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No bugs allowed.

Grand Trunk designed the Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock with a No See-Um mesh mosquito net so you can sleep bug-free. Double-sided zippers seal you in while the nautical grade-carabiners and triple-stitched parachute nylon hold you securely off the ground. Two storage pockets give you a safe-and-sound way to stow your valuables. The hanging kit is included so all you have to do is find a couple of obliging trees and then fall asleep.

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4 5

Well built

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Decided to try hammock camping this past season, and one with an incorporated bug net seemed a no brainer. No See um mesh is really terrific for keeping insects out. I've seen so many mosquito nets over the years that actually seemed to trap the insects inside with you. This is a fine mesh so no matter how persistent nothing is going to wiggle its way in. The stitching is top notch through out this hammock system. I replaced the included rigging lines with a slightly larger accessory chord to be a little easier on the tree (really not necessary) I also replaced the included hooks with some chain binders from the local hardware store. I'm willing to sacrifice a few ounces for an overbuild.

2 5

Comfy, but needs some temperature tweaks

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was finally able to take this hammock on an camping trip. I used it on two different nights that were below tree line. I swapped out the strings for the ENO Atlas Straps for an easier setup.

The hammock is super comfortable, to lay in, but because of the how much actual hammock material there is, the air flow isn't great. The two nights I used it, there wasn't much wind. This is a plus on colder nights, but a bummer on warmer nights. I suspect most people prefer this setup for warmer conditions, so overall not a great feature/consequence.

The first night I used the hammock it was about 40-50 degrees at night. I used it with my MontBell 25 Degree Bag. The top of me was warm, but the bottom/back of me was freezing. Likely because compressed down isn't very warm. I decided the easy fix was to put my Neo Air pad (R Value 6ish) in the hammock with me. This makes it much warmer, as well as helps keep the sides of the hammock off of you, so you feel like there is more overall space. I wasn't able to test this out that same night because the pad was in the car.

The next night it unfortunately stayed about 70-80 degrees. I was trying my Neo Air pad theory out thinking the temps would drop at 2am again. I was way too hot!! I threw the pad and my sleeping bag out, but just couldn't get any air flow through the hammock because the walls go way above my body. I ended up sleeping way to the side to try to tilt the hammock into what little wind there was so the comfort level dropped considerably.

Overall, I think it's a good idea, but needs some major refining before I use it for anything other than car camping.

Suggestions for improvement: Some kind of vent system, or internal pockets would be cool. Maybe the ability to stake out the sides of the hammock so it stays big and a little flatter would also be nice. If you did this you could also make the hammock waterproof so that you could flip it over and use it as a shelter. Better lighter materials for the ropes and lighter carabiners is a must since at 30oz this weighs almost as much as my Big Agnes 2 man tent (Fly Creek Platinum).

Comfy, but needs some temperature tweaks
4 5

Used this in South America.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It did a nice job and was very comfortable. The Guyana jungle was dense with Mosquitos. This is more streamlined than the ENO mosquito net (used ENO in jungle as well). It is more confining though. With ENO's you can stash gear under you and still get to it. My biggest hang up was that when temperatures rose...I couldn't hang my legs off the sides to help cool off like I can with ENO's system. All that being said, I would still recommend it. Very cozy. Your butt might still get some bites though.

4 5

Mosquito net-perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had one of my best night's sleep in a while. I added my Fillo pillow and a North Face Aleutian sleeping bag and slept in. This will go everywhere with me.

Is the Mosquito net removable?
I dig the...

Is the Mosquito net removable?
I dig the anti-bug system but wasn't sure if I can take it off or if it kinda sits there all the time if you aren't using it...

Responded on

Although the bug net is not removable, the video shows that you can simply flip the hammock over to use it as a normal net-free hammock.

Does this hammock keep bugs from biting...

Does this hammock keep bugs from biting from the bottom ? I've heard that mosquitos can bite through material like this. Also flies? or is a pad or padding required to be fully bug-bite proof?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Brian,
I have been hammock camping for several years now and have never had a problem with bug bites from the bottom.
The material does a great job at keeping those out, and that is with just a sleeping bag in the hammock. A helpful tip for when it is more chilly is to put an extra blanket between you and the hammock, it insulates you a lot and keeps you nice and toasty.
If you are still worried about bugs from the bottom, look up the "Hammock Bliss Sky Tent". I haves used that with my open hammock and it works great at keeping bugs out and rain off of you.

5 5

Great Hammock

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With all my buddies switching to hammocks, I felt a little out of the loop still pitching a tent so I started looking around and found this. I got this one because it had the attached bug net which was a plus because I didn't want to have to shell out more than I had to on something I might not like and since it was attached there would be one less thing to pack. I however do like it, in fact I love it. Quality wise I have found nothing wrong with it. I did replace the carabiners with some extra BD neutrinos I had but that's just me. Its very comfortable and gives me a lighter/smaller option below tree line. Also if you don't need the bug net just flip it over and poof, its a regular hammock.

5 5

Excellent Hammock

I used this one night so far, and I already love it. I love the fact that it has bug netting, to keep those pesky bugs out. It was about 50 ish degrees outside, and with my neoair, my marmot plasma 40 kept me nice and toasty. In the morning, the winds were about 20-30 mph. When you are lying down, the thicker fabric under the mesh blocks the wind near your face so that you still stay out of the wind. It is pretty simple to set up, and it is very comfortable.
Excellent for solo camping under tree line.

5 5

Try to keep your friends out of it!

I got this a few weeks ago and have used it 5 nights ad couldn't be happier! My friends were all jealous and after laying in it decided they would buy thier own. It's great for sleeping or just relaxing and packs up to the size of 2 softballs.
Very simple to set up with the carabiners and parachord. Also very simple to take down and keep clean. I've used it on some colder nights, and a small backpacking pad underneath me with my 20 degree bag has kept me warm. I was worried it would be slouchy and bad on the back, but it is very comfortable for back or side sleeping. I would for sure buy one with a bug net to keep the elements off.
Great purchase, you won't regret it!

Unanswered Question

So I have the GT Skeeter Beeter (love it!)....

So I have the GT Skeeter Beeter (love it!). Why the pro model? I should clarify that I'm thinking of giving the SB to my 9-year old Cub Scout and getting the Pro for myself. I'd stick with the SB, but it appears to be discontinued.