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    Hi. We recommend that the foot-end anchor be able...

    Hi. We recommend that the foot-end anchor be able to bear a pull equal to half the weight of the user. A third will suffice with caution. But technically, the load can be close to zero. The stand...
  2. A drop is imminent. Subscribers to in-stock...

    A drop is imminent. Subscribers to in-stock alerts outnumber new batch size, however.


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    Since it has no fixed angles, it depends how set...

    Since it has no fixed angles, it depends how set up. Total length needn't be more than a few inches longer than your hammock's ridgeline, since you don't need to extend all segments completely. For a...
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    A tensahedron doesn't need to be any longer end...

    A tensahedron doesn't need to be any longer end to end than a pipe stand as you describe. The ends can be just a few inches wider than the hammock's ridgeline in both cases. A tensahedron typically...
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    I avoid all established campsites. When camping,...

    I avoid all established campsites. When camping, I don't want to be surrounded by signs of human presence such as fire ring, camp table, pit toilet, and especially motor vehicles. I hate finding...
  6. Trekking Treez can get down to about 24 oz total...

    Trekking Treez can get down to about 24 oz total per side if you go with the lightest Peggy Peg anchors, and leave one or both extension segments at home. In trekking mode each pole is about 12oz...
  7. Thread: Tensa SOLO?

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    In many cases the boom may slide up the stake and...

    In many cases the boom may slide up the stake and (probably) fail if you can’t drive the stake in all the way. The good news is that in most cases super hard ground will hold the stake even without...
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    Hi - it doesn’t matter. The ball loop connectors...

    Hi - it doesn’t matter. The ball loop connectors transfer the load to the poles the same almost regardless how straps are attached. About the only thing wrong you can do is hang hammock from a loop...
  9. This seems like a good place to publicize our new...

    This seems like a good place to publicize our new blog post, wrapping up my 2022 Pacific Crest Trail hike with Tensa Trekking Treez:...
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    Looping the black adjusters lower on the poles...

    Looping the black adjusters lower on the poles will let you tighten them enough to make the extensions just about inline with the poles, pointing more outward than upward. That will necessarily lower...
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    In that case I think you may need to give up some...

    In that case I think you may need to give up some height to be able to get the extension tips well outboard, with the black adjusters looped around the button heads lower down on poles.
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    No, one way is no better than another outside of...

    No, one way is no better than another outside of specific contexts. For example, if you were unable to get the span points wide enough to tension the tarp, it would probably be better to have them...
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    Crazytown, Stormstaff has the most current foot...

    Crazytown, Stormstaff has the most current foot style, where the pole connectors go through holes in the feet instead of through the poles. This makes the poles effectively longer, but leaves a...
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    "One Tree" hangs

    Sorry I missed this so long. They are too short to do it in the manner of half a Tensa4, where the hammocker’s center of gravity is kept on the outside of the virtual baseline to avoid the need for a...
  15. I have hung for almost 2 weeks by pinching the...

    I have hung for almost 2 weeks by pinching the anchor line near the latch of a sliding glass door. I had the stand close, so the pull was strongly upward instead of out. I was never concerned.
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    Turtledogs are typically 7 poles, 6 for the...

    Turtledogs are typically 7 poles, 6 for the tripods and one longer for the ridge. Tensahedron is 4 identical poles, each a minimum of 8 feet, 100" better for up to 12' hammocks. So the conversion is...
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    Stormstaff, I see nothing wrong. Will note that...

    Stormstaff, I see nothing wrong. Will note that you appear to have tensioned the head end guyline. We recommend leaving it slack. The more you tension it, the more you pre-load the poles, which in...
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    "One Tree" hangs

    https://youtu.be/AIo6XWYKG5Q

    Same principles apply if your pole is a 2x4” or piece of timber you find on site.

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    Part two is live:...

    Part two is live: https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/trekking-treez-on-the-pacific-crest-trail-part-two/?v=7516fd43adaa

    Responses may be slow because heading out from Kennedy Meadows South to VVR...
  20. Top of page 5 of the user guide shows the end...

    Top of page 5 of the user guide shows the end result. You are correct that the guyline is supported by the connector. Whether you thread the connector through a daisy-chain loop or pass a loop over...
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    PCT by hammock ONLY with Trekking Treez

    Hope not too commercial: https://wp.me/p9C3sF-6Vi


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    Stake suggestions for hammock stand?

    Today I finish section A of the PCT using Tensa Trekking Treez, tree-sparse desert, and I have been very happy with a new type of screw anchor, which we (Tensa) are testing as an option alongside our...
  23. I am in a hotel right now in Costa Rica with my...

    I am in a hotel right now in Costa Rica with my normal Tensa4. I’ve never not been able to find an anchor point indoors or out, though sometimes I’ve had to sleep in a common area as my personal area...
  24. Tensa Outdoor and the commercial packable tensahedron stand

    Yeah we don’t see Tensa4 as light enough to appeal for actual backpacking, though we know people have rucked it at least 10 miles at a time. While packing small compared to its deployed size, it’s...
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    Best Hammock Widths for Prefect Lay

    In my experience, extra width is a poor substitute for extra length if you’re not comfortable enough. If you’re locked into a length less than double your height, adding width can help, but only if...
  26. Spreading feet lowers. But poles are stronger...

