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  1. Thread: A Different CL

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    No argument that your mini dog bones are probably...

    No argument that your mini dog bones are probably stronger than CLs.

    If there's a downside to the mini dog bones it is that the contact (and wear) with the remainder of the suspension is always at...
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    Wow! I know the Clark isn't for everyone but, in...

    Wow! I know the Clark isn't for everyone but, in its special niche, it sure is a fine piece of gear.

    Good news indeed that the product line will continue.
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    Jarko, I'd remove the bug net and use a...

    Jarko,

    I'd remove the bug net and use a separate side pouch to replace the shelf. Of course, if the footbox is also important to you, my suggestion won't work for you.

    I'd be a bit concern...
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    That's called a "cot", isn't it? :rolleyes:

    That's called a "cot", isn't it? :rolleyes:
  5. HandyRandy, I think the fellow in that second...

    HandyRandy,

    I think the fellow in that second video makes a lot of valid points. It doesn't help his argument by calling a 180 degree bend a 90 degree. I also doubt that the cost of raw materials...
  6. Easy come, easy go! But the fact of the...

    Easy come, easy go!

    But the fact of the matter is that a straight splice can be done without that Brummel-like part as I pointed out above. So that "non Brummel" part could have a name...
  7. Thread: A Different CL

    by TominMN
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    A Different CL

    Here's an idea for a situation where you have a need for a smaller-than-usual CL. The only caveat is that your CL will have a bit of heat-shrink tubing on it.

    Visualize that iconic image of a...
  8. I was thinking about this late last night....

    I was thinking about this late last night. Specifically about the portion that looks a lot like a Locked Brummel but actually isn't one! I'm a knot guy but I've never before had an opportunity to...
  9. The only "problem" with turning the tail 180 and...

    The only "problem" with turning the tail 180 and burying them back in the direction they came from is that all of the load is placed on the Locked Brummel (the buries aren't carrying ANY of the...
  10. Thread: Stake Boom

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    Too short and the pipe totally negates the...

    Too short and the pipe totally negates the function of a boom stake.
  11. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    I just might opt for a "heavier" Islay...

    I just might opt for a "heavier" Islay...
  12. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    Amsteel isn't exactly "free" but then a soft...

    Amsteel isn't exactly "free" but then a soft shackle doesn't use all that much, especially if you have some around. But that's just the point. The OP had the SS shackles and, after all, it's a home...
  13. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    And maybe high-end chocolate... (That whiskey...

    And maybe high-end chocolate... (That whiskey should probably be a single malt too!)
  14. Thread: Stake Boom

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    Doesn't the boom also have to be rigid enough so...

    Doesn't the boom also have to be rigid enough so that it exerts the force in the proper direction? It would seem that a flimsy boom would essentially just be an extension of the guy line.
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    This is straight from their website: NAMA...

    This is straight from their website:

    NAMA Claws, the newest hardware accessory for your tarp, are destined to become your favorite. They replace any hardware or knots that you currently use, and...
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    With UP! being used more, I'm curious how much...

    With UP! being used more, I'm curious how much cheaper an UQ would be compared to down(?) Obviously the labor and shell costs wouldn't change, just the cost of the insulation. Sheet synthetic...
  17. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    I'd use just about anything I had laying around...

    I'd use just about anything I had laying around for a home setup. No need to save weight or space.
  18. Thread: Hard shackles?

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    That type of shackle is designed to be used for...

    That type of shackle is designed to be used for semi-permanent connections, as it seems you are doing. It's not a shackle that would be super easy to use in the backcountry where you want simple and...
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    Why stop at three! Let's throw in UGQ's...

    Why stop at three! Let's throw in UGQ's Winterdream and HG's Journey.
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    Synthetic Wooki?

    Wondering if there is a demand out there for a synthetic (UP! ?) Wooki?
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    I KNOW you didn't take that picture this week! ...

    I KNOW you didn't take that picture this week!

    (sent from IGH...)
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    I hung from one of those at a Scout camp one...

    I hung from one of those at a Scout camp one evening and found it to be just barely strong enough.
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    To me, "premium" suggests that you go for down....

    To me, "premium" suggests that you go for down. I'd opt for 20. Just seems that a 30 UQ doesn't offer quite enough room for "error."
  24. But hardware is so easy to use...

    But hardware is so easy to use...
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    Actually, with the pipe, and the suspension being...

