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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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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
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

 

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generic czech nymph

Maybe one of the simplest of all nymphs, but certainly one of the most effective patterns ever. It´s specifically famous amongst competition anglers. That should not stop us though.

Materials needed:

  • CZ grub style or straight nymph hook – I prefer hooks with “big” eyes, as mine are getting bad. Hook size 16 to 10 approximately. I prefer this pattern in size 10 or 12.
  • Dyneema thread
  • “Flexibody” by Virtual Nymph products. In preparation you need to cut a 2 to 3mm wide strip off the card.
  • Dubbing
  • Adhesive lead foil
  • Copper wire

That pattern is very generic as well. Change the colours and materials ad lib.

 

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simple mayfly nymph

Here´s a little video on how to tie a simple mayfly nymph. The pattern is rather “generic”. Feel free to alter colours etc. ad lib.

Materials needed:

  • CZ grub style or straight nymph hook – I prefer hooks with “big” eyes, as mine are getting bad. Hook size 20 to 12 approximately.
  • Dyneema thread. I strongly advise this type of thread as anything else may be to weak and break easily. I avoid using glue. I hate the smell, and I believe the fish hate the smelle too. I try to solve all problems “mechanically”, like fixing the bead head for example. This requires a heavy handed tying.
  • A feather for the tail. Grey mallard works well as many other game bird feathers.
  • “Flexibody” by Virtual Nymph products. In preparation you need to cut a 2 to 3mm wide strip off the card.
  • A bead-head. I used the fancy ones by Flymen Fishing Company called NympHead. The eyes look cute on them.
  • Dubbing – I recently acquired a kit of dubbing from Jan Siman (Czechia) He has very interesting stuff for nymphs.
  • As for weight – I like the weight of this version. Should I need to fish deeper than the fly sinks I rather use a lead split-shot on the leader.

 

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the nymph box project – part 1

Winter has arrived. It started snowing.  For me that is a clear sign to get going with fly tying. That´s my way to adjust to the cold & dark season. sure, winter has it´s good sides and days, but just the transition is very hard as I feel I have not have had enough time to flyfish, even though I did it all summer. Still, it was not enough.

Anyway – my way out of my winter depression is to rethink all my flyboxes. Part 1 one is new small box I plan to fill with small nymphs in sizes 18 to 12. It´ll be a total of 96 flies in that tiny thing. One side with mayfly nymphs, the other with caddis & freshwater shrimp. The hooks I´m using are mostly Partridge CZ barbless. They are very strong and have a large eye, which I like.

Weighting is done with Flymen tungsten nympheads and I will be using quite a bit of the Virtual Nymph Flexibody I was given by Dale, the owner of VN. Brilliant stuff. Dubbing is “peacock” dubbing I got from Jan Siman. For some flies I use seals fur as well.

I´m going for scruffy as well as clean. However, the pic´s make the flies appear more scruffy than they are.

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Mikes salmon flies 06 – Rogans Fancy

The 6th and last instalment of the Mikes salmon flies series. The Rogan’s Fancy. It´s really a beauty and fishes exceptionally well according to Mike.

Here is Rogan’s technique of a mixed wing. You are going to have to give your self plenty of head room for this one. As you can see I have the body hackle run up. I also have two buddle’s of my under wing on.

 

Cut out 6 small sections in pairs. this is going to be your under wing. place all the materials back to back, so you have one bundle.

 

This is how I prep my Jay hackle, I flatten my rachis out with a pair of pliers. Then you will notice there will be a brown and white divide. I cut along the brown edge with a pair of sharp scissors. then place the hackle in a warm glass of water. This should soften up the pith and you can scrap out the pith with a needle point. You should be left with a U shape T. Now you can either with a scalpel or scissors trim up the rest of the rachis. As shown in the photograph this is not easy.

 

I have varnished the tying in point of my underwing. I have trimmed back all waste as neat as I can, I have now wrapped my j hackle around the waste butts. I have now placed on my left and right hand wings I have aloud them to slip down the side. I have now varnished once again and trimmed up my waste.

 

As you can see I have now trimmed up my waste butts. I have varnished like the last set of wings. I have now wrapped a red GP hackle around the waste butts. I have also combed out the wings now.

 

I have now placed on a heavy mallard roof. I have put on both sides at the same time. Once you are happy varnish in tying in point and trim neatly once again.

 

Here is a shot with the roof being combed out. You can play with this technique and get different combinations when you comb them out. Several combings of the wing can make a nice blended wing.

 

The last horns are now on. You can now varnish and finish of your head.

 

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Mikes salmon flies 05 – butcher built wing

Number 5 in the Mikes salmon flies series. The built wing of the “Butcher”.

