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  1. In summer I love my 40 under quilt and my 50...

    In summer I love my 40 under quilt and my 50 top quilt. They pack small and there is no fiddling trying to vent the under quilt to stop getting a sweaty back.

    In winter my 20 under quilt is...
  2. I live near the Shire, not many Orcs over here, I...

    I live near the Shire, not many Orcs over here, I avoid camping near Mordor unless really really stealth camping.



    There is nothing to fear but fear itself . . . and spiders
  3. My solution is to sleep in New Zealand - no...

    My solution is to sleep in New Zealand - no bears, no wolves, no coyotes, no mountain lions, no snakes, almost no poison spiders, no alligators or crocodiles. I can just drift off to sleep knowing...
  4. I've used my stand a decent amount over several...

    I've used my stand a decent amount over several trips and I understand the concern that you might find yourself in a spot with loose soil/sand and nothing to anchor the foot end to. But this is...
  5. Thread: Tree straps

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    The Spider Daisy Chain Webbing is fantastic! ...

    The Spider Daisy Chain Webbing is fantastic! Only $2 per foot and you can get whatever length suits you. This stuff is super strong and very lightweight, this is UHMWPE - a fantastic material!
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    I started with a Silnylon Superfly, it is a...

    I started with a Silnylon Superfly, it is a really good tarp. Then I got a SilPoly 12' tarp. Recently I bought a 13' tarp, I had a choice of fabrics and I chose to go with SilPoly again, never had...
  7. I'm thinking that a larger bag would be nice,...

    I'm thinking that a larger bag would be nice, with the webbing and the tarp extensions the current bag is indeed very snug. I might eventually get the new toggles and the poles with 12mm holes, but...
  8. I love my DH Sparrow, more comfortable than the...

    I love my DH Sparrow, more comfortable than the WB Blackbird XLC I was using previously. The hammock has a fairly deep sag and that means that the ridgeline is quite high up from the hammock, which...
  9. I haven't had a failure, but one of my 'push...

    I haven't had a failure, but one of my 'push pins' has bent. I'm using caribiners, so I'll just move them to the outside instead of between the poles and everything should be good. It really wont...
  10. https://www.simplylightdesigns.com/collections/ham...

    https://www.simplylightdesigns.com/collections/hammock-tarps/products/winter-haven-4-season-tarp

    Everything is a modification, Jared makes these to order.
    I chose 13' and SilPoly XL in Coyote...
  11. I have received my 13' tarp from Jared at Simply...

    I have received my 13' tarp from Jared at Simply Light Designs, great work from Jared as always.
    ...
  12. When I went from the Blackbird XLC to the DH...

    When I went from the Blackbird XLC to the DH Sparrow the deeper sag was very obvious, I'm sure the ridgeline would have to be shorter to accomplish this. But I sleep in the hammock every night and I...
  13. I have an 11' Dream Hammock Sparrow. The DH...

    I have an 11' Dream Hammock Sparrow. The DH hammocks use a fairly deep sag, which reduces the length. If you have an 11' hammock that likes less sag then it will be a bit longer. When I look at...
  14. I'm sure Latherdome can explain it better than...

    I'm sure Latherdome can explain it better than me, or correct me if my understanding is incorrect in any way - but here goes:
    It's less about how tight the tethers are and more about allowing the...
  15. I've had a play with the tarp extensions - I was...

    I've had a play with the tarp extensions - I was very impressed!

    They really are very simple, but work well. No need to use any tarp suspension at all. Two Orange Screws for the head & foot...
  16. The hammocks I own: Cheapie (US$20): Short...

    The hammocks I own:

    Cheapie (US$20): Short (somewhere around 9ft), too stretchy nylon which causes shoulder squeeze as I sink into it, reducing comfort.

    Cheapie with bugnet (US$25): Also...
  17. I must say, I've had the same issues with the...

    I must say, I've had the same issues with the toggles on the UCRs. Mostly they work OK, but sometimes I have had them slip through and then after fixing them, slip through again. The new toggles...
  18. That's some quite impressive commitment to...

    That's some quite impressive commitment to customer service. Before this stand was available I wished there was a better stand, now there is and more people are starting to realise that there is a...
  19. I think I'll order these to give them a try. ...

    I think I'll order these to give them a try.



    If I order 4 of the Tubing Segment #1 then I would get the tubes with the new 'parking holes'? For just 4 tubes it isn't all that expensive.
    ...
  20. For the stand. Sometimes the UCR slackens off...

    For the stand. Sometimes the UCR slackens off and I have to re-tighten it. I'm wondering if the following would be quicker/easier/more reliable:



    Although I am also thinking about buying a...
  21. It was good to get a 4-week break from work and I...

    It was good to get a 4-week break from work and I ensured I had 5 days at the end to relax at home before getting back to work.
    Over the 23 nights I spent 21 outdoors and 2 in cabins. In one cabin...
  22. https://www.simplylightdesigns.com/collections/ham...

    https://www.simplylightdesigns.com/collections/hammock-tarps/products/winter-haven-4-season-tarp
    I have the 12' model, though I wonder if a 13' model would cover the Tensa stand better. I kinda...
  23. I think every motorcycle camper that uses a...

    I think every motorcycle camper that uses a hammock should use this stand, it is the best motorcycle camping hammock stand by a very large margin IMO.

    I'm also riding an Africa Twin and I read...
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    I bought a HH stand for motorcycle camping and...

    I bought a HH stand for motorcycle camping and used it in places where there just weren't any trees I could use, often using one side of the HH stand when there was 1 tree or 1 pole that I could use....
  25. Before I got my Tensa 4 I used a Handy Hammock...

