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    It's tough as a side sleeper. One thing you can...

    It's tough as a side sleeper. One thing you can try is sleeping opposite of what you normally would, by that I mean instead of head left/feet right, try head right/feet left. So the hammock isn't...
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    Gotta agree with Slo on this one. Reflectix is...

    Gotta agree with Slo on this one. Reflectix is great stuff but I wouldn't depend on it keeping my feet warm in those temps by itself.
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    My .02: I think the Reflectix is a) enough of a...

    My .02: I think the Reflectix is a) enough of a barrier to prevent convective heat loss, b) it's probably providing minimal radiant heat where there is direct contact as dakotaross says and based on...
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    I think you'd be fine either way, putting it on...

    I think you'd be fine either way, putting it on top of the UQ or in the hammock with you. I have experienced condensation with Reflectix with the pad under the sleeping bag but it was really humid...
  5. The weather was perfect, that's for sure. I'd...

    The weather was perfect, that's for sure. I'd love to do Letchworth again in the fall - a group hang would be awesome! I'm taking my 9-year-old son hammocking on the Hickory Creek Trail in PA in...
  6. You must be the gents I ran into while...

    You must be the gents I ran into while backpacking with my daughter and father-in-law that weekend. I've been wondering where the WNY hangers were! Hopefully I can make the next one.
  7. What they said. I think a (tablecloth) hammock...

    What they said. I think a (tablecloth) hammock that's under a pound is decent, and it packs down pretty small. I'm willing to carry it backpacking, anyway.

    Then again, I don't exactly...
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    My almost 9-year-old is big enough for his own...

    My almost 9-year-old is big enough for his own hammock, so he goes above me in the hammock stand or right next to me when we're backpacking. I can comfortably sleep all night with my 6-year-old...
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    My two sons will overnight in hammocks now, my...

    My two sons will overnight in hammocks now, my daughter will read/nap. My father-in-law/hiking buddy had reservations but I won him over with a Ridgerunner. Going to a group hang with a bunch of...
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    I'd say either: 1) a GTUL, which my son started...

    I'd say either: 1) a GTUL, which my son started in, 2) a DIY tableclothsfactory, which I made for all three of my kids (60x102, I just knotted each end and larksheaded whoopie slings over them), or...
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    I did the exact same thing, works like a charm.

    I did the exact same thing, works like a charm.
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    In bed I'm primarily a right-side sleeper and use...

    In bed I'm primarily a right-side sleeper and use a left lay in a hammock, the opposite of Meckie. Agreed on all who said the width matters. A lot of HF members make a big deal out of length but as...
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    Weird, now I can see them. I tried logging off...

    Weird, now I can see them. I tried logging off and back on, refreshing the page and nothing was working.
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    Does anyone know what happened to the original...

    Does anyone know what happened to the original pictures of the setup? I don't see them now and wanted to use them for reference.
  15. Thread: Reflectix

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    I love my Reflectix pad. I really need to put...

    I love my Reflectix pad. I really need to put some wings on but other than that I've had it down below freezing without issues. And I'm a cold sleeper!

    I've had some issues with it flopping out...
  16. I'm a cold sleeper and my limit is mid-50s.

    I'm a cold sleeper and my limit is mid-50s.
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    When I hike solo or with my primary hiking buddy...

    When I hike solo or with my primary hiking buddy I tend to burn up the miles. With a different group of friends, it's more about camping.
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    I could nap in my GTUL, but overnight sleep...

    I could nap in my GTUL, but overnight sleep didn't come until I made my DIY 11'. I wish it was a little wider, though...

    That, and what the other guys said about TIH (time in hammock). It just...
  19. Something large enough to bump me from underneath...

    Something large enough to bump me from underneath and set me swinging a little. I was hanging pretty low, though, since I had my son in his hammock above me. I grabbed my headlamp pretty fast but I...
  20. That is cool. I wish this thread was around six...

    That is cool. I wish this thread was around six months ago. Now that winter is approaching hopefully I'll have some time to drag the machine back out and try sewing some paper towels together.
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    I've had the most problems with long pads in...

    I've had the most problems with long pads in short hammocks like the GTUL. The foot end keeps slipping out and over the side of the hammock. I toss and turn a lot, though. I've trimmed my CCF and...
  22. I downloaded the manuals back when I bought it...

    I downloaded the manuals back when I bought it and I've watched the videos, thanks! Bubba's second point is what I'm missing. I figured I'd be able to get everything set up and start on my first...
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    Poll: I have a DIY bug sock (so it's removable). It...

    I have a DIY bug sock (so it's removable). It drives me nuts. Unfortunately the bugs are bad enough except the dead of winter that I have to use something. I'd love to have a stowable and I'm...
  24. I have a 1953 Singer 99K that I bought last year...

    I have a 1953 Singer 99K that I bought last year that has been sitting in a corner, silently mocking me in an intimidating manner. I've never sewn before and would love some "how to get started...
  25. You may have to play with the suspension, too. ...

