About this project
The Chameleon is a full-featured hammock designed from the ground up. Each of the components that go into the Chameleon have been developed by us to create a versatile and modular light weight hammock that adapts to its environment. Because you can remove and change out components, the Chameleon will be the only hammock you will ever need.
The Chameleon adapts to your needs and is the only hammock you need for every situation. The specially-designed zipper allows you to remove the bug net to go without or replace it with a vented top cover. With the vented top cover, you can take your Chameleon into colder temperatures because it creates a micro climate yet still vents out the moisture produced by your breath. With many hammocks on the market today, you have to buy all the components with your original purchase. One of the beauties of the Chameleon is that it is very modular and you can purchase components at a later date. Buy the hammock body today, when the bugs come out, buy the bugnet; when winter hits, buy the top cover. If you have the bugnet and top cover already and your loved one wants to come with you on a hike, all you have to do is buy another body and one person can use the top cover and another can use the bug net. If you liked the Dallas Cowboys last year and have a blue top cover and this year they are on a losing streak you can just get a black one and be a Raiders fan. Additionally, we have many auxiliary components that you can buy to expand your hammock. From peak shelves to bottle holders, you will be able to bling out your hammock to make it individually yours. Once the Kickstarter is completed, our business model is to stock every item so you can purchase them and have them shipped out immediately. No more waiting for a month or two to get your hammock or component. So no matter which direction you sleep in, no matter what the temperature is outside, no matter how many bugs are outside, whether you are alone or with a friend, you will have the perfect hammock every time.
When you sleep in a hammock, you want to position yourself diagonally so you get a flatter lay. With the patent pending zipper, you can flip over the top cover or bugnet so you can lay in a different diagonal direction. This is not only important to give you the freedom to lay in the direction you desire, but the Chameleon will also enable you to match up with another Chameleon hammock to essentially create a two person hammock that uses the same trees and tarp.
If you're going out hiking or just using the Chameleon to lounge in the back yard, beach, or the park, the bugnet or top cover is completely removable. This means you don't have to carry any more weight than you need for any given adventure.
When there are bugs, the Chameleon has you covered. With our special nanoweave bugnet, even the smallest biting, stinging, disease-carrying parasite will be kept safely away. The zip on bugnet is everything you desire. Light, durable, and with great visibility, our detachable bugnet keeps you from being eaten alive.
Don't let a dropping thermometer keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. Our vented top cover will go in place of the bugnet on the same zipper track. The fabric is our proprietorially-designed ARGON 90. It is breathable yet wind resistant. It will help keep your body heat in, creating a micro-climate inside your cocoon of warmth. The vent is designed to not only allow the moisture of your breath to exhaust, but also to give you a window into the world.
We put a lot of thought and effort into the functionality of the Chameleon. The modular design of this hammock allows you to add additional products, some of which we haven't even fully designed yet. The Chameleon is 11 feet long as the standard model and you don't have to pay extra and it isn't an upgrade. There is no such thing as too much of a good thing when it is this good. This will give you more room and a larger sweet spot for a flatter lay. Those who know hammocks, know size matters.
The Chameleon comes with a unique tie out system. The secret to getting a good flat lay in a hammock is to lie diagonally. There are adjustable tie outs at your head and feet to give you the required symmetrical shape for a comfortable sleeping position. There are two on each side that are adjustable from inside the hammock providing more tension to keep the bugnet off of your face. Also, these tie outs are movable so that when you want to change the direction, you simply unsnap them from the D-rings and move them to the other set.
One of the unique qualities of the Chameleon is that it is a modular system and will adapt to your needs for any given hike. We put a lot of thought into making this hammock so you can accessorize it to fit the need for any particular purpose. We start with our unique bugnet and top cover system. You can get a hammock with just a bugnet today and when winter comes you can order a vented top cover of any color and it will fit because of our patent pending zipper. Then you can buy our quick storage pockets that can be used on the many utility d-rings on the inside and outside of the hammock. These pockets can also be used on the ridgeline for easy access to your personal effects. We also designed a water bottle holder that again will fit the D-rings and will work on the ridgeline.
For years Dutchware has been the leader in cutting edge materials and components in the hammock industry. Every aspect of the Chameleon has been sourced and developed by us, with more pending.
The hammock body is made from Hexon which was developed by us and has a 6 way unique ripstop grid. It is light, strong and extremely comfortable. Hexon is a proprietary fabric developed just for making hammocks bodies. It comes in a wide range of thicknesses for different body weights. The fabric does not have your typical slick nylon plastic-like feel like many of the hammock fabrics out there.
Our top cover fabric is made from the 15 denier ARGON fabric which is known for its excellent breathability and has a quality durable water-resistant treatment. ARGON 90 is a premier quilt fabric developed by us. It is used in many of the high end quilts produced today. It has a great wind resistance so you will keep more of your body heat inside the hammock. It has a quality durable water resistance so it will help you stay dry when wind swept mist, snow or fog finds its way under your tarp. It only weighs .9 ounces per square yard so it won’t weigh you down.
