Kammok Mantis UL Hammock: Set Up and Initial Thoughts (Review)



Here’s my first look at the Kammok Mantis UL hammock. Hope you enjoy!

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Howdy doody Campertonia! The Kammok Mantis UL is an ultralight backpacking hammock. The Mantis product line launched on KickStarter on February 12, 2019. The UL version was available for $215, and now retails for $259. I received my shipment in mid-May.

This video takes a look at the “Four Seasons Camp Kit” tier from the KickStarter campaign, which included the following items: Mantis UL hammock, 10′ ultralight straps, bugnet, winter barrier, rainfly, 6 stakes, Firebelly 30* down trail quilt, puffin pillow, and pillowcase. Cool stuff!

The Mantis UL is available in three colors; ember orange, moss green, and granite gray. The hammock itself measures 120″ x 56″, making it an innovative 10 foot hammock constructed from Levitas 20D nylon diamond ripstop. The integrated bugnet (and winter barrier) can be completely removed with a 4-zipper system lining the edges. On the bugnet itself are 4 shock cord guy-outs (1.5mm reflective cord) to open up the walls of the bugnet. A 115″ SpiraLine (polyethylene) ridgeline extends beyond the gathered ends of the hammock and attaches to the Kanga Claw carabiners on the SpiraLine continuous loops. The rainfly is tapered down at the foot end, and measures 136″ x 88″ at the head end. It uses 6 guy-outs and a knotless suspension system with line locks that attach to the 6 included stakes, and is made from Patagium 15D nylon diamond ripstop (15,000 PU/Silicone/DWR) . Packed in the attached stuff sack, it is 2lb 3oz with a 300lb capacity. (The standard Mantis has a 500lb capacity and is 2lb 12oz).

Additionally, the Kammok Firebelly 30* down trail quilt is shown. Its modular design allows it to be used as a blanket, a top quilt, or an under quilt. A cinch system at the head and foot ends can be tightened to create a footbox (top quilt) or snug fit (under quilt), and uses snaps lining the side edges to attach to each other (top quilt) or the integrated hammock loops (underquilt). Included in the Firebelly stuff sack is an adjustable ‘underquilt conversion kit’ that extends from the cinch cords on the blanket to the Kanga Claw carabiners. There is also an option to transform the Firebelly into a sleeping bag, if paired with a sleeping pad.

The Puffin Pillow and pillowcase are a nice touch for the inside of the hammock. The inflatable pillow is inserted inside the case, and can be attached by an adjustable suspension to an integrated loop near the gathered ends of the hammock.

As an add-on, the ridgeline organizer and Joey gear sling are shown. The ridgeline organizer can remain installed and will fit in the stuff sack. It has an inner pocket perfect for a water bottle, and outside pockets with zippers on one side. The Joey gear sling attaches to the Kanga Claw carabiners and helps keep the rest of your gear elevated.

Ok, now that we covered all of the technical stuff, I’ll get a little more into my initial thoughts on this fine piece of fabric.

Being 6′ and 190lbs, my main concern was that this hammock would be too small for me to get a comfortable night’s sleep. The 10′ length doesn’t seem to be an issue, and the width of the hammock is standard. Many people will prefer a 11′ extra-wide setup, but I slept uninterrupted in the Mantis UL. Perhaps it helps that I’m a back-sleeper – but to each their own.

This is really the first all-in-one hammock system I’ve ever used, and I was very impressed. The materials seem to be high quality, on par with the rest of Kammoks product line. It has a lot of cool quality of life features, such as internal pockets on the bugnet, which is also two-toned. The gray sides are standard issue, but the top of the hammock is black no-seeum mesh, that really increases visibility in dark and is great for stargazing. Another impressive feature are the suspension guy-outs on the bugnet itself. They attach to the same stakes as the rain fly, and really make the hammock feel more spacious.

To setup, it takes about 10 minutes in normal conditions. Takedown is the same. The structural ridgeline really makes the daisy chain suspension feel sufficient – there’s no need to worry about getting a good, flat lay. One thing I would recommend is to purchase a baggie or sack for the tree straps, because they tend to get sappy or dirty and I would want to avoid transferring anything into the hammock.

Overall, the Kammok Mantis UL is a great product. This isn’t a sponsored or paid review. The purpose of this is to show a brief but detailed look at this new enticing hammock. Hopefully we’ve accomplished that, but if not, feel free to comment and ask any questions!

Happy camping!

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5 thoughts on “Kammok Mantis UL Hammock: Set Up and Initial Thoughts (Review)”

  1. Nice video!

    I'm new to hammock camping. I've camped in my Mantis UL a couple of times and really like it! It's soooo much more comfortable than sleeping on an air mattress in a tent!

    You can save a little space when packing it by keeping the pillow case on the pillow and packing them together.

  2. I'm 5'11 and 215/220….you think the UL is on for my ass or would I be better in the reg mantis? Pulling trigger tomorrow.

  3. I'm new to hammocks and currently have a full big net that I have my gear sling inside. With a gear sling outside the bug net do you need to worry much about spiders and stuff getting into items stored in it?

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