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    I'm 190 and have both the 1.7 SL and 1.1 DL...

    I'm 190 and have both the 1.7 SL and 1.1 DL Blackbirds. I do notice the 1.7 SL has more stretch than the 1.1 DL, but the comfort difference is fairly nil. If I had to pick just one, it would be the...
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    While I like, Zing-it / Lash-it (whatever...

    While I like, Zing-it / Lash-it (whatever Dyneema) for ridgelines, I prefer Nite Ize rope and especially Lawson Glowire for the tie-outs. Reason being, is that they hold a taught line hitch...
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    At least for hammock gear, I don't like the look...

    At least for hammock gear, I don't like the look of camo or the connotations it often carries. I like olive drabs and earthy grays for my hammocks and tarps. Those are the basic colors of most...
  4. I like sewn footboxes. There's no drafts when...

    I like sewn footboxes. There's no drafts when it's cold, and if I get hot, I just kick my feet out of the footbox and use it just fine blanket style.
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    I moved mine into one of those Ikea shelves with...

    I moved mine into one of those Ikea shelves with the big cubby spaces. They're virtually uncompressed in the cubbies and take up way less closet space than hanging.
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    The mini's are perfect for clayey or silty soils,...

    The mini's are perfect for clayey or silty soils, or even sandy loams. Longer stakes are better in thick organic forest litter, muck, clean sand, river gravel, and snow.
  7. Thread: Flapping tarp

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    Earplugs have been a standard part of my hammock...

    Earplugs have been a standard part of my hammock setup for years.
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    Poll: I'm 5'7" / 188 and have 2 UGQ Zepplins, both 50"...

    I'm 5'7" / 188 and have 2 UGQ Zepplins, both 50" wide. My 20* is 78" long and my 40* is 72". The shorter one allows the quilt to just fit around my neck and give me comfortable foot room, but my...
  9. Thread: Drip lines

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    If you use straps and biners for your hammock...

    If you use straps and biners for your hammock suspension, the easiest way is simply to tie off the long tag end of your strap onto the supporting section of strap with an overhand knot, about a foot...
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    Since I pitch my tarps low, I've never had a...

    Since I pitch my tarps low, I've never had a problem with my quilts getting wet from rain splash. I bought one anyway off the classifieds this summer just to see what the fuss is about. So far I've...
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    I have a wire rack in the bottom of a closet and...

    I have a wire rack in the bottom of a closet and keep one quilt in each of the square cubbies. It frees up space from otherwise hanging them from the clothes bar.
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    I used to hang my tarps over the ridgeline,...

    I used to hang my tarps over the ridgeline, thinking it would reduce stress on the tarp. But since I've started tying out from end to end (essentially the same as hanging them under a ridgeline),...
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    I've used them with my big tarp during strong...

    I've used them with my big tarp during strong storms, but IMO they're too much bother to mess with otherwise. So while I think they are smart to have on big tarps for extra tethering in strong winds...
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    I'm 5'7" / 185# and have 72" and 78" UGQ...

    I'm 5'7" / 185# and have 72" and 78" UGQ Flightjackets. I feel my 40*, 72" Flightjacket is as short as I'd want to ever go. It just comes up to my chin without scrunching my feet, but it's a...
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    IMO, the biggest time difference comes in finding...

    IMO, the biggest time difference comes in finding a good site. If it's a campground, a tent pad is always prepared and eliminates any question. When backpacking or kayak camping, it's always easier...
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    My Dyneema lines on either end of my tarps match...

    My Dyneema lines on either end of my tarps match my hammock strap length so I can be sure they will always be long enough. I have them on a locked brummel to the split rings, so they they stay...
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    I like my Blackbird's shelf and footbox and...

    I like my Blackbird's shelf and footbox and strap/biner suspension. The HH ropes are a pain to get adjusted, IMO.
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    FS/FT: I'll take it.. the Yukon tarp!

    I'll take it.. the Yukon tarp!
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    As others have said, switching to Zing-It or...

    As others have said, switching to Zing-It or Lash-It (same thing, uber low stretch Dyneema fiber) will help alot over stretchy 550. That, plus some mini-biners or Dutch bling won't set you back much...
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    SOLD: Not that I've had problems with soggy quilts, but...

    Not that I've had problems with soggy quilts, but the price is right to try out so, "I'll take it".
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    Another vote for a 20* underquilt. That will...

    Another vote for a 20* underquilt. That will cover all your bases from mid-teens (with clothing and/or pad supplements) to mid 70s. You really almost never need to vent a 20* underquilt. I only do...
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    WTB: FOUND! :)

    FOUND! :)
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    WTB: Warbonnet Blackbird, Older Style

    Looking for a WBBB in 1.7 single layer with web strap suspension, in the style that WB was making a couple of years ago, before the repatterning and addition of all the mesh. Needs to be in good...
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    While it's good to keep the tarp itself above the...

    While it's good to keep the tarp itself above the hammock straps to prevent rain from following it in (just hang it higher if it's touching), I think the whole "V" thing is way overrated. So what if...
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    Definitely sewn. In warm weather, you can always...

    Definitely sewn. In warm weather, you can always kick your feet out of the box and just have the TQ laying over them. But when you need the warmth, you need the warmth...of sewn! The only...
  26. When I find a company I like, I tend to stick...

