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  1. First, I completed your survey. :) However, I...

    First, I completed your survey. :)

    However, I don't know if you're aware but there are already hammocks available (Dutchware Cloud .71) that weigh under 6oz (155 grams) including structural...
  2. We were lucky that a couple day hikers from...

    We were lucky that a couple day hikers from Saratoga Springs got on the trail ahead of us, which did help. However, the snow wasn't very deep, about 6-10" from recent snow, so it wasn't terribly...
  3. Thanks, a bunch! Your setup seemed to be less...

    Thanks, a bunch! Your setup seemed to be less hassle than mine.
  4. I thought I didn't need a zero degree TQ but...

    I thought I didn't need a zero degree TQ but after that trip my view has changed a little. :rolleyes: At -15F my 20deg quilt plus down parka and pants were barely cutting it. Glad we bagged it and...
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    Well the good news is Dirtbag and I did Pharaoh...

    Well the good news is Dirtbag and I did Pharaoh and camped overnight on top, which has been a minor bucket list item for a while. However our gear was not sufficient for multiple -15 to -20F nights...
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    I'm late to the party, but the quilt looks great!...

    I'm late to the party, but the quilt looks great!

    Apex is perfect for these warmer-rated quilts which don't weigh a whole lot more than down and are still quite compact. And both Apex and Argon...
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    I suspect you are correct about the binding...

    I suspect you are correct about the binding issue.

    Anytime the cord goes 'around a corner' and changes direction, friction is induced. More if the corner has a small radius. When you look at a pic...
  8. Might want to add Mike Clelland to your list of...

    Might want to add Mike Clelland to your list of YT backpacking videos. He has a whole series on ultralight (UL) backpacking and breaks down the basics for various subsystems like clothing, cooking...
  9. Thread: Fill weight

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    Wooki is lay-specific and overall has less...

    Wooki is lay-specific and overall has less material, volume and coverage, so not exactly an apples-apples comparison.

    From personal experience, I have a 20deg Incubator (premium) and it keeps me...
  10. Welcome from up the road a bit, in Westchester...

    Welcome from up the road a bit, in Westchester county.

    If you have a car there are lots more possibilities, but a fave with NYC folks is Harriman State Park, taking public transportation, either...
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    Very sad to hear this. Condolences to Randy...

    Very sad to hear this.

    Condolences to Randy and his and Deanna's extended families, and the HG family.
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    I watched all 3 (are there more?) video and found...

    I watched all 3 (are there more?) video and found them absolutely fascinating!!!

    If there are more, I'll watch 'em. This guy is amazing.

    I've seen so many of those stone fences and wondered...
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    And not 180 so I'm getting maximum wind break...

    And not 180 so I'm getting maximum wind break from the opposite side of the tarp.

    No, it just has to shift 90 so it's coming in from the head or foot end. :rolleyes:
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    As in the photo above, for me it is to get the...

    As in the photo above, for me it is to get the tarp as low as possible for better protection from the elements.

    Depending on the distance between trees, the hammock suspension will be higher for...
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    Definitely below it. And the smaller the tarp,...

    Definitely below it. And the smaller the tarp, the closer you want it to be to the hammock for better rain/wind protection.
    ...
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    Yep, put it inside the footbox of the quilt.

    Yep, put it inside the footbox of the quilt.
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    For 40 deg and above I use 3/4 length and never a...

    For 40 deg and above I use 3/4 length and never a problem. I also use my CCF sit pad inside quilt for insulation.

    I also have a 20 deg which actually works for me down to actual 20deg if the...
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    Kudos, Carver! Getting out there and enjoying the...

    Kudos, Carver! Getting out there and enjoying the great outdoors. :)

    And field-testing new gear, which is the only way to find out what really does, or does not, work.

    What is the range of your...
  19. I noted that you were wearing cotton, and...

    I noted that you were wearing cotton, and presumably carrying a pack of some sort. So could it be that your lower back was damp from the hike in?

    Even with synthetics and carefully managed...
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    After all the endorsements for Glowire, with...

    After all the endorsements for Glowire, with which I thoroughly concur, I would also note that if you want something non-reflective you can use Guywire, and if you want something a bit stronger there...
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    And maybe more snow on the way! We're going Jan...

    And maybe more snow on the way! We're going Jan 20-23.

    Hope you have a great trip.
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    I hope that's 2.2mm Zing-it. 1.75mm is rated to...

    I hope that's 2.2mm Zing-it. 1.75mm is rated to 400lbs and anything less than perfection with the angles is going to make for a very sketchy hang. Just moving around in the hammock to adjust quilts...
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    Good little trip! I love those quick, easy...

    Good little trip! I love those quick, easy shakedowns to make sure gear selections are good.

    I did one with MikekiM the same time frame (Jan 8-9) in Harriman State Park with identical weather...
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    I'm around 170# and Hexon 1.0 is the absolute...

    I'm around 170# and Hexon 1.0 is the absolute lightest I'd go, but I'm not sure I'd take in on a longer trip. MTN 1.2 I trust much more.

    I was present (not my hammock) when a Monolite failed...
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    When using the roll-top DCF bags, after you...

