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  1. Thread: Down hoods

    by cougarmeat
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    Kallorne, a down hood is great to carry when I’m...

    Kallorne, a down hood is great to carry when I’m climbing in the winter - especially when it’s time to stop for a snack or admire a view from the summit. Note that when you are lying on it, you are...
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    Keep the tarp on the claw. If I just had the tarp...

    Keep the tarp on the claw. If I just had the tarp ridgeline with a two step process of 1) attach ridgeline to tree, 2) attaching tarp to Nama Claws, then the claws could … misbehave. But if you use...
  3. You have most of it right. One option you missed...

    You have most of it right. One option you missed was just line (rope/cord) like Hennessy uses. Hennessy gives instructions for a knot, but it is much faster to use two rings to pinch the line. It...
  4. It’s more “your mileage may vary”. It doesn’t...

    It’s more “your mileage may vary”. It doesn’t hurt to have them but unless you anticipate a major storm - which usually doesn’t show up without some warning/prediction - it would probably be fine....
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    Geez you guys, here I was happy with my...

    Geez you guys, here I was happy with my assortment of (years old) HG UQ’s for different temps. NOW, I know there are 950 fill options and 10D or 7D fabric options. I wonder if there is going to be...
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    I have a DL BlackBird and several UQ’s for...

    I have a DL BlackBird and several UQ’s for different temperatures. If I were starting out again, I’d get a SL (DL = double layer, SL = single layer) BlackBird and a 20 degree Wookie. I don’t know if...
  7. Yes - you got it. I used the “weak link” method...

    Yes - you got it. I used the “weak link” method because my tarp was part of the structure - like a big oval around two trees where a ridgeline was on one side and tarp - part of the oval - on the...
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    Sticky: I was looking in a Dollar Store for trinkets to...

    I was looking in a Dollar Store for trinkets to put in geocaches. I saw these woven nylon hammocks with wooden dowels at the ends. Looked like it might be fun for hanging out on a hike or kayak...
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    Oh, I see. You are asking about hooks, not...

    Oh, I see. You are asking about hooks, not buckles. I don’t know where your hooks would go with either 1 inch or 2 inch straps. As Peeeetey said - a Marlin Spike Hitch is a MSH, whether it’s 1” or 2”...
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    The head left, feet right might be because it...

    The head left, feet right might be because it puts the head closer to the zipper opening on the bug net. So you are not reaching across the hammock for the zipper. Also, you can quickly stick your...
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    Note that with full sized doors, you don’t have...

    Note that with full sized doors, you don’t have to close both end (depending upon weather or whether you want to). But the ThunderFly is a good general purpose tarp. I have one. I also got a mini-fly...
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    If you use hiking poles or something other over...

    If you use hiking poles or something other over the ridge line you can attache the panel pulls to that (called, “external pole mod”). It is also okay to just not use the panel pulls. The SuperFly is...
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    Just because you have a 2 inch strap around the...

    Just because you have a 2 inch strap around the tree, that doesn’t mean you have to continue it to the hammock. I’m not a Dutchware expert but most of the buckles I’ve seen are for 1 inch straps -...
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    Rusty, Welcome to the forum. Remember, you don’t...

    Rusty, Welcome to the forum. Remember, you don’t have to buy “new”. There are a lot of good deals in the ForSale sub-forum. As for line, I don’t like to fuss with it and I am strong enough to deal...
  15. Be careful not to get too tied to those numbers....

    Be careful not to get too tied to those numbers. Remember, they are a suggestion; a starting point. That said, the BlackBird and XLC are somewhat unique in that they have a “foot shelf” built into...
  16. FS: One more week and I’ll pull this off. Haven’t...

    One more week and I’ll pull this off. Haven’t heard from BIAS but the single layer (8 oz) is made from 1.1 oz fabric (feels silky). Though they say the 1.1 oz will support 245 lbs. I’m sure I got the...
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    When I worked at a “home” store (grocery,...

    When I worked at a “home” store (grocery, furniture, toys, automotive, clothing, etc.) they were often throwing away fixtures/racks that had been used to display merchandise. Rather than hooks on a...
  18. Thread: Reflectix

    by cougarmeat
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    What about putting a layer of those cheap mylar...

    What about putting a layer of those cheap mylar space blankets on top of one? It will block the breathability but you’ll have the tarp high enough that won’t be a problem. The mylar will reflect the...
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    If under my neck, the pillow tips my head up too...

    If under my neck, the pillow tips my head up too much. If I use one at all, it’s either under a knee for support variation or by the side of my head to push the bug net away.
  20. Changing the suspension on my HH was my first DIY...

    Changing the suspension on my HH was my first DIY project. I watched the video of the knot they recommend with the tree huggers and immediately followed that up with a YouTube video where two rings...
  21. FS: I have email to BIAS asking about the weight of...

    I have email to BIAS asking about the weight of their DL hammocks. Their standard SL is 8 oz so the DL is probably a little less than twice that.
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    rerun, remember, you don’t have to buy new; often...

    rerun, remember, you don’t have to buy new; often there are good bargains in the ForSale area.

    Also, winter camping is more than just a warmer UQ (and TQ). You will most often find more of more of...
  23. I hesitated to suggest a cheap Amazon hammock for...

    I hesitated to suggest a cheap Amazon hammock for practice because I know Dutchware and other have really inexpensive ‘starter” hammocks. But they are inexpensive if you are in the USA. The cost of...
  24. You might be a little tall for the lower cost HH...

    You might be a little tall for the lower cost HH hammocks. If you are absolutely a stomach sleeper then you might skip the GE (gathered end) choices. But understand that how you’ve evolved to sleep...
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    I torn a sleeping bag to shreds that way - but...

