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  1. Well, it's probably a difference if the locals...

    Well, it's probably a difference if the locals camp openly in the backcountry or if a foreigner does it. Even though I'm a local in Germany, I take pains not to be seen or heard when I stealth camp....
  2. Unfortunately, camping outside officially...

    Unfortunately, camping outside officially designated campgrounds is not allowed in most European countries, including Spain. This doesn't mean that it is not done, but if you want to do it, you...
  3. I avoid washing my underquilts. So far, I have...

    I avoid washing my underquilts. So far, I have only washed one, because it smelled really bad right off the bat. Sometimes new down stinks. Other than that, I have seen no reason to wash any of my...
  4. I have recently used 2 Mexican hammocks, which I...

    I have recently used 2 Mexican hammocks, which I believe is synonymous to Mayan. Mine were about 13' long and I found them to be pretty easy to hang. More sag, less sag - they were generally very...
  5. Poll: In my opinion, the perfect sag is directly...

    In my opinion, the perfect sag is directly connected to hammock length. The longer the hammock, the better it works with a deep sag. See e.g. the long traditional hammocks. The shorter the hammock,...
  6. Yes! You definitely do have to leave some slack!...

    Yes! You definitely do have to leave some slack! Most hammocks are not designed to be hung with a 0 angle, but rather an angle somewhere between 20 and 45. If you have pulled the suspension as...
  7. I have had problems with down shifting with...

    I have had problems with down shifting with pretty much all of my quilts and sleeping bags. That's why I'm always opting for overfill now. How much depends on the manufacturer and the design of the...
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    The BB needs more of a 20-25 hang, but you can...

    The BB needs more of a 20-25 hang, but you can totally ignore angles. That's what the ridgeline is for. You only have to remember the tension of the ridgeline. Warbonnet recommends a fairly tight...
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    Looks like a variation of the Eureka Chrysalis to...

    Looks like a variation of the Eureka Chrysalis to me, although it's much deeper. I don't like the tent fly. With the Chrysalis it was prone to condensation, and you get wet immediately upon exiting....
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    Yes, that should work, but obviously also depends...

    Yes, that should work, but obviously also depends on your preferences. I'm a 3-season camper and use a 0 underquilt because I'm very susceptible to cold from below. But I use a 20 sleeping bag for...
  11. If you want to leave the suspension attached to...

    If you want to leave the suspension attached to the hammock, you simply picked the wrong hardware. The Beetle Buckles were specifically designed to be taken off; that's is essentially their unique...
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    I never used the Selva, but quite a few...

    I never used the Selva, but quite a few underquilts constructed in the same way. I always had to decide: either I wanted the underquilt to not force me to lie more inline than I wanted and accept...
  13. I'm a full-time sleeper and have used a Brazilian...

    I'm a full-time sleeper and have used a Brazilian and a Mexican hammock occasionally. I tried different underquilts and even had a huge one custom made for the Brazilian hammock. None worked well...
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    I have a lot of those in all kinds of nets, and...

    I have a lot of those in all kinds of nets, and as far as I can tell, it's simply moved threads. In my case, it happens mostly where I hang my glasses over the ridgeline. The wire probably pokes the...
  15. How light and how much stretch? Which fabrics...

    How light and how much stretch? Which fabrics have you tried? What is the lightest fabric that still works for you?

    Generally, the hybrid series has very little stretch for its weight. The...
  16. I only have experience with the polyester top...

    I only have experience with the polyester top cover and underquilt protector. This looks and feels like the same fabric as used for the quilts. It produces more static for me (might be different for...
  17. I'd choose the 15D ripstop nylon over the 20D...

    I'd choose the 15D ripstop nylon over the 20D polyester any day. The only piece of gear that should see enough UV-radiation to affect its performance (but only after a couple of years under normal...
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    You don't need it, but it saves you a lot of...

    You don't need it, but it saves you a lot of fiddling. The zipper simply lets you access the opening between the layers directly, but you could always insert the pad from inside the sock if you...
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    Wooki for sure. You can use a sleeping bag you...

    Wooki for sure. You can use a sleeping bag you already own for top insulation and be super comfortable. A top quilt / pad combo won't be anywhere near as comfortable. I have used a pad for about 3...
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    I have all versions of the XLC/Eldorado. I'm 5'4"...

    I have all versions of the XLC/Eldorado. I'm 5'4" and 135lbs. I love the 70D Heavyweight DL; I sleep in one almost every night. A 70D 1.7 Single Layer is my hiking hammock. It has a lot more stretch,...
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    I have not liked the polyester fabrics I tried...

    I have not liked the polyester fabrics I tried because they have too little stretch. I generally prefer less stretch - but there comes a point when it feels as if I'm lying on the hard floor....
  22. Whipping works as well if not better, believe me....

    Whipping works as well if not better, believe me. You just have to tug a bit on the resulting folds before you whip it. In any case: let me tell you that it is *very* unlikely that you will get a...
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    I did love this set-up: If I ever have...

    I did love this set-up:



    If I ever have enough space and access to some big tree trunks, this is what I would like to build :D
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    If it was me, I would switch it around: use a...

    If it was me, I would switch it around: use a thin 3/4 pad together with a 20 Wooki. But it depends on how often you think you will be going to ground. The more nights you expect to spend in your...
  25. I have experimented a lot with shaped ends. You...

