Kammok recently sent me the newest Roo to review (free). I spent a few days looking it over. As I said earlier, the newest Roo is the same price as the old one. It has several upgrades that make it clearly worth the money.
1) Kammok removed the gathered end rope in favor of two climbing rated loops, which they term "Racer Slings". They are basically a flat continuous loop made from dyneema 'ribon' that is bar tacked. The racer slings can be used with a carabiner or used for other applications as needed. These are now easier to remove, if you choose to switch out to whoopie slings.
2) Kammok designed their own carabiner with the hammock in mind, naming it the "Kanga Claw". They have apparently applied for a patent on the design. It is much beefier than the old carabiners, in that they are now rated to about 5000 pounds, instead of 250 lbs. They also have a unique wire gate that separates the interior into 2 'chambers'. This keeps the hammock straps (or whatever line you use) in one half of the carabiner, also keeping the pressure in-line with the strongest axis.
3) Kammok added three 'gear loops' down each edge of the hammock. There is on on each side at the mid-point and then one on each side about 18" down from the gathered end. The first thing that came to mind when I saw these was the convenience of attaching my UQ loops to them to keep my UQ from shifting.
Overall, I am really impressed with the upgrades at the same price point as before. They have kept the original design of the Kammok, using the 'Lunar-weave' fabric and gear stuff bag. As stated in my initial review, the unique fabric, the attention to detail (stitching), and the size/proportions were what put the Kammok ahead of the ENO Double Nest and the Grand Trunk Double Parachute. This was with the caveat that you would be spending more money up front. While this still holds true, the value has increased significantly. You could easily spend $12 to $20 on the two carabiners alone.
The people at Kammok have been listening to their customers since the original Kick-Start a couple of years ago. They have really put together a nice product, using some innovative ideas. I believe that if you are looking for a high quality hammock, this is the one to beat. A nice bonus is that they are one of those companies that think globally. When you purchase from them, every purchase donates money to third world charities.
I have the Python Straps and they are definitely nicer than either the ENO Slap Straps or the Slap Strap Pros (both nylon and both stretch). I think that the ENO Atlas Straps were actually a copy of these. ENO was told for years that their slap straps should have been made from poly, instead of nylon. It took Kammok coming out with a better product for ENO to step it up. The problem with the Python straps is that they run a bit heavy for backpacking. Maybe Kammok could use the material that their Racer Slings are made of for straps?
A couple of things that they could do to really improve their appeal, would be to offer a wider color choice (Magenta, Purple, Green and Camo immediately come to mind) and for them to branch out to an actual camping hammock (some kind of netting and a tarp).
Last edited by Boomer; 03-28-2013 at 22:53..