I know the mantra around here - pics or it didn't happen, so here we go!
From my original thread here asking for some advise on what to buy for my first hammock (on the cheap) there were a lot of good suggestions and advice. Forum member Flangler was the first to point out that REI-Outlet was selling the Grand Trunk Traveler Hammock - Double for $35, marked down from $70. I jumped on it right then which turned out to be a good move since the following morning the price had jumped to $55. That same forum member helped me more in depth through some PMs and I ended up ordering some straps from strapworks.com and I'll be getting some whoopie slings soon.
Thank you Flangler!
Ok blah blah blah - let's see some hammock, right?
As soon as I got home I immediately figured out how to do a quick hang in my garage. Just pushed stuff out of the way as I was on a mission.
Here's me hanging out... looking bored waiting for my wife to get the camera to work.
Then a little of the view from inside the hammock.
And for the curious, here's a shot of the big clips that come with the hammock - the brown straps are the ones I got from strapworks.com
Now for the mini-review. I love it, particularly for the price. The pics don't do a good job of showing how gargantuan this thing is. It's completely swallows you whole. Because of my hasty garage setup the suspension angles aren't what I'd like, around 55 degrees instead of 30ish - there's more sag than I think I want. That said, the heavy sag and huge hammock allows me to get really flat - very, very comfy. I'm probably going to take my kindle out and read for a while before bed.
The big clips that come with it are very solid, totally no worries about their strength, but they are heavy and bulky. Definitely going to be replacing that setup, but they made my first hang really easy and work great with straps. I just put a loop in the straps where I wanted to "clip in" on each end and I was set.
The weather here in the Denver area has seen some pretty serious storms almost every day for several days now. If the weather will cooperate then this coming weekend my wife and I will do an overnight backpack. We'll take the tent of course as I don't have insulation or a tarp worked out yet for the hammock, but we definitely plan on hanging it up at our campsite to relax in for an extended session. If we make it out this weekend I'll be back with more pics!