Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Hammock (Camouflage Green)
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- Quick drying ultra light material, holds 250 lbs. Double sided zipper for easy in/out and 2 inside pockets for storage..
- Sewn on No-See-Um mosquito net ensures that you will rest in your Skeeter Beeter without the worry of bugs.
- Easy to use and quick to set up, comes with FREE hammock hanging kit ($10 value)
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|Item Dimensions||0.25 x 40 x 76 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1 pound|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Weight Supported||250 pounds|
The Skeeter Beeter Ultralight hammock is made from polyester and has an attached no-see-um mosquito net to protect you against insects. - Specifications - Size: 9’6” x 4’6” - Weighs: 20 oz - Polyester Taffeta - 250 Lbs Capacity - Iron S-Hooks
Top Customer Reviews
I also use this for bicycle touring/stealth camping and backpacking (a 20 oz. hammock beats carrying around a tent any day!)
Pros: relatively inexpensive, lightweight, comfortable, easy to set up, insect netting, more versatile than a tent. packs small
Cons: restrictive length, requires additional fly, mosquitoes can bite through the underside
Things I would advise:
Have a good rainfly - I used a large tarp tented above the hammock and it did the job of keeping me dry but I'll soon be investing in an actual hammock fly.
Make sure the space between to trees is adequate. If the distance is too short then you will sink to the middle during the night (which isn't very comfortable) and if the trees are spaced to far apart then you will not be able to use the hammock. Works best between tree that are 9-10 feet apart.
Even when the temperature gets down to 60F the hammock can be quite chilly since there is air circulating around you, for this I recommend using a small bed role - preferably with a zipper(such as the Coleman Stratus sleeping bag liner), or even a blanket wrapped around you will work pretty well. For colder nights, use a real sleeping bag.
I spent a night in a friends hammock and was dead set on getting one. I picked this one instead of his because the price matched and this one could fit two.
Opening up when i first got it I was a little put off. It came with no instruction and the rigging was not self explanatory. The thing that held me up the most is that there is a small piece of para cord that goes through the fabric at each end where the carabiner hooks to then to the anchor rope to the tree. These little ropes were not tied, Now I double rope tree climber so I have a belt full of knots to fall back on. I was upset, one because there was not a lot of rope to work with, and what if I did not know the knots. A three foot fall from a faulty knot hurts. The other thing that I am displeased with is the carabiners. I would have taken the older model with the s hook before these. They are of good quality but they have sharp edges on the mouth witch snags rope and cloth if you not careful. I plan to replaces these with climbing ones, a bit of over kill but I don't want undo ware on the gear just from set up.
Now the way I do overnights in this is a sling a tarp over it and pull it tight above the hammock so that it does not even touch the bug net. On this one it just does not work as well. The bug net has two shock cords that goes back and forth. This is great if you have other places to tie into then just your anchor trees so that you can spread out the bug net canopy. What happens with a tarp or when you don't have trees around you to work with is that extra piece of bug net between the two shock cords hangs down at you instead of creating more room inside. My buddies that just has one cord had less slack hanging in your face and fit under a tarp better.
You do sit low in this piratical one but you can adjust your position or the ropes and it helps (dose not bother me).
You can really fit two people if you and your partner fit into the wait limit. It is a extremely comfy place to share a nap. Just be careful getting in and out.
The fabric and stitching is good quality.
Never had a bug get through the netting when zipped.
Flip it over and no net needed.
Lay straight, diagonal or as a seat.
Storage areas, No really this is a big deal. When it is raining it is great for the ultra important things that you don't risk on the ground.
It is big and deep enough that you can curl into a ball in a sleep bag and not worry about falling out.
Don't be afraid of over nighting in on of these things just keep a few things in mind. Always tarp it (not included, a cheep on from hardware store is all you need). Bring extra para cord you will need it more then you know. It is colder then a tent bring extra bedding (the bedding under your body compresses then the wind blows right on it striping the heat from your lower half). Every little noise is scary, put your game face on because you are a gift warped tasty morsel (unlike a tent you can not move away from the sniffing noises or see what is making it, or get out of the thing fast for that matter). Bring extra trash bags to put your gear in and store it under you and the tarp (forget rain dew is your worst enemy).
I have slept in this thing in all weather. Hot and humid to down right cold and it was still conferrable(the second time, the first time I froze it is when I leaned to bring more bedding). I have even hiked deep woods knowing that bad weather was coming with just the hammock and a tarp(48 mph winds and torrential rain that backed off to a all night soaker). To tell you the truth I stayed dryer in this with my tarp then one of my buddies that had a $100 tent, the one with the $230 tent was fine but heck this is a whole lot better in my mind (This is where the extra para cord comes in, more anchor points for the tarp is essential in high winds).
****would recommend would buy again****
You have to understand that it's not a Hennessy or ENO hammock and you shouldn't really expect that kind of quality. Every time I get into it I swear it's going to give out and break, but it never does. I'm very careful with it because I know it's not a top-quality hammock but I've yet to find a reason to believe it won't stand up to abuse. It comes with pretty thick cordage for hanging (thicker that 550 paracord) and some sort of very stretchy thin (thinner than paracord) cordage used to string up the bug net. It did not come with a tarp, which is a necessity for when it rains so consider getting a camping tarp (a cheap one runs about $50) or a cheap hardware-store blue tarp if you're car camping. If you're not a knot-savvy kind of person you should also consider getting some carabiners made for mountain climbing so you can hang it up and take it down quickly.
After you hop in the hammock you simply zip yourself into the bug net which is a lifesaver when camping in the summer, especially in Florida. I've heard that sometimes the mosquitoes can bite you through the back of the hammock, but I don't sleep naked/shirtless when I camp so I wouldn't know. I've yet to try to use it in a sleeping bag but I would imagine it would be pretty slipper what with the nylon-on-nylon situation.
It comes with a mesh stuff sack in which you can fit the entire hammock and all the included cordage. In the sack it's probably about the size of an NFL football but if you stuff it in your pack it will probably get roughly softball-sized. It's also got some drawstrings to close the bag which I just tie to the outside of my pack so save space inside.
All in all this was a great value for the price. I'll probably end up getting a Hennessy when I can afford it, but this is doing great in the meantime.
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update 5/11/13 set it up, laid in it, everything was fine.Read more