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    My silnylon does that, but neither of my silpoly...

    My silnylon does that, but neither of my silpoly tarps has ever held water. A quick pop and the water just flies off and it's dry in 5-10 minutes. Maybe you got something on them. Have you camped...
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    That UI is definitely a chore, but... 176176

    That UI is definitely a chore, but...
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    ^^All of that^^ Paracord is awful and should...

    ^^All of that^^ Paracord is awful and should probably be reserved for crafting bracelets, rifle slings, and belts. I get why Dave likes it, but in the real world, with all options on the table, it...
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    Great idea!!! I have to give that a try. I...

    Great idea!!! I have to give that a try. I always aim for hammock bottom just below knee height and cross check that the foot is relatively higher than the head. Pegging the respective buckle...
  5. Along the lines of acclimation... and maybe this...

    Along the lines of acclimation... and maybe this is way far off the wall, but you could try hot yoga. If you can live through/get used to that sweat fest, 100* and high humidity will feel down right...
  6. Thread: sewing Machine

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    May not work out, but try a vacuum cleaner repair...

    May not work out, but try a vacuum cleaner repair place, auto parts store, or even McMaster Carr for that flat belt. There's nothing new under the sun and it's pretty rare, even for old stuff, that...
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    I air/dry out all down items as soon as I get...

    I air/dry out all down items as soon as I get home whether they were used on trial or not. I have wall hooks in my gear closet just so I can hang/air out my down or other damp items for a few days...
  8. I think you are using your tarp worms wrong,...

    I think you are using your tarp worms wrong, because I don't understand "you need to go all the way back to the tarpworm and if the stake/log/root I find is far away then I'm always hurting for extra...
  9. I do different loop sizes on both ends. On the...

    I do different loop sizes on both ends. On the normal stake end, I do a large enough loop to wrap around my stake twice (a single loop can slip off). On the other end, I do a small loop, just big...
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    Sweet!!! I'm in for a pack cover when those come...

    Sweet!!! I'm in for a pack cover when those come online...and some shorts if I can ever get you to make them in XXL.
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    I think I've come to the conclusion, in my own...

    I think I've come to the conclusion, in my own mind anyway, that calf ridge is very subjective and definitely influenced by a lot of variables. Having the suspension dialed in just right is one of...
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    Looking at diagram linked by gargoyle, if you are...

    Looking at diagram linked by gargoyle, if you are doing a standing French seam, 1" seam allowance per side. To make it flat felled as most tarps would be, side A is 1" and side B is 1 5/8".
  13. Man Texoma certainly gets hot, but at least you...

    Man Texoma certainly gets hot, but at least you can jump in. You could try LBJ Grasslands, at least there are some shady spots and few watering holes. I'm afraid you're going to have to cross the...
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    You guys are looking in the wrong spot. Grand...

    You guys are looking in the wrong spot. Grand Trunk, Skeeter Beater, Yukon Outfitters, and all the other cheap Chinese bug net hammocks are built the same. Imagine folding a blanket in half...
  15. Thread: DOWN QUESTION

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    If you literally just finished it, it's probably...

    If you literally just finished it, it's probably really clumpy from the filling process. Toss it in the drier on cool with some tennis balls to fluff it up and spread the down. Report back if you...
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    I use an unmodified CDT all summer. Packs small,...

    I use an unmodified CDT all summer. Packs small, vents great, weights a pound, gives some wiggle room in case a front comes in. Who needs a footbox when it's over 60*? Also, you could just pack...
  17. The hammocking part isn't the problem...plenty...

    The hammocking part isn't the problem...plenty cool at night. It's making it through the day that'll get ya. Camp near swimmable water to keep cool. You could also head up to Broken Bow or Western...
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    Until tent weight gets below 35-40oz, hammocks...

    Until tent weight gets below 35-40oz, hammocks are very easily in the game for cost and weight. After that you start piling on the cost in either scenario. I'd say until about 2 years ago I was...
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    Just open up the gathered end and run the SRL...

    Just open up the gathered end and run the SRL through the middle of the gather. No holes or sewing required. If you are handy with the thread injector, run your SRL inside the net, lay in in the...
  20. Thread: sewing Machine

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    I find doing DIY outdoors stuff I need the...

    I find doing DIY outdoors stuff I need the ability to do thicker materials and layers so I'm a fan of the vintage all metal Singers, but you definitely want a metal drive train if you go for a new...
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    I have tarpworms on all my tarps and have since...

    I have tarpworms on all my tarps and have since they came out. I see no reason to switch. If I need to change suspension lines, it takes less than a minute to larks head on a new set of lines. I...
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    My primary UQ is a 0* that's used for anything...

    My primary UQ is a 0* that's used for anything under 50*, and I live in Texas. Above that and I use a DIY Costco UQ, but I haven't been able to buy anything in the middle yet. My primary quilt is a...
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    A single layer with single direction baffles (rip...

    A single layer with single direction baffles (rip the opposing direction) should get you to 50 +/- your comfort rating. Unmodified should get you to the upper 50s. There is a lot of down trapped...
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    I just made a Costco UQ this weekend. I ripped...

