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    I'm currently in an 11' and have been thinking...

    I'm currently in an 11' and have been thinking about trying 12'. I've also been thinking about an integrated insulation hammock like Superior Gear, but max they offer is 11'. While having down is...
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    Thanks for sharing! I've been thinking about...

    Thanks for sharing!

    I've been thinking about sending my 20° Trail Winder in to get the modular update to extend its range. I wonder if it would be possible (I should ask) for Jared to convert an...
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    I've got a long Old Rag Mountain (0°), dark olive...

    I've got a long Old Rag Mountain (0°), dark olive outer / burnt orange inner.

    It's warmer than I need in GA and selling could help me make room for something more in the 15°-20° range. Let me...
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    Congrats on the new tarp! I'm a big fan of Lawson...

    Congrats on the new tarp! I'm a big fan of Lawson Glowire — the added visibility for middle of the night bathroom trips is awesome and it actually stays tight on my linelocs!

    Enjoy!
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    This looks great. I especially love the idea of...

    This looks great. I especially love the idea of having one end already staked and ready to go. I'll have to give this a try my next time out.

    Another bit that impressed me: you saying you're out...
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    I've been playing around with draping a quilt...

    I've been playing around with draping a quilt (using this one at the moment: https://www.backcountry.com/stoic-basecamp-bivy-quilt-double) over my hammock's ridgeline to see how it helps out in...
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    It's so tough to figure out what's going on while...

    It's so tough to figure out what's going on while in the hammock OR looking at it without that extra weight in it for sure. I should get a crash test dummy... 🤔





    As much as I love my Trail...
  8. Thread: New Trail Lair

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    Nice purchase! I love the orange stitching. ...

    Nice purchase! I love the orange stitching.

    If I can see right in the pics, it looks like you got the gear pouch and head end shelf? I love that shelf... well and the hammock in general :laugh:
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    Thanks for sharing! I definitely count it a...

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely count it a success when you get a chance to test out your gear against trying conditions and find what's working and what can use some further tuning.

    I recently...
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    ULA Circuit > Catalyst > Ohm (Large torso/med belt)

    I'm looking for my first backpacking bag and looking at ULA. My preferred torso is large and belt size medium but would consider a large.

    My primary target is the Circuit followed by the Catalyst....
  11. Thread: Down booties?

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    I've been looking at booties periodically,...

    I've been looking at booties periodically, especially as this thread keeps popping up.

    When comparing booties, I came across this video that compares: Goosefeet gear Down Socks, Enlightened...
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    Their quilts look so cozy. This comforter has got...

    Their quilts look so cozy. This comforter has got me thinking if I could diy some snaps to my UQ and hammock to get a a more snug fit & limit some shifting. Or I would just love to buy one of their...
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    JRB Hudson River or Big Meadows (20f)

    I'm looking for a top quilt in the neighborhood of 20F and have zeroed in on the Jacks R Better Hudson River or 20F Big Meadows. I am leaning towards the HR for its ability to use as an under quilt...
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    Silpoly XL Winter Haven

    I'm the proud owner of a new 12' Silpoly XL Winter Haven :boggle: I've been looking forward to this day and can't wait to get some use out of it.

    I've got it set up in my yard to figure out...
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    I'm loving the becket hitch — I moved to it...

    I'm loving the becket hitch — I moved to it recently when I picked up Jeff's whoopie slings kit (https://www.ebay.com/itm/284226942857). I only tied it wrong and fell on my [insert Jeff's whistle as...
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    Great to hear - hope you enjoy! Look forward to...

    Great to hear - hope you enjoy! Look forward to hearing about your experiences with it!
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    I picked up the following 13' tarp on Amazon for...

    I picked up the following 13' tarp on Amazon for ~$30 in my pre-hammock days. I've only set it up in my yard and take it with me when I go car camping just in case I need something extra. I do use...
  18. Same! This looks quite useful

    Same! This looks quite useful
  19. Thread: Classifieds?

    by bsteele
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    Had it not been for the 50 posts rule, mI may...

    Had it not been for the 50 posts rule, mI may have sold my ridgerunner after I picked up a trail lair. Glad I didn't though.

    Speaking of 50 posts.... i'll get there one day
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    No hiking this time (I left my hiking boots on my...

    No hiking this time (I left my hiking boots on my porch as I was rushing out the door :cursing:) & only had my Crocs. I haven't done the Edmonds trail before but have done TN Rock in the past. The...
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    Black Rock Mountain State Park, GA

    Here are some photos from a recent trip to Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia. The leaves, while past peak, were still spectacular :boggle:

    I was in one of their tent walk-in sites (about...
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    welcome — nice to have you

    welcome — nice to have you
  23. Thread: Hammock pillow

    by bsteele
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    I have a pillow similar to this one below. It's a...

    I have a pillow similar to this one below. It's a travel neck pillow with a bunch of foam beads. Like a u-shaped neck pillow but just a long tube. I have it elongated, connected to the clip at the...
  24. Definitely carry the 0* quilts! Or a 40 pack of...

