Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Hammock
The Backpacker Cabin
Quality - 5/5 stars
If you have a hammock made out of parachute material, you already know it's going to hold you all day long, through the rest of the week, and the rest of your life! OK, that might be an exaggeration but it stands that this material is pretty good at not tearing. How could you use anything different for a parachute, am I right? The screen is a really fine, lightweight mesh that could be very easily torn compared to the parachute material of the hammock itself. Though it seems delicate, I would still prefer this fine mesh for keeping out the tiniest bugs to something more durable and less restrictive to bugs.
Usefulness - 5/5 stars
It's a great hammock especially with the built-in bug net though there are certainly times I wished the two were separate. When using this screened hammock, you do need a way to pull the net up off of yourself which is not hard with what's provided but it could be easier all the same. Just be sure it's a cooler day because the screen also cuts down on airflow quite a bit.
Cost - 3/5 stars
Maybe I don't know everything about pricing out products... What I do know is that this would not be in my collection if not for discount sales and gift cards. There are certainly cheaper options and, had I done the homework, I would have probably gone with one of those options. A standard hammock and separate bug net would be preferred as I later bought a standard hammock without the net so I could lay out without suffocating under the net on a hot, still day. Why didn't I just lay on top of the net with this hammock? As previously noted, the mesh screen is really thin and delicate feeling. I was concerned I would tear it if I was to try so I never have. That's how you keep nice things looking nice!
Overall - 4/5 stars
The cost and double-edged sword that is the bug net keep this from my highest marks. Although the screen is great at keeping out the tiniest bugs, it is because of this more delicate nature that it also becomes more of a hinderance prompting a standard, non-screened hammock for regular use. I guess you could consider my relationship to the bug net to be love-hate... I love it sometimes and hate it the other times!