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    Senior Member Arson's Avatar
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    Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

    I've just ordered a GTSBP. I was originally going to order the UL, but when I called, and my supplier talked to the distributer, they recommended the Pro.
    He said that gaining a foot of length, having a thicker material, and therefore a greater weight capacity was well worth the extra 8oz..
    He's had many UL come back damaged because the material on the UL was just too thin, and would tear.
    I fancy myself as being a guy who tries to keep his gear as light as possible, but after hearing about some of the possible problems I could have with the UL, I decided on the Pro.
    I should have asked the Pro's first though (You guys), and gotten your opinion on the subject.
    To be honest I came really close to ordering both and doing a head to head comparison. I still may do that. For the price of these hammocks..... Why not?
    What do you guys think of the Pro vs. the UL?
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    Different critters

    I've got the pro model and it's heavy. I wish I had gotten the UL. The length and durability are the tradeoff, but the SBP is one heavy dude. Just my thoughts.
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    Senior Member Arson's Avatar
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    Well I picked up the SBP from my supplier today. Your right, it's heavy, but I'm pleased with the fit and finish so far. I've pulled it out and looked at the stitching and it looks good. I'll hang it in the fire bay tomorrow and see how she hangs. I'm heading out to the woods this weekend, and I hope the Woopie slings and tree straps that I ordered from AHE arrive before then, so I can try them out as well. I received an e-mail from Paul saying he's going to try and help me out and get them to me by then.
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    Hey Arson -

    Hello from a fellow "foundation saver" -

    Is there a big difference between the SBP and the regular old Skeeter Beater? I just picked up a Skeeter Beater off Ebay for $31. It's yet to arrive, but I was wondering on the weight difference.

    I've got a number of UL's that I keep for family members for camping. I picked them up off Amazon last summer for something like $13 shipped. Keep an eye out, they are well worth keeping around just for a day hike even.

    Also - I've thrown my hammock up a couple times in the bays... I get some strange looks from my shift mates.
    "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

    Benjamin Franklin

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    I've been pleased with my GTSBP. I don't love everything about any hammock -- including some of my own creations -- but I like more about the SBP than I don't. My ONLY criticism is the weight. It's a good hammock. Well made. Good materials. Weight may be a small tradeoff.

    I think, Naegling, that the SBP and the SB are different in a couple of ways. The SB (and the SBUL) are made with different material and there may be a carabiner vs. S hook difference, too, if I recall correctly. Could be a size difference, too.
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    What did those of you who've already used yours overnight think of the SB Pro in terms of comfort? On a related note, have any of you tried sleeping in it with a foam pad?

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    I have the Pro and it is pretty much my go to hammock. Mine is a little heavier since I modified it to a dbl layer using my first Pro when the netting ripped. But Im not to worried about weight.
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehikingengineer View Post
    What did those of you who've already used yours overnight think of the SB Pro in terms of comfort? On a related note, have any of you tried sleeping in it with a foam pad?
    I have... I think $ for $, this is a terrific hammock.

    Pros:
    1) Comfortable - This hammock has a "big canvas" for a single hammock. Lots of room to sprawl out and the fabric is soft.
    2) Ease of use (all in 1 design).
    3) Sturdy - Good materials and well crafted for durability.
    4) Tremendously affordable.

    Cons:
    1) Suspension system is not tree friendly (ropes can cut into the cambrian layer).
    2) All-in-one design may not work for some folks.
    3) No usable ridgeline (non-structural ridgeline is above the bug screen).
    4) Weight.

    Pads slip and slide in any hammock and this one is no exception. Most hammockers start off with a foam pad. Most hammockers end up with underquilts. The GTSB won't change that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehikingengineer View Post
    What did those of you who've already used yours overnight think of the SB Pro in terms of comfort? On a related note, have any of you tried sleeping in it with a foam pad?
    I just added a Big Agnes bag with the compatible air mattress (fits in the pocket in the bottom of the bag instead of loft). I love the system but I will say that I learned after spending last Saturday night in my SBP with the system, that it is very difficult to get at an angle. It really wants to go east/west. With that said. It was a very comfortable night. I do want to look into a structural ridgeline. I know that somewhere on the forum someone showed an upgrade to the Skeeter Beater Pro where they did add a structural ridgeline, Does anyone know where that is?

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