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  1. Thread: UQ help?

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    "Sliding off" is generally a symptom of the quilt...

    "Sliding off" is generally a symptom of the quilt being on too tight. Try simply loosening.

    To make absolutely sure it won't slip off, you need to utilize tie-out points on the hammock (This is...
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    Most bed spreads use poor quality duck down with...

    Most bed spreads use poor quality duck down with lots of feathers. This means the fill power will be low and the weight will be high. Factor that into your plans.
  3. For best use of the strap, sew (or tie) an eye on...

    For best use of the strap, sew (or tie) an eye on one end. Then strap goes around the tree and through its own eye.

    Connect free end of strap to hammock by any means you like (tied to continuous...
  4. Thread: Diy question

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    Well, don't knock it till you've tried it! ...

    Well, don't knock it till you've tried it!

    [fixed my ambiguous wording]
  5. Thread: Diy question

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    You do not need catenary cuts on a hammock. ...

    You do not need catenary cuts on a hammock.

    If this is your first hammock, keep it simple: Cut a perfectly rectangular piece of fabric, hem all 4 sides, then fold the short ends over and triple...
  6. I'm going to give this a try next trip out. These...

    I'm going to give this a try next trip out. These things are only like $2 at Lowes. Total weight for this theoretical wrapper would be about 4oz for the 0.7mil stuff. Not something i would generally...
  7. That's correct. I'm not a dummy, but i had to try...

    That's correct. I'm not a dummy, but i had to try it!

    I suppose the "ideal" vapor-barrier UQ w/ protector would simply be a regular UQ wrapped in a giant plastic bag, like when you get your...
  8. No, sir. The point was to keep the wind from...

    No, sir. The point was to keep the wind from blowing the air out of the quilt. Putting the barrier on the inside does nothing for that.
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    You are right in saying they are hard to adjust...

    You are right in saying they are hard to adjust when loaded. You are also right in saying they are fiddly to adjust and more so when cold. Whether or not you think the trade off in weight is worth it...
  10. Either will work but grosgrain will be easier to...

    Either will work but grosgrain will be easier to punch snaps through and sew.
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    On straps: $0.35/ft at any hardware store. Cut...

    On straps: $0.35/ft at any hardware store. Cut any length you like. Boom. Done.

    You don't generally need both long straps and whoopies, but in the PNW old growth areas i will carry both. I end up...
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    Quick Tip: Use the J-Bend...

    Quick Tip: Use the J-Bend, good sir. It will hold amsteel on amsteel. However, that's a side point.

    Nothing wrong with the cinch buckle system. As you said, it's the easiest and fastest.

    Here's...
  13. Actually agree with silvrsurfr on this one. Any...

    Actually agree with silvrsurfr on this one. Any bottom-tier hammock is basically just a fabric rectangle with hemmed edges. It's pretty hard to distance yourself from competition at that level. You...
  14. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Exactly. * high-five *

    Exactly. * high-five *
  15. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Speed Tips

    When i get into camp late after a hard day on the trail, i don't want to fuss with hammock deployment and camp chores. I want to iron out a process to get my hammock up and down as fast as possible....
  16. Hi mbarr, Gear you hate isn't worth anything,...

    Hi mbarr,

    Gear you hate isn't worth anything, regardless of what you paid.

    Quilts in general are expensive, but are worth every penny. I understand that pennies may not be available for you...
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    I always take my pack cover anyway. I use it as:...

    I always take my pack cover anyway. I use it as:

    Pack cover
    Kitchen table (spreads all my cooking stuff out on the ground without getting dirty)
    Hang bag (when cinched)
    Floor mat (for backpack...
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    Amazing tip to prevent back-of-heel blisters: ...

    Amazing tip to prevent back-of-heel blisters:

    Take a candy bar wrapper (anything aluminized and slightly oily on the inside) and put the wrapper inside your sock across the back of your heel.
    ...
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    It's actually fairly rugged. If you're a dummy...

    It's actually fairly rugged. If you're a dummy and go off fighting zombies with it, of course you can puncture it. But i have been using mine on several trips and also use it indoors for months and...
  20. I would also recommend keeping insulation...

    I would also recommend keeping insulation separate. There are going to be times when you want it and times when you don't.

    For cotton fabrics: the main issue is actually wedgies! Cotton on cotton...
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    Where do you camp there? Is there a campground or...

    Where do you camp there? Is there a campground or just open space? That would good to know, because i hiked a full day after a 6 hour drive and it would have been nice to split those up by camping at...
  22. Yes, if you’re even asking the question, go full...

    Yes, if you’re even asking the question, go full length.

    I use my 20F gear year round. I don’t worry about carrying a lighter set.
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    Skip the compression sacks and get a vacuum...

    Skip the compression sacks and get a vacuum travel bag. It has every advantage and works for regular travel gear too. It will fit both quilts and go in your carry-on. Waterproof, cheaper, doubles as...
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    Wallowa River Loop, Oregon

    It seems like Minnesota is the epicenter of the hammock camping world, so hopefully I can show you what we're up to in the West. We have big trees and big mountains, both of which can be problematic...
  25. See P-Dubs’s Hygge Hugger...

