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    Owyhee Rocks

    I posted to Google+ but thought I'd share here too. This was in the Owyhees where trees are slim pickings. Scouts wanted to check out the hieroglyphs so I had to accomodate but was not about to...
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    For what it's worth, I made an IX/climashield UQ...

    For what it's worth, I made an IX/climashield UQ for a buddy. We added a sheet of this on the very outside of everything for a couple reasons. One was to block cold drafts from robbing heat built...
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    I made a Gargoyle Ogee style tarp. In my...

    I made a Gargoyle Ogee style tarp. In my opinion, it is a genius tarp design. In fact, I have made 5 tarps now for friends and son and myself. 3 of the 5 use the Ogee style and I find it to be...
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    That is very helpful. Going to have to put some...

    That is very helpful. Going to have to put some thought into it and figure out how to apply to mine. I have an Ogee style tarp and do a ridgeline over the tarp setup. Should be doable though. ...
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    Wait, that's friggin awesome. I need some...

    Wait, that's friggin awesome. I need some details on how you did this. Can you spell it out or even better give us a doodle drawing of what you have going on there? Thanks for sharing.
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    This was my thought exactly. If you put the...

    This was my thought exactly. If you put the hammock line on first using your method, then adjust and clove hitch to lock in, it seems to work. The nice thing about this is you're tying the hitch...
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    I like your approach Jahull. It resolves the...

    I like your approach Jahull. It resolves the concern with loading directly on the tree side line with such a sharp radius. However, isn't there concern with putting the whole load on the toggle?...
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    Glad to hear it!

    Glad to hear it!
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    It was a sort of progression thing. One night I...

    It was a sort of progression thing. One night I had a gap forming on my sides that caused me to be cooler than the temps warranted. So I had the thought to try the stretch side method to deal the...
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    I'm 275-280ish. I just tried this over night...

    I'm 275-280ish. I just tried this over night without issue (6in of snow and temps down to 16* F). I used a wood 3/4" closet rod. The only issue I had was that the Amsteel from the hammock got...
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    I didn't have any problems w/ stretch over time. ...

    I didn't have any problems w/ stretch over time. And I do have draft collars on each end with shock cord built in to really seal the head/foot ends. See the below link for how I made my collars:...
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    Nevermind again. I see he's talking about...

    Nevermind again. I see he's talking about offering topquilt shells in the near future. Sweet! That would save me some time.
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    Oh, nevermind. I opened a googled cached version...

    Oh, nevermind. I opened a googled cached version of the site and see what it is now. The site must just be down. This is very cool.

    I don't suppose there is a similar service out there for...
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    "I haven't seen too many people post pics of...

    "I haven't seen too many people post pics of their finished underquilt from underquilts.com"

    Sorry, but underquilts.com? Is this a site selling a kit or something? I tried going to it but it was...
  15. Thread: Lattice CCF

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    Digging up an old thread here. I recalled...

    Digging up an old thread here. I recalled reading this some time ago and thinking it was a great idea to lattice/weave the ccf for improved breathability and better insulation. I'm real curious...
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    I have an UQ that is similar to the Shamu (diy...

    I have an UQ that is similar to the Shamu (diy inusultex UQ). It's 3 layers, but I used a poncho liner for the outer shell for a bit more insulation. It works and works well. The key is to make...
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    Sticky: I am still happily using mine. I have learned...

    I am still happily using mine. I have learned that it is critical to have a perfect seal or its near useless. I highly recommend adding draft collars at the head and foot. I've also tweaked my...
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    Sticky: I've used both the water bottle and the zippo...

    I've used both the water bottle and the zippo hand warmers quite a bit. The zippos work, but I prefer the hot water bottle. The hand warmers will put off a fume that builds up over the night. I...
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. It's appreciated....

    Thanks for the feedback guys. It's appreciated.

    So, I'll jump in with dwr on both sides, na/noseeum for baffles and fleece moisture catching device (either Shug or WL method).

    Does anyone have...
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    Also, is Tulle good enough to use for the...

    Also, is Tulle good enough to use for the baffling and is it lighter than using nanoseeum or noseeum neeting?

    Thanks!
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    TQ Material Questions

    There is a lot of information out there but some of it seems conflicting. So I'm looking for definitive answers before I jump into making my own down topquilt. Currently, I use a synthetic bag for...
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    Here ya go. ...

    Here ya go.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=41140

    Well done UQ. I suspect that will take you to some very low temps in comfort.
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    I actually will be building one for a buddy very...

    I actually will be building one for a buddy very soon. In the deep cold (for me), I have been known to slip a trucker windscreen between my UQ and hammock to give a good boost. Been down to 8* F...
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    I see what your saying, but there is material...

    I see what your saying, but there is material between the shockcord and hammock body. In my case, a couple layers of IX, a thin layer of synthetic and some ripstop. In my experience, these layers...
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    I've done draft collars on my Insultex UQ as...

    I've done draft collars on my Insultex UQ as well. The best mod I did to this was add shockcord on the inside edge of the draft collar. This forces the draft collar to seal perfectly to the hammock...
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    Looks real nice. A Karo step topquilt is on my...

    Looks real nice. A Karo step topquilt is on my to do list. I've already got the down. Just saving for the rest of the mats. Hard to tell from the pic, is the foot box sewn, snapped or velcro? Any...
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    Sticky: Just wanted to report back on this. Took my UQ...

