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    +1 How much flatter will depend on a number of...

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    How much flatter will depend on a number of factors such as your weight & fabric stretch, but imo, if you already have a direction you lie comfortably, stick with it, & go asym.
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    Before I switched to DCF, I would cut a 2.5"...

    Before I switched to DCF, I would cut a 2.5" square piece of clear tenacious tape (makes sure you by the 'sil' version as it has silicon adhesive), & sew a loop or toggle to it, then affix anywhere I...
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    I have a couple shelters made with .51DCF. Worst...

    I have a couple shelters made with .51DCF. Worst damage they've gotten was little pinholes, but I hear that's usually from packing them super tight & the crease lines creating weak points.

    That...
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    I have been using Micro Linelocs on my ridgelines...

    I have been using Micro Linelocs on my ridgelines & guylines for years & have never had a failure. If you just want to get rid of them because they're not for you, I would just loop directly to the...
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    Do you know the dimensions of this tarp in...

    Do you know the dimensions of this tarp in question?
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    In my experience, frameless packs can handle a...

    In my experience, frameless packs can handle a lot more weight than people think if packed properly. I have a 58L frameless pack that I use for winter mountaineering, & between crampons, warm...
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    When battening down the hatches, I simply stake...

    When battening down the hatches, I simply stake out the guy lines in opposite directions so they cross each other & are nice & tight. For nice weather, I added stick on mitten hooks to the inside of...
  8. Thread: Back Therapy

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    I have the 'small pro'

    I have the 'small pro'
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    Sounds like we've got a lot of back issues on...

    Sounds like we've got a lot of back issues on this forum!

    I cannot say enough good things about my UTK heating pad. It goes up to almost 160degrees, & is safe to sleep on. One time I pulled my...
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    I don't want to discourage you, as I do believe...

    I don't want to discourage you, as I do believe everyone should sleep how they are most comfortable, but I will say, at home I am a stomach sleeper, & transitioning to sleeping on my back felt very...
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    IMO, the question of 3/4 vs full length is less...

    IMO, the question of 3/4 vs full length is less about warmth, & more about setup. I've gone down to 10 degrees using a 3/4 length UQ, with a pad under my feet (my pack doesn't have back padding so I...
  12. I'm a HUGE fan of Dutchware's hardware,...

    I'm a HUGE fan of Dutchware's hardware, especially with his Spiderwebs. If your Hammock's continuous loops are amsteel, his Whoopie Hooks save a lot of effort for less than 7g (both for deployment &...
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    I would not recommend chap stick in dusty or...

    I would not recommend chap stick in dusty or sandy environments, as it will simply attract more particles to destroy the zipper.
  14. Thread: Humid Climates

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    In my experience, down getting wet regularly &...

    In my experience, down getting wet regularly & then drying does not seem to effect its loft in the long term, as long as it's kept clean. For me, the issue is less about whether or not the down will...
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    The Uniqlo thermals are synthetic, but they can...

    The Uniqlo thermals are synthetic, but they can be had for as little as $20 top & bottom, & I find them very breathable & durable. The Icebreakers are 100% Merino, & priced accordingly, about $170...
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    Some of the silk liners are quite roomy as...

    Some of the silk liners are quite roomy as they're marketed kind of toward luxury car camping & the like. I personally quite like wearing thermals to bed, either the lightest Uniqlo on a budget, or...
  17. My personal preference is to ALWAYS hang my tarp....

    My personal preference is to ALWAYS hang my tarp. If I'm setup in a dry location, am at little to no risk of rain or anything falling from above, I'll simply unhook the guylines from one side of my...
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    You've gotten some wonderful advice here & I...

    You've gotten some wonderful advice here & I don't want to repeat what everyone's said, so I'll just add two of my favorite tricks.

    If I'm entering a cold temperatures, I bring a Nalgene bottle,...
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    I agree that you should always sleep however...

    I agree that you should always sleep however you're most comfortable, & simply wash your gear as needed. In my experience, & that of many down gear manufacturers, proper down wash regularly will...
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    Did you purchase one TQ in a wider size than the...

    Did you purchase one TQ in a wider size than the other? Have you tested this system? Curious how this worked out for you.
  21. Thread: Humid Climates

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    Both are great brands. The EE will be 2" larger...

    Both are great brands. The EE will be 2" larger in the foot box & 3 inches wider in shoulder width, if a little extra room is of importance to you. The EE is also avail in 7d fabric, which I love for...
  22. The problem with this idea is that the second tie...

    The problem with this idea is that the second tie out point from each lengthwise corner will dictate the geometry of the tarp when the doors are tied closed. Depending on the tarp this geometry may...
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    I use the Dutchware Whoopie Hooks. 7.9g for the...

