Review: Grand Trunk Double Parachute Hammock

Grand Trunk Hammock - HawaiiQuick Programming Note: This is my first product review in partnership with Deep Creek PR for adventure travel gear company Grand Trunk‘s Double Parachute Hammock. Field testing gear is part of my work history and I’m thrilled to be putting that knowledge to use. I hope that in the process of sharing these reviews with you, dear reader, that you’ll find something useful for your own adventures and active life. Now onward!

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I admit it—I have hammock envy. There’s just something about the vibe it gives off, because you know whoever the lucky guy is in there hasn’t a care in the world. Swinging in the breeze, daydreaming, peering through the tree branches up into the sky, napping…yes. More of that, please.

I received Grand Trunk’s double model a few days before a family vacation to Hawaii and thought, Hmm…that could come in handy. Indeedy. We found a couple of palm trees overlooking the body boarders at Brennecke’s Beach in Poipu, Kauai and hoisted it up. It also happened to be quite a windy day.

Grand Trunk Hammock - Set UpSeeing as how this hammock is made with super-tough, rip-stop, parachute-grade nylon, I’m guessing you could catch a bit of air if you weren’t careful. But, alas, paragliding wasn’t on the roster that day.

Set-up couldn’t have been easier. Grand Trunk has already pre-knotted the hanging cords and included a tree-saving tree sling hanging kit. Our trees were close enough together that we didn’t need the extension cords included in the hammock hanging kit, so we just hooked the sturdy carabiners onto the appropriate knot on the ropes. When clipping the hammock onto the ropes, you’ll want to stretch that puppy out as far as you can and reach for the farthest knot on the rope before you hook the carabiners. You want this nice and taut. In addition, you’ll probably have to test and adjust the height of the tree slings until you get it just right, but once you’ve done this for the first time, you’ll be an expert. Set-up can easily be done by one person, but two can be helpful for getting it pulled tight, and if it’s windy, two might be downright advisable.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Karen, did you fall on your tuckus when you tried to get in?” The answer is “No.” This thing is super stable, both entering and exiting. I never once felt in danger of tumbling out, even when I was lifting my daughter in and out.

Grand Trunk Hammock - ChillingOnce inside, I was quickly enveloped in a cocoon of blue parachute fabric, which would be really cool if I were camping and planning to sleep in it. For an afternoon of hanging out and chilling? Not so much. But after some wriggling around, I got the hang of it and came up with a diagonal orientation that helped me perch comfortably.

This is a double model. I was hopeful that my husband and I could hang out in it together, but we couldn’t find a way to make it work with both of us laying down. But I’ll admit—we’re some picky folks who like our space. I mean, we’re used to our king-size memory foam mattress at home, so maybe we just need a bit more practice. But my 3 1/2 year-old daughter and I were able to cuddle and play happily in there.

The funnest thing by far, though, is to swing in it. This is where I can really see this coming in handy on our camping trips, both car camping and backpacking. When camping, your seating options are pretty limited: log, rock, ground, maybe a camp chair or picnic table if you’re car camping. A hammock would be a welcome change and help add a fun element to the campsite. For windy conditions though, I have to recommend taking it down when not in use. Why? Oh…no reason.

Grand Trunk Hammock - Windy DayFor those of you backcountry campers who like to go ultralight, this is necessary equipment. The hammock and hanging kit weigh in at a combined 28 ounces, and Grand Trunk also offers several accessories like mosquito netting, hammock-compatible sleeping bags, and rain flies to make the non-tent experience more comfortable.

All things considered, this hammock is comfortable, lightweight, embarrassingly easy to install, and useful for a variety of activities. I can’t wait to show it off on our next camping or rafting trip.

More pictures in the slideshow below.

What: Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock ($64.99)

When: Camping, backpacking, picnicking, daydreaming.

Where: Between two trees.

Why: To cure your hammock envy and find a new way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Who: Anybody, just be sure to really enjoy the other one you invite.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Double Parachute Nylon Hammock for free from Grand Trunk as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations.

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