. In terms of its structure, you can see by the regularity of the pleating how evenly the fabric takes your weight once you are in the hammock. I believe this attention to detail helps spread the tension across the hammock body and prevent “calf-ridge”. I found it a very comfortable hammock to lounge around in.

My lady and I took it along on a meandering trip up to the Maine Northwoods, and that gave me the chance to put it up and take it down several times in different circumstances and with different tree spacings. I even tried curling up on my side several times, and that was just as comfy. I never had a bad hang.

It also went along to the group hammock hang we did at the Harold Parker State Forest where I debuted the day hammock pod… this is a half-a-dozen netless hammock all hung together up at the group site for people to drop into when they want to just hang-out, or for a small group to socialize. It ended up being referred to as the “Food Coma Recovery Area”.

The Segl got a lot of traffic and garnered a lot of favorable comments for its comfort and the wonderful feel of the 20D Robic Nylon fabric AMOK uses.

One thing that does not come standard on the Segl is a fixed ridge-line to set the “sag”. I like the predictability of the hang that you get with a FRL, and have them installed on most of my own hammocks. Sort of a “set it, and forget it” thing. I tried an adjustable version at several lengths on the Segl and found that, in this case at least, it is perfectly alright without one. I think the shorter length overall and the wider fabric combine to give it a decent hang regardless.

One evening here at home I added a Costco Down Throw converted to an under-quilt, and set up for an hour or so of stargazing. The combo worked very well. Comfort from the Segl, no cold-butt from the UQ.

Given that the current price of $79 includes everything you need to get set up, the SEGL from AMOK Equipment is a very good choice for a small hammock for easy lounging or grabbing a nice nap. At the same cost or less than most of the ENO/GT tripartite hammocks, you can get a far more comfortable hammock that’s ready-to-go. It’s perfect for keeping in your daypack or under the seat in your car. However, the 112″ size means that it is harder to segue to using it overnight unless you are on the shorter end of the height spectrum.

 

[FYI~ I land at 185lbs+ most days and am 5’9″ tall]

I have no business relationship with any vendor whose products I might present here on this blog. I am not attempting to monetize Moosenut Falls in any way. I prefer to call my posts “evaluations”, not reviews, because I am not out to recommend any products over others. I want to provide my readers with info that might help make them knowledgeable buyers. The gang at AMOK was good enough to send me one for evaluation and inclusion in the ongoing hammock pod, with the explicit understanding that that fact would in no way influence my review. However, for full disclosure, it is unlikely that I would request a demo unit for products that I do not already have a belief will be of a quality that might interest my readers here at Moosenut Falls. There is no point in bashing anybody’s products… that’s a waste of my time and yours.

 

 

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Here Comes The DynaFly

Just found this on the forums today. I chatted with Josh, the developer, for while this evening, and wanted to pass on his new video for you folks to see.

The DynaFly is still in development, and is not commercially available yet, but let’s keep our fingers crossed that it will find its wings. As the video shows, there are a lot of great things going on with this aerodynamic take on a hammock tarp that address issues like headroom, stability, storm resistance, ease-of-access and useability. Plus, it looks darn nice flying!  It is easy to understand why Josh has been refining his designs for five years.

Look for more on this down the road…

Cape Cod Rail Trail~ Bike & Hang [and eat! obviously!]

This last weekend, a bunch of my hammock hanging cronies did a second annual bike trip along the Cape Cod Rail Trail from Dennis to Wellfleet, and then onward on surface roads to Provincetown at the far tip of Cape Cod.

 

Looks like they had some fun, and saw some sites, but the hammocks seem to be sadly missing…

 

 

 

 

Our friend Eric’s sweet ride and handy little trailer. He’s a professional “bike wrench”… whadya want…?

And here’s Snaggletooth’s YouTube of the adventure. Seems like the food took top priority on this trip… with this crowd that’s a “DUH!”

I can’t go on one of these because of my age… I’d fall off my bike laughing at how absurd I knew I looked in one of those silly helmets, and ain’t NObody, NOhow want’s to see my saggy a$$ in bike shorts or a windshirt. Besides, I’d be ambulanced out after the first 600 yards anyway.

 

 

A Look At the OGR Singled Out Hammock

Nathan Nieri down in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania has a startup gear company called Out Gear Recreation featuring his in-house made “Singled Out” hammock, and some sourced accessories like suspensions and a bugnet.

I was given the chance to try out the “OGR Singled Out” hammock in a Charcoal Grey. I approached Nathan after I saw his gear on “GarageGrownGear”  when I was first planning the “Day-Hammock Armada” for our last group hammock hang. He was kind enough to take Moosenut Falls seriously, and let the Château Moosenut GearLab boffins and I have one to use and evaluate.

I also took advantage of having my lady friend from Carolina around for a couple of weeks and we went out several times and set ourselves up in various locations. Taken together with the couple of days it was up with the others at the hang, and I’ve had a decent chance to try it out. Right now, it is hung out in my hammocking nook here in my own yard.

It is wicked hard to get a “good” photo of an empty hammock….

When I put up a day-hanger hammock I am much less concerned with the “30° rule” of getting a 30° angle from the ends of the hammock to the tree loop… especially since most don’t have fixed ridgeline installed. I work more from the tree pair that I have available. All I am looking for is a quick set-up and tear-down.

