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    Just my opinion, but I would think that some...

    Just my opinion, but I would think that some insulated overalls under a jacket would be a more flexible solution.
    And you don't have to worry about your skirt/dress tripping you when you try to...
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    Sticky: I had to laugh at myself the last time I made a...

    I had to laugh at myself the last time I made a pair or whoopie slings. I was at Boy Scout Camp with my son and left my good fid at home. I tried a variety of items taped to the end of the running...
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    Sticky: I must be getting old, as my DIY IX UQ seemed...

    I must be getting old, as my DIY IX UQ seemed warmer to me a couple of years ago when i made it.
    May be time to make a new one with more layers, or move to a different type of insulation. :(
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    Sticky: Awesome list! a couple more for consideration:...

    Awesome list!
    a couple more for consideration:
    How to make a DIY tarp http://gear-report.com/how-to-make-a-diy-camping-hammock-tarp-myog/

    How to make suspension triangles...
  5. I'm with you, dude. I started making hammocks so...

    I'm with you, dude. I started making hammocks so I could get off the ground at Cub Scout outings. It was slow to catch on, but this past weekend a few of the other Dads were there sporting hammocks...
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    Sticky: IX works best when it has a small air gap between...

    IX works best when it has a small air gap between layers. Can't really get that with just one layer.
    I suppose there could be a legit use for a single layer IX UQ, I'm just not sure what it would be.
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    An elegant solution. Bravo

    An elegant solution. Bravo
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    What did you use for bottom insulation?

    What did you use for bottom insulation?
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    Sticky: My comments are inline below...

    My comments are inline below...
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    Sticky: I've read of a number of folks trying carbon...

    I've read of a number of folks trying carbon arrow shafts. Most seem to report failure after a few uses, but you'll find a few lucky souls that use them longer without failure.

    I usually just find...
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    I haven't tried it yet either, but this is...

    I haven't tried it yet either, but this is consistent with what I was thinking when I made my last IX TQ a year or so ago. I've got some stuff that looks like a very light version of the mesh that...
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    I've tried a variety of pegs and concluded that...

    I've tried a variety of pegs and concluded that there are always sticks around that hold just as well, and add zero weight to my pack.
  13. Thanks! Been even busier than I expected this...

    Thanks!
    Been even busier than I expected this summer. No time to even think about gear making.
    Although your note has gotten me itching to create some innovative stuff this winter.

    Hope to hit...
  14. Sorry, just saw the last couple of posts. I...

    Sorry, just saw the last couple of posts.
    I broke my foot last weekend and can't operate the sewing machine for a while.
    Also realizing that my schedule over the summer isn't allowing any time to...
  15. Summer slow-down

    I am incredibly grateful to the awesome folks that frequent HF and have chosen to send their hard earned cash my direction in return for some custom items. :thumbup:
    Due to my summer schedule, I...
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    +1 for the alternate down source. :) Looks warm.

    +1 for the alternate down source. :)
    Looks warm.
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    Summer is nearly here... time to disappear

    Howdy folks.
    Just wanted to let folks know that I'll be scarce until it cools down in the fall.
    We are on the water most of the warm months and I've already had to cut back my participation in the...
  18. Thread: Pif

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    Update on the two outstanding PIF items that I...

    Update on the two outstanding PIF items that I have not yet made and sent to their new owners.

    I offered two PIFs 2 weeks ago that I said I would mail as soon as I make the items.
    I had a camping...
  19. Thread: First DIY TQ

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    Sweet! Where did you get your down, and what fp...

    Sweet!
    Where did you get your down, and what fp is it? eager to see a field report. :)
  20. Snake Skins don't have pockets to hold your...

    Snake Skins don't have pockets to hold your suspension lines and are made of sil.
    Mine are made of a mesh that is breathable.
    Similar designs in some ways, but very different in application, due to...
  21. RunningFeather pointed you to the thread that...

    RunningFeather pointed you to the thread that gives the background.
    I've got to admit that when I saw the pictures I wasn't impressed.
    Heck, I even saw videos of jerry chairs in use and still...
  22. You'll find a full "How to" with pictures at:...

    You'll find a full "How to" with pictures at:
    http://gear-report.com/how-to-make-diy-snake-skins-for-a-hammock-or-tarp-myog/
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    Wow! I wish my bug net looked that nice. :)...

    Wow!
    I wish my bug net looked that nice. :)
    I've finally figured out how to do decent looking seams, but am still way behind Sam in my bug netting skills.
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    Yes, but only briefly. :)

    Yes, but only briefly. :)
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    Hold on, CW. Then he will start the process...

    Hold on, CW.
    Then he will start the process again.
    Something like this...
    I bought a singer portable, then found one built into a work table. Also made a cutting table and bought this awesome hot...
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    Thought I'd chime in to say that the Ogee design...

    Thought I'd chime in to say that the Ogee design has become my go-to tarp.
    I made mine, since I like to make stuff and I used the original Ogee dimensions. This new version of the Ogee with more...
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    I'd recommend starting with something less...

