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Kammok Roo Review
Cons: Suspension not included, relatively heavy
Bottom line: The Kammok Roo is a beautiful and well made hammock that's easy to set up, holds up to 500 pounds, and that you cannot help but be comfortable in.
The Kammok Roo is a fun, functional, and well made double hammock. It's impossible not to notice how comfortable it is immediately upon sitting or laying in it. There's plenty of space for one or two people to get cozy with a full 10 feet of length and a width of 5'7". Setup is simple and climbing grade carabiners and racer slings are included. This, along with triple stitching over the whole hammock body, allows the Roo to be weight-rated to 500 pounds, more than any other model we tested. If you're looking for a fun and simple open model hammock for nice weather and simple camping but also want something easily upgradable if you decide to push into cooler months, the Roo might be the perfect fit for you.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
We loved the comfort, dimensions, and top-notch construction of the Kammok Roo. It's one of those hammocks that has the ability to turn a head and would illicit an audible "ahhhh" almost any time someone sat in it. Despite there being other models that scored higher in every category, the Roo remains a hammock that we would gladly recommend again and again for a variety of outdoor situations and adventures.
The Roo is so comfy! It's clear from the moment you sink into it that care and precision went into the construction. There seems to be an extra bit of attention shown to every detail, and it paid off in an excellent hammock. Of the double open models we tested, this one and the Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech were the most comfortable.
The beauty of a double model is that you have enough room to hang out with a friend and also plenty of fabric to cocoon yourself in or to use in order to get a nice flat diagonal lay for sleeping. For those that feel smothered by all the fabric when by themselves, the Roo provides webbing gear loops on each side that can be used to stake out and widen the sides or hang extra gear.
The Roo weighs 24 ounces, which is pretty heavy for a single layer open model hammock. In comparison, the ENO DoubleNest only weighs 19 ounces for roughly the same amount of space, and the Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech weighs a mere 15.6 ounces for even more space. The ENO Reactor is not considered a double model but offers a double layer floor that adds an impressive amount of insulation, and even with that extra layer it only weighs three ounces more than the Roo.
While the Roo may not be overly competitive in the weight department, its design and construction were impressive enough to us to warrant some extra ounces in our packs. If weight isn't of particular concern, then don't worry too much about this. If, however, you need to lighten things up wherever you can due to the type of trip you plan to embark upon, consider looking at some of the ultralight models we reviewed, like the Grand Trunk Nano 7. And if you need lightweight plus weather protection, take a look at the ENO SubLink Shelter System or the Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker Asym Zip.
Ease of Set-up
As with all the open models we reviewed, the Roo does not come with a suspension system. Not only is this something you will need to decide upon in regards to how easy your setup procedure is, it's also something you need to factor in to your final weight. However, once you have this piece figured out, setting up the Roo is as easy as clipping the two impressive climbing-grade carabiners into your anchor. Then, when you're ready to break down, the whole hammock fits snugly into the attached stuff sack and cinches down with compression straps.
If you're looking for a model that comes with suspension and features for sleeping out in more variable weather, check out the Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip or our Editors' Choice, the Warbonnet Blackbird.
Durability and Protection
With bomber construction, triple stitching, and climbing-rated carabiners and slings, it's no wonder the Roo is rated to 500 pounds and, with proper care, it should have no problem lasting for years and years. As far as protection from the elements, this model does as well as can be expected from a simple open model design. The single layer of fabric is relatively insulating, but if you plan to camp overnight, you will need to beef it up with a mattress or pads. On mild afternoons just lounging around you will find plenty of fabric to cocoon yourself in and nice side panels that help keep your face and feet nestled inside the hammock. Upgrades are also readily available if you need more protection.
As mentioned above, if you want a setup that is geared toward more of a full backcountry camping experience, take a look at the Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip or the Warbonnet Ridgerunner, our Top Pick for Side Sleeping.
Generally, simple open model designs can only offer so much versatility. But the Roo has a few things going for it that set it apart. It's double model, which provides you with enough fabric for a really decent flat diagonal lay, room for an additional friend or two, and some other fun sitting options you can see demonstrated in this helpful video. On top of that, the Roo has side panels that can make nice head or arm rests in the right position. It was also the only open model we tested that comes equipped with gear loops along each side. These provide a place to hang gear and keep it out of the dirt as well as allow you to stake out the sides of the hammock to keep it from curling around you.
If you need to be ready for more situations than the Roo by itself offers, check out the upgrades available from Kammok as well as our Top Pick for Ultralight Versatility, the ENO SubLink Shelter System.
The Roo is best suited for casual lounging or camping in mild weather. Its size makes it a great addition to any campsite, as it will provide a great place for people to sit and socialize, drink morning coffee, or stargaze together in the evening. It's easy for one person to get comfortable and find the ideal diagonal lay for sleeping, and Kammok and other manufacturers provide plenty of options to upgrade for colder weather if you don't want to give the Roo up when the temperature drops.
The Roo is a bit of a commitment, at $99, but we think its solid construction and durability warrant the price. With proper care this hammock will last you for years to come without fail. But if you need to save a few bucks, check out the ENO DoubleNest - it's also a cushy double model but is only $70. Or take a look at our Best Buy winner, the Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter for a mere $20.
Overall, the Roo is a plush and durable model that we highly recommend. It's well constructed and comes equipped with climbing-grade carabiners and slings, giving it the highest weight-rating of any hammock we tested, at 500 pounds. Easy to set up, get comfortable in, and break down, the Roo is a purchase we think you'll be very happy with, and it's readily upgradable if you want to get into colder weather camping.
Other Versions and Accessories
Suspension straps are available from Kammock for $30.
If you were bothered by the weight of the Roo at 24 ounces, check out the Kammok Wallaby. It's less than half the weight at only 10 ounces and goes for the sweet price of $65.
Kammok also has a classy collection of top quilts, rain flys, bug netting, and a down underquilt to help trick you out for cold, wet, and buggy weather alike.
— Penney Garrett
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