    You may have to play with the suspension, too. It's like Goldilocks - too taut doesn't work, and neither does too loose. Once you figure out what's comfortable, try a SRL or some other method of...
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    That's why I can't use my down pillow - it...

    That's why I can't use my down pillow - it compresses to nothing. :mellow:

    I use a cheap inflatable instead. That way I can get just the right amount of support I need. I started off with one...
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    I think you'd be fine with that setup. The issue...

    I think you'd be fine with that setup. The issue is staying on it. It takes some practice to stay on a 20" pad on a diagonal...
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    Or spray the hammock and/or bug net with...

    Or spray the hammock and/or bug net with Permethrin. You can find a bottle of it at Wal-Mart and should be enough to cover everything.
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    You aren't going to want to carry wool 10 miles. ...

    You aren't going to want to carry wool 10 miles. It's heavy and bulky. Go for the down, or like lobodelanoche said, see if a pad works for you.
  30. I'm a perpetual cold sleeper, especially my feet....

    I'm a perpetual cold sleeper, especially my feet. I wear socks to bed at home, even in the summer. I have a very low budget for gear. I've made a no-sew PLUQ for late spring/early fall and...
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    I'm with SirMarkos - I use a Reflectix pad and it...

    I'm with SirMarkos - I use a Reflectix pad and it works great, as long as you don't mind the crinkling noise it makes when you shift around. It doesn't bother me, especially since it's lightweight...
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    Good to know. Yeah, PA can be tough, although...

    Good to know. Yeah, PA can be tough, although this year it's been more of an issue with wetlands and giant mud puddles for me down that way.
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    Thanks for all the input. And thanks for the...

    Thanks for all the input. And thanks for the heads up about the terrain - are the rocks and roots as bad as I hear, too?
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    NY section of AT

    Is this hammockable? I've never been hiking on that side of the state, much less the AT. I'm going with a group of guys and need to know if the hammock is going or if I'm going to need to take my...
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    The only time I had condensation using a pad was...

    The only time I had condensation using a pad was when it was cold but humid (temps were going up and snow was melting quickly). Moisture was trapped between the hammock and pad but I slept dry and...
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    Nothing wrong with that!

    Nothing wrong with that!
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    Ahhh, that makes sense. I got a cheap spool from...

    Ahhh, that makes sense. I got a cheap spool from Wal-Mart and it looked very thin and weak. You get what you pay for . . .

    Thanks for the tip on the Gutterman thread!
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    Thread for injecting?

    Total newbie here - I just learned how to thread my first injector and wind a bobbin (1950 Singer 99k) and now I'm waiting for a sale on fabric. I want to make a fleece pullover for my first...
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    I figured I escaped this kind of weather when I...

    I figured I escaped this kind of weather when I moved from Houston to the Buffalo, NY area. Not so.

    When you walk down the sidewalk, it's breathe-breathe-spit so you don't drown in the humidity.
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    1. You'll get different opinions on this one. I...

    1. You'll get different opinions on this one. I just run the fixed end through.
    2. Yes, and they work great.
    3. Nope. I always use 100% poly because cotton and cotton blends will rot eventually....
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    Has anyone ever just knotted the gathered ends in...

    Has anyone ever just knotted the gathered ends in an overhand knot, then just larksheaded a whoopie around it?

    That's how my 11' is set up right now and it seems to work fine.
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    Down from Amazon

    Which pillows are you referring to? I'm interested in doing the same thing myself but it looks like most of the affordable pillows are 95% feathers and 5% down.
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    I understand the premise of your argument - that...

    I understand the premise of your argument - that the TQ captures both radiant and convective (rising) heat, while the UQ only captures radiant heat, so the TQ is more important to vent. The short...
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    Just be careful. State laws usually determine...

    Just be careful. State laws usually determine whether or not it's legal to walk/hike on state or interstate highways. A NY state trooper educated me as I was taking a short cut from the trail back...
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    Nope

    If that was the only process in play. Just remember heat travels via convection, conduction and radiation. A TQ slows heat loss from the top but you still need something on the bottom for the same...
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    Either reflectix or ccf. The Reflectix is warmer...

    Either reflectix or ccf. The Reflectix is warmer to me but not as comfortable as a pad.
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    I second (third?) the PLUQ - it's perfect for...

    I second (third?) the PLUQ - it's perfect for summer temps. It may be a little heavy for backpacking though, especially compared to down.
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    Thanks for the feedback, Thom and gmcttr. I...

    Thanks for the feedback, Thom and gmcttr. I already have the service manual for it, so I guess it's just a matter of diving in now!
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    So what features are handy to have? I bought a...

    So what features are handy to have? I bought a 1950 Singer 99k off CL and it looks like all it does is straight stitches (although it looks like it can handle different feet for other purposes). ...
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    I frequently test new gear in my backyard in my...

    I frequently test new gear in my backyard in my TurtleDog stand. Between cars and barking dogs I have to wear ear plugs.

    Of course, I bring ear plugs no matter what because my usual backpacking...
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