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