    Definitely carry the 0* quilts! Or a 40 pack of HotHands
  25. Thanks for the discussion everyone - your shared...

    Thanks for the discussion everyone - your shared experiences and pics helped me visualize and narrow down what I was after.

    I set up my existing gear to get a better sense of what the options...
  26. Without meaning to suggest, are you suggesting a...

    Without meaning to suggest, are you suggesting a World Hammock Hanging Championship???
  27. The HG Journey is looking super tempting. Great...

    The HG Journey is looking super tempting. Great price, center tie-outs, line locs & RR spacing panel pulls.

    I also want to upgrade my trail winder to jared's modular system; the journey would...
  28. Awesome story, thanks for sharing! Jared's word...

    Awesome story, thanks for sharing! Jared's word of mouth advertising is on point
  29. More choices, just what my indecisive adhd brain...

    More choices, just what my indecisive adhd brain needs :lol:
  30. Thanks for the info and pics! I've got a...

    Thanks for the info and pics! I've got a Cloudburst but after a recent trip with 30F temps and cutting wind all night, I figured I should add a winter tarp to my arsenal. I'm currently just car...
  31. Thread: Howdy,

    by bsteele
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    [/COLOR] Now that's the right way to live! Never...

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    Now that's the right way to live! Never stop learning!

    Welcome and glad to have you :)
  32. decision paralysis between Superfly and Winter Haven — what a time to be alive

    Warbonnet's got 15% off... but that Silpoly XL Winter Haven with end snaps seems to be calling my name.

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  33. Thread: Hello

    by bsteele
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    Welcome! Glad to have you here and hope you share...

    Welcome! Glad to have you here and hope you share some pics from your upcoming trip.
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    Haha, not the first thing that would have come to...

    Haha, not the first thing that would have come to my mind I don't think but interesting thought. Great story & glad you both could have a laugh about it. I wonder if he is still replaying the gaffe...
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    Bear attack, fallen tree, or perhaps a violent...

    Bear attack, fallen tree, or perhaps a violent altercation I expected, not that. Wat
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    my feet stay cold in general and I struggle to...

    my feet stay cold in general and I struggle to keep them warm in my hammock. A hot water bottle at the foot of my sleeping bag helps but it's a bit awkward at times to position. I need to check out...
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    I bought my SLD gear (hammock and uq) used here....

    I bought my SLD gear (hammock and uq) used here. While I am glad to have my setup, hearing all these stories has me real excited to buy some new gear direct from him :laugh:.
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    :lol:
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    Thanks for sharing those photos! The hammock on...

    Thanks for sharing those photos! The hammock on that second photo looks like the mesh from a bag of oranges. I can't tell but is the hammock in the first photo similar?
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    great tips in this thread! The lowest I've taken...

    great tips in this thread! The lowest I've taken my gear is upper 30sF (at home) but going camping this weekend and should get in low 20s. Looking forward to trying out some of these ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
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    as a recent hammock convert, it's great to get a...

    as a recent hammock convert, it's great to get a glimpse of this bit of history.

    Also, here's the list of members by join date...
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    This is pretty neat. Looking through the pics...

    This is pretty neat. Looking through the pics (campground: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/campground/warriors-path), I couldn't help but notice the tiny stick the orange hammock is hanging from...
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    Possibly my only dislike with my RR is how narrow...

    Possibly my only dislike with my RR is how narrow it is in the middle and foot end. I'd love a wide version (at the very least have the head end width the entire length) because my knees bump up...
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    Welcome! Happy to see more Georgia folks around....

    Welcome! Happy to see more Georgia folks around. I used to live in Gwinnett as well!
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    welcome and hope you enjoy that upgrade to the...

    welcome and hope you enjoy that upgrade to the XLC!
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    Tremendously helpful and to the point �� — thanks...

    Tremendously helpful and to the point �� — thanks for sharing!

    I've got an 11x65 SLD that I really like but have wondered about going 12' or even ~70"... videos like this really helps get a truer...
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    I haven't taken mine anywhere close to 20 so...

    I haven't taken mine anywhere close to 20 so can't speak to how well mine holds up. I've got a couple trips planned in next few months (or even in backyard) where I can test the limits ;)

    Good to...
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    I've got a 20* trail winder and love it. I had no...

    I've got a 20* trail winder and love it. I had no idea about this updated version [emoji7] - I am very intrigued.

    I don't doubt this would be a great buy

    Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
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    Have you looked at the trail winder? ...

    Have you looked at the trail winder?
    https://simplylightdesigns.com/products/trail-winder-asym-uq

    Mine fits on a cheap 11'x 72" Amazon hammock

    Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
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    The Haven intrigues me but I can't justify buying...

    The Haven intrigues me but I can't justify buying one (for now at least...).

    Thanks for sharing! It's always a joy to watch your adventures and experience all these different hammocks vicariously ...
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