    I just made a Costco UQ this weekend. I ripped the 60" seams so I had a longer quilt. It took forever, but made a huge difference in the loft and warmth. I went as easy as possible. I folded the...
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    Hey Dutch, Any chance you could replicate these...

    Hey Dutch, Any chance you could replicate these with a double sided hookworm? Not a fan of linelocks and it would make the whole setup simpler and lighter.
  26. For semi-permanent...you can't beat canvas. For...

    For semi-permanent...you can't beat canvas. For something more portable/packable, silpoly. I wouldn't use silnylon as the nylon fibers will wet out and freeze in a freezing rain/transitional...
  27. I've used my fully and partially inflated Expeds...

    I've used my fully and partially inflated Expeds in hammocks quite a bit. I never found it cumbersome. Yoga mats on the other hand can be a bit tedious to get in place because they want to fold...
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    I have lots of extra setups. They just seem to...

    I have lots of extra setups. They just seem to happen over time. My limiting factor is underquilts, but I have lots of pads/mats to fill the void. I actually told D last night I was going to...
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    I don't have that issue with my Habanero. I'm a...

    I don't have that issue with my Habanero. I'm a solid 2x bigger than you and roll all over the place. It's a full size 0* though which would be a bit much for a run at the AT. You could definitely...
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    Further modified by another tinkering engineer. ...

    Further modified by another tinkering engineer.

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    I love my WinterDream! It's the door...

    I love my WinterDream! It's the door snaps...great feature for bad weather and I just hate cross staking doors.
  32. Thread: CRL BROKE!!!!

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    +1 on leaving some bow in your CRL and getting...

    +1 on leaving some bow in your CRL and getting the taught pitch with your tie outs. At this point I've been through 2 tornadoes with 2 of my tarps setup in each storm and the worst I got was a...
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    OK so this is "knot" what I was expecting from...

    OK so this is "knot" what I was expecting from the thread title. I figured you used your hammock's whipped end as the toggle like you would MSH around a tarp stake. I'm not responsible if anybody...
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    Just food for thought, but lighter double layer...

    Just food for thought, but lighter double layer fabrics have some advantages over a single thicker material. Better mosquito resistance and ability to trap a pad if you don't have underquilts yet...
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    Unless you want to DIY (which is awesome), for...

    Unless you want to DIY (which is awesome), for the money its tough to beat the Yukon Outfitters when they go on sale. The Byers of Maine (very similar) is on Massdrop right now for $34 +shipping). ...
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    We share the same MC infatuation. I have a MC...

    We share the same MC infatuation. I have a MC Loco Libre UQ to match as well.

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    Haha...The silnylon I was talking about is...

    Haha...The silnylon I was talking about is Intruder and I dearly love that tarp...for features and patterns! It falls right in between normal silnylon and silpoly in properties. If it didn't wet...
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    Except for summer you can almost never have too...

    Except for summer you can almost never have too much bottom insulation. I was out in the mid 50s this weekend with a 0* UQ and only threw my 50* TQ over me around 4:00 a.m. when I got a chill. I...
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    No experience with cuben, but silpoly wins hands...

    No experience with cuben, but silpoly wins hands down on sil front. I have 1.1 winter tarps in both that have been pitched side by side many times in lots of different weather. Silpoly doesn't...
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    I really want to try cinch bugs, but I use the...

    I really want to try cinch bugs, but I use the Dutch buckles the same way and find them dead simple and slip free. I also like that the little retainer bungee lets me keep my straps stored neatly...
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    I bought a bunch about 18 month ago for the kids...

    I bought a bunch about 18 month ago for the kids to pay with/loan out. I also intend to turn one into a crammock. They are too small for all but the smallest kids (age 7 max), but they are about...
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    Used guitar string, free and doesn't break!

    Used guitar string, free and doesn't break!
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    I use the queen size for car camping with the...

    I use the queen size for car camping with the girls and its a good piece of gear, just heavy.
  44. Thread: Anti-Camo

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    I can relate. There a matching Loco Libre UQ not...

    I can relate. There a matching Loco Libre UQ not pictured.

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  45. Thread: Small sleeper

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    I actually sleep warmer in my hammock (when...

    I actually sleep warmer in my hammock (when properly outfitted for the weather) because drafts are less of an issue, my insulation hugs me better, and I'm warming less dead airspace if that makes...
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    Welcome from Ft. Worth!

    Welcome from Ft. Worth!
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    When I go to ground I use my TQ with an Exped...

    When I go to ground I use my TQ with an Exped mat. I hate bags, too restrictive. It is more drafty if care isn't taken to secure the edges. Mine has keepers that go under the pad. After I get in,...
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    FS: Dang you George...costing me money! I'll take...

    Dang you George...costing me money! I'll take it!

    Hey George is this the 1.1 Intruder by chance?
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    It's tight quarters under a 10x12 so a hex would...

    It's tight quarters under a 10x12 so a hex would be pretty small for good coverage. I would opt for a wide head end tree or a smaller split trunk tree instead of the spreader bar. That way you have...
  50. So here is a comparison I did for a guy on...

    So here is a comparison I did for a guy on another forum, thought it might be useful here to.

    From big to small, WBBB XLC Multicam double layer (36 oz. w/Dutch straps, buckles, and clips), UGQ...
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