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  1. I just put up a time-lapse video of part of the...

    I just put up a time-lapse video of part of the very sophisticated current Tensa4 production process. Enjoy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-lPSwdJJTc


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    Clarks have a reputation as very strong but...

    Clarks have a reputation as very strong but heavy. Conservative after the initial groundbreaking patents many years ago, while your brand seems a bit more improvisational/innovative. I also wonder...
  3. Thread: Stake Boom

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    Correct. Thatís why our 7075 booms are reinforced...

    Correct. Thatís why our 7075 booms are reinforced at this point. They tear otherwise. Thicker-walled tubing would do as well, but be heavier; the extra wall thickness isnít needed other than at the...
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    Do have a look at these similar commercial...

    Do have a look at these similar commercial anchors: https://deltagroundanchors.co.uk/collections/tent-pegs . Longer booms relative to stakes, yes, but necessarily in heavier materials, packing...
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    Longer booms exert more leverage at the juncture...

    Longer booms exert more leverage at the juncture with the stake, requiring a much stronger/heavier boom to avoid deformation or fracture. With the boom length limited by strength/weight...
  6. Thread: Stake Boom

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    Indeed. Whole future industries rest in ideas...

    Indeed. Whole future industries rest in ideas sprinkled casually through the archives of this forum.
  7. Sort of random here (not sure where else to put...

    Sort of random here (not sure where else to put it): we've begun offering to sell Tensa4 (and Solo) with the buyer's choice of either Orange Screws or Tensa Boomstakes. Previously Orange Screws were...
  8. I personally use it for motorbike camping, as do...

    I personally use it for motorbike camping, as do many of our customers. We specifically designed it to fit within common panniers. You can tie off directly to the bike as anchor even on blacktop....
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    Paint adhesion will be very poor. Thicker...

    Paint adhesion will be very poor. Thicker coatings like powder coat will interfere with the telescoping and be expensive. We chose clear anodizing because inevitable scratches and extensive edge...
  10. Not important. As long as it succeeds in...

    Not important. As long as it succeeds in immobilizing foot apex, itís all good. High lines harder to trip over!


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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200128/6afcafb3da29a051b646b201540cbc7c.jpg

    Just one example. The slimmer Amsteel lines are easier to get around small hard attachment points than webbing.

    ...
  12. As I read LaSiesta's site, the Carolina has a...

    As I read LaSiesta's site, the Carolina has a 100% cotton body, with only the suspension being 50% polyester. The Carolina is also my favorite, full-time since 2013. As you note, it is heaviest. My...
  13. Not formally, but if you makes notes on an order...

    Not formally, but if you makes notes on an order to omit we will refund difference. The reason is mostly mundane: our software becomes unmanageably slow with large numbers of product variants, such...
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    Anchor strain at the tipping point is zero....

    Anchor strain at the tipping point is zero. Strain with a steep tilt on the stand can approach about half the user’s weight. Steady load is somewhere in between. Typing to a door hinge pin is ideal....
  15. Anybody have empirical or even anecdotal data...

    Anybody have empirical or even anecdotal data about break strength of Amsteel compromised these ways? I thought this post might have documented a fall. I’ve been full time since 2013. I’ve replaced...
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    Sticky: Not only can you, tensahedrons basically require...

    Not only can you, tensahedrons basically require you to have the foot end higher for stability.


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    Cool. I suppose multi-function in that you could...

    Cool. I suppose multi-function in that you could boost a main quiltís rating by layering this in at bedtime, making the weight/bulk hit easier to justify.

    Copy edit suggestion: wet or damp, not...
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    Sticky: Tensahedron stand footprint is scarcely bigger...

    Tensahedron stand footprint is scarcely bigger than that of the hammock itself, and easy to fold away and re-deploy as needed. Can use weights as anchors if no hardscape tiedown points convenient.
  19. Biker Bob, Orange Screw asked us for a photo. We...

    Biker Bob, Orange Screw asked us for a photo. We never asked you to buy a camera. We were trying to avoid delay, expense and hassle of shipping damaged goods when a photo would suffice. I donít speak...
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    I love my Bonefire Whisper. In the PNW there are...

    I love my Bonefire Whisper. In the PNW there are very few days a year i could do without any bottom insulation, and zero where I canít tolerate any. I was drawn to the unmatched material economy...
  21. I mean pushing butt out toward the side of the...

    I mean pushing butt out toward the side of the hammock, where the fabric is tighter, for more support. Not just butt out: adjust your whole body along the hammock to find the right level of support...
  22. Late discoveries about side sleeping and lay direction preference

    Iíve slept full-time in hammocks since 2013. Surprisingly, i still seem to be learning some basic stuff.

    One is how to side sleep in a gathered end. Iím still predominantly a back sleeper, but...
  23. Minimum 1/3 your body weight. Half is better....

    Minimum 1/3 your body weight. Half is better. Minimize stand tilt and anchor head end also if foot anchor weight is minimal. Best to tie off to architectural feature like door hinge pin, handrail etc...
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    Really wet soil (mud) behaves more like a liquid...

    Really wet soil (mud) behaves more like a liquid than solid, and is most challenging. A buried ďdead manís anchorĒ may be adequate. But better to reduce the load by lessening stand tilt, bringing the...
  25. Thread: Tensa SOLO?

