Kammok Pongo Insulated Pad 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Kammok Pongo Insulated Pad is a 3 season pad that is very comfortable, it is about 3.35″ thick so it keeps you well off the ground. This pad is designed to work with a hammock sleep system, as well as ground sleeping. It is cushy enough for side sleepers and is wider in the shoulders and tapers down near the feet.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo, and sent it back to the company.
Weight: 24.3 oz
- Inflated Dimensions: 3.35 in x 74 in x 26 in
- Packed Dimensions: 9.25 in x 6 in
Packability: The Pongo Pad is insulated, so it doesn’t pack down too small. The stuff sack is 9.25″ x 6″. But really, for the amount of comfort it has I feel like it is pretty compact. For me, it would definitely be that luxury item to bring on the trail, to make sure I get a good sleep.
Durability: It is made out of 20D Polyester on the top, and GeckoGrip™ 30D non-slip polyester on the bottom. The material seems durable. And if it you do puncture it, the Pongo Pad comes with its own patch kit inside the stuff sack. The inflation holes seem quite durable as well, so that they won’t break easily from normal use.
Functionality: For hammock sleeping, the Pongo Pad does what it claims. It makes a world of difference if you compare sleeping in a hammock with a normal air pad to this insulated one. The shape of the pad is wider in the shoulders, so it pushes the hammock fabric away from you, creating a larger sleeping area.
It also comes with some bungee hooks to attache the pad to your hammock suspension so it stays in place no matter what. On top of this, the GeckoGrip™ backing really keeps it from moving around. So much that I didn’t feel I needed to use the bungee system.
It is a large pad to inflate, and does work really well paired with the Kammok Pongo Air Pump. Used with the air pump, it doesn’t take too much effort or time to fully inflate the Pongo.
The Pongo Pad does make noise when you move around in the hammock or change positions (see video 4 m 34 sec). That’s not a deal breaker, but it isn’t a silent sleep system.
It also seemed better to sleep in a slightly larger hammock, as opposed to a solo size hammock. The pad seemed to me the hammock more prone to tipping. So because I am a side sleeper, I switched the smaller hammock out for a slightly larger one and had no problems.
Overall: The Kammok Pongo Insulated Pad really did make a difference when hammock sleeping. It creates a flatter surface to sleep on and feels very comfortable while providing good support for sleeping too. This pad would work well for hammock sleeping as well as ground sleeping. And should keep you warm in cooler temps.
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