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  1. Thanks for the feedback guys - much appreciated. ...

    Thanks for the feedback guys - much appreciated. Nice to hear the perspective of others with the same/similar rigs.
  2. BackpackGearTest.org review of Streamliner DL

    Hey guys, I just posted my owner review of the Streamliner DL to the BGT site:

    http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/Hammocks/SLD%20Streamliner%20DL/Owner%20Review%20by%20Kurt%20Papke/...
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    I always removed the SS pad every morning and...

    I always removed the SS pad every morning and rolled it up into a waterproof stuff sack. That compressed it pretty well and kept it dry regardless of where I stowed it. Once you do this a few times...
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    If I was to do an AZT through-hike (and it is on...

    If I was to do an AZT through-hike (and it is on my list), I would do it as I suggested with a very low-weight double-layer netless hammock, pad + pad extenders (e.g. ENO HotSpot), and my 8x10'...
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    Not a thruhike, but I have hiked several...

    Not a thruhike, but I have hiked several segments, some with a hammock (mountain regions), some with a tent (Grand Canyon). The trail runs just a few miles from my house in Tucson.

    This trail...
  6. Great video as always Shug! That stretch of the...

    Great video as always Shug! That stretch of the SHT from Gooseberry to Split Rock was the scene of my very first backpacking trip years ago - brought back fond memories.

    I made my 2nd attempt to...
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    It took me 4 years after moving from Minnesota to...

    It took me 4 years after moving from Minnesota to Arizona to convert to a no-net hammock. The Skeeters are so bad in the upper Midwest, that unless you are winter camping you have to use a bug net....
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    I through-hiked the Kek 5 years ago with my HH,...

    I through-hiked the Kek 5 years ago with my HH, and had no problems finding trees to hang from. This trail is a mix of the best and worst: the burn areas are pretty ugly, but some of the lake areas...
  9. Yes. I have been using a Siltarp 2...

    Yes. I have been using a Siltarp 2 for many years. If set up on the diagonal, it will be asymmetric, but so are many hammocks! It is tough to beat an 8x10 for the number of configurations it can...
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    The Bear/Bean lake campsites are among the most...

    The Bear/Bean lake campsites are among the most beautiful AND the most crowded on the SHT. If you want to spend the night there, especially on a weekend, plan to arrive by noon or so, otherwise the...
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    Nice report and pics. I've had good intentions...

    Nice report and pics. I've had good intentions of doing bikepacking, but doing trails with a Mtn bike, not a road bike. Nonetheless, I'd love to see your gear list and any comments you have on the...
  12. In my last use I folded it lengthwise into...

    In my last use I folded it lengthwise into thirds, then inserted it across my shoulders in my double-layer hammock to supplement the SOL. Good down to ~35 degrees.
    Yeah, in general pads are a PITA...
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    Yes, you need the SB directly under the hammock. ...

    Yes, you need the SB directly under the hammock. It works best if you actually use the SS OCF pad, as it will hold the SB snug against the hammock. If you use the SS OCF pad, you should be able to...
  14. Yes, or even OCF in the case of the HHSS which I...

    Yes, or even OCF in the case of the HHSS which I still use from time-to-time.
  15. See my review here that includes a fair amount of...

    See my review here that includes a fair amount of discussion about using it in a hammock:
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    Used the pad sleeve for thee 1st time

    Used a Thermarest Z-lite Sol as the main pad and my Multimat as the shoulder insulation. Temperature got down to ~40F, and I was quite comfortable. The pad opening is only on one end of the...
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    Upper teens is pushing the temps a bit

    I've had mine down to 21 degrees, but had to wear a wool shirt to keep my torso warm enough. You should be able to get down into the high teens, but the suspension will have to be set up just right...
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    I've had the same quilt for several months and am...

    I've had the same quilt for several months and am still tweaking the suspension. See the thread here: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=85513

    How long is your Streamliner? I...
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    Might be a good idea for a 11' hammock too

    I was thinking of trying that on my 11' hammock. The JRB shock cords, if hung from the hammock suspension, is way too taut which flattens the down. Hanging from the ridgeline would decrease the...
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    Yep, moved here 4 1/2 years ago from Minnesota. ...

    Yep, moved here 4 1/2 years ago from Minnesota.

    The closest places are all in the Catalinas of course. The lowest good place is Sycamore Canyon, from the Prison Camp TH. If you are looking for...
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    Greetings fellow Tucsonan! I have hammock camped...

    Greetings fellow Tucsonan! I have hammock camped pretty much everywhere within about 100 miles of the city. Let me know if you have any questions about where to hang.

    Its plenty cold atop Mt...
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    I bought a set of the Dutch ridgeline clips, but...

    I bought a set of the Dutch ridgeline clips, but haven't made it out to the field with my WBBB and tried them yet.
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    Best ridgeline gear pocket?

    So I got the standard gear pocket from Jared with my Simplylight Streamliner DL hammock, and I love the hammock but not the organizer. Doesn't stay in place and too small. I've always liked the one...
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    HH = Apple, UQ = PC

    BTW, one can draw an interesting parallel: HH = Apple (closed system), UQ = PC (open system, you make it work). HH sells and tests all the components together. There is real value in this for the...
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    I've been thinking the same thing. I think I've...

