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
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).
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.
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.
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!
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