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The Grand Trunk Mosquito Net attaches to most hammocks in order to act as a barrier between you and all the nasty critters that live in the wilderness you love to backpack in. No-see-um mesh shields you from skeeters and lets you enjoy the scenery, breathe in all that fresh air, and relax in your hammock. Grand Trunk included a built-in floor for full protection, and you can store some gear in there too. Spreader bars quicken your setup, and the floor has some loops so you can stake it down in windy weather. A carry case keeps it compact in your backpack.
- No-see-um polyester mesh
- Built-in floor with staking capability
- Full-length zipper
- 32-inch spreader bars
- Carry case included
- Item #GTR000E
- Q & A
Nice Design, Quality Could Be Better..
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I really want to love this bug net, but the seams were not sewn on as well as they could (should) have been. The first night I had it set up, I noticed two spots where the net had pulled away from the seam on the zipper (it's a single seam - it really should be double), and there were 2 holes where mosquitoes (we're in VA - bug nets or bust!) could get in. I used duct tape to patch it for the weekend, and can have my friend (who is a seamstress) help me patch it up now that we're home, so it's not a huge deal, just disappointing. Other than that, the design is really nice. I really like the spreader bars - it gives you some space so you're not sleeping right against the net. I also really like that you can stake down the bottom (mine came with 6 stakes, so they must have listened to previous reviewers who complained about this!). I put a large Thermarest Ridgerest classic pad on the bottom (inside) of the net and it fit perfectly - made it much more comfortable for sitting/standing before getting into the hammock since we were on slightly rocky terrain. I kept my backpack at the bottom so I could reach in and grab things while I was in the hammock, and it was comforting to know that I wasn't going to have spiders or ants in my stuff. Just a note - you can't stand up straight in this net unless you are under 5 feet tall. I'm 5'6" and had to bend over, so I just ended up sitting if I needed to be in there to change clothes or do anything other than sleep. In summary, I love the idea of this net - I just wish it was slightly taller (just a preference, not a design flaw), and the seams were stronger.
That Sweet Blood
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A necessity for me on any hammocking/backpacking trip in the spring/summer. Practice setting it up to get a flow going to minimize frustration when mosquitoes are stealing your RBCs.
Perfect when set up correctly
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
First time I took it out, it took a minute to get it to hang right. But once you get it staked down and all it works perfectly. To use a convenient phrase...suck it, mosquitos!!
Picked up to replace an annoying one!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
We use several Ticket To The Moon hammocks (a bit larger than Eno's with their single being about an Eno Double) and the regular bug-nets simply draped in your face anytime the wind blew. Put them up higher and they fluttered that much more. Too low and it was distracting. What separates the Grand Trunk design are the two poles that act as spreaders and keep the net away from you as well as the stake-able bottom area. With the spreaders it keeps the sides away from rubbing against the hammock and from hanging in your face whether you stake them or not. The bottom itself is a finished material that is great for putting things like shoes (so you can put them on without getting bug-munched), storing a small cooler or snacks without bugs having a picnic, etc.
The single zipper stops at the top which makes it easier to finish zipping once you are laying back or for short unzips to pass things like drinks through.
Why 4 instead of 5 stars? The poles feel pretty cheap and are heavier than they need to be, especially if you are backpacking. They also are a bit loose in the sleeves they fit into but we have not had one come loose yet. Better / lighter poles and a bit tighter sleeve design would 'net' this a 5.
That having been said, my friend tried to kidnap mine so we got a second one to go with it.