Hammocks aren’t just for the beach anymore. They’re great for your garden, the park and even for camping and backpacking too. Hammocks are great options for backpackers because it enables hiking long distances every day without sacrificing comfort or sleep quality.
Ultralightweight hammocks are generally lighter compared to tents and can be packed down to a smaller size making them easier to carry. Some of them like the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock even have features that keep bugs and mosquitoes away.
- Multi-function hammock with bug net protection
- Super convenient and multi-use
- Quick and easy setup
- High quality and durable – 100% parachute nylon (70D nylon)
- Weight capacity of up to 400lbs
- Bigger is better – measures 10’6″ x 5′ and has a packed weight of 26.45oz
If you’re looking for sleeping options for camping, hammocks are a great alterative to tents. Camping in areas where trees are readily available means an increase in suitable campsites. They are also lighter and more compressible than tents.
When you’re sleeping in a hammock there is no need to bring sleeping pads, tent footprints or air mattresses to make sleep more comfortable. Using hammocks instead of tents could lead to a drastic weight and gear reduction when you’re camping or backpacking.
Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock Specifications
The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock is a great alternative to tents because they are more comfortable to sleep on or relax in. Hammocks are suspended from the hard ground making them ideal for camping in the jungle or in wooded areas where there are few clearings.
They also do not require poles for setting up and does not have detachable parts like rain flies or stakes that you can lose when you’re outdoors. The Skeeter Beeter is also lighter and more compressible compared to standard tents.
The Skeeter Beeter is bigger compared to other hammocks with a capacity of 400 lbs and can easily fit an adult. It features the No-See-Um mosquito netting that hangs over your head so that you can read or eat while keeping bugs away. If the coast is clear, you can just flip it over and use like a normal hammock. It weighs only 26.45 oz, which is less than your average tent.
The hammock comes with almost everything you need to set it up. It is made from 100% nylon, a double sided zipper for easy entry and exit and triple stitched reinforced mesh and fabric for extra durability and reliability. The Skeeter Beeter is compact, lightweight and functional.
It unfurls and repacks easily so that you can be on the road in no-time. This product is a good option for people looking to lighten their load and if they’re camping in a wooded area.
The product comes with everything you need to set it up. Upon arrival, the product comes with its own rope kit, suspension kit and nautical grade carabiners. You can use the rope kit to set up the hammock but using the trunk straps (sold separately) with built-in loops will make set-up easier and faster.
The product dimension is 10’6″ x 5′ and is rated for 400 lbs. The hammock also has its own stuff sack for easier travel and storage.
Design and Durability
The product is made with 100% parachute nylon for durability. The fabric and the mesh are triple stitched so that the materials don’t tear easily and to help hold additional stress and weight. The hammock can support the weight of 2 average people but it can get a bit crowded especially if you’re looking to sleep or relax.
The No See-Um mesh mosquito net is there to keep bugs away. The hammock also comes with nautical grade carabiners for durability and holds you securely off the ground. There are double-sided zippers so you can easily get on and off the hammock. There are 2 storage pockets inside so you can safely stow away small gadgets like your cellphone.
The hammock is designed to be easy to set up. Everything you need except for the trees are already there. It does a good job of keeping away bugs and mosquitoes. With proper care and maintenance, this product can last many years of backpacking and camping use.
The Skeeter Beeter is roomy enough for 2 people and has a capacity of 400 lbs but is designed for solo use. It is made with parachute nylon which makes it smooth and cool to the skin. The fabric is breathable, making it ideal for summer camping. The mosquito netting is suspended so it does not get in your face when you’re sleeping. It stays above you at a good height so you can easily read, eat, sleep or stargaze in comfort.
Many people do not like hammocks because it feels claustrophobic. However, we find this to be untrue with this hammock. While the view outside is obscured because of the netting, it is cool enough so that you can still feel the breeze and light enough so that you can still see outside.
Overall, it is a good sized hammock that can accommodate heavy weights. It remains cool even if you zip up the netting and is wide enough so you don’t feel like a banana inside. If you’re relaxing or camping in a bug-free zone, you can just flip the hammock upside down and use it sans mosquito net and get a clear view of the sky.
Ease of Use
The Skeeter Beeter comes with the rope kit, suspension kit and carabiners. If you purchase the trunk straps, you can have the hammock up in approximately 10 minutes. The trunk straps have loops so you can set up the hammock between 2 trees.
It has another set of loops where the carabiners go in to secure the hammock to the straps. Buying the sold-separately tree straps can save a lot of time and guess work when you’re setting it up for the first time.
However, if you decide to use the rope kit, setting it up takes time and practice. We advise to do at least a couple of practice sessions at home before attempting to assemble the hammock with the rope kit in the wilderness. Set up using this method depends on how adept you are with tying knots. If you’re a pro it could take 10-15 minutes and longer if you’re not a boy scout.
Weight and Packed Size
The product has an advertised weight of 26.45 ounces but if you include the stuff sack, rope kit and suspension kits it could end up approximately 32 ounces. This is still light compared to your average tent and camping chair. Packed down, it is a comfortable 4.3 x 8.6 x 10.7 inches. The small size and light weight make it easy to travel with and store.
The hammock is good against protecting you from bugs and mosquitoes. When zipped up you can see some bugs trying to get inside through the netting but can’t get in. However, bugs can still bite through the material you’re sleeping on. The nylon material is thin to shed weight and aid in breathability so insects can bite through it.
Pro tip: use a blanket or sleeping bag so that you can lie on top of it. You can also treat the hammock with mosquito or bug repellent.
The Skeeter Beeter is a very versatile hammock that you can use not only for camping but for the beach travelling and picnics too. Most hammocks are not rated for temperature so you can use this product for all-year camping with the right equipment. If you’re going camping in cold weather, make sure to bring the correctly rated sleeping bag and to use thermal and fleece clothing.