    I use the Dutchware Whoopie Hooks. 7.9g for the pair, & they make setting up a breeze. One of those things where the first time I ever used them, I couldn't imagine why I would ever go another way.
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    Frequency of cleaning for me is completely based...

    Frequency of cleaning for me is completely based on where the zipper has been. If I'm in a dusty or sandy environment, I'll probably brush & lube at the end of the trip. If I've been in clean...
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    I believe you are correct! They definitely feel...

    I believe you are correct! They definitely feel the same. But the Dutch Wire says rated for 100lb on the web, & Zline says 200, so I decided to play it safe..
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    I absolutely adore Zpack's 1.3mm zline for tarp...

    I absolutely adore Zpack's 1.3mm zline for tarp ridgelines or stakeouts. Ultralight, zero stretch, super visible, holds tight with micro line locs, compatible with dutch hooks, & hold's knots...
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    Definitely get an UQ! You'd be surprised at how...

    Definitely get an UQ! You'd be surprised at how cold you can get with wind blowing beneath you, even in the summer.

    In my experience, the need to secure your UQ to anything more than your...
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    I can't recommend Dream Hammock enough for a...

    I can't recommend Dream Hammock enough for a first hammock. When I was just getting into hammocking, they asked all the right questions, & made me something with the most comfortable lay I've...
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    I wouldn't trust a machine washer with any of my...

    I wouldn't trust a machine washer with any of my down things.. Hand wash in a bath tub, then you can gently squeeze it dry & bring it to the laundromat in a contractor bag to dry! Did this for many...
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    Porcupine, I've been using this setup whenever...

    Porcupine, I've been using this setup whenever it's above 50 in place of my TQ. Love it.

    Quick tip, I gave mine a proper wash with down cleaner & it nearly doubled it's loft, I think one of their...
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    Very helpful Brooklyn, thank you! Who else wants...

    Very helpful Brooklyn, thank you! Who else wants to help me spend money hahaha
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    Sounds like a pretty major design flaw. Any other...

    Sounds like a pretty major design flaw. Any other EE users have this problem? They seem to be the only company using such lightweight components, it's hard for me to resist..
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    Any Xshort EE UQ Users Out There?

    As previously mentioned I am shedding weight anywhere I can & am considering an Xshort 50degree EE UQ (so 45" UQ)

    All my packs are unpadded, so at min I always bring 30" or so length of 1/8...
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    Whoopie Loop Lost In The Bury!

    The name says it all. Is this whoopie salvageable? It's pretty deep! I got snared & it got pulled full force with my body weight..
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    My favorite current setup is a Goosefeet...

    My favorite current setup is a Goosefeet stuffsack pillow, either filled with clothes, or with one of those disposable blow up paper pillows. They pack down to nothing, & have adjustable support with...
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    In my experience with insulated gear, packable...

    In my experience with insulated gear, packable size is almost entirely based on the insulation used. With todays ultralight textiles, I think the packable size between fabrics is fairly negligible....
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    I know it's been years, but I love the sentiment...

    I know it's been years, but I love the sentiment of this post & had to comment..

    As much as I enjoy progress & technology, I believe it can sometimes cost us by discouraging the development of...
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    Nice work kitsapcowboy! I've never done any MYOG...

    Nice work kitsapcowboy! I've never done any MYOG DCF, so this is a little intimidating to me, but it may be time to do some research & take the plunge! It appears no one is making .51 ASYM tarps...
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    Wow, thanks to everyone for all the great...

    Wow, thanks to everyone for all the great replies! I'm so sorry, I'm new to this forum & didn't get any notifications & assumed my thread just wasn't getting any love! haha.

    Some individual...
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    Asym Tarp - Storm Stories

    Hi Everyone!

    First, I am a weight weenie. There I said it.

    I'm always looking to drop grams anywhere I can, & I'm thinking that a small asym tarp such as the MLD or the (now discontinued)...
  41. Newbie - I've found my favorite way to sleep.

    Hi everyone!

    I'm new to the hammock thing, but so far I'm in love! It's lighter than any of my other shelter setups, I get a better night sleep so I can cover more miles, and no flat ground is...
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    One thing I love about huggers is that the loop...

    One thing I love about huggers is that the loop means they can potentially eliminate the need for other parts & thus simplify a suspension system. For example, in my main system, my huggers stay...
  43. I cannot speak for the other brands, but I can...

    I cannot speak for the other brands, but I can say that Loco Libre is of the highest quality, & that their temperature ratings are fairly modest. I have a 30degree Habanero that I would easily take...
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