DRAUMR: old Norse for DREAM. Simply our dream hammock tent. When you get the hang of it you don't want to get out.
Hammock lay area
The hammock requires an inflatable sleeping pad. This is not included in the package. You can purchase Exped Synmats in our online store, but as you can see below there are also numerous other alternatives and brands.
The sleeping pad helps you get the best possible sleep comfort as it stretches the fabric and it will help you stay warm. It is important to consider your use of the hammock when deciding on a sleeping pad. If you camp mostly during summer a basic air filled sleeping pad is perfect and can be found at affordable pricing. For year round camping a good insulated sleeping pad in the Draumr hammock replaces the need for an underquilt commonly used when hammock camping. A bonus compared to buying an underquilt is of course that you can use the sleeping pad on all your camping trips, and not only when hammock camping.
We recommend using a large inflatable pad (approximately width 65 cm x length 197 cm x thickness 9 cm or width 25" x length 77" x thickness 3,5"), especially if you are a tall person. If you are above 190cm or 6'3", check out our interest list for a longer model. Medium size pads (approximately width 52 x length 183 x thickness 7 cm or width 20" x length 72" x thickness 2,7") also work perfectly well. Inside the hammock you have a pocket for each length which holds the sleeping pad in place. Maximum width 65 cm / 25", length 197 cm / 77" and thickness 10 cm / 3,9".
Common for most of them is that the tubes run along the length of the mattress. Click on the items for more info.Exped - SynMat 9 LW / DownMat 9 LW / SynMat 7 LW Big Agnes - Air Core / Insulated Air Core / Q-core REI Stratus Insulated Air Sleeping Pad Mammut Kompakt Pump Mat Plus Vaude Norrsken Therm-a-Rest's BaseCamp AF
At the beach, surfing? Or just hanging in your own back yard? There are a number of cheap inflatable pool-type mattresses which fits for relaxation usage. Just remember to check sizes!Not recommended: Regular foam pads, thin inflatable pads, inflatable pads with tubes running across the width of the mattress.
Most manufactures of sleeping pads meant for camping provide an R-value. This describes the pad's insulation ability and a higher R-value means better insulation ability. For winter use it is preferable to have an R-value of about 5 and more. For spring, summer and autumn around 3 will do. Based on our own experiences in tropical climate like Ghana, India and Brazil a basic air filled mattress without provided R-value is just fine.
The disadvantage with inflatable pads is obviously that you can get holes in them. Hammock camping compared to sleeping on ground with rocks, tree branches and such is preferential, but always remember to bring a repair kit in your backpack. Most good brands include a repair kit when you purchase a pad.
Our experience is that pump sacks are the most effective way to inflate a pad, but there is nothing wrong with integrated pumps or use of your lungs (combing beer and use of your own breath will most likely cause dizziness). Sleeping pads that are filled with down or fiber must be pumped up with pump sack or integrated pump, otherwise the moisture from your breath will harm the mattress over time.