Kammok Roo Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
We loved the comfort and dimensions of the Kammok Roo. It's one of those hammocks that 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.
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 end-gathered models we tested.
The beauty of a wide 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 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.
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 lighter day-use hammocks in this review.
Ease of Set Up
As with many of the 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.
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 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.
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.
The Roo is a bit of a commitment when very similar models can be had at a fraction of the price. The hammock is certainly well-made and comfortable but we found many other options that were just as high-quality and spacious that won't break the bank.
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 good purchase but, due to its high price for what it can offer, we believe better value can be found in other models we tested.
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