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    Indeed. It took me a while to figure out that the...

    Indeed. It took me a while to figure out that the vast majority of the rigamarole isn't needed.

    But I still don't head out on a big trip without fully understanding some critical piece of gear or...
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    See post #6

    See post #6
  3. UQ not living up to temp rating due to improper...

    UQ not living up to temp rating due to improper adjustment has got to be the #1 complaint mentioned on HF.

    Try Firesong's suggested remedies and also check out Shug's video on UQ adjustment. It is...
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    Ha, showing our "vintage".... :)

    Ha, showing our "vintage".... :)
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    lol kinda funny, that. I've found something...

    lol kinda funny, that.

    I've found something that always works. Hike in 5 miles from just about any trail head. Make a 90 turn either left or right and go 500 yards. Guaranteed solitude. Well,...
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    Great locale — Catskills out the back door and...

    Great locale — Catskills out the back door and ADKs not too far! :cool:
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    Welcome. You're on the right track starting...

    Welcome.

    You're on the right track starting with Shug's videos!

    Where upstate? I love to get up the Catskills and ADKs when I can.
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    Great view! I'd imagine the tarp was tough to...

    Great view! I'd imagine the tarp was tough to pitch. :laugh:
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    First of all, wear several lighter layers instead...

    First of all, wear several lighter layers instead of 2 thick layers so that you can better regulate your temperature during the day and reduce sweating in the first place... if it's 20F outside, you...
  10. Consider that all these other options also have a...

    Consider that all these other options also have a price tag and potential for unanticipated problems.

    By the time you kludge together a stop-gap collection of other bits and pieces that might or...
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    Yes, MSH is adjustable, but only by releasing it...

    Yes, MSH is adjustable, but only by releasing it and re-tying the knot. Beetle is micro-adjustable in situ.
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    Just another of my personal tics, I suppose, but...

    Just another of my personal tics, I suppose, but TWO adjustable systems is repetitious redundancy repeating over again and again. :)

    Granted there are situations where gee if I had 60 feet more...
  13. I also agree that EE is doing better these past...

    I also agree that EE is doing better these past couple of years. Previously they were reputed—deservedly so in my personal experience—to be more than a tad generous on their temp ratings. More like...
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    Beetles AND whoopies? Get some 12' or 15'...

    Beetles AND whoopies?

    Get some 12' or 15' polyester straps, put the beetles on 'em and hook the little T parts straight into hammock CLs. Trees about 18' apart. Done.

    Some of the suspension...
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    Since you're happy with the length, you can...

    Since you're happy with the length, you can either make another one with a fixed eye or convert the adjustable one to a fixed eye.

    I've got an adjustable SRL on one hammock and even with a...
  16. Haha, yeah I think they're going to be great for...

    Haha, yeah I think they're going to be great for their intended application but way too noodly for us. Need something a bit more al dente.
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    I concur with all. Not your post, for sure,...

    I concur with all.

    Not your post, for sure, but it seems to me that some people get stuff mixed up a little bit... sometimes I do as well.

    But lengthening the SRL will result in less sag, not...
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    Nice shakedown for your new pack! Crazy mild...

    Nice shakedown for your new pack!

    Crazy mild this weekend.
  19. Thread: 1000FP

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    Things are definitely reaching the point of...

    Things are definitely reaching the point of diminishing returns! :)

    The 7D/950 quilts I have are already amazingly light and stuffable, and it's reaching the point that I (personally!) would have...
  20. I'd like to buy a piece of this stuff just to get...

    I'd like to buy a piece of this stuff just to get a rough feel for its side deflection.

    But .446 sounds awfully skinny for a spreader bar, especially with a material that is designed to flex more....
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    Depending on how tall/wide you are,...

    Depending on how tall/wide you are, maybe/yes/probably. :)

    A properly sized hammock with firmer material and a structural ridge line (for consistent sag) might provide some needed contrast. Might...
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    I've looked at the Jerven website...

    I've looked at the Jerven website and do not see this specific product. Are they actually selling it?

    No doubt there are some bushcraft, military, hunting, SAR and other applications for it....
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    I have both and quite frankly could easily live...

    I have both and quite frankly could easily live without the zippers. Still easy enough to stick out a leg to ventilate.
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    Welcome, Bud. :) If you can find some 1" wide...

    Welcome, Bud. :)

    If you can find some 1" wide polyester webbing with 1500lb rating, this makes for a good, inexpensive alternative. Make a loop in one end that is tied with a simple overhand knot,...
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    Perhaps it would be best to describe precisely...

    Perhaps it would be best to describe precisely what you're looking for in a tarp — amount of coverage, height, type of weather, car camping or backpacking, intended usage (extended lounging, hanging...
  26. I've used #30 floral wire for 1.75mm Zing-it.

    I've used #30 floral wire for 1.75mm Zing-it.
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    Good starter info HERE...

