The GearBest Jungle Hammock is value-priced hammock with a built-in zippered mosquito net, with a colorful flair. It’s best suited for youth hangers due to its smaller size.
GearBest Jungle Hammock
- Manufacturer: GearBest.com, made in China
- MSRP: US$27.87
- Nylon taffeta (a.k.a. “parachute nylon”) fabric
- Mosquito netting with side zipper entrance
- Comes with 2 steel clips and 5 mm nylon rope for suspension
- Dimensions: 100×52 in (254×132 cm)
- Weight: 17.7 oz (504 g)
- Capacity: 441 lbs (200 kg)
The GearBest jungle hammock is marketed as an “assorted color casual indoor/outdoor camping hammock with mosquito net.” It has a common, three-panel fabric design that uses alternating colors for the panels. The mosquito netting is the same size as the hammock, and as such, can be flipped to the under side of the hammock when not needed to convert the hammock into an open design.
The mosquito netting is reinforced along the entire width of the material wherever there is a pull-tab. This is an interesting design that I haven’t seen on other hammocks. It certainly provides more durability in the netting. There are double zipper pulls on the zipper.
The fabric is triple-stitched and looks and feels similar to every other parachute nylon hammock on the market. There is a small storage pocket sewn on the inside of the hammock, opposite of the stuff sack.
Recommendations and Review
The major limiting factor for this hammock is its size, but for those looking for a youth hammock, it fits the bill. For those familiar with the “parachute nylon” hammocks on the market, you’ll find the same material (crinkle taffeta) on this version. The fabric is fairly durable for rough play. The tie-outs, suspension rope, and other notions on the hammock are more on the value side, but are still serviceable. The bright, fruity colors will also be appealing to many, especially for indoor hangs.
This hammock has, what I call, a sandwiched bug net. This means that the bug netting is the same size as the hammock fabric, sandwiched against the hammock. This is a common design among a few hammocks, but it creates a lot of excess fabric that you have to deal with. The pull tabs are positioned so you can tie off and pull the bug netting up and away, but it is a lot more work than with a hammock that has a fitted, shaped bug net.
On the positive side, netting like this can be flipped to the underside of the hammock to convert the hammock into a “nettles” open design. I like to attach short sections of shock cord to pull out the netting, thus reducing the amount of cordage needed and to allow for some flexibility when the hammock moves about.
Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear. I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.