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hk2001
11-07-2014, 16:10
I originally built this for use while doing animal photography, or hunting. But that may be a bad idea. It's one of those things that sucks the awake right out of you, leaving you waking up an hour later very comfortable and well rested. But missing whatever you were hunting for.. But I figured I'd share :lol::boggle:


This is my third design tweak, and I have materials incoming for an improved design.
Insulation is double layer Climashield 2.5 oz/yard With a blaze orange inner layer, and a Multicam 1.9 outter layer. It allow you to either blend in, or be visible. The pillow shown is stuffed with loose fill primaloft, but made of the same shell materials. I just took a 2 hour nap in this outside in 37 weather. I'd say maybe a few degrees lower, and it'd be maxed.

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/2/6/imgp1777_thumb.jpg (https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=25103)

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/2/6/imgp1778_thumb.jpg (https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=25104)

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/2/6/imgp1781_thumb.jpg (https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=25107)

I don't have a weight yet.. As everything is packed together in a bishop bag: the hammock chair, underquilt, pillow and small prototype tarp stuff down to the size of a stuffed Warbonnet superfly.

The chair itself serves as an all in one, chair, pack cover, torso length UQP, small tarp, gear hammock and water bag. The chair is made of 1.5 epsilon with an additional breathable spray on silicone treatment. It's using Dutch's new speedhook suspension system.

boulderv7
11-07-2014, 17:00
Looking sweet and very comfy!

SirMarkos
11-07-2014, 18:48
Dude, seriously. Do a demo video of this thing :)

SnrMoment
11-07-2014, 20:03
Fact: deer are attracted by snoring. DAMHIK

Good looking project. Interested in your future mods.

I use a turkey hunting vest in my hammock chair. It has an insulated back and a drop down insulated seat portion.

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb108/itileman/Hammock%20Gear/PA300004_zps7168d2ef.jpg (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/itileman/media/Hammock%20Gear/PA300004_zps7168d2ef.jpg.html)

MidTNJohn
11-07-2014, 21:30
Very interesting....
So you straddle the low rope?
Have you seen the Hammock seat?
It uses a tree strap and then a post leg that goes back against the anchor tree
It is comfy but of course has the weight of the post.

I would be interested in this if you can stay close to your anchor tree.
Ground hunting is fun.

Do you have a photo of you sitting in it?

hk2001
11-07-2014, 21:49
Very interesting....
So you straddle the low rope?
Have you seen the Hammock seat?
It uses a tree strap and then a post leg that goes back against the anchor tree
It is comfy but of course has the weight of the post.

I would be interested in this if you can stay close to your anchor tree.
Ground hunting is fun.

Do you have a photo of you sitting in it?


Not with the underquilt.. But I do have one of me in just the hammock chair

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/2/6/imgp1520_thumb.jpg (https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=25023)

You can get as close or as far from the main anchor tree as you want.. The only reason my chair is configured like that is because the foot end is a Bipod hammock stand and the only point to mount anything is 4' off the ground.

That being said, I have made a smaller pole system for the foot end {2' tall) to give me a clear shot anywhere in front of me.

RedStix
11-10-2014, 09:46
That looks great. I am wondering if I could use one of these duck hunting. Have you tried shooting from it?

hk2001
11-10-2014, 10:16
That looks great. I am wondering if I could use one of these duck hunting. Have you tried shooting from it?

Riding the line about things we can't talk about here.. small cal isn't an issue.. haven't had the chance to test anything bigger. Most of my hunting is done with a bow

Gresh
11-10-2014, 10:49
Hunter Killer, you da real MVP.

Seriously, if you made these on the regular (and I weren't dirt floor poor) I'd buy one up in a heartbeat. Clever stuff.

MidTNJohn
11-10-2014, 14:19
I'll bring it back on topic ;)

One of the main reasons I got into Hammocking was so I could have a good Backpacking Hunting rig.
I wear a Tree Saddle instead of using a Tree Stand.
Having a Hammock based seat for Ground Hunting would be cool.
Especially one that didn't require a "leg"

And a Mini Hammock "Lounger" would roll up to nothing in a pack.
I'm very interested in this.

One more thing...
In my Hammockseat from http://www.fanaticoutdoors.com/product/hammock-seat/
I got "Cold Butt Syndrome" (before I had a name for it).
I was hunting in 5F-15F with some wind.
I was suited up pretty good too.

NOW I know I need a little UnderQuilt for it.



Riding the line about things we can't talk about here.. small cal isn't an issue.. haven't had the chance to test anything bigger. Most of my hunting is done with a bow

hk2001
11-10-2014, 15:23
The chair itself (with Speed hook suspension) by itself is smaller then a tennis ball. The Climashield UQ can compress to the size of a softball..

I've got a down version being planned :thumbup:

Hudsonhawk
11-10-2014, 16:00
That is pretty slick, I would shove all that in a go bag, and use it in a pinch for overnights as well.

mayhemkb
11-13-2014, 11:11
Hunter Killer, you da real MVP.

Seriously, if you made these on the regular (and I weren't dirt floor poor) I'd buy one up in a heartbeat. Clever stuff.

Same here!

hk2001
11-13-2014, 14:03
I've got a few chairs, and butt warmers (what I'm calling the UQ for the moment) out with friends. Deer season opens in 2 days here in NY. My uncle has reported that the chair does good with recoil as long as you have feet on the ground. As I said, I bow hunt.. so I've had no problems.

I may be willing to jump off the bridge and be a vendor after the move is done.. when I'll have a work space beyond my kitchen table. Right now, the little bit of work I do for trades (hammock, etc.. see the WTT forums) and what not has been about all I can handle on top of working, and parenting etc.

Honestly, though.. I've gotten a lot of PM's asking about them, and I've thought about contacting one of the existing cottage vendors seeing if they'd like to produce and sell them. Maybe making them , and selling through a vendor.. But before that happens, they need to be tested a little more.. I have 4 out with hunters for the season.. all Multicam/blaze orange setups. I've got an active WTT thread (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/101613-Epsilon-hammock-chair-with-butt-warmer)for a chair/butt warmer combo, to try and find some other people who want to play with them.


I've been working on these butt warmers and chairs for 4 months.. tweaking the design. It started the size of a torso length UQ, made out of Insultex.. then went to loose fill primaloft.. then to a JCP Puffer jacket.. then climashield.. and now I'm about half way through making one of down. But I think Climashield is the best in terms of warmth to weight, vs cost.

The size of the butt warmer is important.. because of how it has to conform to the shape of a sitting person. The suspension is pretty standard, except for a slight tweak that really helps.

The chair itself I went through 17 yards of fabric figuring out the perfect "Sweet spot" in size. They're now being used by people 50# to 375#...

mayhemkb
11-13-2014, 15:20
For hunting here and in the UP where I hunt I would think you are spot on with the climashield option. There is just no guarantee, unless you blind hunt with a permanent blind exclusively, that you will be able to keep that down dry. Though the idea of down sounds pretty sweet for camping applications. Heck, even the chair alone sounds wonderful for camping.

What do they seem to weigh in general?

hk2001
11-13-2014, 16:05
The chair weighs about 3 ounces, depending on options

The butt warmer is 7 ounces.. That's with 2 layers of 2.5 climashield in it

mayhemkb
11-14-2014, 08:35
Nice! I would seriously want one of these for relaxed hiking trips!

RedStix
11-14-2014, 11:39
I really think this would be a great option for duck hunting, but I am concerned that the recoil would mess with me. Anyway, just having one of these for hanging around in the winter would be nice.