A great all-purpose camping hammock. The Kammok Roo…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99
A great all-purpose camping hammock.
- Integrated stuff sac
- Gear-attachment loops on both sides
- "Python Straps" not included
The Kammok Roo is only the latest in a series of camping hammocks I have owned, but is my favorite so far!
DESIGN: The Roo shows the most attention to detail of any camping hammock I have used to this point. Its design is similar to the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest, but with a few key differentiators.
First, the sides of the hammock have multiple gear-attachment-points (3 on each side). These have proven to be quite useful for lanterns (My Snow Peak Mini Hozuki snaps on quite nicely here), utensils, etc. Additionally, you can stitch / clip the sides together to enclose yourself inside the hammock with cord or carabiners.
Second, the stuff sac for the Roo uses a drawstring closure inside of a roll-top stuff-sac. The addition of this roll-top makes packing the Roo much neater than other hammocks. When packing my other camping hammocks, I usually end up with a lumpy parcel that is significantly larger than when it was packaged at the store. The Roo, on the other hand, always ends up nice and compact.
When not in use, the stuff sac remains attached to the side of the hammock. It can be turned inside out and used as a pocket (it holds water bottles quite nicely).
CONSTRUCTION: The Roo uses a diamondweave fabric I haven't seen used in other camping hammocks. This fabric allows the Roo to hold 500lbs (as opposed to 400lbs in the ENO DoubleNest), but isn't noticeably any heavier than the fabric used in other hammocks. It actually has a very light, soft texture that is quite pleasant to lay on.
At each end of the Roo is a dyneema racer sling similar to those used when rock climbing (compared to round nylon cord on other hammocks I have used) and Kammok "Kanga Claw" carabiners (tested to 22N). While I have never found myself wishing my hammock was made using actual climbing gear, these little details are definitely nice to have! Both can easily be removed from the hammock without incurring any damage, meaning your hammock can double as extra climbing gear!
EASE OF USE: Camping hammocks are pretty easy to set up. However, setting them up comfortably is a little more difficult.
First, you'll need some sort of attachment point for the hammock. While some people have a permanent setup at home, I have always used webbing daisy-chains (such as the Kammok Python Straps) to sling my hammock between two trees.
Next, you need to get the tension correct. The key is to avoid hanging your hammock too tightly. If your hammock is too tight, you'll find that you end up squeezed and enveloped by the walls of the hammock.
Finally, you'll want to lay at a slight angle relative to the hammock itself.
COMFORT: Given you follow the setup instructions above, the Kammok Roo is extremely comfortable. I have been carrying mine around for most of the last year and use it every chance I get. The additional length seems to add stability and I have found the fabric to be extremely comfortable. It cools well in the summer and blocks the wind enough to keep me comfortable in the early fall.
WARRANTY: The Roo comes with a lifetime warranty—this compared to a 2-year warranty with ENO hammocks.
ACCESSORIES: Like most other camping hammock manufacturers, Kammok provides straps (Python Straps), bug netting (Dragonfly), and tarp (Glider) accessories for the Roo. However, they also offer a matching underquilt and camp quilt.
COST: This was a tough one for me at first. When I bought my Roo, I already had an ENO SingleNest, ENO DoubleNest, and GrandTrunk Nano7. All of these were between $59 and $69. At $99, the Roo was a significant bump in cost for something that didn't offer much new functionality. In the end, I used my annual REI rebate to pick up a Roo and give it a shot.
I'm really glad I did! Between the design, materials, and warranty, I was easily able to justify the price to myself. The main thing that keeps me coming back to my Roo is the comfort and the color, though. The fabric is my favorite so far and, when compared to my ENO and Grand Trunk hammocks, the Roo's color is just much more fun!
Easy to use, fun for the whole family. I cannot say…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99.99
Easy to use, fun for the whole family.
- Easy setup
I cannot say enough good about this hammock. It is easy to set up (when used with the Kammok Python Straps). Setup takes less than 5 minutes.
Hammock is quite roomy and easily accommodates my two kids and myself. 500 lb rating when using the Python Straps, so weight isn't really an issue.
Only real issue is that my kids want to play in it while I want to relax.