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  1. Please email us at [email protected] for...

    Please email us at [email protected] for service, transactional stuff. Could use a photo or two of your stand so we know which production: changes are continuous.
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    Check this guy's position in the hammock: ...

    Check this guy's position in the hammock:

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=175330&d=1560830113

    You see how his feet are very near the middle of the hammock's...
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    Even in Brazil, where there is unbroken tradition...

    Even in Brazil, where there is unbroken tradition of hammocks as normal bedding since before Columbus, I’m told that bottom insulation was unknown before the last decade or so, when the underquilt as...
  4. Alamosa anchors are very likely returning to the...

    Alamosa anchors are very likely returning to the Tensa family, as better than Orange Screws when the ground is too hard to screw them in, and a toss up in other contexts. Very loose soil is always...
  5. They’re 7/64” Amsteel, which has an average break...

    They’re 7/64” Amsteel, which has an average break strength of 1600lbs. This is derated by a knot and being tensioned over small-radius bends like many other Amsteel hammock suspensions. We rate the...
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    Those are my favorite. If I were going to make...

    Those are my favorite. If I were going to make one of these using big-box hardware store materials, I would copy those peened copper grommets, and use CLs pushed through and looped over ends, and...
  7. I’m 5’10” and 160lbs. I prefer the Carolina as...

    I’m 5’10” and 160lbs. I prefer the Carolina as big enough, but mainly because it is very heavy fabric that avoids rutting better than other cotton hammocks I’ve worn out since 2013 full time. Flora...
  8. The flipside is that when you accommodate so many...

    The flipside is that when you accommodate so many ways of doing the same thing, some users will stumble upon the worst possible way, and then you (we) might be on the hook for resulting trouble. ;-)...
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    I admire just how simple it can be: highlights...

    I admire just how simple it can be: highlights the strengths of the material and of the brain versus advanced splicing and tying skills.



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  10. I like the no-hardware approach too. It isn't a...

    I like the no-hardware approach too. It isn't a very popular taste, but a good one ;-). One trick is to bury a bit of coated wire, like a twist tie, inside the Amsteel. This lets you form it into a...
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    Lightning and thunderstorms and hammocking

    I'm sure the little water breaks on your suspension would also safely divert the couple billion joules away from the hammock, helpfully drying those straps before turning them into plasma.
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    The rubber feet are insulators. Not that i would...

    The rubber feet are insulators. Not that i would recommend setting up on a bald in a storm. I took down a Tensa4 after setting up on the Alvord Desert playa as a storm approached, not so much out of...
  13. Lashit probably fine for tethers. If you set up...

    Lashit probably fine for tethers. If you set up on a hard surface, the baseline tension can get surprisingly high, especially if you run the feet wide. Definitely Amsteel for the joints.


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  14. Tensa Outdoor and the commercial packable tensahedron stand

    Unlikely before fall, which I guess is spring for you. We’re looking into less bulky webbing too, but nothing beats UCRs for low bulk. Note that the single bulkiest line is the ridgeline, which you...
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    I have more experience as a bikepacker than...

    I have more experience as a bikepacker than backpacker in recent decades, but I’ve been all over the west. In July i’d recommend pacific northwest, PCT/ high Cascades or Olympic National Park, flying...
  16. The pushpin-loop assemblies, formerly small...

    The pushpin-loop assemblies, formerly small toggle assemblies, are still available, but should be secured with a carabiner at the outside of the loop. If you want the large toggle assemblies,...
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    Jeff-oh’s design tested to at least 350lbs on the...

    Jeff-oh’s design tested to at least 350lbs on the regular, 400 seeming fine.
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    In the case of transverse hammocks like Draumr,...

    In the case of transverse hammocks like Draumr, the guyline tension can be negligible, like a couple pounds on either side. It’s just to keep it from tipping over: let the stand bear the weight, not...
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    Casual observers parse it as just another tent...

    Casual observers parse it as just another tent when you’ve got a tarp on it.


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  20. Optinaut, I didn’t answer your question...

    Optinaut, I didn’t answer your question completely, re sharing the carabiner for multiple lines.

    The problem is that when these lines pull in multiple directions, they can sometimes get the lines...
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    Bamboo has a great strength:weight, some as good...

    Bamboo has a great strength:weight, some as good as mild steel. But it is even more variable than wood, harder to assure good unless expertly selected and processed for structural use. Aluminum needs...
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    There are several 2x2”x8’ wood versions out...

    There are several 2x2”x8’ wood versions out there. Haven’t heard of failures yet. Good idea to pick clear good wood, as cmc4free says. That length is just barely long enough for your hammock. Take...
  23. We will recommend that in forthcoming...

    We will recommend that in forthcoming documentation revision. The large toggle is not vulnerable like the pushpin (small toggle? What small toggle?) but there’s additional benefit to positioning the...
  24. The holes fall randomly, but there’s enough play...

    The holes fall randomly, but there’s enough play in the connectors that they can rotate into line.


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  25. Hi all: this just dropped:...

