Grand Trunk states that they make goods for travel, not trips. Their Single Hammock is a perfect example. A rolling suitcase is for trips. A hammock that includes straps, and packs down to not much bigger than a grapefruit is for travel. That suitcase won’t make your time away any more enjoyable, but a hammock will.
Made from high strength parachute nylon, each Single Hammock weighs a mere 16 ounces, and is 10.5 feet long and 5 feet in width. By using nautical-grade carabiners and plenty of triple stitching, the hammock is rated for up to 400 pounds. So even though it’s a single, it will still hold one or two people and almost any combination of people and their children or pets, (within reason). We’ve found a single hammock is perfect for summer time naps with one of our dogs. A nice touch from Grand Trunk is the included rope with simple instructions for tying and knotting, so you can set your hammock up almost anywhere. When you’re done, it all packs back into the attached stuff sack, which takes up very little room in your backpack, car, or luggage.
Although winter is hardly hammock season, we were still keen to review the Single Hammock from Grand Trunk, because they offer the whole package at a very wallet-friendly $54.99 MSRP. There is nothing extra to buy in order to use the hammock. Of course, they do have some accessories worth noting. If you can’t find trees or posts close enough, their Treeslings are each 20 feet long, and include tree protectors. D-shaped carabiners offer extra strength, and their rain fly provides shade from the sun, or some cover from rain storms. Perhaps our favorite is the mosquito net. Designed to work with just about any hammock, instead of just enclosing the hammock, it’s almost like a tent, with a 56″ zipper that runs from the top down to the 90″x32″ floor. Keep yourself and your gear, or even your dog, safe from the little blood suckers. Smart thinking.
Setting up the Single Hammock was easy enough. Wrap the rope around a tree or post, and hook the carabiner into the knot. Repeat for the other end, and make sure you have found the correct height and that the hammock is level. Add an extra knot if there isn’t one in the proper spot. Once it’s all set, and you have double checked the straps and carabiners, it’s just a matter or sitting down, swinging around, and doing a lot of nothing. Because it’s been so cold, we didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time in the hammock, but once you’re in one, all hammocks are pretty much the same. It’s the features that make the difference. And we found that Grand Trunk has done a great job of making an affordable hammock that is simple to use, with plenty of options to make time spent in it even more memorable. And that’s the whole point – make travel and the outdoors more fun without breaking the bank. See all 21 color choices and the rest of the Grand Trunk range at grandtrunkgoods.com
Disclosure of Material Connection: We received the Grand Trunk Single Hammock for free from Grand Trunk as coordinated by Deep Creek PR Outdoor Retailer Public Relations, in consideration for review publication.