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  1. I've got one. Good quality. It has quite...

    I've got one. Good quality. It has quite aggressive cat cuts, though, which especially makes the ends very skimpy if you go for the 11' one.
  2. Thread: Speed Tips

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    Hammock: whatever suspension you like, then a...

    Hammock: whatever suspension you like, then a Whoopie hook or similar to attach it to the hammock (or put the adjustment at the tree end, I guess). Keep hammock/quilts all together (in catch-all sack...
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    If you want more options than FabricLand has,...

    If you want more options than FabricLand has, ExtremTextil in Germany has fast, cheap shipping to the UK (at least for the next month!)
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    That's absolutely doable. I'll knock the maths...

    That's absolutely doable. I'll knock the maths out in the morning.
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    Stand has a ridgeline so it can stay up with no...

    Stand has a ridgeline so it can stay up with no hammock on it. Hammock ridgeline stays on because I see no reason to take it off.
  6. You could always just put the end of the sleeve...

    You could always just put the end of the sleeve past the adjustment point, so that it bunches up well away from the tarp, and you can reach the adjustment inside it? Or just put it at the fixed end...
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    If you've got a basic sewing machine, you can get...

    If you've got a basic sewing machine, you can get the fabric to make a hammock pretty cheaply, and it's dead easy. If not, I'd be happy to make you one at cost (once I've finished moving house, which...
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    Of the US hammock manufacturers, SLD generally...

    Of the US hammock manufacturers, SLD generally has the cheapest international shipping. Dutchware and Warbonnet are also generally relatively cheap. There are also a handful of resellers on UK Ebay....
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    ExTex (the website I linked above) has cheap and...

    ExTex (the website I linked above) has cheap and fast shipping to the UK (with no import fees/taxes, at least for now). There's also Profabrics, though they have a more limited range of...
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    That's a bit on the heavy side, honestly20D...

    That's a bit on the heavy side, honestly20D sylnylon clocks in at not much more than half of that.
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    In addition to the loads on the hammock being far...

    In addition to the loads on the hammock being far higher, the loads on the trees are proportionally higher, so you need many times wider tree straps to protect them properly, if you did use a hammock...
  12. It's not ideal: in particular, the suspension...

    It's not ideal: in particular, the suspension would be annoying for me, but there's certainly no overriding reason why it couldn't work, other than the lack of a proper footbox meaning that your feet...
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    There's also the SLD streamliner, which...

    There's also the SLD streamliner, which essentially has the wall bits cut off.
  14. This is what really kills the cost savings: it's...

    This is what really kills the cost savings: it's far too addictive.
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    Could it be that the "much heavier person...

    Could it be that the "much heavier person bouncing in it" was the problem? Could have stressed the fabric and weakened it.
  16. It's too short. The Singlenest is only 9' long,...

    It's too short. The Singlenest is only 9' long, whereas the minimum length most people are comfortable with is 10', 11' is standard, and longer is even better. The above-mentioned hammocks are all...
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    I'm not aware of any good UK-based manufacturers...

    I'm not aware of any good UK-based manufacturers of hammocks, but there's Blue Sky Lavender for quilts and Henge Hammocks for suspension. There are loads of solid tarp options. You can also get most...
  18. Not in general. You'll want to be careful about...

    Not in general. You'll want to be careful about the range on the ridgeline: going too long can lead to damage to the bug net. Knotty mod needs a little more thought: it won't do much if you attach it...
  19. For some maths as to where your problem is coming...

    For some maths as to where your problem is coming from, consider the vertical forces involved: your weight is essentially the only thing pulling down, and the tree straps are the only thing pulling...
  20. Once it has stretched, the ridgeline is...

    Once it has stretched, the ridgeline is essentially the same as a non-stretchy ridgeline of that slightly longer length, except inconsistent, unpredictable, and will probably keep stretching slowly....
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    Sticky: The ones on my tarp are made from kite string off...

    The ones on my tarp are made from kite string off Amazon, but anything with a hole down the middle that you can get a strand through works. To make them:

    1. Cut two 2' pieces of the cord, splice a...
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    Just ruling out the obvious: has the end elastic...

    Just ruling out the obvious: has the end elastic of your underquilt got under your head?
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    Sticky: It depends what you're doing with them. You can...

    It depends what you're doing with them. You can make them with any hollow-core rope (within reason: anything under ~1mm in diameter is a pain in the backside to splice). However, you should consider...
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    The trick here is that amsteel is so absurdly...

    The trick here is that amsteel is so absurdly strong for what we use it for that it basically doesn't matter how you splice it, in terms of total loading weight. The weakness comes in its ability to...
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    There's not much point having longer buries on a...

    There's not much point having longer buries on a Grog Sling style CL: you've already derated the rope so much by putting the brummel in that the length of the bury after the first bit doesn't make...
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    If you're after a cheap UQ, the DD one is...

