Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter
This is a great piece of gear. I have had the opportunity…
Source: received it as a personal gift
This is a great piece of gear. I have had the opportunity to use the All Terrain Hybrid Shelter as a hammock, a rainfly, and a bivy. The Shelter's ability to be used in a variety of ways allows it to easily adapt to changing weather conditions.
This shelter is a single 10'6" x 6' sheet of coated nylon with taped seams where the fabric is sewn together. The shelter weighs just over a pound; however, if you remove the cord and the carabiners at each end that are used for hanging the shelter as a hammock, then the weight can be reduced. When packed into its own attached stuff sack, the shelter becomes about a 9'' x 5'' package.
The shelter does not come with any poles, so a pair of trekking poles may be necessary if you want to use this a a rainfly. The shelter does have 8 different tie-off points, which allows for a wide variety of setups as a rainfly or a tarp tent.
This shelter does a pretty good job at keeping the rain out; however, the waterproof coating will wear off eventually with a substantial amount of use, so re-waterproofing it may be necessary. The shelter has held up very well in the 2 years that I have owned it and has not had any issues with tears or holes.
As a hammock, this shelter is very roomy and comfortable. This shelter is converted into a hammock by feeding a small cord loops (provided) through sleeves at each end of shelter. This bunches the ends of the two narrow ends of the shelter, creating a gathered end hammock. Carabiners (provided) can then be used to attach to tree straps (not provided).
As backpacking hammock, this shelter is a little too large and heavy compared to other hammocks on the market, such as ENO hammocks and other Grand Trunk hammocks. In addition, the carabiners provided with this hammock are rather heavy and could be replaced with lighter ones. Using this shelter as a hammock does seem to wear out the waterproof coating.
As a rainfly this shelter works extremely well. I like using this shelter as a rainfly for my Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock. The shelter provides a great deal of protection for the rain, and has kept me dry in downpours with high winds. I have also have used this as a rainfly on the ground with an additional tarp as a ground cloth and was it was able to fit 2 people under it, albeit rather tightly.
The only downside to this product is that it is slightly heavier than most many other tarps on the market. However, the slight weight penalty is probably worth it considering that it is a rather large tarp that has a wider variety of uses.
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Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid ShelterThe Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid Shelter is a versatile piece of gear. It can be simply described as a lightweight 6 10 (1.8 3 m) tarp with eight tie-outs around the perimeter. The hybrid has a stuff sack that is sewn directly onto the long edge of the fabric. The stuff sack has a cord lock and draw cord for closure. The stuff sack, flat, measures approximately 8 10 in. (20.3 25.4 cm). The stuff sack also has a Grand Trunk patch sewn on the side opposite the silk-screened instructions. The hybrid has been created using three separate pieces of material: one large centerpiece and two smaller pieces sewn on either side of the large piece. The Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid Shelter is a lightweight shelter can be used in unlimited configurations, including a hammock, a shelter, a footprint, a shade or rain fly.
It doesn't matter if you're backpacking for eight days or car camping for a night, don't leave on your next camping trip without the Grand Trunk ATHS Hammock. This simple, yet incredibly versatile piece of gear can be used as a hammock, lean-to, rain fly, tent footprint, or even an A-frame tent. Eight reinforced loops provide a variety of options for how you set it up, and its light weight and an attached stuff sack make it convenient to store in your pack or your trunk.
Backpacker Magazine (June 2008) wrote that the ATHS was both the lightest and most versatile shelter they have tested. It's a hammock footprint rain-fly lean-to A-frame emergency shelter and more. Constantly rated as a must have piece of gear.
- Grand Trunk
Description of Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid HammockThis is the ultimate piece of wilderness gear for those that need to have one product serve multiple purposes. The AT Hybrid Hammock offers solutions no other product can offer. Its a hammock, rain fly, footprint, lean 2, A-frame and air bivy Easy to use, set up and understand. Think of the packspace you will save using the ATHH. Features100 Rip-stop Polyester PU Coated Holds 400 lbs 10 long 6 wide 8 Takeoff Points Weight 20 oz
- US Outdoor Store
This is the ultimate piece of wilderness gear for those that need to have one product serve multiple purposes. The All Terrain Hybrid Hammock offers solutions no other product can offer. It's a hammock, rain fly, footprint, lean 2, A-frame and air bivy! Easy to use, set up and understand. Think of the packspace you'll save.