    Hi all: this just dropped: https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/2019/05/13/safety-notice-small-toggles-may-break-posing-fall-hazard/

    tl;dr: please stop using the small toggles as toggles. Use as pushpins,...
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    Others have said good stuff. Only thing I’d add:...

    Others have said good stuff. Only thing I’d add: less tilt.


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  27. Baka Dasai is right. But we also continue to...

    Baka Dasai is right. But we also continue to offer UCRs as an option, at a surcharge. It’s funny, as soon as we switched to webbing as the default, half the people who’d recently gotten Amsteel...
  28. Awesome. Who made your 12’er? Sent from my...

    Awesome. Who made your 12’er?


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  29. Yes. Raising the foot end increases ridgeline...

    Yes. Raising the foot end increases ridgeline tension, and vice versa. The usual recommendation to raise ridgeline tension is to let out the hammock suspension (and vice versa) but a 12’ hammock...
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    Yes. You need 2 per side/conversion. Also 2...

    Yes.

    You need 2 per side/conversion. Also 2 anchors per side. A few people order 2 conversion kits without lines and anchors planning to use those from Tensa4, then realize they need 2 more...
  31. Down is amazing. All our best material science...

    Down is amazing. All our best material science and engineering can’t beat hundreds of millions of years of DNA (specifically the goose line) working out the best way to keep a body warm, light and...
  32. I was unimpressed with the SS. I bought an UQ and...

    I was unimpressed with the SS. I bought an UQ and never looked back. Adds both wind protection but a lot more warmth without condensation issues of SS. Even a cheaper synthetic UQ might pack down...
  33. Yes. Steep pitched sides. Sent from my iPad...

    Yes. Steep pitched sides.


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  34. This just up, props to AZsteelman:...

    This just up, props to AZsteelman: https://wp.me/p9C3sF-D8


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  35. What if you want to pitch a tarp low that’s...

    What if you want to pitch a tarp low that’s longer than you can tension just from the stand’s apexes?


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    With transverse hammocks, and no lean to the...

    With transverse hammocks, and no lean to the stand, you can get away with very, very light anchors. You could have a helper let out the guyline tension on both sides until they are barely taut.

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  37. Because when you pitch the tarp low and close,...

    Because when you pitch the tarp low and close, the non-extended pole end pokes the tarp.


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  38. But then your head and foot clearance will likely...

    But then your head and foot clearance will likely suffer. If you load the poles at other than their ends, say from a cord spanning them, your load capacity goes way down.


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  39. You may find as we did that this approach doesn’t...

    You may find as we did that this approach doesn’t allow a low/close pitch of the tarp without the tarp rubbing on the unextended pole ends. Porch mode is fine. Storm mode, maybe not.
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    I have nothing substantive to say. This post,...

    I have nothing substantive to say. This post, those pictures, give me warm fuzzy feelings. Thank you, curlymaple42!


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  41. Tensa Outdoor and the commercial packable tensahedron stand

    We’ve had a few conversations fizzle. We can deliver anywhere too. The trouble is that it doesn’t cost that much less to ship product in bulk, per unit, to a European retailer than piecemeal. It...
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    I bought special scissors for it that work fine,...

    I bought special scissors for it that work fine, with gripper serrations on one side. But this costs a lot less, so. I'm told by a few sources that ceramic knives work great on Amsteel, holding their...
  43. No, just lengthen the grey lines as necessary to...

    No, just lengthen the grey lines as necessary to let the orange line hitch the pole higher.


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  44. It looks like you’ve got the extensions fairly...

    It looks like you’ve got the extensions fairly low (orange line). By cinching that up, you gain both height and width (spread) to help tension the tarp without having to mess with the stand....
  45. That should be in all the 2nd-largest tubes...

    That should be in all the 2nd-largest tubes shipped in the last month or so. It’s a spacer that lives in the liminal realm between packing material and new product feature. It prevents the next...
  46. Very unusual for Tensa4. Less weird with Solo....

    Very unusual for Tensa4. Less weird with Solo. Not clear what’s wrong. Turf too loose or muddy? Anchoring tips for Solo apply also to t4 when difficult like this (lower down):...
  47. Yes. More feet on the ground makes it...

    Yes. More feet on the ground makes it self-standing. 4.5 stands makes a complete circle of 6 hammocks, all sharing a single central tether, and you can still fold it all up and relocate, 1 person.
    ...
  48. We have yet to experiment with tarps on linked...

    We have yet to experiment with tarps on linked Tensa4 stands, in case anybody wants that glory. Set up stand 1 as normal, adding up to 5 more petal-wise with three additional poles per hanger,...
  49. If that’s because you like the lay best with head...

    If that’s because you like the lay best with head that much lower, you’ll get that drop back by adding head suspension, where it will also move your head further from poles, letting you narrow the...
  50. Ah, you have the original ridgeline style that’s...

    Ah, you have the original ridgeline style that’s integral to the connector. Never mind. As long as hammock ridgeline reasonably taut, good.

    If you add head-end suspension and/or lessen the tilt...
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