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  1. I am irrevocably smitten with the simple elegance...

    I am irrevocably smitten with the simple elegance of a gathered-end hammock, not only as an alternative to tent/pad, but to a bed at home since 2013. What's ornery/fussy/limited about it to some is...
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    FS: Tempted. I already have the other 2 colors. If...

    Tempted. I already have the other 2 colors. If nobody else swoops in in the next few days I’ll take it!
  3. Rob R, please email [email protected] for...

    Rob R, please email [email protected] for warranty service.
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    100” is the total t4 pole length. The connector...

    100” is the total t4 pole length. The connector holes are about 96” apart, the rest being mostly feet. I’m not certain that shortening your poles virtually by a few inches will fix this, but it works...
  5. Start with a 19" long piece and tie stopper...

    Start with a 19" long piece and tie stopper knots. The longer loops are Raftingtigger's idea, sort of a "why didn't we think of this before!?!" obvious improvement. In addition to obviating need for...
  6. They shouldn't be hard to open or close. The...

    They shouldn't be hard to open or close. The internal scoring shown in your photo suggests sand has fouled, but you say also that the first time was a struggle. This shouldn't be. It is unlikely that...
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    Tensa4 poles are about 100”. Assembled dimensions...

    Tensa4 poles are about 100”. Assembled dimensions vary widely, but poles that long give WBRR a reasonable seat height with a narrow stance and the poles 3-6 inches below the spreaders when the...
  8. Yes, and that will disappear when 1.2 is out, and...

    Yes, and that will disappear when 1.2 is out, and so on. My bad for linking to a file instead of to a directory. Best to go to our Support page where we’ll always link to latest version.


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  9. You can lark’s head the whole guyline around it,...

    You can lark’s head the whole guyline around it, or use a toggle. A toggle can be anything: a pencil, a shoe, a key, a rolled-up magazine, an orange screw case... or you could tie a knot. I wouldn’t...
  10. Haha. Check the support page for link to latest...

    Haha. Check the support page for link to latest Tensa4 docs: https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/support/

    Shock cord is only on stands sold a short while in autumn 2018. All told there’s been about a...
  11. Transverse/90-degree hammocks are a special case....

    Transverse/90-degree hammocks are a special case. They should be balanced centered instead of leaned headward. This requires at least mild tension on both guys.

    With gathered end hammocks,...
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    Depends on your hole size. Best I’ve seen for EMT...

    Depends on your hole size. Best I’ve seen for EMT are short segments of copper tubing you pass through, then hammer (peen) the ends smoothly to conform.


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  13. Extrastellar photos as usual, thank you. ...

    Extrastellar photos as usual, thank you.


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    And if you narrow the base to raise up, does that...

    And if you narrow the base to raise up, does that not provide enough head/foot clearance? That's the first remedy. If it leads to clearance problems, then you can also shorten hammock suspension to...
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    Not necessarily wrong, but unusual is how you...

    Not necessarily wrong, but unusual is how you have much more suspension length on the head side than the foot. If you equalize, might help?

    Since the hammock has its own ridgeline, you can remove...
  16. Ah that’s just version 1.0 of the user guide. 1.1...

    Ah that’s just version 1.0 of the user guide. 1.1 is already online, minor expansion and tweaks. I see you’ve posted separately about difficulties setting up with WB BB XLC. Photos help!


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  17. We’ve got a new User Guide up for Tensa4. Covers...

    We’ve got a new User Guide up for Tensa4. Covers current details, but users of older stands may also appreciate: https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Tensa4-User-Guide.pages-1.pdf
  18. No, too many variables along a continuum. More is...

    No, too many variables along a continuum. More is better, except too much cuts into the total capacity and stresses the foot anchor.
  19. Has happened to me a couple few times, doing...

    Has happened to me a couple few times, doing exactly the same thing: reaching for that bugnet zipper. Always fun. Yeah, I tend to hang a water bag off the head apex now: 1 fewer tripline.
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    Sticky: I love bicycle touring/camping. Hammocks first...

    I love bicycle touring/camping. Hammocks first appealed as space and weight saving. I got my first in 2007, but was working too hard through the recession to camp much. Suffered cold butt syndrome...
  21. Took me about 2 weeks solid before hammock felt...

    Took me about 2 weeks solid before hammock felt truly normal. Beware: then bed feels weird or worse, to the extent that traveling without hammock is an issue. I had to invent a portable stand. Full...
  22. Considering how many mattress companies advertise...

    Considering how many mattress companies advertise how little one sleeper disturbs the other, well: can’t beat being separate in a hammock. Without going into your routine, what’s wrong with keeping...
  23. Most Breathable Hammock for everyday use?

    All hammocks are cooler than beds, but for breathability specifically cotton beats nylon like virtually all of the camping hammocks most people on these forums use. There’s a reason high-end bedding...
  24. Many millions of married full-time hammockers,...

    Many millions of married full-time hammockers, plenty of children, in the American tropics, especially NE Brazil, since before Columbus.
  25. A few weeks ago. Sent from my iPhone using...