    Just wanted to report back on this. Took my UQ down to 8 degrees and was very comfy. I added a very thin/cheap (little more than a couple layers of an emergency blanket)windshield screen between...
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    Sticky: Well, I had intended to use the bottle for my...

    Well, I had intended to use the bottle for my last campout, but the temps were so cold that my normal gas canister stove failed miserably and even my backup alcohol stove could barely keep a flame...
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    Really liking the bib idea. I'm envisioning...

    Really liking the bib idea. I'm envisioning something that will both act as a 'bib' and be able to cover my face if wanted/needed. I'm picturing essentially something like the 'hood' of my sleeping...
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    Condensation Concerns

    So my last campout saw 8*F temps overnight. Normally, in cold temps I pitch my tarp low and toss a poncho liner over the top for an overcover to help boost my insulation. I also have a cheap but...
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    Sticky: reflectix tests

    So, I made a very nice reflectix cozy for my nalgene. Does a great job of sealing it up completely to help retain the heat as much as possible.

    I've done two tests so far:
    1st test, I left the...
  32. Thread: TQ Length?

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    Not trying to hijack a thread but does this same...

    Not trying to hijack a thread but does this same rule apply for down TQ too? Looking to start my down project after the holidays so am curious.
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    I should point out also, I sleep in under armour...

    I should point out also, I sleep in under armour style long Johns, a hot water bottle or a couple hand warmers, wool socks, wool wristies and a zero degree sleeping bag as a top quilt. sometimes ill...
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    For what its worth, I have a diy 3 layer IX UQ...

    For what its worth, I have a diy 3 layer IX UQ using poncho liner a my outer shell. I've taken it into the20s several times and been comfy. I've dipped into the teens a couple times and was OK. ...
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    Sticky: I see a lot of suggestions to wrapyour nalgene in...

    I see a lot of suggestions to wrapyour nalgene in duct tape for a quick easy access to tape when you need it. Any thoughts on whether this might actually help to insulate the nalgene a bit and slow...
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    Correction. It's a larkshead used to tie the...

    Correction. It's a larkshead used to tie the suspension to the hammock end knots. Similar to what Just Jeff uses here - although his ends aren't knotted. Although, looking at animated knots...
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    While I've had success doing the channeled ends,...

    While I've had success doing the channeled ends, I've always felt more comfortable with simply tying an overhand knot at the ends and tying my suspension off to the knots. I then use a cow hitch or...
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    Sticky: I've been considering this as well. The wool...

    I've been considering this as well. The wool sock just doesn't seem to quite slow it down enough. Really need something to insulate and allow a slow seep of warmth. I'm gonna have to see if I have...
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    Sticky: OK. So I started with a steel water bottle and...

    OK. So I started with a steel water bottle and it didn't last longer than ~1am. So I switched to a Nalgene hoping the plastic wouldn't transfer the heat so quickly and last longer. I used it last...
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    Once concern will be that when you lay in the...

    Once concern will be that when you lay in the hammok, that bag better be big enough that your not laying against it. In other words (just throwing #'s out since I don't know exactly) but say from...
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    Exactly what I was looking for. So 550fp is the...

    Exactly what I was looking for. So 550fp is the cutoff. Of course other factors come into play to decide which is better. But as far as warmth to weight at least, this is the mark.
    Thanks.
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    Good idea I think for the smaller caliber guns...

    Good idea I think for the smaller caliber guns but it'd be like sleeping on a brick for mine and it would make me nervous when moving around at night with the potential of it shifting and that barrel...
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    Thanks for the props! Glad it's working out for...

    Thanks for the props! Glad it's working out for you.
    On a side note, I really like the idea of the gear hammock. Real handy.
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    I do loosen it up before getting in. As a side...

    I do loosen it up before getting in. As a side note, I also tighten it way up when not in it since that sucks it up high so it stays out of the dirt/muck.



    To be honest, that was my first...
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    Lol, I like that. I kinda did it w/ my old...

    Lol, I like that.

    I kinda did it w/ my old sleeping bag once when used like a pea pod. I used it to help hold the bottom up against me and keep the opening from letting all heat evacuate. It...
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    Yeah, read that the other day. No suprise that...

    Yeah, read that the other day. No suprise that standards aren't quite standard and allows wiggle room for marketing magic. So, it seems that EU fill power is better than US fill power. Does that...
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    I carry a ruger p345 and/or a can of bear mace. ...

    I carry a ruger p345 and/or a can of bear mace. Depends if I'm with friends, Scouts or Family and what type of country I'm hiking.

    I leave the 45 in my holster and clip onto my ridgeline...
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    Down FP vs Synthetic

    I understand that Down is superior to synthetic for warmth to weight. I get that 900fp is better than 800 because it takes less down to create more loft (equates to less weight for the same...
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    why make us wait! I plan on making one hopefully...

    why make us wait! I plan on making one hopefully soon. I'd love to see any diy info you have. Looks amazing and can't wait for a field report!

    I have to admit to being a little confused though....
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    260 here and I use 1.9 single layer. No issues...

    260 here and I use 1.9 single layer. No issues at all. I see no need to go double layer or thicker material. I'm out camping roughly once/month.
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