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    I never tried a hangle - just went with aiming my...

    I never tried a hangle - just went with aiming my index finger like a gun (thumb straight up) and that's usually a 30* angle.
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    I was hoping that DutchNose would wish me a Happy...

    I was hoping that DutchNose would wish me a Happy Thanksgiving.
  3. I personally gave up on trying to use inadequate...

    I personally gave up on trying to use inadequate quilts and supplement them with clothing. Nowadays, I make sure my quilts are rated at least 10 degrees warmer than the expected low. Sometimes even...
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    I saw this crappy poncho survival shelter on...

    I saw this crappy poncho survival shelter on Facebook, so Jerven is not the only company competing for those bushcraft dollars. And this claims it can be used as a chair too!
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  5. I just decided to go with 40*, 20* and 0* quilts,...

    I just decided to go with 40*, 20* and 0* quilts, no overstuff. Overstuff seems like something you would do if you're trying to get away with one or two quilt sets and stretching them to cover other...
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    I always wondered why the Kelty 12 x 12 pitched...

    I always wondered why the Kelty 12 x 12 pitched so poorly in A Frame mode. However, a cat cut on the diagonal would explain it!

    Personally, I think hanging the Kelty 12 x 12 on the diagonal would...
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    I guess the bushcraft community thinks...

    I guess the bushcraft community thinks multifunction is the Holy Grail, but I think that''s a fundamental flaw. Why should you have an item that does one thing well when it can do two, or several...
  8. Thread: Extra tarp

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    As I understand your question, you now want to...

    As I understand your question, you now want to carry two tarps (clearly not a backpacker, I assume). Your post raises further questions:

    Are you sure your Warbonnet tarps are poly? Because I...
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    It's been discussed on HF before, but not in many...

    It's been discussed on HF before, but not in many years. I suspect the idea of a waterproof hammock extremely limits its appeal. And there's also the issue of its supposed multifunctionality: If you...
  10. I've been using DCF tarps for 8 years. I've had...

    I've been using DCF tarps for 8 years. I've had my HG Winter Palace in a storm with dime-sized hail, and 60 mph wind gusts, and it's good as new.
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    https://www.youtube.com/user/shugemery

    https://www.youtube.com/user/shugemery
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    I have panel pulls but never use them. A fellow...

    I have panel pulls but never use them. A fellow HF member once read a post where I said I had never even tried the panel pulls. He quickly pulled up a photo from eight years ago showing me using the...
  13. Thread: Journey

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    Even with a 4-season tarp, I don't think you need...

    Even with a 4-season tarp, I don't think you need to go to extreme measures to "keep the air moving underneath." The wind can flow underneath the hammock, through the doors, and there is not much you...
  14. Three panel construction, 21 feet long. No thanks.

    Three panel construction, 21 feet long. No thanks.
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    I learned this lesson the hard way. When I lived...

    I learned this lesson the hard way. When I lived in Tucson, Arizona, the evening news always told you to tell someone where you were going before you embarked on your hike in the desert or mountains....
  16. Then I don't think you have a worry in the world....

    Then I don't think you have a worry in the world. You will be protected, unless you go for some porch-mode configuration.

    However, I must say that there are some weather conditions that are...
  17. Just use a tarp to overcome condensation. An UQP...

    Just use a tarp to overcome condensation. An UQP is really more for splash (but I'd rather have a 4-season tarp rather than have a skimpy tarp that needs a UQP).
  18. When I was ordering my first topquilt from HG,...

    When I was ordering my first topquilt from HG, they asked me if I wanted a sewn footbox or a drawstring footbox. "Why would I want a drawstring footbox?" I asked. None of their reasons made any sense...
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    I just leave the guylines on the tarp and roll...

    I just leave the guylines on the tarp and roll the tarp up. I've never had any tangling with Zing-It.
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    I learned long ago that people can irrationally...

    I learned long ago that people can irrationally endorse a tarp that meets their price point. It's the price that attracts them, not the performance. Back in 2012, one of the most popular tarps...
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    Nope. However, a couple of years ago we had a...

    Nope. However, a couple of years ago we had a group hang in the Pine Barrens. A torrential rain came through and within 15 minutes, this woman with a Chill Gorilla tarp was totally deluged with...
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    Probably destroyed by supply-chain issues due to...

    Probably destroyed by supply-chain issues due to the pandemic. I personally think it's a good thing - their products weren't very good anyway.
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    If you're gonna move to underquilts, then skip...

    If you're gonna move to underquilts, then skip the pads. I've never tried it, but I would think it's hard to situate an underquilt underneath a pad.
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    I do wonder how scams like this work. These guys...

    I do wonder how scams like this work. These guys wait to see a WTB post, then create an HF name like Williams Russell just so they can scam you out of, at most, a couple hundred dollars? Very strange.
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    That HF link doesn't work. Congratulations on not...

    That HF link doesn't work. Congratulations on not getting suckered! You should be proud of yourself.
  26. I don't use shock cord on my DCF tarp - I've...

    I don't use shock cord on my DCF tarp - I've never seen a reason to do it. I have regularly camped in 30 to 40 mph gusts and never had a problem. In fact, a couple of years ago I went on a group hang...
  27. Shock cord tensioners on guy lines were...