    A few weeks ago.


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  26. The new feet are completely custom molded, with...

    The new feet are completely custom molded, with an inner and outer part. They are designed to bear loads on their corners, unlike the former generic feet that were meant to bear loads on end. They...
  27. Nearly every part is available separately:...

    Nearly every part is available separately: https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/product/lines/ . Only the guylines (not the base and ridgelines) now have daisy-chains on the black (top) ends.
  28. Tensa Outdoor and the commercial packable tensahedron stand

    Daisy. We have small stock left of the old type that we ship only with Solo when ordered with webbing. Daisy adds no value to Solo.


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  29. Both will hold you fine by a large margin. In...

    Both will hold you fine by a large margin. In fact both are overkill strength-wise for the forces on the stand. Amsteel is just more overkill than webbing. The connectors are Amsteel in all cases...
  30. Apart from documentation, we have no further...

    Apart from documentation, we have no further changes to Tensa4 on the drawing board before next year, and those changes should be mostly invisible.


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    It gently enforces both the foot end being higher...

    It gently enforces both the foot end being higher than head, and an approximate 30° hang angle, is why. Not enough people even know about the former, and the latter isn't always easy to get with...
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    LOL, well, what fun would it be if we couldn't...

    LOL, well, what fun would it be if we couldn't come up with improvements? We've considered it a finished product since Fall 2018. We don't really foresee development stopping altogether. Sometimes...
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    It’s rated to 350 but we have users closer to...

    It’s rated to 350 but we have users closer to 400. If just for your yard, so portability doesn’t matter, you can DIY similar from ~$20:...
  34. Yes. New production (P3) matches hole size of...

    Yes. New production (P3) matches hole size of first (P1).


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  35. Correct. It’s a bit taller so can fit the stand...

    Correct. It’s a bit taller so can fit the stand and a full complement of accessories without strain. We sort of outgrew the first bag. Available in our Parts section.


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    Ah, bridge hammock with its low apexes is a...

    Ah, bridge hammock with its low apexes is a special case. Tarp extensions not attractively high enough.


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  37. Tensa Outdoor and the commercial packable tensahedron stand

    In our case we've been rolling in new components incrementally for months. There wasn't some grand Version 3.0 to wait for. More like: silently introduce new feet. Next week new connectors ship from...
  38. It's a dilemma faced by all makers: when you...

    It's a dilemma faced by all makers: when you update something, many who bought in the weeks or months prior feel burned. Maybe we could introduce a time-limited discount coupon for those wanting to...
  39. Amended to read: “Hammocks shorter than 12’...

    Amended to read: “Hammocks shorter than 12’ (3.7m) need enough suspension to make up the difference with 12. For example, a 10’ hammock will likely need at least 1’ of suspension per side.”


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    Assuming your hammock has a ridgeline, removing...

    Assuming your hammock has a ridgeline, removing the stand ridgeline and possibly lengthening the hammock suspension should cause the apexes to bow outward enough to tension an 11' tarp. If your...
  41. Now we’re busted. We did! ...

    Now we’re busted. We did!

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    If it’s 11’ or shorter, shouldn’t be issues. Your...

    If it’s 11’ or shorter, shouldn’t be issues. Your body weight holds the apexes steady where they want to be, enough to tension the tarp. The tarp’s guylines themselves should suffice to keep it tight...
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    If your tarp is 11’ or shorter, you should be...

    If your tarp is 11’ or shorter, you should be able to tension it between the apexes, but there won’t be much headroom. Good for “storm mode.” If you want more headroom or have a longer tarp, our...
  44. The numbers get a little dense. Many times i was...

    The numbers get a little dense. Many times i was more terse because I’m working within 5.5x8.5” pages and keeping the breaks natural is hard.

    Since we don’t expect users to need to measure things...
  45. You have a color printer?! So jealous. Getting...

    You have a color printer?! So jealous. Getting there. Great to hear you found it helpful, especially as a new user. Would love to hear what points were confusing.


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    They were 22mm OD, 19 ID. Pulltruded ferrules...

    They were 22mm OD, 19 ID. Pulltruded ferrules (easy to crush!)
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    XX folding hammock stand

    I don't have webbing length handy, as I used "too much" and just cinched up the excess. You want top and bottom independently adjustable. I'm guessing 30' would suffice. IIRC the lag [edit: carriage]...
  48. Tensa4 documentation is coming in-house, in...

    Tensa4 documentation is coming in-house, in color, and I've got a ROUGH DRAFT I want to post here before further editing and printing. If you own a Tensa4 or are Tensa4 curious, any feedback on this...
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    Tensahedron Stand

    Carbon fiber composite tubes differ considerably based on strand orientation (layup), CF and manufacturing qualities, so it’s harder to generalize. If you optimize for one quality it comes at expense...
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    I think they know the largest market segment is...

    I think they know the largest market segment is just that: casual lounging. I don’t know for sure, but would be surprised if any more than 5% of hammocks sold today are longer than 10’ and have...
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