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  1. Wow, that's nasty! Skiing injury? There are...

    Wow, that's nasty! Skiing injury?

    There are very light hammock setups weighing less than a pound, and combined with a well-thought-out UL kit can keep total pack weight to a bare minimum. Sounds...
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    28.5oz is quite heavy nowadays for a 30deg quilt....

    28.5oz is quite heavy nowadays for a 30deg quilt.

    Versatility might be good but maybe not. It's like a 'hybrid' bicycle that has some things in common with road bikes and other things similar to...
  3. Lots of good suggestions already! I'm 5'9" and...

    Lots of good suggestions already!

    I'm 5'9" and am very happy with my 10' Dariens that are 64" width. However I am also quite comfortable in a Dutchware Half Wit that is 10.5'/58" width.

    There...
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    Before making your decision it would be good to...

    Before making your decision it would be good to try a GE hammock with a good down underquilt.

    UQs offer a totally different (and FAR better!) sleep experience than air mats in my opinion. I tried...
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    When I started out hammocking I was lent some...

    When I started out hammocking I was lent some good gear (BIAS weight weenie micro symmetrical) by a friend of mine and was able to try both directions, but immediately and strongly preferred head...
  6. Depends on tree distance, however for my typical...

    Depends on tree distance, however for my typical 15-18 ft hang that would be a bit low.

    This is why I try to keep in mind that the head-foot differential is measured at the hammock head and foot...
  7. Indeed, but I just luv-luv-luv a good tweak.

    Indeed, but I just luv-luv-luv a good tweak.
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    Depends on where and what seasons you hike. ...

    Depends on where and what seasons you hike.

    Living in NY and backpacking a fair amount around the NE, I use titanium shepherd hook stakes because they can frequently be coaxed/cajoled/hammered...
  9. Super! A bit more adaptable and adjustable with...

    Super! A bit more adaptable and adjustable with zero extra hardware or weight — very handy! :laugh:
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    OK, another thing to take into account is that it...

    OK, another thing to take into account is that it employs karo baffles that let the down migrate to different chambers, so it might help to redistribute it. I've done that to mine by carefully...
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    What year did you buy it? I ask because EE had...

    What year did you buy it?

    I ask because EE had for some time been known for having marginal temp ratings, at best, and 2-3 years ago started putting a bit more down in their quilts. I have some...
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    Some great advice thus far, however I would also...

    Some great advice thus far, however I would also ask if you're generally a cold sleeper and whether or not you're a backpacker, moto or bikepacker, which means that volume and weight are of some...
  13. For just this scenario I have a couple of 2"...

    For just this scenario I have a couple of 2" kevlar huggers that I take with me when I go someplace I'm not familiar with. Baxter State Park in ME requires them and they actually do check, and you...
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    A lot of people have benefited from your...

    A lot of people have benefited from your experimentation, both from knowledge and from good deals on lightly used gear. :)
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    Also, I'd imagine that there's a huge number of...

    Also, I'd imagine that there's a huge number of blowdowns after Isaias blasted through. I'm doing a hike/camp there tomorrow and coming back early Sunday so I can do an update on that. Heck, I might...
  16. Thread: Knots book?

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    Obviously, knot tying can be a hobby in itself,...

    Obviously, knot tying can be a hobby in itself, and although I love to use knots instead of hardware I am not a knot hobbyist per se but rather a seeker of the simplest practical knots for specific...
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    Technically, no, but it does happen a lot....

    Technically, no, but it does happen a lot. Supposed to be in proximity of a shelter, but there are many other 'rogue' campsites that are used quite regularly.

    I was there a couple of weeks ago...
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    I'm 5'9" and prefer 10' hammocks, specifically...

    I'm 5'9" and prefer 10' hammocks, specifically the Dariens that are 64" width, which was Smurf-recommended spec right from the start.

    I find them more comfortable than 11'/58" hammocks, although...
  19. I agree with SS on the modularity issue. The...

    I agree with SS on the modularity issue.

    The ability to use any of my UQs with any of my hammocks is a big bonus to me.
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    LOL I'm way down the list from Peppy and a few...

    LOL I'm way down the list from Peppy and a few others!! :laugh:



    True, I've got just about every niche covered. I use some of them, like the 0deg UQ and the Apexes, only a few times a year but...
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    That's kinda my same take on the poncho/TQ...

    That's kinda my same take on the poncho/TQ concept. Previously I've dallied with the thought of JRB sniveller but never pulled the trigger.

    Current quilts:

    UQ.... short 20, 40, 50 down, and 40...
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    An interesting option might be EE's new...

    An interesting option might be EE's new Rev-HOLE-action, which has a hole for the head that permits it to be used poncho style. I have too many quilts already but have long been intrigued by the...
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    Looks good! I am still happy with the color for...

    Looks good! I am still happy with the color for stealth use now that I've had plenty of opportunities to use it with trees/bushes all leafed out.
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    Welcome to HF! I assume the Laurel Highlands...

    Welcome to HF!

    I assume the Laurel Highlands listed in your post is the one in western PA. If so, it is quite hammock friendly, easily accommodating a family of 4 at all the campsites. I've found...
  25. Going back to the original goal — tarp tensioning...

    Going back to the original goal — tarp tensioning system, no hardware, single handed — reminds me that you can also accomplish all this with a simple Midshipman's Hitch (slipped version) as long as...
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    Without beating it to death on the weight topic,...

