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    My wife and I double under 1 tarp all the time,...

    My wife and I double under 1 tarp all the time, usually a 12' winter dream or 13' MWG Monster. Both are plenty big if you rig the doors correctly. We've done just about everything except the bunk...
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    We have plenty of hangers in Scouting, so you may...

    We have plenty of hangers in Scouting, so you may get to a "group hang" sooner than you think. I won't say I direct my Scouts to places with trees, but let's just say we don't hike in the desert or...
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    I'd say you are overthinking it. If your fully...

    I'd say you are overthinking it. If your fully cinched whoopies are too long then your tarp is definitely going to be too long. The hammock is the shortest part of the equation. As noted, you can...
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    Pretty sure mine is the lightweight (only one...

    Pretty sure mine is the lightweight (only one they had at the time), but if I bought another I'd probably get a the midweight. Both are far lighter than the really old ones I keep in my ski coat and...
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    I've used a long neck gaiter since the early 80s,...

    I've used a long neck gaiter since the early 80s, long before buffs were a thing. The merino buff is awesome! I keep one in my pack from fall through spring and switch to a lighter synthetic one...
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    Not what you want to hear, but proper down quilts...

    Not what you want to hear, but proper down quilts are the answer. Pads are survivable, but far from comfortably warm, with or without an adequate underquilt. I usually want a winter underquilt to...
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    Performance wise, silpoly doesn't really need cat...

    Performance wise, silpoly doesn't really need cat cuts, so it would be a purely aesthetic thing. The very minor weight savings is definitely not worth the effort in my opinion. Like noted above, if...
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    I have panel pulls and snaps on mine and they...

    I have panel pulls and snaps on mine and they work awesome in all weather conditions I've been in, which includes 2 near misses by tornadoes and several ice storms. I like the snaps on my Winter...
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    Never really thought it through, but I have dog...

    Never really thought it through, but I have dog bones on all my hammocks. I clip on at the gather normally, but for my wife and daughter's shorter hammocks I clip on the end of the dog bone. I...
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    I would use the CDT outside as a quilt protector....

    I would use the CDT outside as a quilt protector. IMHO, they don't have enough or stable enough loft to not compress between you and your primary. Try it out with safety pins and cord locks. Pin...
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    You can get Tera 420 (Tex 8), but I think that...

    You can get Tera 420 (Tex 8), but I think that would be a total pain to sew with. I've never used less than 100 in the various Gutemann lines and haven't had any problems yet. I think your needle...
  12. You can use the ReflectIt and prusik for a...

    You can use the ReflectIt and prusik for a hardware free tarp CRL, but you're probably going to want to learn/use the alpine butterfly version of the truckers hitch due to how slippery the cordage...
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    That is another reason I love then. I hang...

    That is another reason I love then. I hang double with my wife using a spreader all the time. So much easier than trying to find a big tree or one with a Y that's just right!
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    Paul/OneClick, I'm betting I weigh ~2x what you...

    Paul/OneClick, I'm betting I weigh ~2x what you guys do and that is definitely a factor in my opinion/complaint. I'm not a fan of Dutch's regular cinch buckles either for the same reason, but the...
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    If you are going DIY, you are on the right track...

    If you are going DIY, you are on the right track but instead of the secondary as you have drawn, just sew 6-12" of the 1" onto the 2" as a section of adjustable ladder bar on your front loop end. ...
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    Don't get me wrong, I love Brandon and Warbonnet,...

    Don't get me wrong, I love Brandon and Warbonnet, but in my opinion Warbonnet's cinches are best used as weigh in the bottom of your trash can. I love their products and these were a leap forward...
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    FS: How long is the multicam double and what does it...

    How long is the multicam double and what does it weigh?
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    You might also look at the Dutch Chameleon. It...

    You might also look at the Dutch Chameleon. It has a ton of modular add-ons so you can get the base model and build as you go. It's comparable to the Darien and Blackbird but more configurable.
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    It's great that you are starting to prep so...

    It's great that you are starting to prep so early. I'll say this, you can almost never have too much underquilt. They seldom make you too hot, but can surely not be warm enough and there's not a...
  20. I've been near missed (within a mile) twice by...

    I've been near missed (within a mile) twice by tornadoes while hammocking at my lake lot (East Texas). The third time I was fortunate enough not to be there as we took a direct hit. That big pile of...
  21. 1)Get's to spot 2)Hooks up wench and hits the...

    1)Get's to spot
    2)Hooks up wench and hits the button
    3)Sees squirrel, deer, or other distraction
    4)Wonders what that weird tearing noise is
    5)DOOOOOH!!!
    6)Hopes Jeep seat are comfy

    That's how...
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    1) No Liner - I generally sleep in a base layer...

    1) No Liner - I generally sleep in a base layer of some type. In the summer I may never even pull my quilt over me and in the winter I factor those layers into my sleep system. The other big reason...
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    That's awesome, and good for you for sparking the...

    That's awesome, and good for you for sparking the interest and getting the quality bonding time that comes with it. I introduced my wife to hammocking and backpacking and she loves it. We camp a...
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    I've used a ton of different pillows and have...

    I've used a ton of different pillows and have settled on the C shape neck pillows as the best option for me. My go to is actually a Samsonite inflatable travelers neck pillow. It has a soft...
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    In my view they are really needed on nylon to...

    In my view they are really needed on nylon to keep the pitch tight. On my other tarps that don't stretch, it's cheap insurance to protect my tarp from trips. That could be me, my wife, daughter,...
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    That 2,6,10 is a linear run. You can half that...