    Before I got my Tensa 4 I used a Handy Hammock stand, without the stakes being held in the ground well enough they would definitely pull out of the ground when you put your weight in the hammock. ...
  26. I've had a quick indoor setup test, it doesn't...

    I've had a quick indoor setup test, it doesn't seem all that hard to anchor the stand indoors using a couple of large orange screws . . .
    ...
  27. My new stand arrived in New Zealand today - I...

    My new stand arrived in New Zealand today - I can't wait to have a play (weather forecast looks good for the weekend).
    No import duties or GST, under NZ$400 is exempt.
  28. That alone has been enough of an improvement to...

    That alone has been enough of an improvement to make it worth me buying a new stand to replace my test stand. Other tweaks and improvements are great, but having anodised tubing is very worthwhile -...
  29. I have just placed an order. The test stand has...

    I have just placed an order. The test stand has been great, I have used it at camping grounds and at motorcycle rallies, summer & winter - so very convenient to not require suitable trees.
    I'm...
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    I set up my Tensa 4 stand over the weekend on a...

    I set up my Tensa 4 stand over the weekend on a slope. I started with the stand side-on to the slope, even though it wasn't a big slope there was an issue with the hammock getting too close to the...
  31. Excellent deal! As much as I like the test...

    Excellent deal!

    As much as I like the test stand, I've now put in an order for the new commercial version. I have experienced the 'black hands' with the bare aluminium and really want an anodised...
  32. Yes, it definitely gets much easier once you have...

    Yes, it definitely gets much easier once you have set up the stand a couple of times - that's why I always test my camping stuff at home.

    I normally tether both ends to eliminate the taco...
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    Right from the very first time I tried hammock...

    Right from the very first time I tried hammock camping I fell in love with the comfort compared to an inflatable mat in a tent. I also appreciated that sticks, rocks and so forth on the ground...
  34. I have found that the 6' ones are big enough for...

    I have found that the 6' ones are big enough for holding up either end of the tarp or for setting up porch mode, they are also fairly light and pack down fairly small. I had 2 poles, but I recently...
  35. I don't like anchoring the stand to the bike,...

    I don't like anchoring the stand to the bike, causes problems when I ride away to get some dinner . . .
    I strap a roll-top duffel to the back seat which contains the Tensa stand and my REI...
  36. I tried for the first time attaching the tarp to...

    I tried for the first time attaching the tarp to the stand at the higher (foot) end, the other end being lower was too low so I used one of my REI adjustable tarp poles.
    As long as you have the...
  37. It's a Suzuki DR650 with a Russell Day Long seat...

    It's a Suzuki DR650 with a Russell Day Long seat I bought 2nd hand. Since then I've traded it in on a Honda which still works well at transporting me and my hammock setup:
    ...
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    Do you mean a length of paracord? It's just that...

    Do you mean a length of paracord? It's just that I NEVER buy spare shoelaces, any laces that need replacing get replaced with some paracord 550 which I cut to a suitable length and melt the ends of....
  39. I use a DH Sparrow with whoopie slings. I put...

    I use a DH Sparrow with whoopie slings. I put the loop of the whoopie over the pole (the loop that connects the 2 poles stops the whoopie from slipping down) and shorten the whoopie loop to around...
  40. That's bigger than mine. I've got this one:...

    That's bigger than mine. I've got this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HJ234E0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It's small enough to fit in my E55 top box and it is pretty safe...
  41. Each campsite setup was about the same, the best...

    Each campsite setup was about the same, the best view to be had was the inside of my eyelids each night for 8+ hours!

    I had the bike loaded up pretty good with my camping gear and other stuff:
    ...
  42. I guess if you are fine with more bulk & weight...

    I guess if you are fine with more bulk & weight then you are free to choose. For anyone that wants a smaller & lighter stand for motorcycling, biking, kayaking, canoeing, etc. then the Tensahedron...
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    While not recommended, I have tried out my...

    While not recommended, I have tried out my Tensahedron stand in the back yard with my RR hammock and with a little adjusting I reckon it is pretty doable. You just have to get the positioning right...
  44. Yes. I've also strung a hammock & tarp between...

    Yes. I've also strung a hammock & tarp between two trees in the wind, there was not really any difference between the two experiences.
    The Tensahedron stand has worked fine with my 12' tarp in wind...
  45. I'm open to paying ~$500 for an anodized stand. ...

    I'm open to paying ~$500 for an anodized stand. To some it might seem like a lot, but after buying a new camping gear transporter:
    161853
    It really doesn't seem like all that much money to me. ...
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    Yep, that's exactly where my two pieces of...

    Yep, that's exactly where my two pieces of Paracord come in handy, left near the shoulder and right near the feet (I ignore the left near feet and right near shoulder hooks) up to the ridgeline. As...
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    I think you can definitely hang with only one end...

    I think you can definitely hang with only one end anchored - but there is no harm in anchoring both ends. Personally, I would prefer to anchor both ends and not worry that I might sit in the hammock...
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    I have 3 HG quilts. My 40deg UQ and my 50deg TQ...

    I have 3 HG quilts. My 40deg UQ and my 50deg TQ were bought for warmer weather so there never was any point in having either overstuffed.
    My Incubator 20 works great in the coldest winter...
  49. Lol - nice. But this is actually how evolution...

    Lol - nice.

    But this is actually how evolution goes:
    https://i.imgur.com/T0fFgNf.jpg



    Funnily enough, I don't have to go out in the rain or even put shoes on to go to the toilet at home -...
  50. That often works just fine. There can be...

    That often works just fine. There can be situations where it isn't appropriate though, like when at a public campground where there are women and children about and you don't want to be arrested for...
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