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    I suggest getting in touch with Jared at Simply...

    I suggest getting in touch with Jared at Simply Light Designs. He offers a hammock that has cat cut long edges.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Make the quilt multi coloured. That way the...

    Make the quilt multi coloured. That way the seams become features. UGQ has shown several examples of multi coloured top quilts.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Have you looked at diygearsupply.com? That site...

    Have you looked at diygearsupply.com? That site isn't mentioned my these days, however, Scott has been a long time vendor on this site.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Something else to consider would be to place the...

    Something else to consider would be to place the post between two of your trees so that you can get two hanging spots.

    Cheers

    Brian
  5. This question was asked recently in this thread...

    This question was asked recently in this thread. There is lots of recommendations for types of line to use. Go check it out.

    Cheers

    Brian
  6. +1 to this. It is hard to beat for the strength...

    +1 to this. It is hard to beat for the strength to weight ratio. The cost is also quite reasonable at about $3.00 each. They work great as corner rings on my bridge hammocks. I use use them as...
  7. Zing It is a hollow braid dyneema cord. It is...

    Zing It is a hollow braid dyneema cord. It is generally used as an arborist throw line. It does have a coating on it that makes it a bit difficult to hold knots. If using friction hitches and...
  8. The choices for tarp guy lines and ridge lines is...

    The choices for tarp guy lines and ridge lines is pretty diverse. I use zing it for my tarp lines for the following reasons:

    1) doesn't stretch
    2) doesn't absorb water
    3) light weight
    4) ...
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    The gap between the underquilt and hammock is one...

    The gap between the underquilt and hammock is one source of your problem. Tighten the suspension on the underquilt. It should be tight enough that it easily lifts the hammock with nothing in it. ...
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    The bridge specific underquilts that Arrowhead...

    The bridge specific underquilts that Arrowhead Equipment and UGQ make have the cat cut along the long edge to somewhat match the curve in the bridge hammock body. This allows for a better fit of the...
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    It is odd that on a cat cut tarp that is an...

    It is odd that on a cat cut tarp that is an 'elongated' Hex shape that they would include so many extra tie out points. I could see doing that on a rectangular shaped tarp. This is just one more...
  12. For frozen ground, I use landscape spikes to...

    For frozen ground, I use landscape spikes to attach my guy lines to. They are essentially a long common nail. Anything over 6" in length should do just fine. Don't pound them in all the way. To...
  13. Thread: Canadian

    by BrianWillan
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    WTB: There in lies one issue with DIY. It is not...

    There in lies one issue with DIY. It is not always cheaper to buy the materials yourself, and if you also factor in your time to make it... Also with the abysmal exchange rate on the Canadian...
  14. Thread: Canadian

    by BrianWillan
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    WTB: Greetings There is a sticky thread in the...

    Greetings

    There is a sticky thread in the Other vendors section that is about Canadian cottage vendors and DIY suppliers.

    Check it out.
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    Perhaps doing a pole mod on your tarp to give it...

    Perhaps doing a pole mod on your tarp to give it more structure would work for you. As for the conditions you are trying to deal with, I take it you've already pick the best site location to...
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    Here is another 12' winter tarp plan that comes...

    Here is another 12' winter tarp plan that comes from ripstop by the roll. Scroll down and click instructions.

    http://ripstopbytheroll.com/products/winter12-tarp-kit

    It is your tarp, so make it...
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    Your winter tarp project is doable with your 9...

    Your winter tarp project is doable with your 9 yards of fabric.

    Here is one possible layout for a winter tarp with doors.
    ...
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    Stop getting your Starbucks coffee for a little...

    Stop getting your Starbucks coffee for a little while and save up the extra money for the Superfly or any of the other vendors on the site that make large tarps with built in doors.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Paul over at Arrowhead Equipment has a video...

    Paul over at Arrowhead Equipment has a video showing how to setup a synthetic underquilt. The information applies to most underquilts, now that I think about it.

    ...
  20. I had a top quilt that used buttons to form the...

    I had a top quilt that used buttons to form the foot box area. It had a shock cord cinch at the bottom to seal things up. I could also open it up completely and use it as a blanket. I never did...
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    For $10 more there is also the Wilderness Logics...

    For $10 more there is also the Wilderness Logics Big Daddy Tarp. It is a little wider than the Tadpole tarp so will provide more coverage in a down pour.
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    One cannot prevent condensation from happening. ...

    One cannot prevent condensation from happening. At best we learn how to deal with it and Shug's Frost catching bib hung from a ridgeline is a good one. I do something similar in that I tie my small...
  23. Thread: Bridge UQ

    by BrianWillan
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    Underquilts for bridge hammocks are pretty simple...

    Underquilts for bridge hammocks are pretty simple to DIY. I made a couple for my bridge hammock. I made a simple rectangular quilt that was the same width as the narrowest portion of my bridge...
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    If you can't find them at the Ajax Costco, the...

    If you can't find them at the Ajax Costco, the Oshawa store has them.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    If your husband is looking to use a hammock to...

    If your husband is looking to use a hammock to camp out in, I would start out in summer to go through the learning curve. Doing that along with developing an insulation system for -40F temperatures,...
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    Kilograms might be a better unit for the weight...