    Shock cord tensioners on guy lines were purportedly designed to deal with the stretch of silnylon tarps when they get wet.
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    George at Loco Libre asked me why I had never...

    George at Loco Libre asked me why I had never bought a quilt from him. Because I don't need any more quilts! I have 40*, 20* and 0* quilt sets from HG and was done with quilt purchases before Loco...
  29. Options 1 & 2 are too short for an 11 ft....

    Options 1 & 2 are too short for an 11 ft. hammock. Even if you hang them in a quasi-diamond you're probably gonna get wet. Option 3, a Hex, may have more coverage but still, no doors, so nothing to...
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    I think a lot of it is psychological. You tell...

    I think a lot of it is psychological. You tell yourself you're a cold sleeper enough, and you start to believe it. There is no way someone should be cold at 45* F in 0* quilts (unless you're wearing...
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    Cotton definitely kills. You don't even notice...

    Cotton definitely kills. You don't even notice how much moisture collects in cotton. I've never even tried camping in cotton - polyester or wool for me. Vapor barriers are a bit too esoteric for me...
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    No telling how Trailheadz will do as a vendor....

    No telling how Trailheadz will do as a vendor. They could be the next Dutchware, but not enough evidence to suggest it right now.
  33. I have a friend who, at first, thought camping...

    I have a friend who, at first, thought camping hammocks were the dumbest thing he'd ever heard of. Then, after a few years, he got a hammock. However, he still did things (and still does) I would...
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    I would rethink your attitude towards BLM lands....

    I would rethink your attitude towards BLM lands. Back in the late 1980s/early 90s, I moved to Tucson, Arizona. I was fascinated by the different ecosystems all over the state. Soon, I discovered the...
  35. Thread: DCF Tarps

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    Like CountryBois says, "if you are up at the...

    Like CountryBois says, "if you are up at the break of dawn and down after dark, and never spend a rainy day under it, it may not make any difference." I don't lounge in my hammock during the day - to...
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    Looks like an MSR Groundhog? I've personally...

    Looks like an MSR Groundhog? I've personally never cared for those stakes. I found them rather flimsy.

    Don't even try to use those stakes during deep winter when the ground is frozen. You can't...
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    Just a quick look at this archaic shelter system...

    Just a quick look at this archaic shelter system from the early 20th century: Waxed canvas weighs 18 oz. per square yard? So a 12 x 12 tarp weighs 72 ounces? My math ain't that good but it sounds...
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    Well, it's Ali Express. For that kind of money...

    Well, it's Ali Express. For that kind of money you could buy an HG Economy Incubator Stock 40* UQ for $139.95.

    No way I'm spending a dime on something I've never heard of, and will probably never...
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    I never had any luck staying dry when I used a...

    I never had any luck staying dry when I used a diamond configuration. I gave it up and went to a 11 x 10 winter tarp with doors. I haven't gotten wet in eight years!
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    HG doesn't have 9 x 6 Traverse tarp. They have a...

    HG doesn't have 9 x 6 Traverse tarp. They have a 10 x 8 or a 9'6" x 9'6" Traverse tarp. Regardless, both are for ground camping:

    "Our Traverse (SilPoly Flat Tarp) is intended and ideal for ground...
  41. I think Chill Gorilla is done!

    I think Chill Gorilla is done!
  42. I tried shock cord with my silnylon fly and...

    I tried shock cord with my silnylon fly and immediately dumped it. If the tarp is gonna sag from wet weather, I'll just tighten it up.

    A DCF tarp, however, doesn't sag, so the shock cord does...
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    I don't think it has anything to do with calf...

    I don't think it has anything to do with calf ridge. Sounds like a dehydration issue. You can go a few days without hydrating properly, and won't notice it until you do something strenuous like...
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    BillyBob58 is one of the few people who has never...

    BillyBob58 is one of the few people who has never experienced condensation (or sweating - whatever you want to call it) using a pad. My genetics are different. I used a pad for the first two years of...
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    You want to pay $145 for a simple, gathered end...

    You want to pay $145 for a simple, gathered end hammock and suspension from Poland?
  46. Unfortunately, Opie used some third-party photo...

    Unfortunately, Opie used some third-party photo service (Photobucket) to post those pictures. A few years ago the service decided it wanted to charge people for their free service, so now we've lost...
  47. Side sleeper in bed as well. When I first started...

    Side sleeper in bed as well. When I first started hammock camping, I realized side sleeping wasn't very comfortable for me in a simple, gathered end hammock. I couldn't get comfortable until the...
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    May as well use it if you brought it!

    May as well use it if you brought it!
  49. I've never seen a waterproof topcover. A topcover...

    I've never seen a waterproof topcover. A topcover is more an attempt to keep heat in - which also keeps condensation in. I still haven't figured out when to use one and when not to use one. My...
  50. Hammocks that double as ponchos? How would that...

    Hammocks that double as ponchos? How would that work? The hammock would have to be waterproof - that means you're going to end up in a pool of condensation. Not to mention that you couldn't very well...
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