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Adventure / June 20, 2017

I slept 40 nights in the Kammok Roo. And I’d do it again.

Written by: Stewart Moore

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).

The Kammok Roo, hung with the proper amount of slack. Photo by Stewart Moore.

The Roo enveloped in Kammok's Dragonfly Net. Photo by Stewart Moore.

Dragonfly Net

On the AT, I’ve been plagued by gnats, ticks, mosquitoes, and all manner of other insects. Thus, a Kammok’s Dragonfly bug net has been essential. It also provides a little extra warmth (though it obviously doesn’t hold up to wind).

The Dragonfly Net cinches around the ends of the hammock and provides enough head space for the occupant to sit up in comfort. A large zipper makes it easy to get in and out. Hooks on the outside of the net are meant to attach to the hammock itself or to guylines, but I found their best use as “indoor” gear hooks if the net is put on inside-out.

 

Python Straps

Kammock’s Python Straps are one inch wide and ten feet long. That makes them light enough to carry, but long enough to sling around just about any tree short of a Redwood. They’re divided into three-inch segments, making it easy to adjust the hammock to the desired hang.

When properly staked out, the Glider Tarp provides complete coverage of the Roo. Photo by Stewart Moore.

The Glider Tarp again, this time shot from the side. Photo by Stewart Moore.

Glider Tarp

One of my favorite things about hammock camping is that it allows me to set up a tarp independent of my sleeping quarters. If it’s raining, I put the tarp up first for a dry set up. Then I take it down last, and the hammock stays dry as a bone.

Kammock’s Glider Tarp is surprisingly large for its packed size and offers full coverage for a large hammock like the Roo. When set up at eye level, the sides of the tarp stake out just inches above the ground, eliminating splash-back from rain. Four bottle attachment points in the corners and adjustable chords to create gutters make it easy to collect rain water off the tarp, which is particularly handy in long rainstorms (when walking to the water source isn’t much fun).

The Kammok Roo, Python Straps, and Dragonfly Net are all included in our $203 Kammok Bundle

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Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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