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  1. Nope. Take a second look.

    Nope. Take a second look.
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    My first pointer would be not to put a zipper on...

    My first pointer would be not to put a zipper on an underquilt. That won’t work at all unless it also has something to hold it up in addition to holding it on. But if you have that, then you don’t...
  3. If unweighted or jostled, the toggle could slip...

    If unweighted or jostled, the toggle could slip out. Caribiner would fix that.

    The simpler no-hardware solution is to simply loop the two ends together:
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  4. Hi Howler, For PDX folks, just get a single...

    Hi Howler,

    For PDX folks, just get a single 20d quilt and use that in all three seasons. If you graduate to winter camping, you can add a costco blanket as a very cheap and effective booster...
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    If you're starting from zero, just get the book....

    If you're starting from zero, just get the book.
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    Yup, that's what i have. The actual tip-to-tip...

    Yup, that's what i have. The actual tip-to-tip length may be up to 156" it says (that includes the eyes). This is a very good hammock at a steal of a price.
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    No, a cotton Brazilian should have a remarkably...

    No, a cotton Brazilian should have a remarkably even feel to it, not a deep boat. It should not be stretchy.

    The Vivere on Amazon is good, but it may not fit your space. I recommend simulating it...
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    Generally speaking, the Oregon coast is not...

    Generally speaking, the Oregon coast is not backpacker friendly. There is virtually zero legal dispersed camping opportunity. Camping on the beach is not allowed. The only spot i know if is the...
  9. I use a 14' Vivere Brazilian daily. It is easily...

    I use a 14' Vivere Brazilian daily. It is easily had on Amazon for <$50 and i can say many good things about it. It's probably the only good hammock-related thing on Amazon.

    Longer is more...
  10. The "square knot shape" is how i attach dogbones...

    The "square knot shape" is how i attach dogbones when i need to extend the line. I put Loop A through Loop B, then the far end of Loop B back through Loop A. It is a secure joint, but not as secure...
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    Just guessing: probably you are using an enclosed...

    Just guessing: probably you are using an enclosed sleeping bag on the ground and an open-backed quilt in the hammock, thus exposing the moisture inside.
  12. Thread: Tree straps

    by leiavoia
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    If you want to keep it safe and simple, the...

    If you want to keep it safe and simple, the standard 1" black webbing is sold by the foot in most hardware stores for about $0.35. It's what i use. No need to overcomplicate it.
  13. in this case, you could use the buckle itself as...

    in this case, you could use the buckle itself as the toggle.

    However, you can get 1" poly webbing from the hardware store for about $0.35 / ft that do just as well. Just tie or sew a loop in the...
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    Effectively, no. I would certainly not bring one...

    Effectively, no. I would certainly not bring one in summer. Honestly I don’t use one in any other season and have never missed it.
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    Also consider the Wind River range in Wyoming,...

    Also consider the Wind River range in Wyoming, and the Seven Devils Loop in Idaho.

    Up down and around Strawberry Mt in Oregon would be interesting while providing more remoteness. You can hike...
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    Mt Hood Timberline Trail would be a good 4 day...

    Mt Hood Timberline Trail would be a good 4 day destination hike. 40 mile round the mountain hike. Snow melts out mid to late July. No advanced permitting required. Lots of scenic variety. Well...
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    I have completely switched over. I keep my...

    I have completely switched over. I keep my whoopies as backup extensions.
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    The ones I have are an off-brand I got from the...

    The ones I have are an off-brand I got from the dollar store. The wrapper mentioned using a vacuum, but I can easily poke the valve and squeeze the air out. This worked great in the field. To...
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    Why You Need a Vacuum Bag

    My recent trip to the dollar store yielded an interesting discovery for hammock backpackers: plastic compression travel bags. I got a few to play with and am reporting very positive results for many...
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    It's more of a windbreaker than insulation. If...

    It's more of a windbreaker than insulation. If you are in a breezy situation, there will be some benefit. Otherwise, not much.
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    I use webbing loops for my home hammock. I have...

    I use webbing loops for my home hammock. I have hung on them every day for 4 years and they are fine. Knots get hardened after a while, but I rarely move them so no problem. These will definitely...
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    My 14ft Brazilian is my most comfortable. Go for...

    My 14ft Brazilian is my most comfortable. Go for it.
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    Try the JBend instead if you want to stay with...

    Try the JBend instead if you want to stay with the simple knot setup. It works by jamming instead of friction, so is not as vulnerable to slipping.
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    I leave my regular guy lines tied onto the tarp....

    I leave my regular guy lines tied onto the tarp. These work in most cases. I also carry two small hanks of mason line in case I need an extension on a few of the tie outs. This comes in handy for...
  25. ^^^ Agree with just getting some cheap...

    ^^^ Agree with just getting some cheap rectangles.

    Kids that young are not going to appreciate the finer points of gear you are making for them. They will just be happy to get out and play.

