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    After watching the Jellyfish video I'll link...

    After watching the Jellyfish video I'll link below, I just made mine without a pattern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdZIMKE7E2w&t=30s

    Since you're essentially making a small hammock that hangs...
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    Just listened to it last night and thought it was...

    Just listened to it last night and thought it was another good one. The audio quality was very good, by the way. Those two are an interesting duo with a somewhat niche product so I enjoyed the...
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    I made my UQP pretty close to full length. It's...

    I made my UQP pretty close to full length. It's roughly 100 inches long so that it more than covers both ends of my full length underquilt, though it doesn't fully reach the ends of the hammock...
  4. My wife has a Ridgerunner and I like it a lot...

    My wife has a Ridgerunner and I like it a lot based on half a dozen times I've used it, but I'm only 5'9" and about 160 pounds. I've also tried Just Bill's bridge hammocks, or one of them anyway,...
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    Assuming you're not interested in making your...

    Assuming you're not interested in making your own, I'll suggest my favorite: the Arrowhead Jarbidge. For $100 you can get either the 45 degree or the 25 degree version. It's not cheap, but it is...
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    The dogbone calculator looks pretty handy from my...

    The dogbone calculator looks pretty handy from my cursory look just now. I downloaded the original spreadsheet years ago and found it handy. I'm sure this update will be useful as well. Seems like...
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    Excellent points. She's far from lazy. Her...

    Excellent points. She's far from lazy. Her Warbonnet hammock video tells a good story; it's the story of what one newbie's experiences are trying to decide on a hammock purchase. She defined her...
  8. Leaving the tarp out of the equation for now,...

    Leaving the tarp out of the equation for now, here are a few more options:

    Hammockgear has zippered bugnet hammocks and a choice of suspension options for around $150 or so, depending on which...
  9. I just made my son a hammock and suspension and...

    I just made my son a hammock and suspension and had similar concerns. He's not a backpacker and weight of gear was not much of an issue. I chose to use 1.9 ripstop nylon for the hammock body and...
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    Jacks 'R Better may have what you need. For...

    Jacks 'R Better may have what you need. For instance, my Hudson River quilt is mostly used as a top quilt with a cinched footbox, but it can also function as an underquilt by adding their hanging...
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    I get mine from Ripstop by the Roll: ...

    I get mine from Ripstop by the Roll: https://ripstopbytheroll.com/collections/plastic-cordlocks
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    If you can make an amsteel loop, you can also...

    If you can make an amsteel loop, you can also make a soft shackle, which would work to connect a loop to a whoopie. My bridge hammock uses soft shackles as a connection point to the suspension. To...
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    Maybe not quite in the ballpark, but I have...

    Maybe not quite in the ballpark, but I have Hammock Gear's Quest tarp, which was described as Xenon fabric when I bought it. Now I think they simply say it's silpoly without specifying Xenon...
  14. +1 on the MTN 1.3 from Ripstop by the Roll. I...

    +1 on the MTN 1.3 from Ripstop by the Roll. I made myself a hammock in this fabric. There are photos somewhere on my Instagram page, back in November, I think. cmc4free noted that Dream Hammock...
  15. I agree with psyculman that the Jungle version...

    I agree with psyculman that the Jungle version should be easier to use with a pad. I have a classic Expedition with bottom entry that I bought back in 2014. While I like the system, I found that...
  16. I'm a fan of the MTN 1.3 and recently made myself...

    I'm a fan of the MTN 1.3 and recently made myself one (pics on my Instagram page from about 5-6 months back if you want to search). The hammock with amsteel loops and a zingit ridgeline weighs 10...
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    A couple of years ago, I made a full length UQ...

    A couple of years ago, I made a full length UQ from the Ripstop by the Roll kit using the Apex 5. Your plan to not use grosgrain is good. I made mine with the grosgrain end channels but later...
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    Bingo! That's my reason for not bothering to...

    Bingo! That's my reason for not bothering to comment as much anymore.
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    You probably won't be happy with option 3. I...

    You probably won't be happy with option 3. I made an underquilt with grosgrain channels on the ends to run the cinch cords through. It doesn't work very well; lots of accordion folding and gaps and...
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    While he's not strictly a hammock guy (he used to...

    While he's not strictly a hammock guy (he used to be) one I enjoy is Evan from Evan's Backpacking Videos. He's got a quirky, dry sense of humor, makes very watchable videos, and has strong opinions,...
  21. That's pretty slick. If it's a known fix, I've...

    That's pretty slick. If it's a known fix, I've never seen it before so you may have invented it. I guess that it essentially adds some slack to the UQ suspension, slack that is pulling more on the...
  22. +1 on Shug's comments: Really cool that you hit...

    +1 on Shug's comments: Really cool that you hit up so many different vendors. You've got equipment that a lot of folks, including me, would be jealous of. You're not going to get it perfectly right...
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    Pics 3 and 4 show what looks like a really good...

    Pics 3 and 4 show what looks like a really good seal on the hammock. And the quilt itself looks quite lofty and warm. The blue color also stands out nicely against the snow. :)
  24. If you can't find the original or can't remember,...

    If you can't find the original or can't remember, maybe try autumn ultralight, who makes tree straps in several different materials.

    https://www.autumnultralight.com/
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    Mine work fine with Zing-it, which is 1.75 mm, I...

