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Kammok Roo Review

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.
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Price:  $79 List | $79.00 at REI
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Pros:  Durable, simple to set up, rated to 500 pounds
Cons:  Suspension not included, relatively heavy
Manufacturer:   Kammok
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 24, 2017
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  • Durability and Protection - 20% 5
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 8
  • Versatility - 10% 5

Our Verdict

For a fun, functional, and comfortable hammock that is stylish and well-made, check out the Kammok Roo. Immediately upon getting into this model, you can't help but notice the softness of the material and the generous dimensions. With 10 feet of length and a width of 5'7", there's plenty of space for one or two people to get seriously cozy. Set up is simple and climbing grade carabiners and racer slings are included. This, along with triple stitching over the whole hammock body, gives the Roo one of the highest weight capacities of any model we tested at 500 pounds. If you're looking for a fun and simple open model hammock for nice weather and basic camping but also want something easily upgradable if you decide to push into cooler months, the Roo might be the right hammock for you.

New Colors

The Roo is now available in a wide range of new color selections. Kammok has also come out with a Roo Single for $70 in addition to the original Roo, which fits two. The price for the Roo remains the same.

January 2019


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Pros Durable, simple to set up, rated to 500 poundsSpacious, comfortable, easy to set up and use, integrated bug net, customizableVersatile, ultra customizable, comfortableVersatile, extremely customizable, comfortableLightweight, spacious, easy set up, versatile for day use or backcountry shelter
Cons Suspension not included, relatively heavySuspension sold separately, can't remove bug net completelyCan get pricey depending on options, ridge-line not removableFixed ridgeline, can get expensive depending on options, long wait for customizationAll components sold separately, can only use branded suspension system, pricey for the full system
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.All the features and comfort in a lightweight package.This extremely customizable hammock is the perfect fit for even the pickiest hammock camper.If you’re looking to support a small cottage industry business and aren’t willing to sacrifice on comfort and versatility, the Dream Hammock Sparrow is an excellent option.Not willing to sacrifice on versatility in a comfortable, lightweight hammock shelter? The Pro Double is an excellent balance of all three!
Rating Categories Kammok Roo Warbonnet Original Blackbird Dutchware Chameleon Dream Sparrow Sea to Summit Pro Double
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Specs Kammok Roo Warbonnet Original... Dutchware Chameleon Dream Sparrow Sea to Summit Pro...
Capacity (weight) 500 lbs 350-400 lbs depending on options selected 350 lbs 275 lbs 400 lbs
Hanging Straps Included ? No no, can add onto purchase for extra $ No No No
Hammock Size 10' x 5.58' 10' x 5.25' 10' 8" x 4'10" 10' 7" x 4' 10" 10' x 6'2"
Size Compact 6" x 5" 10" x 4" 12" x 6" 15" x 6" 4" x 6"
Connectors Dyneema slings and Carabiners Whoopies/straps or buckle/webbing (sold separately) Beetle Buckle with webbing straps or whoopie slings with tree huggers (sold separately) webbing tree straps Buckles
Material Proprietary LunarWave Diamond Ripstop Fabric 40D or 70D Nylon (depending on options selected) Hexon 1.0, 1.6 or 2.4 HyperD Diamond Nylon Ripstop 70D nylon ripstop
Construction Three interlocking triple-stitched body panels and anchor loops with 11mm dyneema sling attachement to carbiner. End gathered, asymmetric hammock, single or double layer fabric, zipper along 1 side, integrated bug netting. Storage shelf and foot box 1.6 oz Hexon, end gathered, continuous loops 1.6oz HyperD Diamond Ripstop, end gathered, continuous loops Ripstop nylon, double interlocking stitching
Sizes / Colors 6 colors 27 colors, 3 fabric layering configurations 2 sizes/9 colors/3 fabrics, 31 printed patterns 1 size /5 colors, customizable options available 2 sizes, 4 colors
Measured Weight - Package (ounces) 23.1 oz 27 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 37 oz (double layer hammock, bug net, suspension) 26 oz 16 oz
Measured Weight - Hammock Only (ounces) 23.1 oz 26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 25 oz (dbl layer) 15 oz 16 oz
Measured Weight - Hammock and Suspension (ounces) N/A 26 oz hammock, bug net, webbing/buckle suspension 25 oz (dbl layer, webbing and beetle buckle suspension attached)) 20 oz (hammock, tree straps) 19 oz
Measured Weight - Shelter System (no stakes) N/A 42 oz with Mini Fly tarp N/A N/A 42 oz (hammock suspension, bug net, tarp)
Capacity (height) Not stated 6' not stated not stated Not stated
Accessories (compatible, not included) Hanging straps, rain flys, bug nets, top quilts, under quilts Rain flies, bug net, carabiners, fish hooks, under quilts, top quilts, suspension systems Suspension straps, rain fly, bug net, top cover, side car pockets, ridgeline pockets Suspension straps, rain fly, top cover, side car pockets, ridgeline pockets, tree straps, underquilts, top quilts Suspension straps, Rain fly, bug net, gear sling, wider tree protection straps,
Accessories (included with hammock) Dyneema slings, 23kN UIAA-rated carabiners Guylines, bugnetting, storage shelf, continuous loops (for attaching suspension system to), stuff sack continuous loops, ridgeline continuous loops, ridgeline, bug net Continuous loops
Extra Accessories Tested None Mini Fly tarp, webbing with buckles suspension, Body layer 2, Beetle Buckle suspension, asym bug net 10 ft. Tree straps Rain fly, ultralight suspension straps, bug net

