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Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech Review
Cons: Suspension not included, pricey
Bottom line: The Trunktech is a well-crafted, compact, and lightweight double model hammock that's great for warm weather car camping and backpacking.
The Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech is a super comfortable hammock that is great for two people who want to lounge together. It is the stronger, lighter, and more compact upgrade of the Grand Trunk's Double. At less than a pound but still with strong luxurious-feeling fabric, this hammock is a great buy for those who want a simple, easy to set up and share, open model hammock, but who also don't want to haul around a brick. The open models we tested often struggled to hold their own against some of the fancy expedition models we tested, but the Trunktech was one that proudly held a higher spot in the middle of the pack.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech is a fun hammock that feels good and provides a lot of room — enough for two people — without breaking your back in the weight department. The proprietary Trunktech nylon blend is supple, breathable, and light, yet feels burly in all the right ways. Cozy lounging is a no-brainer in this well constructed hammock.
The chart below highlights the overall scores of all contenders in our fleet, ranking from 1-100.
The Trunktech is definitely comfortable, both the fabric to the touch, and the way it hangs. The fact that it is a double means that there is enough space to allow for two loungers and also plenty of room to get a nice diagonal lay for one person who wants to camp out all night and get decent sleep. It was the largest double model tested, at 10'6" long and 6'6" wide, ranking near the top of all the models tested for comfort. The only other open model that ranked higher was the ENO Reactor, which is double layered for added insulation and to provide a sleeve for a sleeping pad.
The Trunktech struck a nice balance between weight and comfort, being the lightest double open model we tested yet still under a pound at 15.6 ounces. Keep in mind that it does not come with a suspension system, so you will have to purchase or construct that separately, and it will add to your final weight. If you need to go ultralight and the hammock will only be used by one person at a time, look into the Grand Trunk Nano 7, which is only 7.5 ounces, or the ENO SubLink Shelter System, which offers the 6.4-ounce Sub7 and some great features for hammock camping in all kinds of weather.
Ease of Setup
You couldn't ask for a much easier setup then simply clipping a carabiner into an anchor. The Trunktech doesn't come equipped with a suspension system, so that's something you will have to figure out separately and why we couldn't award this (or any model lacking a suspension system) a perfect score. But once you've got that part secured, (which could be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it), you'll be hanging in no time. Easy to use systems are available from Grand Trunk for another $20-30.
Durability and Protection
While open models like the Trunktech are no match for expedition packages like the Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip or our Editors' Choice, the Warbonnet Blackbird, there is still a lot of durability and protection to be had with a well crafted double model like this one. The fabric is light yet thick and doesn't impart the fear of failure or damage that many ultralight models do. Even the feature-heavy Blackbird doesn't feel as secure at times as the Trunktech, mainly because we tested the Blackbird with thinner fabric and as a single layer (it's available with thicker fabric and a double layer). Additionally, the benefit of a double model with only person inside of it is that you have a lot of extra fabric to pull over yourself in case of bug attacks, light rain, or excess sun. This wouldn't be fun at all for hours at a time though, so if you're planning to be out for entire nights or in variable weather, you will undoubtedly want to upgrade and get some bug netting and a tarp.
There's only so much you can do with an open model without accessories. While these types of hammocks are great for lounging on a beautiful day, when it comes to sleeping or even slightly inclement weather you will want accessory upgrades or a more robust setups, like the ENO SubLink Shelter System or the Warbonnet Blackbird. That said, within the confines of what it's meant for, there's a lot you can do with the Trunktech and others like it. Being a double model means you can lounge comfortably with two people, or use that extra fabric to get a flat diagonal lay or a nice sideways chair-like sit. Single ultralight models like the Grand Trunk Nano 7, while of similar construction, offer far less versatility and are definitely more of a niche product for very weight-conscious backpackers.
If your needs are simple and are mainly limited to sun, fun, and friends or kiddos, then the Trunktech is a fantastic option. However, it's also light enough to be thrown in a pack almost unnoticed for longer trips, meaning it's a great candidate for upgrades later if you choose to do so. If you are fairly certain that you will get into more serious hammock camping later on and want a superb starting platform, this model is highly recommended. And even if you don't take that route, you will be set with a high quality hammock that will easily last you a long time.
At $119, this is not a cheap hammock. It is well-constructed and durable, but understandably the price is a bit of a commitment, and it is higher than all the other similar models we tested. For a very similar hammock that is a bit easier on the wallet, consider the Kammok Roo at $99 or the ENO DoubleNest at $70. And if you still aren't sure about this whole hammock thing and want to try it out on the cheap, check out our Best Buy winner, the Grand Trunk Ultralight Starter for the sweet price of $20.
The Grand Trunk Trunktech is a beautifully made hammock with gorgeous supple fabric. It's lightweight for a double model, at only 15.6 ounces and, once suspension is figured out, is a breeze to set up. If your main purpose for wanting a hammock is to hang with a friend or lover in clear weather but you are also conscientious of weight, this is the hammock for you. It's definitely on the pricy side for what it is, but seems to be a product that will withstand the test of time and is also easily upgradable for more serious weather if you choose to take it in that direction.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Trunktech is an upgrade of the Grand Trunk Double that is a very similar hammock construction-wise, though not nearly as light at 28 ounces, or as compact. If you don't mind carrying the extra 12.3 ounces in your bag, your wallet will also be $50 heavier, as the Grand Trunk Double is only $70.
Grand Trunk offers several suspension options, starting at $20, as well as the unique Mozzy Net for bugs at $70 and the All Purpose Rainfly that includes stakes and guylines for $80.
— Penney Garrett
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