    Without beating it to death on the weight topic, I will add that I (and perhaps you) got into hammocks after having a decent amount of experience with UL ground setups, including tents, tarps, bivys...
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    Good reports in this thread...

    Good reports in this thread for Thermocell.

    Picaridin doesn't work for me so I use Deet (Deep Woods Off or similar). I have friends who tested some Picaridin on a trip in the Adirondacks a couple...
  28. That's a good point... I also prefer right side...

    That's a good point... I also prefer right side entry (and therefore zipper right for integrated net)

    Some really screwed up bass ackwards people around here, LOL! :)
  29. One thing to keep in mind about Dariens is that...

    One thing to keep in mind about Dariens is that they are asym so you need to know and specify your preference. And it's nigh impossible to know unless you've "test-driven" a good hammock.

    The very...
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    I'd get the Dutch Half Zip in Hexon 1.0, and...

    I'd get the Dutch Half Zip in Hexon 1.0, and maybe request a 10 footer if they can swing it. I kinda doubt it, but I've never asked.

    I prefer integrated nets just for simplicity and less hassle......
  31. Shug's video on adjusting the Incubator was very...

    Shug's video on adjusting the Incubator was very helpful for me when I was just starting out. And of course it generally applies to all UQs. Pay special attention to the part about "skewing" the...
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    This! ^^^^ Far more bulk and weight come from...

    This! ^^^^

    Far more bulk and weight come from thicker shell material than from a lower FP down.

    For example, 10D shell (inside and out) and 800fp is much preferred over 20D shell and 950fp. For...
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    Excellent suggestions from rweb82 very...

    Excellent suggestions from rweb82 very respectable weights and relatively low cost. Also, I luv-luv-luv my DH Dariens but the wait times are now very long unless you know for sure that your lay...
  34. If I were using silnylon I'd probably use bungee...

    If I were using silnylon I'd probably use bungee cords because they can stretch significantly but otherwise no.

    I get the impression that some people think DCF is super delicate, but I treat mine...
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    LOL that's one heckuva quilt set!

    LOL that's one heckuva quilt set!
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    Great trip! It's hard to get away from the...

    Great trip!

    It's hard to get away from the sounds of civilization... about 2 weeks ago I was in the Catskills, camping between Cornell and Slide Mountains, and it was the first time in ages that I...
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    I've used #30 florist wire, and one piece has...

    I've used #30 florist wire, and one piece has lasted a long time.

    I concur with jeff-oh that it's not ideal for production, and if I were going to have a side biz doing this I would acquire some...
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    I agree with this. Normally I keep the CRL...

    I agree with this.

    Normally I keep the CRL attached to the tarp but if this was a regular problem I would somehow make the CRL detachable from the tarp.

    Nothing wrong with the way you describe...
  39. What do you mean by "tensioners"? Elastic...

    What do you mean by "tensioners"? Elastic bungee/shock cord?

    If so, No, I don't use them on mine. Been in some fairly stiff breezes quite a few times with no issues.

    I do use a CRL with the...
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    Recent discussion HERE...

    Recent discussion HERE.
  41. This Backpacker magazine article...

    This Backpacker magazine article provides a pretty good overview of the topic.

    A couple of good books about UL philosophy and techniques/tips are Don Ladigin's Lighten Up! and Mike Clelland's...
  42. I agree, but so many times we've seen that a...

    I agree, but so many times we've seen that a comprehensive discussion quickly and naturally veers away from hammocks/quilts/tarps to other gear.

    There's just so much more to the topic than...
  43. Hi SwingingBear and welcome to HF from a neighbor...

    Hi SwingingBear and welcome to HF from a neighbor in Westchester county! :)

    I don't know if you're a donating member yet, but unfortunately a discussion about reducing pack volume/weight is beyond...
  44. Another CRL advantage: If you use a trekking pole...

    Another CRL advantage: If you use a trekking pole (or other dedicated pole) as an external spreader bar it keeps the pole from rubbing the tarp. Abrasion from friction is DCF's worst enemy.
    ...
  45. There are people who use the split ridge lines...

    There are people who use the split ridge lines and one-piece, which is what I use. Reduces tension on the tarp pull-outs and is very easy to center.

    Attach the tarp to the ridge line with Prusik...
  46. I use 3/32" (2.5mm) bungee. ...

    I use 3/32" (2.5mm) bungee.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/7/4/1/1/4/hex_standard_trek_pole_mod_small.jpg
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    I've been using it (hitch configuration) for well...

    I've been using it (hitch configuration) for well over a year for my hammock suspension—Kevlar strap tied to Amsteel CL—and it is rock solid.

    Many times I use the slipped knot configuration for...
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    Sticky: I had a Campmor brand down bag that was over 30...

    I had a Campmor brand down bag that was over 30 yrs old that I donated to my friend's BSA troop a few years ago. I think it was 650fp which back then was pretty good. Washed it in the tub with some...
  49. Beautiful country, and a mix of weird and nice...

    Beautiful country, and a mix of weird and nice people.

    Sometimes nice to be able to do a good stealth camp well away from the shelters. I've done that a few times over the years after getting...
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    Poll: When backpacking I put the Kevlar straps in with...

    When backpacking I put the Kevlar straps in with the hammock even if damp. Never hurt anything, and if the hammock gets a little damp it dries out very quickly when deployed the same...
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