I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“. Having to trek on foot for several miles to hundred miles or so would be difficult with my condition. To make things a bit easier I want to put together a very lightweight pack.
One of the items I started looking at some websites that highlight camping gear testing and came across Grand Trunk as a quality brand of hammocks. I love hammocks and have slept in them before. Looking for lightweight equipment the Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock caught my eye. I ordered it up.
A few days later my box arrived and I checked it out. It is absolutely “ultralight” and very compact. It comes with its own attached storage bag. I took that hammock and strung it up between two trees. Pretty simple and straightforward. I climbed in and that was it. No rocket science. No crazy special techniques or instructions required.
I am impressed with the Grand Trunk Ultralight. Simple to put up and is comfortable. Another observation that I think is a big benefit is that it is roomy. I mean this thing is really wide and can hold me and additional equipment with no problem. Also of note is that it is absolutely NOT water resistant so additional tarps or protection is necessary.
In summary – I paid less than $20.00 and am impressed. I may pick up a couple more for additional family member kits.
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5 thoughts on “Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock”
I have similar hammocks, one like your and one with a built in mosquito netting. (After all I do like on the Gulf Coast) I like them both. I also got the “quick hang” ropes for an additional $14. It makes set up very easy and quick. The one with the netting is only a few ounces more in weight. One thing I discovered when I got them was that I was laying in them wrong. If you lay at a diagonal (as in the pic you posted), you lay much straighter.
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Good recommendation. I’ve had one in my BOB for some time now. Why? A couple reasons. You touched on one.
If you wind up in the “out-and-about” and for whatever reason you have to set up camp and it’s a swampy area,
it get you off the ground. Another example is up in the northeast where I live, we have a serious problem with
Lyme Disease so I want to get up and away from deer ticks or other crawling critters as much as possible.
I have one also for the same reason. It is awesome. I also got a set of carabiners and tree straps.
Thanks for the review, Rourke. I had not considered one of these, but am now. Like you, my back is getting older and makes me uncomfortable at times. This may help those times.
watch out for the ultra light versions and ripping out, they’re not as durable as their regular ones. It’s well documented on hammock camping sites. I too have switched over to hammocks for our get home bags, along with straps and mosquito netting. Three biggest pitfalls to hammocks are lack of space in extended bad weather, cold weather requiring a underquilt beneath and are not fast to get out of if surprised in the middle of the night. In late fall I was awoken by noises at 3am, it was a mid-size deer just on the other side of my tarp. I could have reached out and petted it if i was stupid enough to try to do it.