Kammok Roo + Python Straps $128
The popularity of hiking and outdoor recreation has risen drastically in the past decade, bringing in a whole new generation of wilderness wanderers. Factors leading to this growth might include the idea that people of urban areas are feeling a greater need to “escape”, the fact that outdoor recreation is generally quite inexpensive, or that social media provides greater visibility to the cool things that our friends are doing. Search the hashtag #outdoors on Instagram and you’ll get over 16.5 million images and another 15.3 million for #hiking. There’s even a term called “The Wild Effect” referring to the surge in Pacific Crest Trail hikers after the release of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, which caused authorities to have to create a new permit system to the trail in 2015 due to the influx.
This growing popularity of outdoor participation has seen a significant increase in revenue for companies like REI and North Face, and new brands are quickly rising to success as well by targeting this new market. Kammok made its debut with a campaign launch on popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter in July of 2011 with their iconic centerpiece, the Roo, claiming to be “the world’s best camping hammock.” The company made quick success of the campaign and soon followed up with other accessories to the Roo. Kammok now offers an entire system of hammock gear, insulated gear, and even apparel.
Camping in hammocks provides a lightweight and practical option to backpackers to stay off of the ground when sleeping in the outdoors at a significantly lower cost than most backpacking tents. For the novice backpacker, camping in a hammock is a low budget intro to outdoor living.
I grew up in a family that spent the weekends hiking instead of watching movies and family trips were usually destined for camping spots rather than amusement parks, so outdoor living is hardly a new concept for me. Hammock camping, however, started for me just a few years ago and has become my preferred style for sleeping in the outdoors for a few reasons. I’ve found that finding a pair of trees or rocks for anchor points generally proves easier than level ground for a tent, providing more options in selecting an overnight site and less stress in doing so. I also sleep much better in a hammock and am comforted by the cocoon-like experience that I actually even miss when I’m back in a real bed. Lastly, hammocks give me the up-close and participant experience I enjoy most about nature.
I can’t definitively approve Kammok’s claim about the Roo, but as the self appointed Hammock Queen I can tell you that it’s the best hammock that I’ve ever slept in. I took the Roo, along with a few of its accessories, on a few rigorous backcountry trips into the Trinity Alps where I ruled sovereign and carefree in my swinging loft.
The package deal on Kammok’s OG hammock and daisy-chain straps is the way to go. Set up takes just minutes, if that, and is spacious enough for even my 6’4” boyfriend to fit in with plenty of room to spare. I’m not one for sharing my sleep space in a hammock, but we were both able to fit in for a comfortable hang (Eh? Get it?). I tested the Roo and Python Straps just shy of 400lbs with company (Kammok suggests a limit of 500lbs) and still felt remarkably secure enough to hold our weight and more. The combined weight of the whole system is just over 2lbs and packs compact enough to fit in the bottom of just a daypack.
Kammok’s attention to detail in making the Roo rugged and durable is notable. The Roo is made of Kammok’s proprietary diamond, ripstop, nylon LunarWave fabric which is triple stitched to Dyneema Racer Slings and climbing-grade Kanga Claw carabiners rated up to 2,500 pounds. Shorthand, this set up is staying put. Coming from the girl who once wound up at the bottom of a cliff slipping out of a bargain hammock, that’ s a good security to have. The high tensile Python Straps are each 10ft long with 18 connection points apiece, opening up a lot of options for set up when anchor points are few and far between.
The Kammok system also has upgrade options including the Dragonfly mosquito net (10.5oz, $75) and Glider weather shelter (1lbs 7oz, $230) with a built in water retention system to cover every wilderness situation you might face including malaria and harsh storm.
Kammok earns the royal seal of the Hammock Queen’s approval.
Kammok is partnered with 1% For The Planet and UBUNTU and invests into environmental and social initiatives around the world with proceeds of the company contributing towards human aid in Kenya.
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