For summer and warm weather camping, you can make do with a blanket or light sleeping bag. It can also be used for rainy weather camping. Just make sure to use an overhead tarp to keep the rain away.
Ringing in at approximately $85, the product offers great value. It is more affordable than conventional tents, is made with durable materials and is reasonably easy to set up. According to seasoned backpackers switching to a hammock from a tent can shave up to 3 lbs of gear.
When using lightweight hammock like the Skeeter Beeter, there is no need to bring poles, footprints and sleeping pads. The affordable price makes it a good investment for people new to backpacking and camping. It can also be used in different weather conditions.
You can use the product for camping, the beach, picnics and even at home. However, backpackers are the best people to take advantage of its features. It is lightweight helping to shed weight for long trips. The hammock is easy to set up and take down. It also packs down to a small size making it easier to carry.
The Skeeter Beeter is not waterproof so it is best used in dry or warm weather. While it can hold a lot of weight and is roomy inside, it is designed for single-person use.
Grand Trunk designed the Skeeter Beeter Pro to seal you in and protect you from bugs and mosquitoes. It comes with everything you need so you can set it up and take it down easily. The hammock has 2 storage pockets inside and its own stuff sack so you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.
However, it is not the only hammock in the market. Here are some alternatives you can check out if you’re in the market for a new hammock.
Skeeter Beeter’s Rivals
Grand Trunk’s Skeeter Beeter has some good rivals. Before buying a hammock, it is best to shop around not only to find the best price but also to find the best features suited to your needs. Here are other hammocks that also provide good value and comfort.
Like the Skeeter Beeter, the ENO – JungleNest Hammock is a hammock and bug net combo. It also uses the No-See-Um bug net for bug protection when camping. For durability, it is made using 210D nylon taffeta ripstop material with triple stitched seams. When unfolded it is 9′ 4″ x 4′ 9″, weighs 29 ounces and can hold up to 400 lbs. Priced at approximately $100, it is more expensive than the Skeeter Beeter.
The JungleNest is very easy to set up. You just need to find 2 trees approximately 12-15 feet apart. This product comes with its own aluminum wiregate carabiners & nautical grade line with stainless-steel snap links so you can set it up easily. It also has nice features like the ability to adjust the netting from inside the tent.
The zippers are easy to use so you can answer the call of nature even at night time. However, this product does not come with the ENO suspension strap system as it is sold separately. If you purchase the strap system, it would shave off time when setting up.
The nylon taffeta ripstop material is actually very soft, cool and comfortable. The hammock is lightweight and functional. This is a good choice for camping, backpacking, beach and travel use. However, it lacks some of the versatility of the Beeter Skeeter since you can’t use the JungleNest without its netting.
Costing at approximately around $35, the Krazy Outdoors Net Hammock is a very affordable hammock. Despite its price, it is made from ripstop parachute nylon with netting and is mildew and rot resistant.
This hammock is a good choice for backpackers because it weighs only 19 ounces. It is 9.0 feet long by 4 feet and 6 inches wide making it roomy enough for 1 adult and can support up to 300 lbs. It is also very foldable and fits into the 8 x 4 inch stuff sack.
This hammock is a good choice if you want something inexpensive, lightweight and foldable. Backpackers will appreciate its packability and lightweight features. It dries very quickly so you can wash and use it the same night. Flip it to use as a regular hammock when there are no bugs or mosquitoes around.
The hammock is cheap mostly because the fabric and materials used are cheap. The ripstop nylon looks and feels sticky and hot. The material is not very breathable and it can get inside quickly. It comes with its own shock cord, but that’s it. You need to buy tree straps and carabiners to fasten your hammock to the trees. However, the netting is good at keeping away bugs and mosquitoes.
If you want something big and roomy, check out the Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More. It is 118 x 59 Inches in length and is made with soft breathable parachute material. It features a NoSeeUm Netting with 2100 holes per square inch to keep mosquitoes, sandflies, fleas and gnats away. It weighs 28 ounces and can support up to 350 lbs.
The netting is supported by 100 inches of rope on each side so you know you’re protected from bugs. The inside of the hammock features 4 utility loops so you can hang your gear or use any of the 4 pockets to stow gadgets and small items. It also has double-pull zippers to ensure that your entry or exit is as easy and bug-free as possible.
The Hammock Bliss comes with its own suspension system. Flip it up to use as a regular hammock for relaxing and chilling.
Be sure to use a blanket or sleeping bag for the hammock bottom because bugs and insects can still bite through the material. The breathability is great when it’s hot but it can get cool very quickly in mild weather.
If you’re looking to try your hand at hammocks for camping and backpacking, the Skeeter Beeter is a good place to start. Overall, this product is comfortable, roomy and easy to set up. Backpackers will love its lightweight properties and compactness.
The parachute nylon material used is strong and can withstand stress and weight up to 400 lbs. It comes with strong carabiners, suspension kit and decent rope kit. The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock is a good hammock but it is not without its flaws. Here is a summary of its advantages and disadvantages.
- Lightweight ideal for backpacking
- Easy to set up
- Integrated NoSeeUm Netting keeps bugs and mosquitoes away
- Flip to use as regular hammock
- A bit expensive compared to other hammocks
- Need to purchase tree straps separately
- Users can get bitten through the material at the bottom
- Small and only 2 storage pockets
The hammock is very comfortable and can accommodate an adult very easily. It is very spacious so users will have no problem switching to different positions. The fabric is breathable, soft and feels cool to the skin.
While the netting does a good job of keeping bug and insects away, users can still get bitten through the bottom material. In this connection, it is better to have another protective layer like a blanket or sleeping bag to sleep on inside the hammock.