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    To be honest, I havenít used it that much in the...

    To be honest, I havenít used it that much in the Trail Lair; it does flatten things out a bit, but not in quite as pronounced a fashion as the Sky Bed. I do like the greater head room above me in the...
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    I had nearly the same process as Longwinters. My...

    I had nearly the same process as Longwinters. My first cottage premium hammock was a double-layer SLD Trail Lair, because my last Amazon hammock was a Hammock Bliss Sky Bed, which has a sleeve for a...
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    Camp Daniel Boone has been advertising work...

    Camp Daniel Boone has been advertising work weekends for scouts and scouters in the area to try to clean up the damage (which based on the pictures was significant, but not disastrous); if you can...
  4. You might have some luck sourcing heavy-duty...

    You might have some luck sourcing heavy-duty sun-resistant fabric from one of those companies that make awnings and sun umbrellas. We happen to have one just down the road from where I live...
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    Yes, I use dedicated poles for that, but Iíd...

    Yes, I use dedicated poles for that, but Iíd rather have the pole resting on a continuous ridgeline than on the seam of my tarp. For the Asym tarp, thereís no real application for the poles, so I go...
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    I use a continuous ridgeline with my larger (with...

    I use a continuous ridgeline with my larger (with doors) tarp, and a split one on my lighter (asym) tarp. I like both, and enjoy the different fiddle factors. Letís face it, this is a really...
  7. I find myself really uncomfortable if I donít...

    I find myself really uncomfortable if I donít bring a chair, and Iím pretty large, so I bring an REI Flexlite Macro. I find it comfortable, though I agree with the desire for a little table ó I...
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    Costcoís a little short for me, but I got the...

    Costcoís a little short for me, but I got the same effect with a
    Get Out Gear quilt, which is a bit longer. I did add a drawstring with some grosgrain and string, but one could get it closed enough...
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    Iíve had a little fraying on the edges with cinch...

    Iíve had a little fraying on the edges with cinch buckles, whenever Iíve had any rotation of the buckle away from being entirely straight on the strap. One time it slowly slid out and dropped me on...
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    Mine will compress inside the hammock into its...

    Mine will compress inside the hammock into its stuff sack, though I donít think Iíd want to do that for long-term storage.


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    If you like the Wookie concept (asymmetrical...

    If you like the Wookie concept (asymmetrical insulation), but want synthetic, Iíd put in a plug for the Simply Light Designs Trail Winder. Itís built on an underquilt protector with a layer of...
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    I find that my Trail Lair ridgeline is usually...

    I find that my Trail Lair ridgeline is usually pretty tight, too, even at a steeper angle than the usual 30. Since itís Amsteel, I donít much worry about it, since the hammock is so comfortable. I...
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    The method Shug shows on his video on tarp...

    The method Shug shows on his video on tarp rigging (or one of them ó as I recall itís quite a set of tutorials) has the advantage that you get some stretch, but the cord is never fully stretched, and...
  14. The Simply Light Designs Trail Winder has a...

    The Simply Light Designs Trail Winder has a similar design to the Wooki in Climashield, but for those who donít have or want a consistent lay angle, he also offers a symmetrical version (with a...
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    I havenít had as many other hammocks as you have,...

    I havenít had as many other hammocks as you have, but Iím very fond of my Trail Lair, too. Also attached to my Voyageur netless, also SLD.


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  16. I have even more pillows than I have hammocks. I...

    I have even more pillows than I have hammocks. I really like the Hammock Gear Economy XL pillow, and also the SLD Apex Climashield pillow (a little smaller). If Iím really cutting weight, though, I...
  17. I have the zip-in cover in my SLD Trail Lair, and...

    I have the zip-in cover in my SLD Trail Lair, and I find I only want to use it when itís down in the 20s or lower, which in SE NC doesnít come up a lot. itís well-vented, so I havenít had the sort of...
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    Thanks for all of the suggestions; I will tinker...

    Thanks for all of the suggestions; I will tinker with the sag angle the next time Iím using it.


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  19. I have the same tarp; I use a zing-it ridgeline...

    I have the same tarp; I use a zing-it ridgeline with Nama claws, which hold fairly consistently, tightening with loop aliens. I have shock cord tied into the guy lines, and shock cord on the doors....
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    So that was odd; I just went out to do that, with...

    So that was odd; I just went out to do that, with my sonís help, and this time I was able to swing out into the sweet spot with the net. The only difference from Friday would be my underquilt (and as...
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    The net is from SLD, and itís for a 12í hammock....

    The net is from SLD, and itís for a 12í hammock. The ridgeline fits just fine, but it doesnít seem to have the width to match the Dutch 12í netless. I do find that the angle for the sweet spot for...
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    Wide hammock with bottom-entry bug net

    So I had an odd realization while failing to find the sweet spot in my 12í Dutch netless, while using a SLD bottom-entry bug net. When the net is off, I find that the best angle for the hammock uses...
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    Iím pretty consistent about head right; I have...

    Iím pretty consistent about head right; I have one asym UQ, so definitely have to stick with that orientation when Iím using that one. I picked that side because thatís the side of the bed I sleep on...
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    There are a variety of products that pair some...

    There are a variety of products that pair some sort of stout metal loop with a long heavy bolt; I have some screwed into support uprights in my screen room, and they seem to work well. Mine came from...
  25. Thread: Camping

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    So, as you might expect if youíve read much on...

    So, as you might expect if youíve read much on these forums, the answer is complicated. The lightest option I know of is single-layer tree-huggers (these come in a variety of materials, but make sure...
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    Thanks, everyone! I think it will work well. ...

    Thanks, everyone! I think it will work well.


