Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Jeff Brackett, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey+++

    Checking to see if anyone uses or has used the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock Am considering them as a shelter component for my BOBs. They're rated for 400 lbs, have a built in mosquito net, and only weigh 27 oz. I figure they'd be sturdy enough to hold me and my gear, would allow me to string up high enough to be out of the way of land based critters, and I can cover with a pancho or other waterproofing in bad weather.

    Comments or observations? Anything I'm missing with these?
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  2. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    Jeff, as a Bonus, few people Look Up!!! So high enough to have sum leaves between you & the ground. Just make sure yer AWAKE when you get up the next morning or that first step will be a looloo!!! LoL
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  3. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey+++

    LOL! [sinking]
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I have no personal experience but I used to backpack with a guy who converted exclusively to hammocks. He was fond of saying that 'sleeping on the ground is for animals'.
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  5. I have a simple net hammock that I always carry, I can use it as a chair, and sleep in it.

    Since I am in the south even in winter I just roll a blanket around me and I'm ok.

    I will run a second rope overhead and tie off my tarp as a rain cover if I think I may want or need it.

    Won't probably work for cold places, but for me it is much better than sleeping on the ground.

    Those fancy cold weather ones look like viable answers for colder places.

  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It looks pretty sound, and all reviews I see worthwhile are positive, but I have never used this type of hammock. The only downside I see to it (for me) is the lack of an integrated compartment underneath to place a sleeping mat. The air at night, even a cool summer night can keep you awake and miserable if you have no insulation underneath. Still, it is lightweight and strong.

    As Bruce would say, your mileage may vary.
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  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I really like the concept of a hammock. Problem is, there's no way I can sleep on my back. Are there any out there that can be rigged with a hard bottom that will stay flat?
  8. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    I used a post WW2 "Jungle Hammock" for years, I suppose it is dry rotted by now.

    The WWII version was also the Nam series.

    Much more useful than some might think.

    For an extra stelthy mode than can be, as mentioned, placed way up high. me and friend did that at a local lake years ago. At night, away from the city, 15 feet up can be as good as being on the moon. Two drunk couples never had a clue we were "stationed" high above the table they used for their drinking party.

    They left and we got some much needed sleep.

    Also the WWII series can be staked out on the ground too. For those who do not know I will describe the Jungle Hammock.

    Bottom. Double material with a thick inner hammock and a much thinner outer hammock that is for bug protection. If the bugs can't reach you they sure cant bite and the second outer section worked fine for that as well as a dead air insulation.

    Top. Rubberized coated pitched tent config. with enough on the ends to stop most rain. Tension and shape on the top is made handy by using a rope on each end of the top piece and a stick across the tented top along with this you use another rope for the ridge line but it is connected to pull tabs on either end.

    Netting. Netting all around and zippers to close it up.

    All tension lines must have pigtails added as drip lines, this so the rain will follow each tension line and then the drip line so you stay dry.

    Each Hammock requires considerable room to pitch, say about 12 feet by 6 feet.

    In a dry climate pitching them on the ground makes sense and your day time profile is much less.

    Weight?? too much to hump for long unless youe need to sleep in wet, bug infested Jungle, say about 10 lbs.

    Now you can check this site and see if my text was correct.

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    So go for the new Hennessy and you will have all the improvments that my Jungle Hammock needed.

  9. npe1pas

    npe1pas Monkey+++

    Look for a hammock that allows an asym lay or diagonal lay. I've got a couple of Hennessy Hammocks and can sleep on my side. Check out for manufacturers of different hammocks.

    FWIW, you will want either a pad under you or insulation under the hammock as you will compress any insulation between you and the hammock.
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