    Good starter info HERE.

    Also check out Shug Emery on YouTube. TONS of great info.
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    Maybe try some vitamin E...

    Maybe try some vitamin E in addition to good hydration and electrolytes.

    I've never had cramping issues but I used to hear about them with some cyclists, and I remember this helped them.
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    I've only used integrated nets with zippers and...

    I've only used integrated nets with zippers and have not had any issues. Yet.

    I've not read any reports of people blowing out zippers, although I suppose it must happen from time to time. Maybe if...
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    I don't keep a diary or journal, but I backpack...

    I don't keep a diary or journal, but I backpack year-round and have hammocked on the trail every month since I got into the whole hanging thing in Oct of 2017.

    Here's a pic from my 2-night trip a...
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    I checked DH and that (staple style) was the only...

    I checked DH and that (staple style) was the only one I saw.

    I'm a fan of Lawson HD Ti shepherd hooks but they also no longer carry them. If I need more, the go-to is going to be Dutchware's Burly...
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    If the Hennessy is asym, perhaps it doesn't...

    If the Hennessy is asym, perhaps it doesn't permit you to try with head/foot position reversed? Maybe comfort can be achieved simply by switching your lay direction.

    Most people end up sleeping...
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    That's a good point. My fave Darien is 10' in...

    That's a good point. My fave Darien is 10' in length but the width is 64" as recommended by the Dream Hammock gurus for my height 5'9". Also an asym net so less material flippity-floppin.
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    There's nothing wrong with it if it works for...

    There's nothing wrong with it if it works for you.

    As a backpacker of the UL inclination and one who needs a bug net, my fave is my DH Darien, which checks all my boxes. :laugh:
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    I used to be very much into bicycling, both road...

    I used to be very much into bicycling, both road and MTB.

    Concepts like this remind me of what I used to say about 'hybrid' bicycles... they're both lousy road bikes and lousy mountain bikes.
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    I've got a 50' piece (Statline, orange) I'll send...

    I've got a 50' piece (Statline, orange) I'll send you. My memory's fuzzy but I think it's still in one piece.

    PM me your address.
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    Although I luvs me some carbon fiber I've piddled...

    Although I luvs me some carbon fiber I've piddled around with it enough to realize it ain't meant for stakes, at least not here in the rocky NE.
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    Also beware when somebody pulls stuff out of...

    Also beware when somebody pulls stuff out of his/her pack that still has the price tag on it. :scared:
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    Been using DCF tents and tarps for a long time...

    Been using DCF tents and tarps for a long time with no problems. But I do carry 'proper' DCF repair tape in my kit, and I've read that duct tape will also work.
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    I use panel pulls on my tarps quite frequently....

    I use panel pulls on my tarps quite frequently. If in doubt, it's far better to get them and discover you don't need them than the other way around. :rolleyes:
  41. A floating mosh pit is probably not a good idea...

    A floating mosh pit is probably not a good idea these days. :rolleyes:
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    Perfectly fine, yes, and if there's no loop (or...

    Perfectly fine, yes, and if there's no loop (or you want to bypass the loop) an appropriate knot works as well. For years I've used slipped buntline hitch with Kevlar, poly and other tree straps with...
  43. Unless it's going to be wall-to-wall fog, rain...

    Unless it's going to be wall-to-wall fog, rain and constant drenching humidity, you're not going to have any problems with those quilts at those temperatures.

    Even HG's Econ line utilizes...
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    I agree with all the above, and would further...

    I agree with all the above, and would further suggest that 15D or 20D silpoly is a good choice of material because it doesn't stretch as much and is reasonably lightweight and durable.

    A hex tarp...
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    Did you make some mistakes with planning and/or...

    Did you make some mistakes with planning and/or gear?
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    If you might sometimes be sleeping on the ground...

    If you might sometimes be sleeping on the ground and/or augmenting your temp rating with bulkier clothing layers, the wider version might be desired.

    Many times I have used a 20deg *TOP* quilt at...
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    I had a 30+ yr-old Campmor sleeping bag (650FP...

    I had a 30+ yr-old Campmor sleeping bag (650FP down, IIRC) that I donated to my friend's BSA troop some years ago. I had used it a bunch, but after a good washing that thing looked and performed as...
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    It's all about the relative humidity (RH) and...

    It's all about the relative humidity (RH) and temp, which together give you dew point.

    And it's not just about the ambient RH number you get on your local radio or TV forecast, but the micro...
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    I like to carry that a step further and also...

    I like to carry that a step further and also store the stakes with my tarp, thus ensuring that the entire shelter system is a complete, single unit. It helps that my stakes are Ti shepherd hooks,...
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    I got the UQP thinking I'd need it but have not...

    I got the UQP thinking I'd need it but have not needed it yet. I surmise that it's because I always pitch the tarp right down to the SRL so I don't get enough backsplash or side-blown rain to warrant...
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