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    So that much tension on the shock cords doesnít...

    So that much tension on the shock cords doesnít cause trouble? Alas, Iím too tall to get foot coverage on the diagonal in a Phoenix, but I have a good foot pad.


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    Iíd recommend full length, in case you do have...

    Iíd recommend full length, in case you do have the one kid who doesnít climb into a hammock with something sharp in her/his pocket, but I wouldnít recommend something expensive. Kids really are hard...
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    UQ suspension on 12í hammock

    So my brand new HG Phoenix Econ arrived today, and I canít wait to get a chance to use it (he says just as itís starting to warm up for serious). I was testing it out with my 12í netless, though, and...
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    I would endorse the Trail Winder ó I have two of...

    I would endorse the Trail Winder ó I have two of them, one asym and one symmetrical (after I noticed that I move around too much in my sleep). I have to switch it up when I change from my 11í Trail...
  31. I have a couple of Hammock Gear mesh snakeskins,...

    I have a couple of Hammock Gear mesh snakeskins, one on a HG Journey tarp, and one on a Dutch Asym. I switch off between a couple of different CRLs for the HG tarp (depending on what length I need);...
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    I have a ďpicnic tarpĒ I found on Amazon ó itís...

    I have a ďpicnic tarpĒ I found on Amazon ó itís mostly waterproof, and folds very small. I also have a sheet of Tyvek into which I put corner grommets to stake down. It weighs a lot less than the...
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    Welcome to the forums, and to hammock camping. I...

    Welcome to the forums, and to hammock camping. I usually use the winter cover on my hammock (Simply Light Designs Trail Lair) when itís much below 30 or so. A hex tarp is a popular design, though...
  34. I have the SLD net thatís been mentioned ó I...

    I have the SLD net thatís been mentioned ó I appreciated that it comes in a 12í model. The open end does slide well over an underquilt, and then cinches right down over the end of the hammock. Highly...
  35. The basic parameters of an 11í hammock are going...

    The basic parameters of an 11í hammock are going to be comparable, but we tend to gravitate toward particular feature sets or fabrics. Because so many of us are drawn to hammocking by the fiddle...
  36. I have no problems with the Wise Owl tree straps...

    I have no problems with the Wise Owl tree straps Iíve used (fine if you like daisy chain) ó Iíd look very closely at the specs on things, though. I think their hammocks run relatively short, and may...
  37. Our local state park (Lumber River SP, Chalk...

    Our local state park (Lumber River SP, Chalk Banks Access) has a bunch of hammock stands that were put in by local scouts as Eagle Projects ó No idea how theyíll hold up in the long run, and no one...
  38. I have a little tarp I bought on Amazon marketed...

    I have a little tarp I bought on Amazon marketed as a ďpicnic blanketĒ ó itís more or less waterproof and has corner loops, so I stake it down at the corners. Iíll get some water on it if thereís a...
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    The last time I saw a synthetic fabric with a...

    The last time I saw a synthetic fabric with a line like that, it was a friendís Scout leader pants ó they catastrophically failed, and she had to borrow pants from a friend for the rest of the...
  40. Thread: Tarp pull outs

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    Had a bad night in heavy wind recently, and...

    Had a bad night in heavy wind recently, and analyzing afterwards what I did wrong I think the external poles were probably the wrong use for my tie-outs ó if I had it to do again, Iíd use them for...
  41. Thread: Seam Sealing?

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    The last one I did I just hung between two...

    The last one I did I just hung between two support posts in my garage, and had at it. It doesnít look pretty, but itís waterproof, which was the plan. At least the sealant is clear, so you have to...
  42. Thread: GE neck pain??.

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    One catch with the Hammock Bliss is that unless...

    One catch with the Hammock Bliss is that unless youíre also using an underquilt, thereís no insulation under your head unless you slide down so far your head is on the pad; Had some issues with that...
  43. As a scoutmaster, Iím a fan of a taut line,...

    As a scoutmaster, Iím a fan of a taut line, though primarily for guy lines. With UHMWPE cordage like Amsteel or Zing it, itís hard to get friction knots to hold well, though. I usually use loop...
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    Have fun with it. Merry Christmas :-). Sent...

    Have fun with it. Merry Christmas :-).


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  45. Havenít used my Hammock Bliss in a while, but I...

    Havenít used my Hammock Bliss in a while, but I found that adding a ridgeline and using the pad generally worked fine. When using an UQ with the pad, I added loops around the perimeter to keep it...
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    I will add that I did pull the buckle loops out...

    I will add that I did pull the buckle loops out of the channels and replace them with continuous loops; then I have the option of using a different suspension with the hammock; a carabiner works fine...
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    I have a slacker something-or-other (I really...

    I have a slacker something-or-other (I really canít keep track of their product names), which is the synthetic one thatís maybe a 50-degree UQ; I used it off and on all summer, and it held up just...
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    I have the SLD Trail Lair and Trail Winder, and...

    I have the SLD Trail Lair and Trail Winder, and vouch for both. Price is reasonable, Jared is faster than seems entirely possible (I suspect gnomes), and quality is high. The Trail Winder is the...
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    I bought the hammock/net combo at the beginning...

    I bought the hammock/net combo at the beginning of the summer, and Iíve used it a few times; two friends liked it enough that they bought them, as well. One friend also got the tarp, and has been...
  50. Thread: Chill Gorilla??

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    Iíve been dry under some fairly serious rain with...

    Iíve been dry under some fairly serious rain with a CG hex, and my son has one of their rectangular tarps thatís also pretty solid. Theyíre basically heavy, and I like my Hammock Gear and Dutch tarps...
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