    Mine work fine with Zing-it, which is 1.75 mm, I believe. They slide easily and lock down securely.
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    One that I'd nominate for consideration would be...

    One that I'd nominate for consideration would be the Jarbidge from Arrowhead Equipment. The more I use it the better I like it. I've got the 3-season version and have slept comfortably down into...
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    And away we go to hit the download button on the...

    And away we go to hit the download button on the podcast app...
    :)
  28. Never thought about the bulkiness argument but it...

    Never thought about the bulkiness argument but it makes sense. I do like my UQP, and will keep this post in mind next time I feel door envy, since I have not (yet) bought a tarp with doors.
  29. Intriguing, though a bit hard to follow the video...

    Intriguing, though a bit hard to follow the video since we can see only one end of the system. Studying the diagram helps, but I'd like to see the entirety of the system from end to end in some long...
  30. I started with an Expedition in 2014, used it in...

    I started with an Expedition in 2014, used it in its stock version for a year or so, then replaced the ropes with whoopies and used it some more. Mine was the classic bottom entry, though eventually...
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    I made myself a hammock from MTN 1.3 last month...

    I made myself a hammock from MTN 1.3 last month and like it. I'm 5'9" and about 155-160. I can't compare it to HyperD or Monolite as I have neither, but I can tell you it has, to my mind, just...
  32. +1 on all of the above. One thing that...

    +1 on all of the above.

    One thing that helped me on my hammock sewing was a teflon foot for the Singer. The difference it made in the way that slippery material fed through the machine was...
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    At 5'9" I find a 3/4 length underquilt covers my...

    At 5'9" I find a 3/4 length underquilt covers my backside from neck to ankles. If you're 5'8", you'd save a bit of weight using a 3/4 length underquilt and still have more than sufficient coverage....
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    If it helps, I think Warbonnet is running a sale...

    If it helps, I think Warbonnet is running a sale right now on blem hammocks (small blemishes that don't affect much if anything) so that could save some money. The suggestion to consider Dream...
  35. Good one once again, and especially cool to find...

    Good one once again, and especially cool to find out there's somebody just an hour up the road from me building hammock stuff.
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    +1 on this. My suspension of choice these days...

    +1 on this. My suspension of choice these days is 12 foot tree straps becket hitched to loops on the hammock ends. I'm trying to simplify my tarp setup as well, though I have to admit that the Nama...
  37. I've made one, though not for a Wooki. The video...

    I've made one, though not for a Wooki. The video I'll link to below is from forum member Jellyfish and was quite helpful. I didn't follow it exactly, but used it to figure out the length I needed...
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    This is an intriguing response to the issue and...

    This is an intriguing response to the issue and I'll be following your progress with interest. I had exactly the bunching and gapping at first on my DIY quilt (made with Apex 5, I believe) mainly...
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    Interesting one-of-a-kind project. Off the top...

    Interesting one-of-a-kind project.

    Off the top of my head, a suggestion or two:

    1) Maybe try mocking up a cheap prototype using a couple of poncho liners. I've put snaps and a drawstring on...
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    Another option to consider is Shug's trick of...

    Another option to consider is Shug's trick of wrapping the footbox with a puffy coat (or other upper body garment). I find that more comfortable than the pad under my heels most nights.
  41. Poll: A little more info: Zing-it made into a...

    A little more info:

    Zing-it made into a whoopie sling. After much fiddling, it's set at close to 85 percent of the length of the hammock. Hammock length = 130 inches. Ridgeline length = 110...
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    I've made both the sewn and non-sewn versions of...

    I've made both the sewn and non-sewn versions of the PLUQ and find it good for me down to only about 60 or so, fine for summer but that's about it. If your sewing skills are up to it, the underquilt...
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    Before you buy anything else, I'd suggest getting...

    Before you buy anything else, I'd suggest getting a copy of "The Ultimate Hang" from Derek Hansen, or at the very least, read some of the Hammock 101 posts on his website. The book will answer...
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    Outdoor Gear Lab reviewed a GT Double back in...

    Outdoor Gear Lab reviewed a GT Double back in 2014. Here's a link to the review where they note the weight as 20 ounces:...
  45. December speeds up and chances for extended...

    December speeds up and chances for extended listening are few and far between. I've yet to hear the whole thing, but what I've listened to so far has impressed me. You did a fine job first time out...
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    Why not get one of the closeout hammocks from...

    Why not get one of the closeout hammocks from Ripstop by the Roll?
    https://ripstopbytheroll.com/products/appalachian-hammock-original

    That'll get you an 11 foot good quality hammock, and at $25...
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    Perfect timing because I've been wanting...

    Perfect timing because I've been wanting something better for my tarp. Order placed. Thank you very much.
  48. Hi Butdusty, At your height, most of the...

    Hi Butdusty,

    At your height, most of the Amazon stuff is going to be too short. 11-foot long is what you need, and that's 11 feet of FABRIC, not counting the suspension length as some do on that...
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    Several folks I've hiked with have HG DCF tarps...

    Several folks I've hiked with have HG DCF tarps and speak highly of them, but if you're open to other fabrics than DCF, I've been happy with my Hammock Gear Quest tarp. I've got the 12 foot...
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    Rather than address your specific question, let...

    Rather than address your specific question, let me suggest that the first thing you need to own is Derek Hansen's book, "The Ultimate Hang." For new hangers it will answer questions you haven't yet...
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