Grand Trunk Nano 7 Hammock Review

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  1. I have the Nano 7 now and use it for backpacking even though I think it’s a little short for me. I will use a heavier hang if I don’t have to pack it in.

  2. Joe says:

    I will start off by saying I have asked for your book for Christmas and was really trying not to ask specific questions until i have read all of it but I just can’t seem to help myself. I have a GT Ultralight but my question is about the suspension (and attaching it) so I assume that is appropriate to ask here. Basically the question is why do people whip the end of their hammocks? I have simply run the fixed end of my whoopie sling through the channel that is sewn into the hammock. Is this configuration a recipe for disaster (failure of the sewn in channel maybe)?

    • Derek says:

      For hammocks with a channel, particularly commercially-made hammocks like the Grand Trunk Ultralight, the channels are sewn with heavy-duty thread and are designed to hold the listed weight capacity. These hammocks usually have three lines of sewing reinforcement. It is true that a hammock sewn with thin thread poses a risk for failure, but that is more likely with do-it-yourself versions. Using an end-channel to thread your suspension is the preferred way to attach the suspension if your hammock is so equipped. Just thread your suspension into the channel and you’re good to go.

      “Whipped”-end hammocks are more common with do-it-yourself projects, especially for those who lack sewing skills, a sewing machine, or are looking for a no-sew option. Whipped hammocks, where you simply gather up the material on the end and bunch it up, doesn’t work with every type of fabric. In my post about making a hammock in 3 minutes, I show two methods for whipping a hammock, but these hammocks use fairly thick material that creates a “knot” of sorts that prevents the suspension from slipping off.

      I made a few whipped-end hammocks for my kids a few Christmases ago and the material was so light that the suspension slipped off. This is a big risk. I had to try a different method. The second way to whip a hammock is to sew a simple channel and use string or even a zip tie to gather the end up into a ball and then wrap the suspension around the end of the hammock. I hope this makes sense. Email me if you have further questions. Illustrations in my book will also help.

  1. April 21, 2015

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