    See P-Dubs’s Hygge Hugger project.

    If you are having trouble with getting your existing underquilt to hug the hammock, or if you want to rig up something from Ikea, try a clew suspension. It was...
  26. Hard to tell from just the photo, but it looks...

    Hard to tell from just the photo, but it looks like the sag is very deep. Stretchy fabrics can also have the same problem.

    I use a giant knee pillow made from a vacuum travel bag to help provide...
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    Wallowa Hangs

    Campsite overlooking Mirror Lake, Wallowas, Oregon:

    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/6/8/1/5/0/img_2390_s.jpg

    View from that hammock:
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    For that amount of stitching, you could just make...

    For that amount of stitching, you could just make a proper box-baffled quilt out of it.
  29. Hi Randy. Just got back from a trip where I...

    Hi Randy. Just got back from a trip where I tested this concept. I brought an “underquilt protector” made from a sheet of 0.7 mil painters plastic and put this over the underquilt.

    For my test it...
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    I like the sound of gentle raindrops also, I just...

    I like the sound of gentle raindrops also, I just don’t like the sharp plinking sound that the less gentle variety tend to make on a tarp.
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    Reducing Tarp Raindrop Noise

    Last time I was out, it rained all night. I feel like I can hear every single raindrop on the tarp like a strike on a drum. Trees dripping melting snow is even worse.

    Is there a method or material...
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    Failing that, if someone could do a teardown and...

    Failing that, if someone could do a teardown and post a rough how-to guide for making your own, that would be nice.
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    So what has become of this?

    So what has become of this?
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    The forces on the fabric become...

    The forces on the fabric become disproportionately stronger the straighter the angle. For 1.0 fabrics, you would certainly be looking for trouble. I would even advise going with a very deep sag with...
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    Stretchier fabrics will also cause this problem....

    Stretchier fabrics will also cause this problem. If you upgrade your hammock, you will want a less stretchy fabric and shallower sag angle. That basically describes a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock.
    ...
  36. It was meant to be a humorous poke at the fact...

    It was meant to be a humorous poke at the fact that the topic is a rock-paper-scissors game. There is no one best solution.
  37. If you're comfortable with a sewing machine, just...

    If you're comfortable with a sewing machine, just sew a loop in the end and skip the knots altogether ;-)
  38. Separate. Sap is the bigger problem. If you have...

    Separate. Sap is the bigger problem. If you have whoopies, those can ride with the hammock even if wet, but the straps need to stay outside.

    Mine go in a weightless little mess bag that used to...
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    Yes, seal the ridgeline. I just got done doing...

    Yes, seal the ridgeline. I just got done doing mine yesterday. On my last trip I noticed the same problem after a night of solid rain. Hammock was getting wet under a perfectly pitched tarp. I think...
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    Usually, September is partly-cloudy, slight...

    Usually, September is partly-cloudy, slight chance of rain, overnight temps around 40F.

    September is a transitional month on Mt Hood, so be prepared for as low as 25F, rain, and possibly snow in...
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    @Bill - What we're really doing here is more...

    @Bill - What we're really doing here is more professionally called "Risk Assessment" - brainstorming every possible way something can fail, and then coming up with a solution or backup plan to handle...
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    That totally works if you’re just horsing around...

    That totally works if you’re just horsing around or need a field repair. For something more permanent, a proper whipping looks nicer and uses less of the fabric.
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    This video illustrates the two different...

    This video illustrates the two different techniques we are discussing, and the potential failure that may have started this thread. However, the person states that the brummel method does not change...
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    It just means to cut the last ~1-2" of rope at a...

    It just means to cut the last ~1-2" of rope at a slant so that the diameter of the rope "feathers out". Otherwise it creates a noticeable bump (like a snake that just swallowed a gerbil)
  45. New version 2.0 is ambidextrous (as documented...

    New version 2.0 is ambidextrous (as documented currently on website). No extra thought required.
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    ^^^ agree with Tom, disagree with Bill. Does...

    ^^^ agree with Tom, disagree with Bill.

    Does anyone have a machine to test this on? I'd like to solve this once and for all.
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    I keep reading this thread title as "Bonk Head...

    I keep reading this thread title as "Bonk Head Fall Hang".
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    There is some debate as to whether or not the...

    There is some debate as to whether or not the brummel actual helps or hurts. The arguments is that while it does theoretically prevent slip-outs, 1) the buried portion should be well inside the...
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    The "Blue Ridge" is just a new branding of the...

    The "Blue Ridge" is just a new branding of the Double Black Diamond blanket design. They are apparently the same.
  50. No, actually the X is my preferred suspension...

    No, actually the X is my preferred suspension knot now. Thanks for posting that.

    I dont care for the Lapp as a suspension knot. It does work good for things like hanging a bear bag though, or...
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