Sit and read a book or just appreciate the surroundings while nestled in a suspended cocoon! Luxury is a highly valued commodity in the wilderness, especially following a laborious hike. Take the day’s weight off of tired feet for a few blissful hours and embrace the comfort of Grand Trunk’s Skeeter Beeter Pro hammock. Durable mosquito netting will keep out the relentlessly intrusive insects, a true blessing for the weary.
At 27 ounces, this product is light enough to be stowed for longer journeys that cover a great deal of distance. Interior pockets store all the necessary gear and the 10.5 x 5 foot hammock folds up conveniently into a stuff sack about the size of a football that will not crowd precious space in a pack. The lightweight nylon silk dries rapidly and is fortunately resistant to mildew, one less thing to worry about when storing the Skeeter Beeter Pro or as the summer’s humidity invites moisture buildup.
Suspended above the ground by two 10-foot pieces of cord and sturdy steel hooks, setup is as simple as finding a few anchor points. With a reported capacity of 400 pounds, this hammock will certainly be able to rock the majority of outdoor enthusiasts to sleep free of mosquitoes. All stress points boast extra stitching to prevent a rude interruption an afternoon nap, as well as added reinforcement on the insect netting that anybody will be thankful for. A double zipper allows for easy entry and exit from the protective shelter, which most users find to be incredibly spacious. The nylon parachute silk and mosquito netting are very breathable, welcoming breezes to pass through on warm summer days.
Unfortunately, the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock is often found lacking when it comes to lasting durability. A number of complaints have been made ranging from small issues like zipper malfunction to the hammock completely ripping in half. Additionally, the fabric stretches quite a bit when under stress, making getting in and out a difficult task at times. Consequently, some care should be taken with this product and perhaps it would be best if it were considered an expendable luxury.
Priced at $70 from some vendors, is the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro hammock truly worth it? The comfort and shelter from a buzzing horde of mosquitoes it is capable of delivering on a warm summer afternoon is undeniable. Different individuals value comfort and solace to such a level that this product is a good buy, but if worrying about a $70 hammock ripping in half sounds unreasonable, that’s because it probably is.
I would rate this product a 3.5/5 due to the numerous negative reports. The concept of finding rest above the ground and free of insects is extremely tempting, however. There is no guarantee that every hammock is problematic, it just seems as though plenty are. There is a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro, so anyone to take advantage will hopefully receive the support they may need.