    If you're after a cheap UQ, the DD one is functional (once you swap out the suspension), if heavy. The only Europe-based down UQ manufacturers that I know of are Cumulus in Poland and BlueSkyLavender...
  27. Due to a mixture of laziness and lightweight...

    Due to a mixture of laziness and lightweight webbing being a pain to get locally, I just left the whoopie slings on my SLD hammock, and use a J-bend at the other end. All of the usual benefits of the...
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    Added bonus: if you've got a reasonably small hex...

    Added bonus: if you've got a reasonably small hex or asym tarp, the pocket on the wide end of the SLD sleeve is big enough to pack the whole tarp into, so your sleeve is also a stuffsack.
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    I've been using a crappy little thing that's...

    I've been using a crappy little thing that's intended to be a bike light (this sort of thing): comes in red and white, weighs nothing, and I got a set for free from somewhere or other.
  30. Try whipping it to experiment: that way, you can...

    Try whipping it to experiment: that way, you can change it quickly, and sew it when you've got it where you want.
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    There's no problem with it: the peak shelf is...

    There's no problem with it: the peak shelf is sewn onto the hammock body, but just looped over the ridgeline, so you can just unthread the ridgeline, add whatever storage you want, then thread it...
  32. Depends where you live, and if you already own a...

    Depends where you live, and if you already own a mat/sleeping bag. In particular, minimum temperature overnight here was 20C, so I was outside in a hammock with no insulation, and wasn't cold.
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    Rab's instructions are

    Rab's instructions are
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    For an easy/cheap option: Add a foot of cordage...

    For an easy/cheap option: Add a foot of cordage to either end of his hammock, then attach the spreader bars to the outside ends of that.
  35. Thread: Purple tarp?

    by bluesam3
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    Purple Thunderfly just arrived. Spectacularly...

    Purple Thunderfly just arrived. Spectacularly purple, looks very pretty with sun going through it. Will get some pictures up once I've had a chance to get it out.
  36. Thread: Budget tarp.

    by bluesam3
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    It's pitched off-centre intentionally. Presumably...

    It's pitched off-centre intentionally. Presumably with the low side into the wind/sun.
  37. If you wanted to avoid the "uncomfortable seams"...

    If you wanted to avoid the "uncomfortable seams" issue, you could be clever and do it at an angle: figure out what your lay direction is, and get a parallelogram of your primary material to be the...
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    1. The HH Ultralight is shorter than most people...

    1. The HH Ultralight is shorter than most people prefer (as a trade-off to make it lighter), but will do the job nicely, and may well be perfectly comfortable if you're not too tall. As for the rest...
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    If you find that the bugnet material is too...

    If you find that the bugnet material is too narrow, you could always buy twice as much as you'd otherwise need, sew the two pieces together side by side, then trim to the required width. The surplus,...
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    I can't actually see any spliced section at all...

    I can't actually see any spliced section at all there, so yeah, looks like the splice pulled out. The second and third pictures, so far as I can tell, might as well be a brand new bit of amsteel...
  41. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I think the theory is to get the pack size down...

    I think the theory is to get the pack size down to the point that you can take a smaller, and therefore lighter, pack.
  42. This seems really overcomplicated and slow to me....

    This seems really overcomplicated and slow to me. Unless I'm in a really narrow span with fairly thin trees, I just loop my (much shorter) webbing around the tree, put one end through the other, then...
  43. I own one of the Paria tarps. Just had it out for...

    I own one of the Paria tarps. Just had it out for a week in the record-breaking rains we've just had, and it worked nicely. A bit more coverage at the ends would be nice, though: something like a...
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    You can bodge a temporary knotty mod-style effect...

    You can bodge a temporary knotty mod-style effect by tying some shock cord to some point along the edge, and running the other end to either the primary suspension, or a bit of cord prussiked to the...
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    No harm at all, so long as you don't let the...

    No harm at all, so long as you don't let the whoopies drag in the mud (otherwise they'll get dirty!). Becket hitch would also work.
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    I swapped in significantly stronger cordlocks on...

    I swapped in significantly stronger cordlocks on the side adjustment. Putting more tension on there than the stock ones can hold keeps it out of the way much better.
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    Simply LIght Designs might be worth looking at...

    Simply LIght Designs might be worth looking at too: their starter package is just about the best one going, and you can add a butnet to it and still have the cost near $100 for everything but...
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    Yeah, shockcord does basically the same job, but...

    Yeah, shockcord does basically the same job, but you do have to balance pull protection with tension a little, since it also deforms under normal tensioning.
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    If you wanted to keep using the split ridgelines,...

    If you wanted to keep using the split ridgelines, just adding a fail-safe breakpoint would deal with it nicely: add something weak (split rings work nicely, and come in a variety of thicknesses, so...
  50. I've been using a marlinspike hitch at the tarp...

    I've been using a marlinspike hitch at the tarp (on a bit of rope with a knot in the end. Works well, and means I don't have to go all the way out to the peg to adjust it.
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