    When using the roll-top DCF bags, after you scrunch down the contents and fold/secure the buckles the item(s) will expand again in a few minutes because it's not a 100% hermetic seal. So at least...
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    IMHO this is overthinking the problem. People...

    IMHO this is overthinking the problem. People have been using trash compactor bags and Nylofume bags for the job for a long time.

    Also, waterproofness is overrated. When you experience...
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    Good advice not to overcompress... With a zpacks...

    Good advice not to overcompress... With a zpacks medium sack I generally give it about 3-4 folds when rolling it.

    And I typically only use a stuff sack with frameless packs, preferring instead to...
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    This can be solved easily with rolling technique....

    This can be solved easily with rolling technique.

    Put the item(s) in the bag and—without rolling the top at all—smoosh the contents down as small as possible, and flatten the top of the bag to...
  29. One of the best things about HF, for sure!

    One of the best things about HF, for sure!
  30. I guess I joined at the wrong time. There was a...

    I guess I joined at the wrong time. There was a lot of political strife at that time with certain members, led by "Deputy Sean" calling for the boycott of one of our favorite vendors here on HF. So I...
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    Ah okay, that makes sense. That's one of the few...

    Ah okay, that makes sense. That's one of the few (only?) where the trail passes near a car-accessible DEC campground.

    HOWEVER, a couple of years ago HF member Jolly organized a group hang at that...
  32. One can always jump into the reddit dumpster...

    One can always jump into the reddit dumpster fire. :scared:
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    Wish I was down yonder so I could join you! I...

    Wish I was down yonder so I could join you!

    I was going to hike/camp tomorrow and come home early Friday but now I've got to install a new toilet instead!! :glare:
  34. Hammock-related discussions are free. ...

    Hammock-related discussions are free.

    Operating the forum costs money and requires some sort of revenue stream to keep it going, so participation in non-hammock discussions — which many people...
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    Shell material definitely affects...

    Shell material definitely affects compressibility. 10D will stuff considerably smaller and weigh less than 15D and certainly 20D.

    Scroll over the color options for custom wooki and you'll see that...
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    Chef4, Mega congrats on finishing your trip!...

    Chef4, Mega congrats on finishing your trip! :cool:

    Glad to hear that the footwear change prevented a re-occurrence of the injury. Thanks for sharing so many of your hard-earned insights and...
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    More info HERE...

    More info HERE (<--- link)
  38. Good list from PG! If you're car camping, also...

    Good list from PG!

    If you're car camping, also bring a big blue tarp (the cheap and heavy ones from Walmart) to string up as wind break or shelter from snow, and lots of cheap cord for rigging it...
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    Glad to hear of your complete recovery! Welcome...

    Glad to hear of your complete recovery! Welcome back!
  40. Nothing better than the voice of experience. :) ...

    Nothing better than the voice of experience. :)

    Looking at the design and thinking about how I sleep, I'm pretty sure I'd end up with an arm or a leg at least partially uninsulated in those...
  41. Beautiful area! Looks as if you were well...

    Beautiful area!

    Looks as if you were well equipped for the weather. Much closer to the cloud base up there so it's a lot more fickle.
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    Welcome to HF, Bushmaster. :) Knowing...

    Welcome to HF, Bushmaster. :)

    Knowing absolutely nothing about your background ..... If you haven't already, it might be a good idea to get a thorough physical exam including a good cardiac workup...
  43. Regarding overall weight and bulk, the shell...

    Regarding overall weight and bulk, the shell material also has a huge impact. There's a stark difference between 20D and 10D and for sure 7D.

    So you might be comparing apples and kumquats. :)
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    One aspect of this that I envy is that you're...

    One aspect of this that I envy is that you're always ready to GtG if necessary. :)

    And no need to feel conflicted; if something works great for you it doesn't matter if others don't do the same....
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    If you can find it, Kevlar 3.3g/ft webbing, 1"...

    If you can find it, Kevlar 3.3g/ft webbing, 1" width, is IMO ideal. But that's a big 'if' ..... I haven't seen it for sale anywhere for about 2 years or so.

    I have tried a few of the UHMWPE...
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    Another vote for Simply Light Designs. You will...

    Another vote for Simply Light Designs. You will not be disappointed.
  47. Yes, when it comes to new gear in the winter it...

    Yes, when it comes to new gear in the winter it cannot be trusted until it is tested in actual conditions. Gotta sneak up on it or be prepared for a rude surprise. Some years back—when sleeping on...
  48. Good test and useful data points! So often I...

    Good test and useful data points!

    So often I read that extra clothing can make you colder but I also find that not to be the case for me. Down to about -10F, many times I have used a 20deg-rated...
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    The sizes 9 x 4.5ft and 10 x 6.5ft are odd,...

    The sizes 9 x 4.5ft and 10 x 6.5ft are odd, and there aren't a whole lot of people who are going to be able to sleep comfortably overnight in a 9 x 4.5ft hammock.

    If anybody is far enough...
  50. I also bought 2 pair of the Rabs for the same...

    I also bought 2 pair of the Rabs for the same reason.

    I do like to wear a thin liner sock with them, however.
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