The vents and bugnets are made from Nano No-See-Um netting which permits ventilation and visibility while keeping the bugs at bay. Nano No-See-Um is strong and has a micro weave so the smallest bug will not make its way past your protective barrier. We made it black which gives you increased visibility from the inside but provides some privacy from the outside world.
The Patent Pending vision zipper is a toothed, rather than coiled, zipper for ease of use and strength. The vision zipper is the key to this hammock and why the Chameleon outperforms every other hammock on the market today. Our zipper is the first one of its kind and starts with a toothed zipper such as you will find on high end jackets versus a weaker coil zipper. There are two zipper pulls that can be positioned at any place for easy access. The zippers are opposing so they open in between and most importantly you don’t have to reach to the top of the hammock to open it. Furthermore, the vision zipper can be flipped over and reversed, this enables you to flip the top cover or bugnet over or around so you can lay in any direction. We made each Chameleon with two of these specialized zippers so you can enter/exit the hammock from both sides and you can reach out to adjust your underquilt easily from inside the hammock. Lastly, since the zippers are separating, you can go with any top to save weight, add a top cover or bugnet in the same zipper track and only have to carry what is needed on your adventure. This is how your Chameleon changes to your environment.
Dutchware has long been an innovator on cutting edge hammock suspensions and our new Dyneema webbing and Beetle Buckles are no exception. The unique Dyneema webbing is up to 30% lighter than normal polyester webbing with the same tensile strength. Titanium Beetle Buckles are a revolutionary new patent pending suspension system that we invented just for the Chameleon. It excels where other suspension pieces fall short. It is made from grade 5 titanium so it is light, strong, and won’t corrode. It has special wings that are used to easily release the tension and adjust it. The anchor connection system makes it so you can disconnect your suspension and store your possibly wet or sappy suspension separately from your hammock. Lastly, you can get a spreader bar and adjoin two hammocks together into a two person shelter.
With the unique beetle buckle system, all you have to do to connect two hammocks is add a spreader bar. Using the spreader bar, you can set them up side by side and under the same tarp. This will save you even more weight since you will only need one tarp, and enable couples and families to camp with each other. If you want to sleep apart or hike solo, you don't have to change anything on either suspension. They are completely functional as a solo suspension.
Dutchware was started in 2011 by “Dutch” who was an Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker and a DIY hobbyist. The first product was the Dutch Clip that was a light weight solution to putting a strap around a tree and took the place of a heavier carabiner and was created to fund Meals on wheels charity. Following that Dutch specialized in unique titanium hardware that made setting up tarps and hammocks easier and without knots. By 2014 Dutchware had a large selection of products for this growing market and decided to expand into fabrics designed specifically for the outdoor industry. By May of 2014 Dutchware was able to move out of his basement and started to employ staff to keep up with the demand. The new facility was 2100 square feet and was located in Lancaster PA. With this new manufacturing room and the help of skilled craftsmen, Dutchware was able to start manufacturing sewn products including hammocks. The business grew as the word spread of the quality innovative products that were custom made in the USA despite growing competition as foreign markets discovered this new market. Soon Dutch released the ultra-light Half Wit Hammock which uses a minimalist bugnet to cover your head only. We continued to expand our product line, not only in completed products but also individual components that make up different aspect of hammocks and accessories. In 2016 Dutchware quickly outgrew the 2100 sq foot location and moved into a new 11,000 square foot manufacturing facility. After creating many very unique components such as Kevlar and Dyneema webbing, Hexon fabric, and titanium hardware Dutch finally put them all together to develop a unique Hammock system called the Chameleon. Today we are staffed with 13 employees to keep up with the growing demand. We have plenty of room to expand our operation and have a following with the hammock community. We have no doubt we will continue to grow, expand, innovate and satisfy outdoor industry enthusiasts for a long time.
Risks and challenges
We’ve worked fervently to cross every ’t’ and dot every ‘i’ in preparation of this launch, and though we are completely confident in our ability to deliver to you what we’ve promised, we have also learned that you can’t prepare for every curve ball. We’ve anticipated plot twists that could potentially come about - but we can’t see the future with absolute clarity and realize there will likely be bumps in the road to come our way.
You, our backers, can be confident in our commitment to be transparent and clear in our communication at every step along the way. We will do what we have said we are going to do, and if an unforeseeable issue arises, you'll be the first to know.
In the event that we are wildly successful: you might experience a slight delay in product while we boost our in house manufacturing to aid in the creation of millions of Chameleons. If such an event occurs, we will communicate on timeline for production as soon as humanly possible.
We are committed to honesty, transparency, and working with you every step of the way. As always, your feedback and input is welcome. This is, after all, possible because of you! Thank you for joining us on this life changing adventure!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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