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    There is no sticky thread because there's an...

    There is no sticky thread because there's an entire sub-forum on that topic.

    Any of the cottage vendors listed on these forums are going to get you a top-notch product. Warbonnet makes excellent...
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    Unless you want 100% historical authenticity,...

    Unless you want 100% historical authenticity, consider using a climbing caribiner instead. That way, 1) makes it much simpler to weave together, 2) you can swap it out, and 3) makes it easy to put...
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    A simple strap tied to continuous loop is going...

    A simple strap tied to continuous loop is going to be the lightest option I think, but you should start off with the buckle first. As noted it’s a trivial move to make when you are ready.
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    If you haven't already hemmed the fabric, you can...

    If you haven't already hemmed the fabric, you can create this mod by sewing a hidden grosgrain loop into a wide, rolled hem when the hem is sewn. During sewing, you skip a few inches of hem so that...
  5. all that really matters is that, when attached: ...

    all that really matters is that, when attached:

    - clews terminate at same point as hammock (this gives the hammock-in-a-hammock effect).

    - elastic is "engaged" (stretched, but not to the max)
    ...
  6. There is zero advantage in using static lines. ...

    There is zero advantage in using static lines.

    The purpose of elastic clews is to provide shape conforming fit. If you take the elastic strands out, that defeats the purpose of this suspension...
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    43" would be considered a narrow underquilt to...

    43" would be considered a narrow underquilt to me. 34" would be borderline useless.

    Be advised that the Gamma gains some structural integrity from the pad, so not having a pad could change the...
  8. I just straight-splice, but use the spliced end...

    I just straight-splice, but use the spliced end for attaching to hammock with larkshead. Tails won't easily come out because they are twisted up tight against the hammock.
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    Here's what you do: order raw fabric from...

    Here's what you do: order raw fabric from ripstopbytheroll, dutchware, or anywhere you can by nylon, -OR- get a couple of extra-wide blanks from tableclothesfactory (crinkle taffeta makes the best...
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    Recliner Sofa Whipping

    Here's a better illustration of the "recliner sofa" whipping pattern. This isn't to scale, just to give some idea of how you do it. To reiterate, you need really wide fabric to make this work. 72"...
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    Then let me share this idea, which i have not...

    Then let me share this idea, which i have not seen anyone else using: sofa-mode whipping.

    I did some experiments with different gathering patterns for whipped gathered end hammocks. What i found...
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    If you like the recliner position, a regular...

    If you like the recliner position, a regular gathered end hammock with giant knee pillow will do that, while still being backpacker friendly. See here and here.
  13. They are both real. The argument against the...

    They are both real. The argument against the locked version is that it creates a kink that weakens it. The argument against the unlocked version is that it isn’t locked and thus may slip. There has...
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    Pros and cons. BB has better fit and finish and...

    Pros and cons. BB has better fit and finish and more features. The bare-bones DIY hammock is longer and more comfortable but doesn't have the integrated goodies.

    I usually bring the BB for myself...
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    I agree and had similar experiences with other...

    I agree and had similar experiences with other activities. You don't know the difference between good and bad until you have some experience with the bad.

    However, I'm looking at it from a safety...
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    MYOG is for: - pride of ownership - making...

    MYOG is for:
    - pride of ownership
    - making something the market doesn't currently offer
    - inventing creative new swear words

    MYOG is NOT for:
    - saving money
    - saving time
    - making a better...
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    Double-fisherman will probably work. A figure-8...

    Double-fisherman will probably work. A figure-8 is more of a climbing and security knot.

    Another knot-option you can try is making an EVO loop / soft-shackle in one of its many forms. This comes...
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    A standard hammock loop is 8" long when stretched...

    A standard hammock loop is 8" long when stretched flat. 10" works better if you have a lot of material bulk to whip around (such as when making tablecloth hammocks).

    If this is Spectra line, it is...
  19. I just use a sewn eye in the strap itself. It’s...

    I just use a sewn eye in the strap itself. It’s the simplest solution, has nothing you can lose, requires no extra materials, adds no weight, and costs nothing.

    Using this technique requires that...
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    You can put acrylic across the top if you want an...

    You can put acrylic across the top if you want an actual roof. That's how i did mine. You can get opaque for shade, clear for sun, or shaded/UV-blocking for a compromise.
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    The waterknot...

    The waterknot is specially adapted to bending webbing.

    However, i would recommend instead that you just sew a loop. It will be neater, stronger, and lighter. (The recommended overlap for sewing is...
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    I actually love my 60" costco blanket UQ with...

    I actually love my 60" costco blanket UQ with clew suspension. I don't recommend cutting it down if you want to keep the clew. If you want to go back to regular suspension, that would be an option. ...
  23. Wear in. Like bed sheets or a pair of jeans, it...

    Wear in. Like bed sheets or a pair of jeans, it gets softer over time.
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    I also use oneclicks suggestion: put the tarp up...

    I also use oneclicks suggestion: put the tarp up very slack, then bring it down with the guy lines.

    This causes the tarp to take on a more dramatic curve with the tips flared up at the ends.
    ...
  25. I think the Vivere's on amazon are

    I think the Vivere's on amazon are <$50 nowadays. Its not a bad price for a trial run. I think the Brazilians are more confortable than camping hammocks for indoors. They are typically 13-14ft long...
  26. It will depend on the fabric feel that you like...