    Spreading feet lowers. But poles are stronger when they can be more upright, so it’s generally best to widen only as much as necessary to assure ample head and foot clearance as you lay on diagonal,...
  27. Tensa4 poles are 100” and accommodate 12’ers with...

    Tensa4 poles are 100” and accommodate 12’ers with no suspension, and 11’ers with minimal suspension.


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  28. We shipped a handful of the newest production...

    We shipped a handful of the newest production stands before fully updating the docs. Sorry about that! They're in PDF format on our site:...
  29. Tensa Outdoor and the commercial packable tensahedron stand

    We marvel at how long it took to arrive at what now seems to be very obviously the best solution. See also pic above: we now route the loops through a hole in the feet, not through holes in the...
  30. You’ve set it up in one of the several acceptable...

    You’ve set it up in one of the several acceptable ways. We’re in process of revising documentation. Sneak preview:

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220113/7250a67e80c03f42edb35f1dfdd79956.jpg...
  31. Thank you. Litesmith is out of the lighter, more...

    Thank you. Litesmith is out of the lighter, more desirable (to me) material, no ETA given on restock. The vendor directed me to Dutch's Reflect-it, which is on the other side of the Goldilocks zone...
  32. Does splice-able retroreflective dyneema/UHMWPE rope exist?

    All the retroreflective rope I find isn't splice-able. If what I'm looking for doesn't exist, does anybody have tips on adding reflectivity to 7/64" Amsteel without interfering with UCR/Whoopie...
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    Baseline serves no purpose in this configuration....

    Baseline serves no purpose in this configuration. Or rather, think of the baseline as deflected to the anchor beneath the head apex.


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    "One Tree" hangs

    Correct! Even with double anchors, each of those lines sees MUCH more tension than Tensa4’s single anchor line. We used to call Tensa4’s anchor line a tether, because a tether just keeps it from...
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    Solo is 1-3/8” OD, telescopic instead of...

    Solo is 1-3/8” OD, telescopic instead of segmented like Kelty poles, so that’s it. Anchors add to that, Boomstakes being slimmest at about thumb thickness. Double if packing two poles.


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    It’s unclear what you’re comparing or measuring....

    It’s unclear what you’re comparing or measuring. If you’re talking packed size, Tensa4 and Tensa Solo both pack to 20” long, which fits easily on every motorbike or kayak we know.


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    I was really attached to the idea of shipping...

    I was really attached to the idea of shipping Tensa4 without a head anchor. I was wrong. I now understand the error in my thinking that many people would want to look that cool doing something so...
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    The only functional benefit of Amsteel over...

    The only functional benefit of Amsteel over webbing is that it’s lighter and more compact. It is also stronger, but webbing is already much stronger than necessary. It is also visually lighter and...
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    "One Tree" hangs

    We’ve never tried. They’re plenty long. I think it might be feasible to yoke the 2 poles using the provided Amsteel dogbone at the juncture of the top 2 smallest tubing segments, lark’s heading them...
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    YOBO CRICKET STAND

    I was the 17th commenter in thread after Tensa had been mentioned favorably or unfavorably several times already by others. Maybe I piled on, but it felt like fair game at that point. I would...
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    How long do a person's legs need to be to reach...

    How long do a person's legs need to be to reach the ground? Right before the stand tips over, the guyline tension is zero. It all depends on the degree of stand tilt, the weight of the person in the...
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    YOBO CRICKET STAND

    Bed aside? This motel had insufficient floor space and the beds were on solid platforms, I guess after they got tired of hauling out the dead bodies from underneath. You can anchor securely to the...
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    YOBO CRICKET STAND

    I can’t sleep in beds either. You do know that at least dozens of Tensa4 customers use it as is in hotels now, more simply than what’s shown in the photo?


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    YOBO CRICKET STAND

    You describe a tight space, yes. In future, I suggest you experiment with collapsing a few segments on all 4 poles, everything else remaining connected as normal. This lets you “unfold” the stand at...
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    You could get a free-stander like Cricket, or...

    You could get a free-stander like Cricket, or even a heavy cheap one if it’s for home use where portability doesn’t matter much. You could also DIY a tensahedron or buy Tensa4, whose anchoring...
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    Our first 100 hand-made-in-USA stands used round...

    Our first 100 hand-made-in-USA stands used round 6000-series tubing, not even anodized. Our prices were basically cost, not counting our labor. Anodizing in US would more than double cost. We looked...
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    Oh, missed the :laugh: or maybe it wasn't enough....

    Oh, missed the :laugh: or maybe it wasn't enough. No intent to offend; sorry if I missed the mark. I was trying to self-own the hypocrisy. Yes, I too hate that I can't engage on stuff I'm passionate...
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    That's an awesome photo Dublinlin! Can we add it...

    That's an awesome photo Dublinlin! Can we add it to Tensa4 product photo gallery? And yes, you totally get the half-Tensa4 concept, elevating you to the rank of Gravity Bender. There isn't a...
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    Firesong, I held off commenting when you made...

    Firesong, I held off commenting when you made similar remarks on your IG, as I don't want to be reactive or contentious on "your channel," but I will respond to name checking here. I don't question...
  50. It is more stable in that if you lean the V...

    It is more stable in that if you lean the V enough, so its feet are on the tree side of your center of gravity in the hammock, head away from tree and suspension inline with the poles, you don’t need...
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