Now 600 miles into my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I’ve now slept almost 40 nights in the Kammok Roo. It’s been my first crack at hammock camping, and I have to say I now understand the trend’s growing popularity. Hammocks don’t require a patch of smooth, flat ground like tents do, which makes them much easier to set up. And there’s no risk of flooding the bottom of your hammock during a midnight downpour.
The Kammok hammock camping system I’m using has four basic components:
The Kammock Roo
The hammock itself is easily the most comfortable hammock I’ve ever used. At 10 feet long, it offers enough space for even the tallest campers, and provides plenty of extra sag space.
This sag is needed for a comfortable, flat lay. But it’s not always easy to attain—if the chosen trees are close together, it may be necessary to hang the hammock’s straps eight feet high or more. That’s too high.
The Roo’s design accounts for this with two fabric “rails” (the grey strips in the photo below). These rails hold the majority of the hammock’s tension, allowing the Roo’s belly to hang loose even if the rails are tight. This makes for a quick set up, a flatter sleeping surface, and a worry-free night’s rest (it’s pretty much impossible to tumble out).