    It will depend on the fabric feel that you like (soft or slippery). Consider getting a Brazilian style hammock. I've had a Vivere from Amazon for the last 5 years and it has held up excellent. Great...
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    Yes, its similar anywhere ~3 hours from Portland...

    Yes, its similar anywhere ~3 hours from Portland or Seattle.

    If you must go on that weekend, there are some further away options that see less crowds just because there are fewer people willing...
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    That's a great weekend for the weather, but a...

    That's a great weekend for the weather, but a terrible weekend for crowds. One thing you need to understand is that this trail is frequently recommended for access restrictions due to weekend crowds....
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    Tip: if you have split lines, they can be joined...

    Tip: if you have split lines, they can be joined together in 5 seconds with a simple sheet bend. Then you can do anything with it in any situation.
  30. Yeah, its the sap that matters, not the water. ...

    Yeah, its the sap that matters, not the water.

    On one of my recent adventures i accidentally set up on a tree that was full of oozing sap-filled blisters. The strap looked like i had dragged it...
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    I put my strap through a simple sewn-eye on the...

    I put my strap through a simple sewn-eye on the end (very common).

    I find that it can slip if you don't cinch it up to the tree first. If there is much of a gap between the tree and the point...
  32. If you like carrying the straps separate and want...

    If you like carrying the straps separate and want to ditch the hardware altogether, consider just tying one of the many basic hammock knots: Becket Hitch, J-Bend, X-Bend, Lapp, etc. Then you don't...
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    Complete instructions to build the Gemini...

    Complete instructions to build the Gemini Underquilt (convertible two-blanket system)
  34. Thread: Clear tarp

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    On a clear night, why bother with a tarp? Just go...

    On a clear night, why bother with a tarp? Just go topless and see the stars directly.
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    If the quilt is too narrow it won’t cover your...

    If the quilt is too narrow it won’t cover your feet or shoulders. Also, narrow quilts tends to slip out from underneath.

    If you are looking to save weight on a summertime quilt, it would be much...
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    Don't leave out off-the-shelf hardware store poly...

    Don't leave out off-the-shelf hardware store poly webbing. It isn't as "cool", but it will last, holds knots, easy to replace, easy to wash, inexpensive, and you can buy it by the foot.
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    The best one-sentence answer would be to just get...

    The best one-sentence answer would be to just get the book.

    Happy hammocking!
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    Switch to the J-Bend knot and just tie directly...

    Switch to the J-Bend knot and just tie directly to the CL. It comes with its own built-in tension-releasing loop.

    You might also try the Lapp Hitch in this case if you want an exploding knot.
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    Backpacking or general car touring? You can see...

    Backpacking or general car touring? You can see amazing things just by day hiking from lodges (and skip sleeping with the grizzlies) ... then have dinner at the lodge!

    Example:...
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    even better

    even better
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    I would not use a single blanket by itself below...

    I would not use a single blanket by itself below ~55F, but that's just me. The single-blanket underquilt especially has problems with cold spots on the seams.
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    Adding a blanket to top and bottom will be a...

    Adding a blanket to top and bottom will be a 20-30 degree boost over your regular gear. Laying CDTs with regular quilts works very well for very cheap.

    Depending on what sort of underquilt you...
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    I understand if money is a concern, but for...

    I understand if money is a concern, but for myself a good top quilt was worth the big bucks. I would hate to make it from scratch, having already done a share of underquilts.

    The biggest problem...
  44. Poll: If you want to tinker with ultra-custom UQ...

    If you want to tinker with ultra-custom UQ options that are not patent-infringing, you might consider something along the lines of the ol' Speer Snug-Fit with spandex ends (no longer produced). It...
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    If you're not backpacking, 4.75lbs is fine! Good...

    If you're not backpacking, 4.75lbs is fine! Good job on getting it finished.

    If the shock cord stretching to max is still a problem, you might check out some alternative suspension ideas i have...
  46. Tarp lines do not need to be strong. If you are...

    Tarp lines do not need to be strong. If you are tying knots, Amsteel is entirely the wrong choice for this: it is slippery and not intended for knot tying. I would consider this a waste of Amsteel.
    ...
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    Anything from 1-2 lbs. Really depends. I think my...

    Anything from 1-2 lbs. Really depends. I think my DIY is ~24oz.

    Down comforters generally use lower fill-power duck down and often contain high amounts of feathers. That's fine on your bed, but...
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    The tightness of the ridgeline is entirely...

    The tightness of the ridgeline is entirely dependent on what angle you hang the hammock, not how you built it. The wider you hang the hammock, the tighter it will get. You only need to change the...
  49. I agree with CMC. The structure is the same, but...

    I agree with CMC. The structure is the same, but the usage is different. A becket Hitch does NOT join two ropes together. It fastens one rope onto a loop. A very important distinction is that you...
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    Clothes are a nice-to-have

    But unless you're in the Arctic circle, you really don't need them. Just wrap a towel around you and clamp it with some battery clamps. You just saved some significant weight and you Maned- Up in the...
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