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KAMMOK Python Straps

Photo courtesy kammok.com

KAMMOK - Python Straps

December 2, 2011

Owner Review by Derek Hansen

TESTER INFORMATION

Me
NameDerek Hansen
Age35
GenderMale
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Email Address Obfuscated information
City, State, CountryFlagstaff, Arizona, USA

BACKPACKING BACKGROUND

I am a lightweight backpacker with a typical weekend pack weight of 15 lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg), which includes food and water. I prefer lightweight trail-running shoes and backpacking with a hammock as part of my sleep system.


PRODUCT INFORMATION

Manufacturer KAMMOK International, LLC (Austin, Texas, USA)
Year of Manufacture 2011, made in China
Manufacturer’s Website kammok.com
MSRP US$29.00
Listed Features
  • 18 connection points
  • Water-resistant pouch
  • Daisy-chain suspension system
  • UV treated polyester webbing
Manufacturer Recommendations
  • Strap max weight capacity: 250 lbs (113 kg)
Measurements

LISTED MEASUREMENTS
Dimensions: 0.75 in x 10 ft (2 cm x 3 m)
Weight: 12 oz (340 g) (pair)

MY MEASUREMENTS
Weight (includes attached stuff sack): 12.2 oz (346 g)
Weight: 11.8 oz (334.5 g)
Length: 118 in (3 m)
Width: .75 in (2 cm)
Loop Length: 4 in (10 cm)
Distance between loops: 1 in (2.5 cm)

Color Dark Grey
Warranty

Lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and materials. KAMMOK also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a "cradle to grave" policy so products can be recycled once they reach the end of their lifecycle.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

straps-in-hand

The KAMMOK Python Straps are made from non-stretching polyester webbing and are used to create anchor points around trees, rocks, or posts capable of bearing weight, in order to hang a hammock. The straps are sewn with a single eye loop on one end and a daisy-chain of loops on the other end that creates 18 loops along the length of the webbing. The webbing has been doubled over and sewn with a set of bar-tacks one inch apart to create the daisy-chain loops.

size-comparison

The Python Straps (left) compared with a 1L Nalgene bottle.

The webbing straps serve a few purposes when used with hammocks: to distribute the weight around the object in order to protect it (for example, to avoid digging into the bark of a tree with small rope); to create an easy connection/anchor point; and to provide adjustment points depending on how close the anchors are apart.

strap-daisychain

On one end of the strap, a small label has been sewn with the words "PYTHON STRAP" embroidered on. On the opposite side is another label with a use warning and the weight limit described.

The Python Straps come with a small, water-repellant stuff sack. The stuff sack's drawstring closure is a separate piece of material that has been sewn onto the sack. The manufacturing and construction are very well done.

FIELD USE CONDITIONS

I have taken the Python Straps on three day hikes, one soccer practice, and two backpacking trips, including a three-day trip into the Upper Pumphouse Wash in Northern Arizona where temperatures got down to 15°F (-10°C) with scattered snow conditions.

backpacking-with-roo1

My other backpacking trip was also in the Coconino National Forest. On this trip the weather was stormy and I was caught in a sudden thunderstorm with rain and lightning. The temperature was in the mid 30s°F (around 0°C).

backpacking-with-roo2

FIELD USE RESULTS

Having webbing straps makes setting up a hammock in the field very easy, and the Python Straps work great for this purpose. I typically use simple straps with a single eye loop sewn on each end and then use some rope to adjust the length between the webbing strap and the hammock. The Python Strap serves both purposes, since the webbing is not only long, but provides built-in loops along its length.

attaching-straps

The Python Straps are easy to use. I wrap the strap around a tree and feed the long end of the strap through the eye loop to securely fasten the strap. One of the easiest ways to connect my hammock to one of the loops in the daisy chain is with a carabiner. Using a carabiner made it easy to move the hammock up or down the daisy-chain to find the right position to create the most comfortable lay.

kammok-with-straps

SUMMARY

The Python Straps make setting up a hammock very easy. I've used all kinds of methods for hammock camping, including lashing rope, and using combinations of webbing, clips, and ties, and I must say that the Python Straps simplify the process immensely.

with-carabiner

The straps are very durable and thick, and therefore are heavier than simple straps with single eye loops. If I were going on a lightweight backpacking trip, I might think twice about bringing this set. For single night trips, these straps make setting camp a breeze.

PRO—Very durable. Easy and convenient connection points. Packs surprisingly small.

CON—None.



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