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Grand Trunk Hangout Hammock Stand Review

Grand Trunk Hangout Hammock Stand

The Grand Trunk Hangout Hammock Stand is a portable, reasonably priced, and easy-to-assemble hammock stand so you can set up a hammock when there aren’t any trees around. It comes complete with a portable carry case that you can sling over your shoulder or throw into the back of your truck, making it perfect for car camping, your backyard, or even your living room!

Specs at a Glance

  • Weight: 32 pounds
  • Includes portable carry bag with shoulder strap and 18″ hang straps
  • No tool assembly and breakdown
  • 11′ 6″ and 4’4″ wide, when assembled
  • Fits hammocks under 11′ in length (see below)
  • Does not include carabiners
The Hangout Hammock comes with a portable carry case.
The Hangout Hammock comes with a portable carry bag, complete with a padded shoulder strap that makes it easy to transport.

While this isn’t a piece of gear that you’ll use for exploring a wilderness area or taking an expedition, it’s a great way to get MORE value out of the gear you own when your spouse or kids need you to stay near home during the weekend or they want to camp someplace that doesn’t have trees. If you’ve ever read Derek Hansen’s illustrated Portable Hammock Stands for Camping, you’ll quickly see why the Hangout Hammock is such a great product. I’ve always wanted a portable hammock stand, but I haven’t been that interested in building one from scratch (a sure sign that you’re a hammock nerd).

The stand snaps together with the locking pins, eliminating the need for tools
The stand snaps together with the locking pins, eliminating the need for tools

Capable of holding 400 pounds, the eight-piece Hangout Hammock stand is easy for one person to set up by themselves in about 5 minutes. Two 18″ webbing straps are included, but you have to supply your own hammock and carabiners to connect to them. The metal tubes lock together with push-button metal pins that snap into place, eliminating the need for any tools.

Hammock attachment is simple. Just clip in with a carabiner
Hammock attachment is simple. Just clip in with a carabiner.

Grand Trunk claims that the stand is capable of supporting gathered end hammocks that are up to 11′ in length, but that depends on the amount of “stretch” in your hammock, how close you’re willing to get to the ground, and whether you need enough clearance to use a hammock underquilt. For example, I’m using a 10’6″ Grand Trunk Double Hammock below, and while I have good ground clearance, I’m a lot closer to the ground than when I hang from a tree. Still, the vast majority of simple “ENO-style” gathered-end hammocks are well under 10′ in length so you shouldn’t have any problems using them with the Grand Trunk Hangout Stand.

Hanging in a 10'6 Grand Trunk Double Hammock
Hanging with a 10’6″ Grand Trunk Double Hammock

I’ve tried using my 10′ Warbonnet Hammock as well, but it uses a whoopie sling suspension which adds another foot to the hammock’s minimum length, so it’s closer to 11′ in length. It still clears the ground when hung, but it’s awfully low if I want to use a puffy underquilt. I think the sag would be a lot less if I could use the Warbonnet without the whoopies and just clip it to the stand directly. Net-net, the stand is probably best used with a hammock that has continuous loops/carabiners at the end, which add less extra length to the suspension.

While the Hangout Hammock is painted and reasonably weather-resistant, it’s really simple to break it down when you’re done using it. If you want it to last, pack it away in its case after use. It’s so simple to assemble and break-down that there’s no good reason not to keep it in mind condition.

The only thing missing from the Grand Trunk Hangout Hammock Stand is a no-spill drink holder, but I bet that product is in the pipeline too!

Grand Trunk donated a stand for this review.

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  1. I think the chance of hanging too close to the ground is universal to all these type of stands. I have an old Byer stand that I bought years ago and have the same issue, depending on what hammock I use. Most of the time I just put a simple gathered end hammock in it, with a carabiner/amsteel loop to keep it high enough. Besides a nap during the summer, it gets used in the other seasons, testing out temperature range capabilities of the various quilts I have.

  2. Many National Parks no longer allow attaching anything to trees but hammocks can be attached to man made structures. I’ve been pretty creative in using picnic shelters. This may be a nice car camping item if no other hang options are available.

    I always bring a 400 lb. capacity hammock, not for me but the grandkids. They’ll spend hours playing and swinging in it. The kiddos might be a little much for this stand but they could surely give it the same level of test that captive grizzlies give those food containers!

  3. Thoughts on using this with a 1.0 Chameleon?

  4. To use it with whoopie slings, I suspect you’d have to wrap them where the suspension straps go a few times and then carabiner the ends together like a ridgeline.

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