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Hammock Testing at Steinbruvannet

Hi, I´d like to announce an even on October 14. – please mark your calendars, share and even more important – come. 🙂

You will have the chance to try the most advanced “pro” camping hammocks on the marked in real live conditions.

Hammock camping has gained more and popularity in the last years, not only amongst backpackers and hikers. Pretty much everybody from the aforementioned hikers to those travelling on two or more wheels to get closer to nature and the amazing views and experiences only camping in the woods can provide. It just make sense to get off the ground and sleep hanging between the trees. The benefits are many, some are very factual – others are more based on feelings and the experience involved. Looking at the stars while being soothed in a slightly swinging hammock generally results in a very comfortable and refreshing sleep.

There are several hammock concepts on the marked of we´ll show the best tow – the Lawson Blue ridge Hammock and the Amok Draumr 3.0. Both Sytems will be on display and you have the chance to try them both. The event is meant to be very informal and casual. We´ll light a campfire, cook coffee, maybe fish a little bit and have definitly have a good time.

Here´s the link to the Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/175017786408341/

 

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just take two, baby … Lawson / Draumr comparison

Hammock camping has gained more and popularity in the last years, not only amongst backpackers and hikers. Pretty much everybody from the aforementioned hikers to those travelling on two or more wheels to get closer to nature and the amazing views and experiences only camping n the woods can provide. It just make sense to get off the ground and sleep hanging between the trees. The benefits are many, some are very factual – others are more based on feelings and the experience involved. Looking at the stars while being soothed in a slightly swinging hammock generally results in a very comfortable and refreshing sleep.

There are several hammock concepts on the marked – two of which we endorse and use ourselves. There is no better than these two systems we believe. Your mileage may vary of course – but hey – it´s all a matter of taste an personal preference but some facts need considering when choosing an overnight full metal jacket camping hammock.

The focus of this article is on hammock systems which are meant for staying overnight and are geared to be used pretty much all year round. Please do not read this with a casual “hangmat” in mind. For this “day” use you find all sorts of hammocks starting at a few “bucks”. The only requirement for those is to support your weight.

A “proper” over night 3 to 4 season hammock and/or tent needs to be sturdy, reliable, waterproof and offer good isolation against the cold. It needs to keep the bugs off too, of course. Many find that one needs to have the ability to change the sleeping position. Being locked up in one specific “hang” isn´t everybody’s cup of tea (or banana shake for that matter).


just take two baby ….

we are now offering two systems – the Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock and the Amok Draumr 3.0 

The Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock is a very easy to use hammock which is also doubles as a ground tent. Bug net and rainfly are included. The construction of the Lawson allows for sleeping sideways, on your back and on your stomach. Isolation agains the cold is achieved by using a sleeping mat inside. I found the bog-standard foam mat in combination with a synthetic sleeping bag works best.

 

New in our shop is the Amok Draumr 3.0. This hammock is a very new concept and does not exactly follow the “hammock” idea in the classical sense. Thinking ut of the box is nice and can result in brilliant products like the Draum 3.0. The Draumr is a bit more complicated to set up as it has more parts to it.

Comparison

Comparison of the Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock and the Amok Equipment Draumr 3.0. A simple foam sleeping pad is advised for the Lawson, but not necessary. The Amok Draumr relies on anb inflated sleeping pad for it´s structural integrity. It does not work without aa sleeping pad. Therefore the cost of the sleeping pad needs being considered when comparing.

To that you´d need to add the cost of a good sleeping bag which I´d budget with at least 2.000 kr.

As you can see the systems run pretty much head to head. The Draumr without TAK is a bit cheaper, but you do not have the rain protection from the tarp. However, it is included for the case you already own a tarp or want to use a different one than the one offered by Amok. There are much larger tarps available. I personally own several.

Of course there are cheaper systems out there, but you as so often in life – you get what you pay for. In the case of an outdoor sleeping systems the worst you pay is a cold and miserable nights sleep and in worst case the end of your holiday due to the cold you got.

Conclusion

There is no clear winner really. Both are head to head in terms of manufacturing quality. They score similar in points and you should try both – heck maybe even own both. One thing is clear – these type of “proper” camping hammocks win over tents any time … as both can be used as a warm and comfy chair for the morning coffee. You just need to find someone to serve the breakfast 😉


We at outdoorshop.no do believe in customer service and our goal is to provide you the best gear around so you can relax and be sure you have good and tested equipment at your disposal. We try and test everything intensively and only sell things we approve for own use.

 

 

 

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Late summer trip in Norway

The summer is coming to end here in Norway and the fall season started with a bang. We went for a weekends fishing trip to a lake in Østfold. The lake was very nice and so was the weather. The conditions were fantastic and we managed to trick a few fish to our flies. Not as many as we´d liked, but it was good enough for a healthy breakfast.

Konstanse went for mushrooms and quickly filled her basket.

 

 

Sunday morning was picture perfect so we used this opportunity to take a few pics of the new love – the Lawson Hammock. We heard from many that they are afraid to fall out of a hammock or even have experienced this with standard hammocks, we (as in me and myself) decided that Konstanse should try to turn the hammock upside down.

See for yourself what happened. Here´s a short video clip on how to roll back and even sleep on your side.

 

You find the Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock and the LightSaver by PowerFilmSolar in our shop.

