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    New Member laziboie's Avatar
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    Question Grand Trunk UL Reliability

    Hey all, I'm new to hammocks and wanted a low-cost option to enter the arena. It sounds like the GTUL is a great option, but I have one main hesitation:

    • How reliable is it?


    I have read several comments about folks having it rip right down the middle after a few uses, with them in it, stranding them in the field with no sleep system. A couple of these reviews are coming from Amazon.com. What are yall's thoughts on this?

    If this is not the best place to ask about this then I apologize...please direct me to the proper section.

    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Matt

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    I have two, one I bought lst year for my wife, and one that I have had for years. Neither has ever given me any trouble. It is a great hammock for the price, and a great way to try out hammocking. Replace the stock suspension with something a little lighter and get some tree straps and you're good to go.

    Also, it is a smaller hammock, so if you're a big person it might not be the most comfortable hammock.

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    I've had my one GTUL for maybe 4 years now. It spent 2 straight years, strung up outside, in all the weather and sun. The fabric never shown signs of failure or deterioration. In fact, I still use it most days for lunch at work.
    Although a bit narrow for overnight sleeping, it's a great hammock. Can't go wrong with it. Actually my avatar picture, is of me in it, strung up at my primitive camp I lived in for 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallkniven View Post
    I've had my one GTUL for maybe 4 years now. It spent 2 straight years, strung up outside, in all the weather and sun. The fabric never shown signs of failure or deterioration. In fact, I still use it most days for lunch at work.
    Although a bit narrow for overnight sleeping, it's a great hammock. Can't go wrong with it. Actually my avatar picture, is of me in it, strung up at my primitive camp I lived in for 2 years.
    Wow, what a testimony! I can't believe any hammock would live through that, at least if it was not shaded from the sun. Either way, I doubt it gets any better than that.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    I can't believe any hammock would live through that, at least if it was not shaded from the sun.
    Me either, that's why I bought a second, but haven't had to take it out. There was a bit of tree coverage, but the sun was on it most of the day. I though it would start to dry rot, but I'm still swinging in it regularly. Actually, my avatar picture is of my camp I lived in for a couple years, in which you can see me laying in it. That's where it spent 2 years strung up, layed in daily.



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    https://www.hammockforums.net/galler...earchid=183433

    HH under a GG tarp. Several of these shots in the gallery.

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    Never had a problem with mine, but to be honest, never used it much. Took a few naps with it and used it overnight once. It just seemed so thin and light, I feared it wouldn't hold up, plus it seemed too small for me (I'm 5' 6" tall and pretty close to 200 lbs). I keep it in case I ever have to hike with children who want to try a hammock. Having read the Amazon reviews, not sure I'd want to risk a child's safety with it.

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    I'm 5'10, 175 lbs. I hope it works out for overnighters, what is an ideal length?

    Also, I have been looking at suspension systems and it seems like the 7/64 Amsteel lines are what people like to use, especially with the whoopie sling. I was planning on that, a ridgeline of some sort and straps with the toggles. Seems really easy to put together.

    My next question, what should I use for the ridgeline? A 10' whoopie from whoopieslings.com (or anywhere selling them) or something else? Just trying to feel out what will work best.

    Thanks again!

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    Never had an issue with durability with mine... But it is not comfortable for me at all. I'm 6'.
    "We're the Sultans of Swing."

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    New Member laziboie's Avatar
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    Oh, and I went ahead and got one off campmor.com...it was their daily deal for $13.96 and I need a few other things so I was able to get free shipping (on orders over $49). I'm excited...ready to try it out.

    EDIT: I do want to note that I bought it at 1AM last night thinking that since it was a daily deal, that it would go away soon...I started browsing before midnight. However, it is still on their website at $13.96.

    What would you all recommend "Budget-Friendly" please for someone that is 5'10?

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