I have placed one red breast feather and tippet back to back and moistened like the ranger wing. next step – marry up 3 small bundles, you notice I keep the rachis on. you’ll find this a god sent when working duck, G.P tail and powder macaw. next I stack one on top of another. preferably one pointing down the way ,one pointing up the way and one through the middle giving a fan effect.

 

Here I have tied on both bundles individual, you have a chance now to pull and shift them into position. When you are happy you can varnish the tying in point.

 

As you can see I have kept the rachis on again and capped my wing with mallard.

 

I have doubled up my king fisher again, positioned horns on and varnish my tying in point.

 

Trim back your waste carefully. A drop of varnish on the waste ends. Now you can bind it down.

 

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Mikes salmon flies 04 – Snow Fly

Number 4 in the the Mikes salmon flies series. The Snow Fly sporting a heral wing.

Here is a copy of a snow fry which I have 4 in my collection, You will notice the body is kept deliberately thin the tinsel is wound straight onto the hook. I have mounted my swan underwing first. Touch of varnish has been added to the tying in point and I have removed my waste.

 

Now I wind my heron hackle around the waste butts.

 

now you need to prep your Herl. you can see I’ve split an eye up the middle. now place them back to back keeping the tips even.

 

I have measured the wing for length  now change hands and tied on like a conventional married wing. This will collapse just like a married wing. This will stop your materials going side ways.

 

Now I have mounted my wing, you want the wing to be tight and not flared out in all directions. I have varnished the tying in point and you can now remove your waste.

 

Now I have prepped my jungle cock, you will notice I have trimmed up the fluff leaving about 1mm. You can either varnish this or leave this how it is. you will only get one or two attempted at mounting them correctly or you will need to start again.

 

Tie in your jungle cock along the sides, keeping them even at either side of the wing .

 

here’s a front view of what you are aiming for.

 

remove waste and whip finish again with at least 3 coats of varnish.

 

 

 

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Hammock testing Steinbruvannet vel overstått

Hammock testing Steinbruvannet close in Oslo Groruddalen on october 14. 2017.

Det var en fantastisk solrik dag, og vi hadde mye moro. Noen av de besøkende kom fordi de hadde hørt om det på facebook, men også tilfeldig passerende ble nysgjerrige og kom bort for å se nærmere på hengekøyene. Dagens ord var “fantastisk” – dette var alles kommentar da de hadde lagt seg i hengekøyene vi hadde hengt opp. Telt er en ting fra fortiden, og moderne hengekøyer som Lawson Blue Ridge og Amok Draumr er veien å gå.

Vi har salg på begge akkurat nå – benytt muligheten til å skaffe deg en (eller begge) for den spesialprisen vi tilbyr i hele oktober. Bare ring oss på +47 97123033 for å arrangere en demonstrasjon hvis du gikk glipp av arrangementet 14. oktober.

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It was a wonderful sunny day and we had a lot of fun. Some of the visitors came because they had heard about it on facebook, but other hikers & strollers got interested too … word of the day was “fantastic” – this was everybody’s comment when test-lying in the hammocks we had on “display”. Tents are a thing of the past and modern hammocks like the Lawson Blue Ridge and the Amok Draumr are the way to go.

We have a sale on both right now – make sure to get one (or both) for the special price we offer throughout October. Just give us a call on +47 97123033 to arrange a demonstration should you have missed the event on October 14.

you find our webshop here – http://www.outdoorshop.no

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Mikes salmon flies 03 – durham ranger

Number 3 in the Mikes salmon flies series. The durham ranger – feather wing.

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Mikes salmon flies 02 – achroid

The second fly in the Mikes salmon fly section is the achroid. This is two types of Dee wings combined. The tying instruction focussed on the wing.

pictures & descriptions by Mike Townend, Aberdeen.

When the body is done it comes to putting on the opposite wing on first. First I will need to reverse my thread. How I do this is by wrapping my thread around a needle and placing 3 wraps in reverse. Each wrap working backwards. Now I will tie my far slip with 2 wraps and reverse the thread back using the same method. If you are happy at this point you can cut off your loop. (If I was using a gut eye I would simply take the thread and place it between the gut and iron)

 

Here is a front on view. I know have my two wings tied side by side, now I will trim up my waste and leave a little on. I will put a spot of varnish on the waste ends and bind down with the thread.

 

This is the second style of Dee wing. I what I have seen on the old Dee wings is that they don’t have to meet on the top of the head. You will place this on exactly like the first one but this time the wing is tied on the side of the hook.

 

Now I have placed on my near side, repeat the same finish as the last Dee wing. This should make a robust wing.

 

This is my favourite style of wing, but totally useless when it comes to small sizes. As it just becomes a shell back. So I will suggest you uses this style for larger irons.

 

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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/