While the rest of the outdoor industry seems to be on a gold rush for a slice of the growing hammock market, Austin, Texas-based outdoor micro brand and hammock-trend pioneer Kammok is taking the fight to the ground with the introduction of its first tent.
Actually, it’s a sleep system that can be used in four different ways: 1) a 2-plus person tent, 2) an all-in-one hammock shelter, 3) a minimalist hammock, and 4) an ultra-light shelter with a ground tarp and rain fly. Gear Institute got an early look at the pioneering product this week.
The Kammok Sunda launched on Kickstarter on Tuesday and reached its funding goal in just eight hours, where consumers are snatching up the system for $299 instead of the $399 it will retail for next year.
All images courtesy of Kammok
According to the brand, Sunda’s revolutionary design merges the functional pragmatism of a traditional backpacking tent with the ease and convenience of a hammock in a single ultra-versatile adventure shelter. And the name? The Sunda is a flying Malayan lemur of course.
“Since day one at Kammok, we dreamed of having a tent in our line,” said Kammok founder Greg McEvilly. “When looking at the category, we noticed the best tents in our industry have always been ground dwellers, so we took our love for hammock camping and added suspension versatility. The end result is what we believe to be a game changing new category — tent hammocks.”
Tent hammocks are already a thing, however niche. Brands such as Lawson Hammock have similar, but less developed, products.
At more than 8 feet long with more than 35 square feet of living area and a 40-inch ceiling height (that extends the entire length of the tent), Sunda features the largest livable cabin of any tent in its class, according to Kammok. At 6’2 I was able to sit up comfortably in the tent, and the added length provided the perfect foot space for my 110-pound Rottweiler.
Kammok’s proprietary Lumos shell fabric is waterproof and additionally reflects heat and infrared rays, a unique trait to provide sun protection during the day and retain warmth at night, inspired by the brand’s Texas roots.
Additional features include long mesh doors, vented windows that offer unobstructed star viewing, corner storage pockets, gear loops and optional elevated gear loft.
Here are a few more key specs on the new Sunda 2+ Person Tent & All-in-One Hammock:
• 2 Crawl-through doors / 2 Vestibules (+13 sq ft of covered space)
• Lumos Light Enhancing + Heat Reflective Fabric
• 2 Lunarlight diffuser pockets
• 3 color coded poles
• Number of stakes: 6
• Nannoet new 15D low-stretch and high-tenacity no-see-um mesh
• Footprint included
• DAC NSL Poles & Components
• YKK Zippers
• Dyneema Hammock Suspension
• Reinforced tent corners for superior guying out
• Katabatic Venting
• Splash Guard body fabric
• Seasons: 3
• Sleeping capacity: 2+
• Packed weight: 4 lbs 4.7 oz (1.95 kg)
• Trail weight: 3 lbs 11.3 oz (1.68 kg) [estimated]
• Packed size: 7” x 19” (17.78 cm x 48.26 cm)
• Packed Weight (w/o rainfly): 3 lbs 5.5 oz (1.52 kg)
• Floor dimensions: 50” x 100” (1.27 m x 2.54 m)
• Floor area: 34.7 sq. ft (3.22 sq m)
• Vestibule area: 13 sq ft – 6.25 sq ft (0.58 sq m) + 6.25 sq ft (0.58 sq m)
• Peak height: 40” (1.02 m)
• Canopy material: 15D DWR ripstop nylon / Nannoet™- 15D no-see-um mesh
• Floor material: 70D poly taffeta w/ 2,000mm PU
• Rainfly material: Lumos 20D poly ripstop w/ DWR 1,200mm PU
• Design: Symmetrical freestanding
Hammock Suspension (included):
• 2 Mini Kanga Claw carabiners: 0.8 oz (22.68 g)
• 2 Dyneema cords: 0.8 oz (22.68 g)
• 2 Python Coils (tree protecting straps): 56” tip to tip (1.42 m) / 4 oz (113.4 g)
• 400 lb (181.44 kg) weight capacity when suspended
Kammok is a member of 1% For The Planet and is a Certified B Corp.