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    We have contemplated making Boomstakes the...

    We have contemplated making Boomstakes the default. We do know cases where Orange Screws hold better, but in really hard ground Orange Screws don’t work at all. We can’t get a handle on which would...
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    8í can be enough if you manage to connect the...

    8í can be enough if you manage to connect the poles near or at their very ends, say by inserting nunchuck-like connectors into the ends. 10í is already extravagant. 12í is just nuts unless maybe you...
  27. If it works, great, but looks like more tilt than...

    If it works, great, but looks like more tilt than necessary. Also the suspension is let out only on the foot side. Iím surprised if you have good head clearance. Less tilt and more equal suspension...
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    I hang over the dying fire

    I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
    I keep my eyes wide open all the time

    But seriously Iíve heard of people placing hot rocks from a campfire under the hammock. That could be something....
  29. Thread: Speed Tips

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    I'm not "comprehensively fast" because I seem to...

    I'm not "comprehensively fast" because I seem to have a perverse habit/talent for picking trees that aren't ideally spaced, and often with huge PNW diameters. This forces some...
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    I shouldn’t feel relief that “it wasn’t us!” but...

    I shouldn’t feel relief that “it wasn’t us!” but i have to cop to some. Yes, the anchor strength required for Solo can’t be overstated. Those Tito stakes are good, and currently we resell them as...
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    By tube stakes, i think you mean Tensa...

    By tube stakes, i think you mean Tensa Boomstakes? If so this is the first report of failure we’ve heard. Please drop us a line direct with details, photos if possible. We’ll replace failed...
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    11' tarp is ideal with or without the extensions....

    11' tarp is ideal with or without the extensions. With the extensions you can go up to 13' easily. Shape isn't constrained by the stand: pick whatever offers the best coverage/weight/cost tradeoff. ...
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    Highest stress is on connectors, so amsteel a...

    Highest stress is on connectors, so amsteel a good choice if those are loop style. Baseline tension can be high on hard surfaces, but paracord probably sufficient. Other line tensions are low....
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    At least part of the lack of love for ENO is (a)...

    At least part of the lack of love for ENO is (a) snobbery and (b) envy. The snobbery is in caring or having learned enough about hammocks that you frequent a hammocks forum, you come to feel that...
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    Confounding factors are hammock length and user...

    Confounding factors are hammock length and user height/weight, and what if any consideration is given to tarps.

    For users of average height, 8' is enough for an 11' hammock if connections are...
  36. Thread: Tensa SOLO?

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    Havenít tried it, but could with heavier bike. On...

    Havenít tried it, but could with heavier bike. On sidestand, pulling from stand side i presume. Anchoring t4 to bike is simple.



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  37. I think it’s really just that fence rail is easy...

    I think it’s really just that fence rail is easy to chop in half to rejoin in the middle at the swage. Fence rail is otherwise heavier and more expensive (but still cheap). So, fence rail is less...
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    Used it on Timberline Trail this week. Big thumbs...

    Used it on Timberline Trail this week. Big thumbs up on the Flex Capacitor. Great for river-crossing sandals, tarp, suspension, chair, wet clothes. Iíll now ditch the day-pack I use as a...
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    Timberline Trail 8/26/19 - 8/28/19

    I just got back. Moved up a week because rain all next week forecast. I went CCW too. Youíre an absolute beast to have gone from Newton Creek to past Sandy in a day, maybe 25 miles with >5000í...
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    Come to the Floppy Side, Jeff! Together, we shall...

    Come to the Floppy Side, Jeff! Together, we shall overturn the Turtledog Order.


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    An additional boon of segmenting the poles as you...

    An additional boon of segmenting the poles as you have is that they can rotate within the sleeves, allowing you the bolted connections you prefer at both apexes and base. Previously you lashed the...
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    In the odd event that you do taco in spite of...

    In the odd event that you do taco in spite of that counterweight, iíd worry about it becoming a dangerous projectile. Softer counterweight!


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  43. I read this thread last night before falling...

    I read this thread last night before falling asleep. I dreamt of a catch-all tube from Jared, who’s already made me 2 excellent tarps and modded a topquilt. Wake up this morning and walk downstairs,...
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    A hairpin works to thread the loops through small...

    A hairpin works to thread the loops through small holes.
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    Does this help?...

    Does this help? https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/62231793_10217020137268006_4115427788897386496_n.jpeg
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    I’m set to do that week of the 16th, allowing 4...

    I’m set to do that week of the 16th, allowing 4 days. Excited. Any particular reason CCW instead of CW?
  47. Sounds like a warranty case? Weíve replaced a few...

    Sounds like a warranty case? Weíve replaced a few with bad zippers and strap pull-outs.



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    We got ‘em, but not always and seldom as bad as...

    We got ‘em, but not always and seldom as bad as back east/south. And low humidity as long as it isn’t actually raining. No complaints here.
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  50. For something associated with relaxation like...

    For something associated with relaxation like hammocks, “tensahedron” is a bad enough, prickly-sounding name. But collapsahedron? C’mon. Might as well involve trap doors, falling blades, offer of...
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