    Actually, with the pipe, and the suspension being quite minimal, the ridgeline barely serves a purpose. Maybe no purpose at all.
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    Who's on first?...

    Who's on first?...
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    Pergolas provide mid-day shade if the top pieces...

    Pergolas provide mid-day shade if the top pieces are close enough, tall enough, and oriented in the right direction. They also make great trellises, if you're so inclined. An alternative, if you want...
  28. Sand bags?

    Sand bags?
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    If you sleep primarily on one side, I recommend...

    If you sleep primarily on one side, I recommend an asym hammock (bug net, actually). A symmetrical bug net can sometimes end up being annoying for some folks with the extra material sagging inward....
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    Dutch has great products but I don't think...

    Dutch has great products but I don't think anybody offers more options than the Smurfs (DH) !
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    No. They really don't affect lay at all. Their...

    No. They really don't affect lay at all. Their purpose is to expand the bug net which makes the interior "roomier."
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    If the UQ is wider than the hammock body, is...

    If the UQ is wider than the hammock body, is there anything stopping the UQ from extending past the hammock body edge?
  33. Yup. A hitch attaches a line to an object. A bend...

    Yup. A hitch attaches a line to an object. A bend joins two lines. Gets confusing when the "object" is something soft.
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    Seriously, I keep my stakes and guylines in a...

    Seriously, I keep my stakes and guylines in a separate stuff sack. Nothing goes in the tarp stuff sack except the tarp. Mostly I use smaller aluminum stakes from DAC, MSR, or the ones Brandon sells....
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    If all else fails... 179405

    If all else fails...

    179405
  36. I'd say go for a dedicated indoor hammock. A...

    I'd say go for a dedicated indoor hammock. A Chameleon would be overkill. Making a netless gathered-end hammock from some material that you like the feel of would be sooooo cheap! The Chameleon (or...
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    Those Hudson backyards have been pretty chilly...

    Those Hudson backyards have been pretty chilly the last few days!
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    You're not the only one!

    You're not the only one!
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    I've never seen a tarp that has been damaged by...

    I've never seen a tarp that has been damaged by running a ridge line under it but a lot of folks seem to worry abut it. The tarps that I have that are cat-cut do not have a cat-cut along the ridge...
  40. FWIW, the figure eight loop is purported to be...

    FWIW, the figure eight loop is purported to be the strongest/best for webbing.
  41. Thread: Type of pad

    by TominMN
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    Sleeping directly on any kind of pad is not very...

    Sleeping directly on any kind of pad is not very appealing. If you don't have a double layer hammock that allows you to place the pad between the layers and you need to use a pad, for whatever...
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    The only part left out is the triple axel...

    The only part left out is the triple axel...
  43. Thread: Banana Hammock

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    Who's that first guy? :rolleyes: LOL!

    Who's that first guy? :rolleyes: LOL!
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    You don't need a channel to use a CL. I think the...

    You don't need a channel to use a CL. I think the vote is pretty well split between using a channel or not. Depends on the effect you want to achieve.
  45. Thread: Amsteel?

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    Amsteel is a brand name for various cordage made...

    Amsteel is a brand name for various cordage made by Samson from Dyneema, an UHMWPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) fiber. Spectra is pretty much the same as Dyneema and that fiber is also...
  46. Thread: Brand?

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    Actually, I think Atlas straps are great. And...

    Actually, I think Atlas straps are great. And tons of folks are enjoying lounging in ENOs. But you can get an inexpensive 11' GE netless hammock from one of the cottage vendors delivered to you door...
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    Aside from the fact that you'll want to use the...

    Aside from the fact that you'll want to use the materials mentioned, you might want to get something really cheap and large to get a feel for the methods. A hunk of polypro (like waterski tow rope)...
  48. Thread: Brand?

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    Please, can't I?

    Please, can't I?
  49. Thread: Brand?

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    Didn't know that Ted makes any hammocking gear!...

    Didn't know that Ted makes any hammocking gear! (couldn't help myself) Hadn't ever thought of him as a cottage vendor but you're probably right. And, like you, my gear comes from a multitude of...
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    Just Bill, Thanks for the comprehensive response....

    Just Bill, Thanks for the comprehensive response. I would only add one thing: Any of these splice methods result in a spot in the loop that is weaker to some extent. Agreed, it may range from trivial...
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