    If...
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    You will be fine with that yes, but I would still...

    You will be fine with that yes, but I would still try to ditch the pad. The ideal solution would actually be a DIY single layer Costco down blanket jimmied up as an underquilt, or similar.
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    Two thoughts: You can hand sew button holes....

    Two thoughts:

    You can hand sew button holes. It takes a few minutes, but provides an arguably more durable result than a machined button hole. You can wax the threads for improved rigidity.

    You...
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    If you are backpacking and using an underquilt,...

    If you are backpacking and using an underquilt, get the single layer.

    Get the double layer if you need any of:
    - Option to use a pad.
    - Extra durability.
    - Light mosquito bite-through...
  29. Thread: The Hammisack

    by leiavoia
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    If raining, the only way out is to open it up and...

    If raining, the only way out is to open it up and slide it down. That means in a rain storm if you need to pee, you're going to get wet one way or another :-)

    Also, if i'm pegged down in rain, a...
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    Creating a convex curve on the ends will lengthen...

    Creating a convex curve on the ends will lengthen the middle and shorten the sides. Net result will be tight sides with high sidewalls. I don’t recommend this. It is uncomfortable and prone to...
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    The point is to slightly skew the UQ near the...

    The point is to slightly skew the UQ near the outside shoulder and the feet. Quilts frequently slip off the shoulder and the feet because most quilts are narrower than the hammock itself. Quilt hooks...
  32. I found similar products at Wayfair...

    I found similar products at Wayfair, Amazon, and BB&B. Keep in mind that some of these are 50x70 while CostCo's are 60x70

    If weight is no factor, try this or this
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    Memory Foam Mattress Topper?

    Has anyone ever put a memory foam mattress topper in an indoor hammock?

    Would you be willing to try it and report the results? I donít have one to test.

    I am looking to improve side sleeping...
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    There's a lot "i believes" in this thread. Just...

    There's a lot "i believes" in this thread. Just do the experiments and get the data.
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    Dirt, dried-on sap, charcoal smudges, the smell...

    Dirt, dried-on sap, charcoal smudges, the smell of wood smoke, small pine needles tucked into creases ... all signs of actual use and not just posers accumulating gear ;-)

    My point is that for...
  36. Thread: Pine Pollen

    by leiavoia
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    "Best block, no be there." - Mr Miyagi Failing...

    "Best block, no be there." - Mr Miyagi

    Failing that, get as much off as possible using air or a rag. Water makes it cake up.
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    It will certainly rip at some point if not...

    It will certainly rip at some point if not hemmed. This happens mainly when sitting into the hammock or sitting across the edge (sofa style). Once that happens, you have lost your extra width...
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    Any hex tarp will fit the bill here. Don't forget...

    Any hex tarp will fit the bill here. Don't forget Warbonnet's lineup either.

    For coastal regions, i would be inclined to get something with doors or at least a beak. That will add a smidge of...
  39. No. They have roughly the same forces acting in...

    No. They have roughly the same forces acting in the same directions. They also weigh roughly the same.

    The wookie is less fiddly. Clews are more adaptable to different hammock bodies. Spandex...
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    I have specifically this one:...

    I have specifically this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YJCB8M/
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    I've had the 14ft Vivere Brazilian for several...

    I've had the 14ft Vivere Brazilian for several years for indoor use and highly recommend it.

    I don't think additional width does much of anything.

    I use my camping underquilts on the Brazilian...
  42. I don’t think the suspension type makes any...

    I don’t think the suspension type makes any difference here. I have been using a warbonnet 10ft BB will Edge hex tarp for several years and never had a problem with ends getting wet. The suspension...
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    I have been using white nylon line from wallmart...

    I have been using white nylon line from wallmart for years with no ill effects. So the requirements for both guylines and ridgelines is very low. Use whatever you please.

    I tried switching to...
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    Is this material more or less transparent than...

    Is this material more or less transparent than "regular" noseeum netting? I prefer visibility over durability.
  45. Thread: Head Hurt

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    I use this one:...

    I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/Lewis-N-Clark-Adjustable-Inflatable/dp/B000SKXROI
  46. You could also try mason-line nano-whoopies...

    You could also try mason-line nano-whoopies in conjunction with your regular guyline or as the guyline itself.
  47. Then consider using a shockcord rubber band tied...

    Then consider using a shockcord rubber band tied onto the the Tarp side. This works as an auto tensioner. On the stake side, tie the guy line with a clove hitch or similar as others have suggested....
  48. I’ve had the same dream about horses nudging the...

    I’ve had the same dream about horses nudging the hammock. But of course then i woke up. Turns out, it was just a giraffe.
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    I also tried this recently and was disappointed...

    I also tried this recently and was disappointed with the results.
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    I've noticed it depends a lot on the colors you...

    I've noticed it depends a lot on the colors you pick also. My gray and black ones are solid, but i had a batch of bronze ones that were extremely brittle. I broke over half of them during assembly.
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