[These photos best show the color of the OGR/SO in Charcoal Grey … I really like the OGR logo, so simple and clean, and pretty instantly recognizable]

SIDEBAR~ When I call something a “day-hanger”, I am talking about a hammock that is intended for casual use, rather than for overnight sleeping. For me, this would necessarily include the ENO hammocks, those from Grand Trunk, and all the other [generally] Chinese-made “tripartite” hammocks sewn from three separate pieces of cloth. The greatest criticism of these is that they generally tend to be only about 9 feet long, if that…That’s pretty short for comfort if you want to sleep in a hammock overnight. The real problem with these units, and their wide availability, is that they tend to be the ones from which people form their opinions about hammocking. The shorter length means that you can not get as comfortable a diagonal lay, and the seams where the hammock fabrics are joined together cut across your body at the shoulder and calf… you will feel them. If you are just dropping into a hammock for a quick nap and some relaxation, these factors are far less important than if you’re trying to get a good nights sleep. [See my separate post on the full “day-hanger armada” for more of this discussion]

 

The “Singled Out” from OGR is a nice exception to these criticisms. It is made of a single piece of rip-stop nylon, and goes to an advertised 10’5″ length and 58″ wide… [I just tossed the tape on the one out in the yard and got 128″]. It is important to note that this is the actual fabric length.

Many of the quoted lengths for the Chinese-made hammocks include the line used to gather the sewn channel-ends together, as well as the carabiners that attach that to the suspension… This can add a total of 8 to 12 inches over-and-above the fabric, so that some of them come in at as little as 8’6″ in actuality.

In terms of weight, my Singled Out [with the full tree straps and the two ‘biners] comes in at 1.41 lbs. on my electronic scale.

 

One thing that was mentioned several times at the group hang as people played around with the Singled Out was how nice they felt the fabric to be. Everyone agreed it was the great combo of soft “hand” and feel, together with a nice stretch and “just enough give”, that made it super comfortable. I caught more than one of the folks completely zzZZ-ed out in it.

A young victim of the dreaded “Harold Hang Food Coma” in the OGR “Singled Out” Hammock [hung here on a Turtledog frame]

My lady, the Rev.ElfLiza, chillin’ at Two Lights State Park down on the Maine coast. [the photo had to be color tweaked considerably due to the brightness off the ocean in the background… this Singled Out is not nearly that dark]

 

Both my lady and I enjoyed the comfort, and the easy set-up with the 9′ cinch-buckle, poly-strap pair that Nathan included when he sent out mine… [he even included a pair of high quality carabiners to join the hammock to the suspension].

The straps are quite well made with multiple [four] rows of stitching to hold the loop for passing around the tree, and they both slip well through the cinches and hold fast under pressure [Hint~ always toss an overhand knot in behind the cinch just for safety].

Since Nathan sells his suspension separately, you can just as easily use one you already have and possibly reduce the overall weight if that’s important to you. However, I really like a cinch-buckle set-up, and this one lets you get “hung up and hanging out” within 1-2 minutes. Left up to me, I would probably pull the continuous loop out of the gathered end, and then larkshead the similar CL that comes directly off the cinch thru in its place. That would bring the hammock right up to the cinch and allow you to hang in a tighter space. The ‘biner could go on the tree end of the strap for even quicker joining of the around-the-tree-loop.

 

Here is the nearly ubiquitous feetz photo… it shows how nice and even the stitching is from the regularity of the “pleats”

Conclusion~~ I am nicely impressed with the OGR “Singled Out” hammock, and I think it could be a good choice for people who might possibly eventually be disappointed with more widely available hammocks because of their known design flaws and their shorter lengths. The “Singled Out” hammock is well made and US made! It packs down quite small even with the straps added into the pouch, the loops in the gathered ends and suspension are Amsteel instead of cheapo poly rope, and OGR’s offering is at nearly the same price point as an ENO or Grand Trunk on Amazon. Plus, with the fabric length of well over 10 feet versus the 9′ or less in the Chi-clones, it is suitable not only as it a day-hanger, but also as a sleeping hammock. It is certainly worth considering if you want a nice day-hanger to toss in the car or your day pack to have along at all times, together with the possibility of growing your kit toward overnight/sleeping use.

Check out the links from above and those on OGR’s own site.

 

NOTE: The Singled Out Hammock was provided to me for this “look at” and evaluation by Nathan at OutGearRec with the express understanding that I would be entirely impartial in my judgement. I have no business relationship with OutGearRec.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Guys Rejoice… AMOK Draumr XL Is HERE!

Just released and much anticipated>>>

I really like my own standard Draumr 3.0 that I bought three summers ago. However, it was limited to folks under 6 feet tall if you wanted the full comfort. Now, the bigg’uns can have the same great, side-sleeping experience!

The good news is that you can get a GR8 discount by preordering now… $279 for the XL, the Fjol insulated pad [gives it the structure], and the tarp that also converts to be usable with any gathered end hammock as well. ….MSRP will be $399.

The bad news is that the first deliveries aren’t scheduled all the way out until April of 2019!

 

Hang Time Hook has been produced!

I am really excited to announce that my friend Eric Johnson’s Hang Time Hook has come out of development, through production and is now in distribution to vendors.

Eric was 3-D printing the prototypes of this in his basement, and everyone I know who saw them got one.

They are a niche product for those who use a hammock. However, if you hang in a gathered end hammock this is the balls.

The HTH allows you to hang your phone [or anything else you want] from the large clip, which then can be swiveled to whatever angle you need. [I mostly just use mine to keep my phone up and out from under me, and so I can conveniently touch it to check the time n the dark. It also works great with my GoalZero USB fan for hot nights!] Earbuds and glasses can hang off the tabs, and the large hole at the top will accept anything with a button sewn on. The whole clip can be slid along the ridgeline of the hammock and then “fixed” in place with a cordlock, but can still easily be moved as need dictates.

I suspect everyone who is going to the group hammock hang this coming weekend will be looking to pick up a finished product… I’m just hoping he brings enough in black.