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  1. If you search the For Sale forum here, as I just...

    If you search the For Sale forum here, as I just did, you'll see a few Hennessy items from time to time and can get an idea of pricing. To be specific, though, the last time I see a bottom entry...
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    Mud, Rocks, Blazes - Heather Anderson AWOL on...

    Mud, Rocks, Blazes - Heather Anderson

    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail - David Miller

    Appalachian Trials - Zach Davis

    Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail: 100 Tips, Tricks, Traps, and Facts - Jan...
  3. Without actually weighing what you describe...

    Without actually weighing what you describe there's no way to know for certain, but what I can do is describe my hammock and tell you what it weighs and let you extrapolate from that. My DIY hammock...
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    I've done it both ways and usually spray. For...

    I've done it both ways and usually spray. For dunking if you want to mix up smaller amounts you can use gallon ziploc bags to soak/dunk items rather than a five gallon bucket. I put in a few...
  5. I'll take a whack at some of your questions. I...

    I'll take a whack at some of your questions. I made myself a MTN 1.2 in the wide fabric and like it, though the extra width is wasted on me. I like the MTN fabric for its toughness and light...
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    My longest running suspension is a set of 6-foot...

    My longest running suspension is a set of 6-foot straps and whoopie slings that I've used since about 2015. Last time I used them was last week. Other straps I own have been in use for varying...
  7. A couple of years back I got kevlar straps from...

    A couple of years back I got kevlar straps from Autumn Ultralight, but I think she may have discontinued them. Whether she's got some old stock still in inventory, I don't know but you might ask...
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    Piling on to what everybody else has already...

    Piling on to what everybody else has already said, Ripstop by the Roll has more than 150 videos up on their YouTube channel. Not only do they sell the components, they're a terrific source of...
  9. Yep, I've done just that on a short August two...

    Yep, I've done just that on a short August two night trip looping around Blood Mountain. It worked fine for me wearing a ball cap to keep the net off my face and was, obviously, a very lightweight...
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    Mine is used to block wind, not rain. I've found...

    Mine is used to block wind, not rain. I've found that on blustery nights the wind robs heat from the underquilt. The underquilt protector is an adjunct to make the underquilt more efficient or to...
  11. HG Quest Tarp with tie outs and ridgeline in...

    HG Quest Tarp with tie outs and ridgeline in stuff sack: 16.1 oz
    Tarp stakes plus 1 spare + 2 kevlar tree straps in bag : 4.2 oz

    Jacks R Better Hudson River top quilt: 22.4 oz
    AHE Jarbidge...
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    My AHE Jarbidge has served me well for a number...

    My AHE Jarbidge has served me well for a number of years and is my go to underquilt for backpacking.
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    Since the primary purpose of my UQP was to block...

    Since the primary purpose of my UQP was to block wind, and since calendared material does that better than uncalendared, for me the answer to that question is a yes.
  14. Completed your survey. Good luck with the...

    Completed your survey. Good luck with the project. For further research, I'd suggest browsing the DIY section of Hammock Forums where many talented folks have documented their own projects, often...
  15. My wife has a double layer Ridge Runner and...

    My wife has a double layer Ridge Runner and prefers it as is. She likes the firmer feel of the double and uses it with a pad, though she doesn't camp in particularly cold temperatures. I have a...
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    I made a full length underquilt from the RBTR kit...

    I made a full length underquilt from the RBTR kit back in, I think, 2016 and still have the instructional PDF I downloaded from the website. From the second page: "Cut your fabric and insulation to...
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    The views from the fire tower at Mt. Sterling can...

    The views from the fire tower at Mt. Sterling can be awesome, especially at the beginning or end of a day.
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    I've never made a top quilt but I have made an...

    I've never made a top quilt but I have made an underquilt. If you want to make it yourself, I can recommend the kit from Ripstop by the Roll. It'll come with everything you need, more than you...
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    There's an industry standard for measuring...

    There's an industry standard for measuring sleeping bag insulating qualities, I believe: EN13537.

    For some discussion around how other manufacturers rate their stuff and some criticism of the...
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    At 22 ounces it may not meet your weight...

    At 22 ounces it may not meet your weight requirements, but I'll mention the Jacks 'R Better 11x10 foot tarp. It has multiple tie-outs that might be the sort of thing you're describing. It's the...
  21. +1 on Lawson Equipment's stuff.

    +1 on Lawson Equipment's stuff.
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    I've made one hammock from polyester and will...

    I've made one hammock from polyester and will confirm that it's very low stretch. I'd say NO stretch, but that's probably not strictly true. Since I like a certain amount of stretch in my hammock,...
  23. Your DIY top quilt looks prettier than my DIY...

    Your DIY top quilt looks prettier than my DIY underquilt, also made with the kit from RSBTR. Congrats on the project. :)
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    While not quite the same as your proposal, there...

    While not quite the same as your proposal, there was a thread some time ago over in the 2QZQ forum about using an underquilt protector in a similar way. I believe at one time they offered two...
  25. While I'm not an expert, I'll jump in with some...