    I have experimented a lot with shaped ends. You don't have to cut and sew to try different shapes, but since the curves eat into the length it helps to start out with a large rectangle of fabric.
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    That's not a tight hang. That actually looks like...

    That's not a tight hang. That actually looks like the perfect hang distance! A tight hang is when you have to start angling the tarp to fit it between the trees :laugh: The real problem is the space...
  27. According to Samson, whoopie slings derate the...

    According to Samson, whoopie slings derate the breaking strength of the rope by 30% if spliced correctly. 7/64" AmSteel has an average breaking strength of 1600lbs. So 7/64" whoopie slings would have...
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    I have thought about cutting them off, too....

    I have thought about cutting them off, too. Especially since I have only used them once in about 9 years. I think there would have been better solutions. On the other hand, they are only getting in...
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    In my opinion yes. Especially if you're coming...

    In my opinion yes. Especially if you're coming from a 12' hammock. The Pak-It-Lite feels like a hammock for kids.
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    I own a couple of bridge hammocks and I don't...

    I own a couple of bridge hammocks and I don't think that they provide a flatter lay. Just a different lay. Actually the flattest lay I ever had in any hammock *by far* was in a Mexican hammock. The...
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    First off some background information so that you...

    First off some background information so that you can form your own opinion. I have been using hammocks for 9 years now and have never stopped being curious about new (to me) hammocks. My first...
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    It depends on why you're getting back pain. I...

    It depends on why you're getting back pain. I don't have a bad back and usually don't have any issues, but I do get back pain when trying to sleep in a stretchy hammock. In a single layer hammock, I...
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    Not sure if any of the vendors would build...

    Not sure if any of the vendors would build something completely new for you. Many would customize one of their hammock models for you, though. If you really want to have a fully custom hammock and...
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    I own a Pak-It-Lite RECONMN. What would you like...

    I own a Pak-It-Lite RECONMN. What would you like to know?
  35. It really depends on your preferences...

    It really depends on your preferences (surprise...), as well as hammock length and fabric stretch. The stretchier the fabric, the less diagonal you can lie because the sides will come up quite high....
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    Your 2-year old XLC has less stretch than a...

    Your 2-year old XLC has less stretch than a single layer Hexon 1.6 Chameleon. How much less stretch depends on the number of layers and the fabric. If you have a 1.7 SL, that is a 70D fabric. The...
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    My first tarp suspension was a single line 2.2mm...

    My first tarp suspension was a single line 2.2mm Lash-It (Dyneema) with soft shackle prusiks - so essentially the same system but with Dyneema lines. I could never keep the tarp as tight as I wanted....
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    I would contact Dutch and ask if they could make...

    I would contact Dutch and ask if they could make their continuous 12' 6" Tarp Sleeve a foot longer.
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    If you want very short loops and a much higher...

    If you want very short loops and a much higher safetey margin, try dog bones with short eye loops. Fold in the middle, pull the middle through the channel (or wrap it around the hammock end if the...
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    I love the bug net on my Blackbird and XLC so...

    I love the bug net on my Blackbird and XLC so much that I use it almost year round (I sleep in a hammock full-time). It kind of creates a "channel" in the hammock body that works very well for me,...
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    Interesting. I see no mention on the website. Is...

    Interesting. I see no mention on the website. Is this only printed on the rolls?
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    I have never seen this type of certification in...

    I have never seen this type of certification in hammocks or hammock gear. Probably because certification costs extra, and high quality hammocks are a niche market pretty much exclusively covered by...
  43. I have occasionally stored some of my quilts...

    I have occasionally stored some of my quilts stuffed loosely in pillow cases on the bed or sofa. You don't want them to do heavy duty (under your head), because this results in more down poking...
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    A bit late, but in case it's still of interest:...

    A bit late, but in case it's still of interest: my experience is that it depends on quite a few factors. With all underquilts I have used, I could lie at an angle. But how much of an angle and how...
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    Just make sure to keep the rubber band installed...

    Just make sure to keep the rubber band installed exactly like you got it from Warbonnet as a fail-safe especially when you're using the Wooki with other hammocks. It's easy to set it up too tight,...
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    The Wooki behaves exactly like your hammock...

    The Wooki behaves exactly like your hammock because it actually is a second hammock under your primary hammock. That means that there is no difference between lying on your back or on your side. The...
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    I have and use both. The 2QZQ UQP is simple...

    I have and use both.

    The 2QZQ UQP is simple and lightweight. I works with any hammock I own. On the con-side it doesn't offer as much protection as the WB UQP since it's shorter and can't be...
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    Where do you get that it was boorish behavior?...

    Where do you get that it was boorish behavior? I'm not saying it wasn't, but I didn't see anything in the article indicating that it was. I have often set up my hammock in a public places. If there...
  49. The only reason to get an integrated hammock with...

    The only reason to get an integrated hammock with a symmetrical bug net would be if you switch your lay direction during the night. If you don't mind staying put in one direction during the night,...
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    If the hammock only got wet and not dirty, the...

    If the hammock only got wet and not dirty, the fabric shouldn't be any different. It's not down that needs to be fluffed up when drying. I also would be very careful with dryers. They can be very...
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