    I torn a sleeping bag to shreds that way - but you can imagine how heavy the sleeping bag was when saturated with water.

    Maybe just a hammock would be safe but wouldn’t be easier/safer to just...
  26. Yep - that’s their job. If you want to wear belt...

    Yep - that’s their job. If you want to wear belt and suspenders, you could add a short line from the tarp end to (Prusik, etc.) to the ridge line. That way, if the split ring opens completely, the...
  27. Would you say a sport coat could only go with one...

    Would you say a sport coat could only go with one pair of slacks or a skirt could only go with one blouse? There are usually two hammock seasons; spring/summer/fall and Winter. The hammock may be the...
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    > If it's the canoe? "throw it in there!" :) ...

    > If it's the canoe? "throw it in there!"

    :)

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    > but never quite nailed it. Good - because it...

    > but never quite nailed it.

    Good - because it is better to hang from straps :)

    “without" is the great teacher. I used to carry the usual extras (clothing) for myself, only to lend it out to...
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    Justin, welcome to the forum. Many of us have...

    Justin, welcome to the forum. Many of us have switched to hammocks because of the comfort and Leave No Trace aspect. Weight-wise the gear is on par with a solo tent. Of course one can pursue extra...
  31. Note that the WBBB is cut so it has a “foot...

    Note that the WBBB is cut so it has a “foot extension” for the diagonal. I’m guessing that’s why that model has a higher than usual recommended foot end. The usual rise is less than 12 inches. But...
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    When you are talking about a washing machine, I...

    When you are talking about a washing machine, I hope you are referring to a front loader. A top loader with that agitator can tear apart a sleeping bag or other bulky delicate material like a bug net.
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    Wh1sti3Punk, welcome to the forum. Just a note...

    Wh1sti3Punk, welcome to the forum. Just a note that I don’t know how many read this intro thread compared to General Hammocks or other sub-treads like camping. I wouldn’t have noticed your post if it...
  34. FS: Only price reduction down to $60.

    Only price reduction down to $60.
  35. I wouldn’t call 30 degrees a “goal”. For me, it...

    I wouldn’t call 30 degrees a “goal”. For me, it is more a starting point to finding comfort - which is my goal. Other numbers are offered - like the distance the ends should be apart is somewhere...
  36. Welcome to the forum. :) It just takes one...

    Welcome to the forum. :)

    It just takes one mosquito (or other flying/crawling critter) to ruin a night’s sleep. It you are set on UL and want some minimal protection, you can try a HUG net. It has...
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    Absolutely treat that water after collection....

    Absolutely treat that water after collection. When I look at my tarp after a trip - with the dust/pitch/bird deposits, etc. I’d be hesitant run water through that and into a glass for drinking....
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    Red05, it might help to list your priorities for...

    Red05, it might help to list your priorities for your tarp and the seasons/weather conditions you expect to use it. For example, where I live, we very seldom have major storms. In the winter, we can...
  39. The choices have to do with convenience if, for...

    The choices have to do with convenience if, for some reason, you'd want to remove that ridge line. Like how much do you want to take apart. If you larks head around (not through) the tail of the CL...
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    To widen the hole I use small knitting needles -...

    To widen the hole I use small knitting needles - bought as a pack of plenty at Joanns.

    To pull through, I use the fids I got from DutchWare or a wire I picked up for free from a music store. It...
  41. The trick with condensation is air flow -...

    The trick with condensation is air flow - ventilation (also vaper barriers). It’s a delicate balance - allowing just enough airflow to keep condensation at bay while not letting that airflow rob too...
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    Note that kattdogg is from WI. They probably give...

    Note that kattdogg is from WI. They probably give -40 UQ’s at baby showers so the eventually little tike will have the gear she needs once she starts adventuring.
  43. Couldn’t help but notice your setup “… right at...

    Couldn’t help but notice your setup “… right at the water …”. So I’m guessing you’ve read about 100 or 200 ft setbacks and chosen to act otherwise (and this is a camp, not just an afternoon...
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    Deadeye, or you might meet them using camo. I’m...

    Deadeye, or you might meet them using camo. I’m sure it’s a cultural/regional difference but if I can see a campsite, I will do what I can to avoid it - give them privacy just as I might desire. It...
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    Note that the ridge line itself does not add...

    Note that the ridge line itself does not add comfort - not in the way a spoonfull of ice cream on a hot day addes comfort.

    The ridge line only allows you to more easily duplicate a setting you...
  46. Long ago, ENO sold nylon daisy chains. Finally,...

    Long ago, ENO sold nylon daisy chains. Finally, “they got the memo” and switched - with their Atlas Straps, to polyester. Kammock’s Python Straps are polyester. Both those are heavier than...
  47. Thank you for the links and suggestions. This is...

    Thank you for the links and suggestions. This is for a specific tarp - 13 ft SuperFly with the WB poles. Brandon suggested about 6 inches length. I have a few tarps with panel pulls so I may make the...
  48. FS: BIAS 11ft. DL Green Weight Weenie Hammock

    As new, Double Layer Weight Weenie hammock. Comes with double ended stuff sack. Gathered with Amsteel dogbone with generous loop for your chosen suspension.

    Shipped CONUS: $65.00

    If you want to...
  49. My first continuous ridgelines were an oval...

    My first continuous ridgelines were an oval around the trees with the line on one side and tarp on the other. It allowed for easy tarp adjustment; no need to move one end and then the other; just...
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    Because you mentioned a speed issue: I think...

    Because you mentioned a speed issue: I think daisy chain is the speed king/queen. Wrap/clip/done. I think it’s faster than webbing because you don’t have to slide the buckle to the correct position....
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