Review – KAMMOK Roo and Python Strap 2018 Upgrade

Review – KAMMOK Roo and Python Strap 2018 Upgrade

KAMMOK Roo Double and Single and Python Straps

Kammok has done an extraordinary job jumping into the hammock market and growing their business. They have become one of the top brands for recreational and serious hammock camping. Earlier this year they came out with an update to their entire line of equipment and I got a chance to review a few of those pieces: the KAMMOK Roo (a double hammock), the KAMMOK Roo Single, the KAMMOK Python Straps, and the KAMMOK Python Strap Extenders.

There are refinements across each product in nearly every area: fabrics, accessories, updated designs, packaging, and more. I really like the new packaging: it’s simplified yet very professional; easier to access and pack than previous versions. The hammocks include tie-out loops along the long edge perimeter and a single loop on the gathered ends. I found these loops handy for clipping under quilts and side pull outs to open up the fabric.

The ROO Double still has a multi-panel design. It’s wide and comfortable, but some might find the seam somewhat annoying. The ROO Single is a single panel design.

The biggest change and what I’m most excited about with the 2018 upgrade are the new Python straps. The design is similar to the Ultimate Straps that feature a woven (not sewn) design. This means the straps have a nice wide section that helps protect the trees, but then tapers down to a 3/4-inch daisy chain section that’s more material efficient. It’s such a brilliant design and I’m stoked that KAMMOK is using it. The straps are some of the lightest but also tout the highest weight rating per strap of any strap on the market (500 lbs). These are my new go-to hammock straps that are ideal for new and veteran hangers alike.

Kammok sells the straps separately from the hammock, although I’ve seen bundles from them in the past where you can pick up a discount. I completely understand that selling them separately is important for business and consumers, but I’d like to see a package deal that gives a slight discount for those new to hammocks.

Prices overall are slightly higher than mass-market variety, but the quality and refinements also put this gear in a higher category. The quality, along with KAMMOK’s lifetime warranty, and eco responsibility, provides a value and peace of conscious when considering this purchase.

Recommendations and Review

Criteria Rating Notes
Suspension and Anchor System ▲ ▲ ▲ △ △  Straps are sold separately.
Construction and Craftsmanship ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲  Excellent build quality. Straps are woven, not sewn
Modularity ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲  Great refinements for a modular system; great for camping
Aesthetics ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲  Kammok has added a few new  color options, and they are beginning to sell some prints (in special cases). Their hammocks have strong brand recognition.
Price and Value ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲  A little higher than mass-market varieties, but the quality, refinements, and warranty make this a good buy
  • Manufacturer: KAMMOK, made in China
  • ROO Double MSRP: US$99
  • ROO Single MSRP: US$69
  • Python 10 MSRP: US$29
  • Python Extenders MSRP: US$19

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Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear.

 

5 Responses

  1. DAVID COLIN STILLMAN says:

    HI !
    HAVE A QUESTION! I’M PUTTING UP A CLOTHES LINE OUT BACK IN MY MOMS YARD. WHAT I’M ASKING IS HOW FAR A PART WOULD YOU PUT THE POLES & TREE S ? I HAVE A ELEVEN FOOT HAMMOCK & THAN A COUPLE ENO HAMMOCKS. ALSO HOW HIGH SHOULD THE POLES BE? I’M GETTING 4×4×12 TREATED POLES .SO I’M THINKING 4’/5′ IN THE GROUND. LOVE YOUR VIDEOS TRY TO WATCH ALL OF THEM THANK YOU! BE SAFE! HAVE FUN! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!

    • Derek Hansen says:

      Thank you. For hammocks I would set up posts between 11 and 12 feet apart. This will provide ample room for all your hammocks plus a tarp if you choose. I have all the instructions in my new book.

      • DAVID COLIN STILLMAN says:

        THANK YOU FOR GETTING BACK TO ME! ONCE IT STOPS RAINING HERE / ABOUT 7 DAYS & STILL GOING STRONG / NOT LIKE SOME PLACES WHICH IT IS WORSE & HOPE EVERYONE IS OK, SAFE. ! THE GOOD THING ABOUT THE RAIN THE GROUND WILL BE EASIER TO DIG HOPEFULLY. BE SAFE! HAVE FUN! GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS! ENJOY!

  2. MICHAEL D VANHORN says:

    What is the Hammock stand in the photo? I may “need” one. 🙂

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