    Kilograms might be a better unit for the weight of a canvas tent of that size. ;)
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    Your hot tent is of similar size to mine. Looks...

    Your hot tent is of similar size to mine. Looks like yours is more of a wall tent (vertical sides). Mine is a wedge tent. I didn't bother with a frame for mine. I just use two support poles on...
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    As Crawldaddy has found out in the quest for...

    As Crawldaddy has found out in the quest for going light weight to ultra light weight backpacking that the cost per ounce saved really starts to sky rocket when you are already in the light weight...
  29. As far as hot tent stoves go they range in sizes...

    As far as hot tent stoves go they range in sizes that can be man hauled on a toboggan, to those that require a motorized transport due to size and weight. I have what is considered a small stove and...
  30. When you damp down the air flow in a wood stove...

    When you damp down the air flow in a wood stove to get maximum burn time you are creating creosote in your stove pipe. This happens because your fire is at too low a temperature to be burning...
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    I take it you was the videos from Wawhiker on his...

    I take it you was the videos from Wawhiker on his MSR Twin Brothers hot tent setup. It is a good idea. Just be aware the ends of this tent slant back so that the ridge line length is much shorter...
  32. What sizes are these Overmitts available in? Or...

    What sizes are these Overmitts available in? Or what are the measurements for these particular mitts so we can guage fit.

    Cheers

    Brian
  33. As AScott pointed out, the smaller diameter line...

    As AScott pointed out, the smaller diameter line for the prussic will hold better with the standard 3 wraps. Many people that use continuous ridgelines for tarps will uses lash it or zing it and...
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    The industrial sewing machines are overkill for...

    The industrial sewing machines are overkill for the lightweight fabrics that are used in modern outdoor gear. I would look for an older sewing machine that has all metal construction. At minimum...
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    Good looking quilt. You should have no trouble...

    Good looking quilt. You should have no trouble keeping track of it, day or night. It may even glow in the dark for that matter.

    Now the wait begins for suitable temperatures to test that quilt...
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    Poll: All of the vendors you mentioned make quality...

    All of the vendors you mentioned make quality gear. So picking any one of them would be a good choice. So your deciding factor will come down to quilt size, colour and fabric choices, how soon you...
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    For that size tarp, it is certainly a good price....

    For that size tarp, it is certainly a good price. Even better with all of the webbing tie out points. Usually budget tarps have grommets.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    As the others have mentioned, the tarp can be be...

    As the others have mentioned, the tarp can be be pitched tighter than shown the original post picture. What cordage are you using for the tarp ridge line? Hopefully it is something that doesn't...
  39. Unless the prussic knot you are using is of...

    Unless the prussic knot you are using is of smaller diameter line than the main CRL then you will be hard pressed to get too much tension on the tarp ridgeline to cause a problem.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    The Potomac and other underquilts that were...

    The Potomac and other underquilts that were design for the bottom entry Hennessey Hammocks. The underquilts would match up to the existing velcro closure for the hammock. If you have one of the...
  41. Would you be carrying the Grizzbeaks with you all...

    Would you be carrying the Grizzbeaks with you all the time? If so, just go with a 4 season tarp with integrated doors like the WB Superfly, or UGQ Winter Dream. Setting up add on doors to a hex...
  42. EE offers their quilts in 10 degree increment...

    EE offers their quilts in 10 degree increment temperature rating. So if you wanted some over stuff, you'd likely be at the next lower temperature rating quilt. So I can see this as another reason...
  43. I would think that a package that is at least 5'...

    I would think that a package that is at least 5' long would fall into the oversize category and would be charged based on dimensional weight, not actual weight. Most of the shipping facilities I am...
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    Well given the history of his response time to...

    Well given the history of his response time to communications or lack there of, it is a definitely proceed at your own risk type of deal.

    While his products are of good quality, his customer...
  45. That is definitely an interesting machine to put...

    That is definitely an interesting machine to put fabric on a roll. Correct me if I am wrong, putting the fabric on a roll would cost a significant amount more for shipping?

    Cheers

    Brian
  46. Thread: Knee Pain

    by BrianWillan
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    What hammock are you using now and how long is...

    What hammock are you using now and how long is it?

    I suffered with the same knee hyper extension issue that you have and I found all the standard solutions didn't work well for me. I switched...
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    Most of the smaller hammock tarps are hex shaped...

    Most of the smaller hammock tarps are hex shaped or asym shaped and usually have a ridgeline length close to 11'. The Wilderness Logics Tadpole gets lots of mention in the smaller lighter tarp...
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    Just be sure to use an insulated sleeping pad...

    Just be sure to use an insulated sleeping pad suitable for the temperatures you expect to encounter. The air mat will do little to overcome the compression of the insulation on the bottom of your...
  49. Do you mean a mule tape loop through the hammock...

    Do you mean a mule tape loop through the hammock channel and then using a dyneema cord to attach to that loop? My first question then becomes, what are you using to go around the tree the hammock is...
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    Sadly this down throw is not available at the...

    Sadly this down throw is not available at the Costco locations near me in Canada and it is also not available on the Costco Canada website either.
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