    While I'm not an expert, I'll jump in with some observations. Maybe someone who knows more can then correct me or add to this.

    In my experience the ridegline does not need to be as strong as the...
  26. Outstanding trip report with super pictures,...

    Outstanding trip report with super pictures, especially the one of your daughter sleeping in the hammock. Mine is 31 now (the daughter, not the hammock) but still remembers some of our car camp...
  27. The best thing we ever bought for ours for light...

    The best thing we ever bought for ours for light slippery materials is a teflon foot.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G6TYLR2/
  28. What a thorough trip report with great pictures! ...

    What a thorough trip report with great pictures! I've done that same hike a couple of years ago with some friends and really liked it. There are so many good trails in that area (as you know) that...
  29. My wife and I use the Singer 4423, which is...

    My wife and I use the Singer 4423, which is supposed to be "heavy duty." It'll definitely do bar tacks as she made me some straps. It does way more than I need it to do in terms of stiches and...
  30. The biggest variable in my opinion is fabric...

    The biggest variable in my opinion is fabric choice, with length being a close second. You can also change the feel of a gathered end hammock by how you hang it, at least to some extent, eg. hang...
  31. My wife has a double layer RR. I have a single...

    My wife has a double layer RR. I have a single layer DIY bridge. Without question hers is easier to use with a pad because of the layers. If I were buying a bridge and knew I'd be using a pad with...
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    That's a sweet looking piece of gear. Nice job.

    That's a sweet looking piece of gear. Nice job.
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    Probably not the most informative answer you're...

    Probably not the most informative answer you're going to get, but I'd say any of the hammocks you've listed would be enjoyable to own and use.
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    As cmoulder and rodentface have already noted,...

    As cmoulder and rodentface have already noted, kevlar straps will also get ropey. I have and use kevlar and can confirm they do bunch up, maybe not to the extent that UHMWPE straps do, but it does...
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    Phantom beat me to the punch suggesting...

    Phantom beat me to the punch suggesting Trailheadz as a possibility. He's made some large tarps and I believe has photos on his Instagram page. His website is below:
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    You might consider using Nama Claws instead of...

    You might consider using Nama Claws instead of prussicks and hooks. Easy to use and adjustable. I'm a fan.

    https://www.namagear.com/shop
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    If you're certain you want to use a pad, then the...

    If you're certain you want to use a pad, then the double layer is MUCH easier to work with. My wife has a double layer RR, which she admittedly doesn't use much, but when she does, she uses a pad. ...
  38. You've got some good info already from Otter1 and...

    You've got some good info already from Otter1 and Billybob58. I'll just bolster what they've said. I've tried a fleece liner for extra warmth and Otter1 is right that it just turns into a wrestling...
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    Not down, but synthetic, yes. I made a DIY pair...

    Not down, but synthetic, yes. I made a DIY pair and they've been a game changer for me. When it's cold, I always bring them and never, ever get cold feet anymore. Mine are worn only in the hammock...
  40. It's going to depend at least partly on how set...

    It's going to depend at least partly on how set your own camping style is. Andrew Skurka has pointed out that backpacking is a continuum between two disparate activities: hiking and camping. If...
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    A good bang for the buck underquilt is Arrowhead...

    A good bang for the buck underquilt is Arrowhead Equipment's Jarbidge. It's an even $100. I think you could also make your own, either with a kit or using the down throws everybody gets at Costco....
  42. Watched it with the wife yesterday. You...

    Watched it with the wife yesterday. You definitely had a full gear load in that new pulk to the point where you reached a new level of decadence with not one but two different ways to make coffee. ...
  43. Read this just in time. Thanks for the heads up.

    Read this just in time. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Good, something to listen to on my morning walk....

    Good, something to listen to on my morning walk. :)
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    I don't have that specific one, but I do have a...

    I don't have that specific one, but I do have a DIY gear hammock, though not hung under or beside the hammock. Mine is suspended from the ridgeline near the foot end of the hammock. Some pics of it...
  46. Watched this latest episode in the saga of Shug...

    Watched this latest episode in the saga of Shug while eating supper with the wife last night. It was perfect. Now to find the podcast...
  47. I'll speak to the 1/8 inch pad since that's the...

    I'll speak to the 1/8 inch pad since that's the one I have and use. The R-value is only 0.4, I believe, so I'd hesitate to guess as to an exact temperature but I find it sometimes makes the...
  48. 1) I've become a fan of Mountain Laurel Designs...

    1) I've become a fan of Mountain Laurel Designs and their EVA pads and use the 1/8 inch version to boost my gear. They also offer a 1/4 inch version. Both are relatively inexpensive:...
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    I'm partial to the HUG bug net concept. ...

    I'm partial to the HUG bug net concept. Arrowhead sells them or they're easy to make. I made a couple using Tacblades' video as a guide for how to do it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bIwkftJwOc
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    In addition to watching Shug's videos, pick up a...

    In addition to watching Shug's videos, pick up a copy of Derek Hansen's book, "The Ultimate Hang." I'll link to his page below, where you can check out his Hammocking 101 posts as well.
    ...
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