    When I find a company I like, I tend to stick with them instead of taking chances other outfits. (Unless a deal pops, where I take a chance.) Similarly, I tend to dump gear I didn't like and avoid...
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    1. Hang the hammock with the straps 30* from...

    1. Hang the hammock with the straps 30* from horizontal. (A hammock with a ridgeline is less fussy with this.)
    2. Keep the foot end about 9" or so higher than the head end.
    3. Lay on a strong...
  28. Nice! I like the multiple anchors much more than...

    Nice! I like the multiple anchors much more than just one.
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    You could, but you'd have to bring more clothes...

    You could, but you'd have to bring more clothes for the colder range. I'd stick with the same temp rating, if you want to get the most out of the colder range. At the warmer end of the spectrum,...
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    I have two Flight Jackets and love them. Just a...

    I have two Flight Jackets and love them. Just a suggestion on length; I feel their quilt length recommendations for body height are too short. I'm 5'7" and find my 72", 40* quilt is "just" long...
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    Try sleeping in your hammock without a pillow...

    Try sleeping in your hammock without a pillow first. I find that since my whole body is in a slight banana shape to begin with, I have no need for one. When I've tried one, it actually cranes my...
  32. Thread: Quilt taboo

    by Gruxxx
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    The long and short of it is a 20* set is the most...

    The long and short of it is a 20* set is the most versatile thru most of the country. You'll seldom need to vent a 20* UQ in all but the warmest summer heat. You will need to open up (vent) and...
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    Use whacha got. A sleeping bag rotated 90* and...

    Use whacha got. A sleeping bag rotated 90* and left 75% unzipped in TQ fashion works fine, if excessively bulky. Even a blanket will suffice. Whatever you do, don't waste money on an intermediate...
  34. Winter = full length for me.

    Winter = full length for me.
  35. Like others have said, a double is much better...

    Like others have said, a double is much better for using a pad, either as your primary insulation or to supplement an UQ in bitter cold. I've never had a mosquito bite through my DL 1.1, and that...
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    Just from the few videos that I've watched...

    Just from the few videos that I've watched comparing silnylon and cuben, the loud crinkley sound that cuben makes even in a light breeze would drive me nuts!
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    Stuff it away, don't fold it. Dry it before...

    Stuff it away, don't fold it. Dry it before putting it away. Don't keep in exposed to the sun, needlessly (ie; hanging in your back yard for weeks). Reflective tie-outs are are a good idea. Don't...
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    I just like to have two differing colors on each...

    I just like to have two differing colors on each quilt (one light, one dark), and not two quilts alike. It makes them much easier to ID between temperature ratings, TQ vs. UQ, and between inside vs....
  39. There's definitely no need to hang the hammock...

    There's definitely no need to hang the hammock first. It's just always easier to hang the tarp over the hammock, instead of duck walking under a tarp to do the opposite. Plus, you can usually nail...
  40. I like plain old Nite Ize reflective cord. It...

    I like plain old Nite Ize reflective cord. It has a coarse texture and holds a tautline hitch very well. The cord I use isn't a whole lot thicker than Zing-it, but I believe they make a thicker...
  41. After some head scratching, I switched to using 2...

    After some head scratching, I switched to using 2 lines with everything permanently attached to the tarp. Tarp Flyz are fixed to either end of the tarp, as are each line. The far end of each line...
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    You'll definitely need some insulation around 70*...

    You'll definitely need some insulation around 70* or so. If you're summer camping with temps only to 60*, a ccf pad will be fine. You may want to pick 2 up, so you can cut "wings" from the second...
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    If getting out and going is just way beyond your...

    If getting out and going is just way beyond your energy level, spin you 'mock 90 and your body 180. Unzip and let rip. Just be sure your boots are parked at the head end of the 'mock...and be...
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    There's a 4-day kayaking event in Delaware that I...

    There's a 4-day kayaking event in Delaware that I go to every year in October. We stay in our hammocks, under the pines, maybe 100 yards from the beach. The last two years were complete washouts. ...
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    I have no experience with EE, but love my UGQ...

    I have no experience with EE, but love my UGQ Flight Jackets (and Zepplins). At some point I'd like to round out my 40 and 20 degree sets with a 0 degree set, and no doubt will go with them again. I...
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    Beyond the basics, I really like Dutch Flyz and...

    Beyond the basics, I really like Dutch Flyz and hooks, which make hanging my tarps super fast and easy.
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    I'm 5'7" and perfectly comfortable in my 10'...

    I'm 5'7" and perfectly comfortable in my 10' hammocks. Since I so often find myself barely being able to rig my hammocks between trees that are tightly spaced, I see no need to try one at 11', since...
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    I started with an UQ that had the older style...

    I started with an UQ that had the older style suspension, without bungies, and just drawstrings at the ends. I could never get it to stay on both my shoulder and my feet when laying on a hard...
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    I had owned one of those cheap nylon fishnet...

    I had owned one of those cheap nylon fishnet hammocks for years. I'd climb in it on summer afternoons, but could only stand it for 5 or 10 minutes. That cheese slicer would cut into my flesh so...
  50. Thread: UQ Overstuffing

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    Fantastic discussion, but the theoretical full...

    Fantastic discussion, but the theoretical full stuff, based on lab table work, doesn't account for the jostling, differential compression, fluctuating humidity, and aging in real world conditions. ...
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