Our Analysis and Test Results

We loved the comfort, dimensions, and reinforced hems of the Kammok Roo. It's one of those hammocks that can turn a head and would elicit 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.

Performance Comparison


We were impressed with the Roo in all departments. Here you can see a fun lounging variation possible because of the double wide fabric.
We were impressed with the Roo in all departments. Here you can see a fun lounging variation possible because of the double wide fabric.

Comfort


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. It ranks on par with the similar large end0gathered models we tested like the ENO Doublenest, Grand Trunk OneMade Double, and Kootek.

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 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 generous width of the Roo allowed us to achieve a very flat diagonal lay. Very cozy!
The generous width of the Roo allowed us to achieve a very flat diagonal lay. Very cozy!

Weight


The Roo weighs over 23 ounces, which is pretty heavy for a single layer open model hammock. In comparison, the ENO DoubleNest weighs just under 19 ounces for roughly the same amount of space. The Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech weighs a mere 15.6 ounces and is larger 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 shockingly light Sea to Summit Ultralight. And if you need lightweight plus weather protection, take a look at the Hennessy Backpacker Ultralite.

At just under 24 ounces  the Roo was a bit on the heavy side for a single layer open model.
At just under 24 ounces, the Roo was a bit on the heavy side for a single layer open model.

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 comfortable your setup procedure is, but it's also something you need to factor into 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.

After you've figured out suspension  the Roo is super-simple to set up and comes with climbing grade carabiners.
After you've figured out suspension, the Roo is super-simple to set up and comes with climbing grade carabiners.

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. Of all the hammocks we reviewed, only the Kootek had that high of a weight capacity (and won our Best Buy award). As far as protection from the elements, this model does as well as can be expected for a simple open model design. The single layer of fabric blocks a light breeze, but if you plan to camp overnight, you will need to beef it up with a sleeping pad or underquilt. 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.

Simple open model hammocks aren't super versatile by themselves  but the benefit of a double model for a single user is that you have plenty of fabric to facilitate sleeping gear and a nice diagonal lay. The Roo also has side panels that make nice arm rests or provide a little shade for your face when laying down.
Simple open model hammocks aren't super versatile by themselves, but the benefit of a double model for a single user is that you have plenty of fabric to facilitate sleeping gear and a nice diagonal lay. The Roo also has side panels that make nice arm rests or provide a little shade for your face when laying down.

Versatility


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 a double model, which provides you with enough fabric for a 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 armrests 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 Sea to Summit Pro Double.

The Roo has webbing loops on its sides  which are nice if you want to hang accessories or stake out the sides of the hammock so it doesn't cocoon around you.
The Roo has webbing loops on its sides, which are nice if you want to hang accessories or stake out the sides of the hammock so it doesn't cocoon around you.

Best Applications


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.

Value


The Roo is a bit of a commitment, at $100, 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 Kootek - it's also a cushy and durable double model and ringing up for around $20, takes home our Best Buy award.

Conclusion


Overall, the Roo is a plush and durable model that we enjoyed. It's well constructed and comes equipped with climbing-grade carabiners and slings, giving it one of 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 hefty purchase that we think will keep you comfortable and last for many years and is 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 flies, bug netting, and a down underquilt to help trick you out for cold, wet, and buggy weather alike.


Penney Garrett