    I'd recommend starting with something less complex so you can get a feel for your skill and comfort level with the TI before tackling either a down TQ or UQ.
    Maybe one of these:...
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    Greetings from Central NC. Just started hanging...

    Greetings from Central NC.
    Just started hanging last Fall.
    One other Scouter in our Pack is a hanger.
    My son can't decide if he is or isn't... so I'll say that we have 2.5 hangers out of about 100...
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    Nice work. Jazilla beat me to the questions....

    Nice work.
    Jazilla beat me to the questions.
    I've been using IX for my UQs and TQs. Interested to see how this compares. :)
  30. Thread: Pif

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    I'll put you on the list and will send out the...

    I'll put you on the list and will send out the peak bag as soon as it is ready.
    Please PM me your address.
    -Jeff
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    Well, that's just dandy. :(:rolleyes: You must...

    Well, that's just dandy. :(:rolleyes:

    You must enjoy condemning guys to the dog house for impulsive buying of tarps. :rolleyes:;)
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    1) If you claim this PIF, then you are required...

    1) If you claim this PIF, then you are required to offer an item (of sufficient value to warrant the expense of shipping I've seen a few PIFs lately that I don't think meet this criteria) for free in...
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    I'd be tickled to give these items a good home....

    I'd be tickled to give these items a good home.
    Was about to go buy one of those OP hydration bladders. :)
    Jeff
  34. Thread: Hi From NC

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    Howdy from Burlington. I lived in Cary and went...

    Howdy from Burlington.
    I lived in Cary and went to Apex high, so I know a little about your area.
    For day hangs try Bond park, may be down by the lake. Or lake Crabtree.
    Overnight:
    Umstead park,...
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    Because the width can be increased by pulling the...

    Because the width can be increased by pulling the sides out way from the middle if the occupant is a diagonal sleeper. My son does it that way, and lays a blanket in the gap that is created so he...
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    Looks like a fun trip. I was hoping to splash my...

    Looks like a fun trip.
    I was hoping to splash my yaks for the first time this weekend, but didn't make it. Oh well. At least one of us did. :)
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    Ha! We were discussing various ideas for making...

    Ha!
    We were discussing various ideas for making hammock bug nets, with some even making little models to show their ideas. Getting some really innovative stuff... or so we thought.
    Someone posted a...
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    Here is another summary of tarp info that may be...

    Here is another summary of tarp info that may be useful:
    http://gear-report.com/how-to-pitch-a-camping-hammock-tarp/

    FWIW, I used a tarp RL at first and was perpetually annoyed that my hammock...
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    Cool idea. I'm not sure how long grommets will...

    Cool idea.
    I'm not sure how long grommets will last without pulling out.
    Here is how I did my easy sleeping bag to UQ conversion:...
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    hahaha :) I'm looking forward to this weekend...

    hahaha :)

    I'm looking forward to this weekend when I'll introduce our Cub Scouts to hammock camping.
    I doubt any of them have seen anyone pitch a hammock instead of a tent.
    Last year, one of the...
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    Sorry to hear you were cold. I was experimenting...

    Sorry to hear you were cold.
    I was experimenting with a prototype of some new summer gear this weekend and the temp ended up nearly 10 degrees cooler than I had expected. I got rather cold myself....
  42. Thread: Hung my wife

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    Artfully played, and looks like it was a good...

    Artfully played, and looks like it was a good trip as well. :)
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    Sweet! When will we get a field test report? :)

    Sweet!
    When will we get a field test report? :)
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    All good advice so far. It's not hard to make an...

    All good advice so far.
    It's not hard to make an IX UQ and TQ
    Total cost of about $110.
    http://gear-report.com/how-to-make-a-diy-insultex-ix-underquilt-for-hammock-camping-myog/

    Also, there is...
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    you linked to the thumbnail instead of the full...

    you linked to the thumbnail instead of the full sized picture.
    Right process, wrong version of the image. :)
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    FWIW, that is how I do all of mine. I finish the...

    FWIW, that is how I do all of mine.
    I finish the hammock itself, dial in the ridgeline length, make sure I'm happy with the whipping... then I add the bug net.
    No biggie, just add a seam where the...
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    Assuming there are no objections, for this PIF,...

    Assuming there are no objections, for this PIF, since I created confusion earlier when I offered the peak bag tribute PIF and JollyLLama thought I was offering skins (I had worded it poorly), I'd...
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    Hey Chris, the Binoculars would be awesome. May I...

    Hey Chris, the Binoculars would be awesome. May I have them, please. :)
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    Poll: I didn't see an option in the poll for my...

    I didn't see an option in the poll for my favorite:
    The next day's clothes in my tarp's stuff sack.

    I don't care to devote the space or additional weight for a pillow when backpacking. :)
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    I'll second what Mike said. :) Can't wait to see...

    I'll second what Mike said. :)
    Can't wait to see the pictures of the finished product.
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