This sleeping pad makes hammock camping better in every way


Perhaps the main benefit of hammock camping is that you carry less gear. A grapefruit-sized camping hammock can replace a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat all at once (depending on the weather and the location of the region you’re traveling to). This parenthesized statement has motivated Kammok to design a full line of accessories that make their exceptional camping hammocks much more versatile, from quilts that hang underneath them to avoid drafts to tarps that hang over them for protect yourself from the rain. And Kammok has just added to this collection with the introduction of the Pongo, its first sleeping pad.

Like many hiking mattresses, the Pongo is inflatable, inflating to a thickness of three inches to provide comfort and insulation against the ground. Unlike these pads, the Pongo is not rectangular and it is not an elongated oval; it’s a geometric blend of angular edges that creates a wide platform for the upper body and a narrow platform for the legs.

Kammok chose this silhouette for two reasons. Comfort is one – the oversized shape offers more room to turn over than other sleeping pads – and hammocks are the other. According to Kammok, the tapered bottom end fits neatly into a hammock while the wide top part pushes the fabric out to create more space while providing a flatter sleeping surface. There are also sticky silicone accents on the underside of the Pongo to keep it from slipping overnight. In short, nothing prevents you from placing the Pongo on the ground or in a tent, but it is in the air, suspended between two trees, that it truly surpasses ordinary sleeping pads.

Buy Now: $ 139

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Nemo Equipment Fillo Elite Pillow ($ 45)
Kammok Roo Double Hammock Set ($ 108)
Therm-a-Rest Vesper Down Duvet ($ 330 +)

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