    That 2,6,10 is a linear run. You can half that by doubling up if you have a tight hang or skip the whoopie altogether and hang right off the end of your continuous loop ;)

    ETA: I've never had to...
  27. Thread: Speed Tips

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    I've found you can avoid a lot of time by...

    I've found you can avoid a lot of time by standardizing your hang. I know I want trees 5-6 paces apart. At that distance I know exactly how high to hang my straps and my stuff goes up exactly as it...
  28. Thread: Quilt Combos

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    I use a 20* down quilt if I think it's going...

    I use a 20* down quilt if I think it's going under 55*, mostly because it weighs the same or less, breaths better and packs the same as my 40* degree synthetic. 55 is my break point because that is...
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    My silnylon does that, but neither of my silpoly...

    My silnylon does that, but neither of my silpoly tarps has ever held water. A quick pop and the water just flies off and it's dry in 5-10 minutes. Maybe you got something on them. Have you camped...
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    That UI is definitely a chore, but... 176176

    That UI is definitely a chore, but...
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    ^^All of that^^ Paracord is awful and should...

    ^^All of that^^ Paracord is awful and should probably be reserved for crafting bracelets, rifle slings, and belts. I get why Dave likes it, but in the real world, with all options on the table, it...
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    Great idea!!! I have to give that a try. I...

    Great idea!!! I have to give that a try. I always aim for hammock bottom just below knee height and cross check that the foot is relatively higher than the head. Pegging the respective buckle...
  33. Along the lines of acclimation... and maybe this...

    Along the lines of acclimation... and maybe this is way far off the wall, but you could try hot yoga. If you can live through/get used to that sweat fest, 100* and high humidity will feel down right...
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    May not work out, but try a vacuum cleaner repair...

    May not work out, but try a vacuum cleaner repair place, auto parts store, or even McMaster Carr for that flat belt. There's nothing new under the sun and it's pretty rare, even for old stuff, that...
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    I air/dry out all down items as soon as I get...

    I air/dry out all down items as soon as I get home whether they were used on trial or not. I have wall hooks in my gear closet just so I can hang/air out my down or other damp items for a few days...
  36. I think you are using your tarp worms wrong,...

    I think you are using your tarp worms wrong, because I don't understand "you need to go all the way back to the tarpworm and if the stake/log/root I find is far away then I'm always hurting for extra...
  37. I do different loop sizes on both ends. On the...

    I do different loop sizes on both ends. On the normal stake end, I do a large enough loop to wrap around my stake twice (a single loop can slip off). On the other end, I do a small loop, just big...
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    Sweet!!! I'm in for a pack cover when those come...

    Sweet!!! I'm in for a pack cover when those come online...and some shorts if I can ever get you to make them in XXL.
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    I think I've come to the conclusion, in my own...

    I think I've come to the conclusion, in my own mind anyway, that calf ridge is very subjective and definitely influenced by a lot of variables. Having the suspension dialed in just right is one of...
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    Looking at diagram linked by gargoyle, if you are...

    Looking at diagram linked by gargoyle, if you are doing a standing French seam, 1" seam allowance per side. To make it flat felled as most tarps would be, side A is 1" and side B is 1 5/8".
  41. Man Texoma certainly gets hot, but at least you...

    Man Texoma certainly gets hot, but at least you can jump in. You could try LBJ Grasslands, at least there are some shady spots and few watering holes. I'm afraid you're going to have to cross the...
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    You guys are looking in the wrong spot. Grand...

    You guys are looking in the wrong spot. Grand Trunk, Skeeter Beater, Yukon Outfitters, and all the other cheap Chinese bug net hammocks are built the same. Imagine folding a blanket in half...
  43. Thread: DOWN QUESTION

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    If you literally just finished it, it's probably...

    If you literally just finished it, it's probably really clumpy from the filling process. Toss it in the drier on cool with some tennis balls to fluff it up and spread the down. Report back if you...
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    I use an unmodified CDT all summer. Packs small,...

    I use an unmodified CDT all summer. Packs small, vents great, weights a pound, gives some wiggle room in case a front comes in. Who needs a footbox when it's over 60*? Also, you could just pack...
  45. The hammocking part isn't the problem...plenty...

    The hammocking part isn't the problem...plenty cool at night. It's making it through the day that'll get ya. Camp near swimmable water to keep cool. You could also head up to Broken Bow or Western...
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    Until tent weight gets below 35-40oz, hammocks...

    Until tent weight gets below 35-40oz, hammocks are very easily in the game for cost and weight. After that you start piling on the cost in either scenario. I'd say until about 2 years ago I was...
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    Just open up the gathered end and run the SRL...

    Just open up the gathered end and run the SRL through the middle of the gather. No holes or sewing required. If you are handy with the thread injector, run your SRL inside the net, lay in in the...
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    I find doing DIY outdoors stuff I need the...

    I find doing DIY outdoors stuff I need the ability to do thicker materials and layers so I'm a fan of the vintage all metal Singers, but you definitely want a metal drive train if you go for a new...
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    I have tarpworms on all my tarps and have since...

    I have tarpworms on all my tarps and have since they came out. I see no reason to switch. If I need to change suspension lines, it takes less than a minute to larks head on a new set of lines. I...
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    My primary UQ is a 0* that's used for anything...

    My primary UQ is a 0* that's used for anything under 50*, and I live in Texas. Above that and I use a DIY Costco UQ, but I haven't been able to buy anything in the middle yet. My primary quilt is a...
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