 

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Lawson hammock tenting on Sommarøy

Maybe that was the furthest north such a tent has come so far? 69°38’5″N, 18°0’46″E – I used the Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock during my last 6 week travel in northern Norway and Sweden. Simply fantastic. It normally is hung between trees. However, some places did not have trees like this spot on Sommarøya (summer island) north of Tromsø. Not a problem. I used it like a normal tent than. – Check http://shop.tzflyfishing.no/ for more information and ordering. #motorcycle#motorcycles #bikelife #instabike#motorbike #photooftheday#instamotogallery #bmw #bmwmotorrad#norway #scandinavia #freedom #nofilter#travel #traveling #GSA #GSAdventure#makelifearide

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lawson hammock setup guide

Tent scenarios

3:30 am … my left shoulder hurts caused by that big rock which crawled under the tent all by itself during the night. When I chose my campspot I did not notice it. I scanned the area I was to put the tent visually and with my feet. Heck, I even crawled around and smelled the earth. Nothing but as smooth and soft underground for my tent.

The next day was miserable because I was tired, sore and grumpy. Fishing sucked of course with such a start.

or

Cool soft spot. Brilliant sleep. However – it rained. Heavy. Good I had this super modern “let-no-water-in” tent because the soft spot I found was in a bit of ditch, which now looks like a swimming pool with a small tent in he middle ..

Have you been there? I am sure you have and like me, sort of gave up tenting … tent camping is now a last resort for me.

But than came the change — hammocking. Lawson style …

Through Paul Arden I was introduced to Wes at Lawson Hammock. He was so kind get me one of their Blue Ridge Camping Hammocks and I’ve been using it this summer. None of the above has happened and I am convinced that this tent hung between trees is a small revolution. It works much better than a traditional tent. At least for those who only need shelter for small tours and sleeping.

Lawson’s Blue Ridge Camping Hammock also keeps the bugs away and lifts me up above all the rocks, roots and other nasty things disturbing my sleep.

I am convinced – actually so much that I decided to import and sell it. Just so you know ….

So what do you need …

a Lawson Hammock (rainfly and netting is included)

2pcs 6mm thick rope, 8m each – you don´t need any shakles and fancy hammock hanging “stuff” – you can of course, but better to save that money

tent plugs/stakes & tent ropes in case you want to use the Lawson like a conventional tent. This gear can also be used to stop the hammock from swinging. Useful in very windy conditions.

this is what you need – the Lawson Hammock (Blue Ridge model shown), 2 sets of 6mm rope 8m length, tent plugs and ropes (optional)
the rope (6mm shown) is folded in half, coiled up and secured as shown. That way you just need to pull on the tag ends and are good to go.
you need trees or similar to hang the hammock – find a pair roughly 5 to 6m apart (that´s five big steps …. sort of
sling the rope at chest hight (about 1,50m) above ground. Feed a doubled loop through the eye at the middle of the rope. Sling that new loop around the tree in the opposite direction. Repeat this process 2 or three times.
repeat / continue the “knitting”
the last knit – take the rope full through the loop
that´s what the finished “rigging point” looks like

This connection is very secure as it tightens on it self under load, but is very easy to untie. Just take the rope out  through the last loop and pull. It come undone like a “knitting”.

Fastening the hammock is very simple. As you have two rope ends you can simply tie the hammock with an overhand knot. Make sure the knot sits uniform on side of the knot of the hammock´s attachment point. No shackles and other “stuff” needed. This makes the hammock´s hang very adjustable.

hammock´s attachement point
feed the ends of the rope opposing each other through the attachment loop
simple overhand knot against the hammocks attachment loop – almost to easy to be true. give it a try. You be amazed how well this works. If your rope slips you can always secure it with another shoelace type loop. It is very easy to open. Just pull both ends against the tension of the hammock
The rigged hammock. Make sure the foot end is tad bit higher than the head part. That way you do not slide downwards to your feet.
Take a rest after the 5 minutes of hard work 😉 – and test how the hammock feels ….. make adjustments if necessary

Than it´s time to fix the bugnet which is included with the hammock. It´s kept upright by tentpoles.

feed the tent poles through the sleeves of the bug-net and clip it in place
attach the small bungee ropes to the arch poles to help keep the netting tight/upright

Attaching the rain cover

There are several attachment point on the rain cover. A hook at each end, two clips at each end and velcro points which fit to their mates on the bottom of the hammock and two bungee cord loops each end.

rain cover middle attachment point
set the rain cover middle attachment point into the hammock attachment loop
rain cover attachment clip
clip the rain cover attachment clip into the second tension rope of the hammock
velcro spots on the rain cover and the hammock
bungee cord loops are slid over the bugnet poles points
rain cover rigged and opened on the front
if you are expecting very windy conditions the empty hammock can be turned upside down. To prevent this you can attach the tentropes to the ground. This makes the hammock extremely stable. You can even make ridge line with the rain covers upper points .

Inside the Lawson Blue Ridge

The hung tent does not feel closed-in or tippy at all. It´s roomy and ariflow is very good. There are pockets for small stuff as well as a point each end to attach a lamp or similar. Along the “bottom” there are a number of velcro attachment spots for a insulation mattress cover.

very roomy inside
velcro attachment spot
hang your lamp …

it´s a tent too

using the Lawson in a traditional tent arrangement is very simple. Just fix the attachment point to the ground with tentplugs.

using a tentplug to fix the blue ridge on the ground
tent arrangement