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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Grand Trunk Mosquito Net Review

When you're in the woods and the weather is nice and hot, you can typically be sure of one thing, you will get to deal with bugs at some point in your trekking. One of the worst times for the little nuisances to come around and start pestering you is when you are trying to rest and relax

There are several ways to deal with the little critters and it's entirely up to you. You can hose yourself down with sprays, which will usually work well, but leave you with smelling like a chemical factory and all sticky. You can light citronella candles or other brand name chemical candles and take care of some bugs, but you never really thwart all of them that way. One thing I like to do is to keep a fire smoldering throughout the night and while that usually works great, you can't keep all of the little biting critters away.










Enter the Grand Trunk Mosquito Net. I have been a big fan of Grand Trunk when I first got my single wide hammock from them a few years back and have become a devoted "hanger" when camping, or just on the trail. At night, I find it relaxing to sleep in my hammock and found that I can get a very good nights sleep while hanging from some trees. I've been pretty lucky with the crazy bugs here in Indiana, but there are always a few that like to get a snack while I'm sleeping or taking a nap in my hammock. For more about Grand Trunk Good, check out their site here and take a look at their selection.

The GT Mosquito Net is a lot like the military models that many of you have probably seen, either in person or in several catalogs. The night thing about this net is that you get a few modern additions that make it easy and enjoyable to use. The first thing that caught my eye was the carry bag it comes with ( a rather standard thing that GT attaches to their hammocks and like items) and the fact that the entire thing was able to fit into a fairly small pouch that is kept closed by a drawstring closure and a cord lock. It also comes with a handle on the side, which I found handy since I stood the pouch on end in my pack to save on space.










Once pulled out of the carry bag, you notice that the entire net is rolled up very tight and the first thing you think to yourself is "Man, I sure hope I can roll this up the same way and fit it back in that sack!" Unrolling it reviled the two 32" Spreader poles that break down much like most collapsible tent poles. The poles are meant to spread the top of the net out on both corners to give you more room, a task that they handled without any issue. There is also a long length of cord that runs along the top of the hammock for hanging purposes.

The first step was to unroll the netting, find of the the ends, make sure you have the right side up and slide it on over your hammock. I already had my hammock set up so I could rest in it throughout the day. It was a simple matter of unhooking one of the ends of the hammock from the tree straps and just slide the netting over until the other end reaches the other side. On the net was in place, I got out the two spreader poles and put them together. Both poles fit just right in the provided fabric slots that are sewn into the netting itself.




With the hammock spread out, I hung up the cordage that was attached to the top of the hammock via some eye-lets to the same two trees that the hammock was hanging from. I found that hanging the net about 2-2.5 feet above the tree straps seemed to provide distance between the hammock and the top of the net.



With the top taking shape, it was time to add spread out the floor and add the aluminum tent stakes that I brought along. Note that the GT Mosquito Net does not come with stakes, BUT it does give you the ability to stake down the four corners of the floor, which made for an excellent place to store my gear!




Two more nice features that the GT Mosquito Net has is a two sided zipper door to get in and out of the net easily. I found that the zipper was easy to work (a comfort for that 4AM bathroom break). Another nice thing is that the opening for the hammock tree straps has a pull cord so you can tighten the holes completely and use the provided cord lock to keep everything closed up all the time leaving no holes at all for those uninvited guests. I slept through the night very well and also had a peace of mind that I wouldn't wake up in the morning with bugs using me as a pin cushion.










All in all, I'm very impressed with the GT Mosquito Net and would highly recommend it to anyone who already have a hammock and lives in an area where bugs thrive. The net worked flawlessly with my GT Single Wide hammock and all of the materials were top notch. I even managed to roll it back up nice and tight so that it fit back in the carry bag!



Let me know what you think about this review and if you would like to see more. Thanks for reading friend and thanks to Grand Trunk for making such a great product for us bug minded people :-)

- Bill

1 comment:

  1. Hi
    I'm new on your blog it looks great.
    I live in Far North Queensland, Tropical part of Australia near PNG.
    I loved the review, very helpful. Can I ask a question?
    I need a big Mozzy Net to hand two hammocks Bunk Style inside for me and my 5 year old.
    That will require suspension about 30-40 cm apart.
    Do you think this GT net can accommodate that?
    I'd love to get my son out hanging but the bugs here are Brutal!

    Take Care.

    Doug

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