    I've been thinking the same thing. I think I've been spoiled by all these years of using pads. When you put the HHSS together, or insert a pad in a double-layered hammock there is simply no futzing...
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    Easier on non-Asym hammock

    Below is a pic of the quilt on an 11' Streamliner hammock. If you look carefully at both ends I made an improvised "triangle thingy" out of a piece of cord, attached to one side of the suspension...
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    First night

    First night out with the new hammock-without & with the UQ in the Santa Catalina Mtns outside of Tucson. Comfy at 30 degrees. This is my first non-asym hammock, as both by HH and WBBB allow a more...
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    Close

    http://www.simplylightdesigns.com/
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    Its actually a Polar Vortex.

    Its actually a Polar Vortex.
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    He went to Jared!

    Apologies for the shameless use of the jewelry store meme...

    My 11' Simply Light Streamliner DL in 1.1 digital marpat camo replete with whoopies and adjustable ridgeline just arrived. I must say...
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    Useful for reading in the hammock

    Another use for the sleeves that I discovered this weekend: I read (Kindle) after it gets dark and before i am ready for sleep, and when it is really cold out the sleeves really do a great job of...
  32. Congrats!

    Congratulations on breaking our old -26F record! I don't envy your frostbite though. That's one good thing about backpacking in AZ - it gets cold here during the winter, but not THAT cold.
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    Yep, I rewatched his video...

    Yep, I rewatched his video, and an asymmetric stringing of the suspension (tight on the side your head/feet are on, loose on the other) plus maybe a Dutch ridgeline quilt hook, or maybe just a short...
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    How to get lateral tension: MW3 + WBBB?

    Tried out my brand-spanking new MW3 + Sniveler this weekend @ 24F. I should note I am a quilt newbie - have been a pad and mummy bag guy for 6 years, and finally took the plunge to lighten/shrink my...
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    Sleeves work well with down vest

    Tried my new Santa-supplied down sleeves this weekend at 24 degrees. The good news is they work exceedingly well with a down vest, turning it into a full jacket. Of course they work well with my...
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    Tips on Sniveller Serape use?

    After a half-dozen years of hammock backpacking with pads only, I finally made the plunge and bought the 3-season JRB set with Sniveller, sleeves, and Mt Washington (3 -season).

    So I haven't found...
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    IMHO, the main reason for using a separate tarp...

    IMHO, the main reason for using a separate tarp ridgeline and tieouts is if you like the aesthetics of a taut tarp. A little sag in the tarp doesn't look quite as neat.

    I've set up/torn down my...
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    Use a space blanket!

    Did you get a space blanket as well? The difference in performance with the SB is unreasonably positive - gram for gram, a SB is the best few ounces to carry in your pack if using the SS.
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    Good point. That is a major design fault that...

    Good point. That is a major design fault that Hennessey fixed in the new version, though honestly I never take my undercover off, so not a big issue there. The overcover is a bigger deal, as you...
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    http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/H...

    http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/Hammocks/Hennessy%20Super%20Shelter/Owner%20Review%20by%20Kurt%20Papke/
  41. why?

    I can see where the additional pad would add warmth, but I've never gone this route as a pad is not sufficiently multipurpose. I could see a sit pad tucked up underneath the kidneys, but not a full...
  42. Thread: good for back?

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    Hammocks prevent stomach sleeping

    One thing that I haven't seen mentioned in this thread so far is you cannot sleep on your stomach in a hammock.

    For me that is a Good Thing. I have some disc problems, and whenever I sleep on my...
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    Depends on the destination

    My goal is normally to explore new areas. If I can do that from my Jeep, then I car camp. If I have to hike 100 miles/week, then I do that.

    Lately I've found myself doing more base camping,...
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    Greetings from the Old Pueblo

    I'm down in Tucson, but this time of year I try to get in an occasional overnight in the Superstitions up near you. I'd also like to do some hanging in Sedona this year. Let me know if interested. ...
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    Might need to go a little outside the campsite

    Did IR totally hammock 5 years ago - trip of a lifetime.

    Hatchet Lake (hammock is just left of center in picture, not under the blue tarp):...
  46. Thread: SHT Sept/Oct

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    The Lake Walk between Kadunce and Magney is one...

    The Lake Walk between Kadunce and Magney is one of my favorite segments, though I know others that despise walking the rocks. There are several good spots for hanging with great lake views.

    The...
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    Here's an example pic from 18 months ago using my...

    Here's an example pic from 18 months ago using my trekking poles and the tieout loop out to them, though the tieouts are not real easy to see:...
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    Very true, done this for years. The only...

    Very true, done this for years. The only drawback is if you tie your tarp off high, like using a trekking pole for porch mode, the bugnet will sag into your face. If the tarp is tied low, more snug...
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    pitch angle is key

    Yes, tarp pitch angle is the key. I've had to get up several times in the middle of the night to lower my tarp pitch when it rained with wind that I wasn't expecting.

    I like to pitch high, often...
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    This is good advice. If you hike North --> South...

    This is good advice. If you hike North --> South and start mid-September, you hit Lutsen right at about peak color time for the sugar maples (in most years, don't know how things are this year).
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