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    Yeah, I know how that goes. We did a 16 mile...

    Yeah, I know how that goes. We did a 16 mile section of the AT (Wind Gap PA to Delaware Water Gap) with 15 scouts and 8 leaders/adults. We spent a total of 4-5 hours shuttling vehicles back and...
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    It's mostly the cost. I'm cheap [emoji1] Sent...

    It's mostly the cost. I'm cheap [emoji1]

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    Full disclosure: I was also hoping for a fellow...

    Full disclosure: I was also hoping for a fellow hanger to avoid having to use the shuttle service from Pine Creek Outfitters.
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    PA: West Rim Trail, October 8-11, 2021

    Anyone up for hiking the WRT in early October? I'm hoping for some decent fall foliage, but might be a little early for that.
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    Whipping questions

    Just for the heck of it, I'm thinking of fiddling around with converting one of my hammocks (a Dutchware netless in Hexon 1.6 W fabric) from channels to whipped ends so I can play around and try to...
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    I like having flexibility in my setup so it's...

    I like having flexibility in my setup so it's easier to adapt to different situations, tree spacing, etc. My "standard" suspension right now is a pair of 7' poly straps with an evo loop on one end....
  7. Thanks for the feedback. I've got it airing out...

    Thanks for the feedback. I've got it airing out now. If the funk remains, I'll try washing it. I assume if machine washing, I should remove the CLs and ridgeline?

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  8. What to do when your hammock has that not-so fresh feeling?

    I understand they're outdoor gear and are expected to have an outdoorsy smell, but after a week of really warm sleeping at scout camp, my Trail Lair smells pretty gamey. It's Hexon 1.6. Is it safe to...
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    As it turns out, they do come apart with a gentle...

    As it turns out, they do come apart with a gentle squeeze from some needle nose pliers. That tiny cap goes flying, though! Thankfully the first one landed on an open part of my gray laminate floor,...
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    I guess that's what they are, I'm just not seeing...

    I guess that's what they are, I'm just not seeing any way to get the apart. Maybe some persuasion with a pair of pliers will do it.

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    Kind of, but really really small. The shock cord...

    Kind of, but really really small. The shock cord is either 1/8" or 3/32", much too small for those. These don't seem to come apart at all, so I'm guessing they're either glued on or use some kind of...
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    Hardware (tiny cord end cap) question

    The teeny tiny shock cord end caps (for example, as used for the end of the small shock cord on the perimeter of a netless peak shelf), can they be removed/reinstalled? I have a peak shelf that came...
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    Just be aware that the top of these are mesh, so...

    Just be aware that the top of these are mesh, so they're not waterproof. I'd bet you could have a set made with solid silnylon, but they still wouldn't be 100% waterproof.

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    Sunset Saddlebags: A Game Changer!

    I've been considering a set of Sunset Saddlebags for a while and finally pulled the trigger a few weeks ago. They arrived as promptly as anything else from SLD and I finally got to use them this...
  15. With silpoly, you shouldn't see any stretch, so...

    With silpoly, you shouldn't see any stretch, so don't really need tensioners. They can be handy to keep stakes from pulling out in windy conditions, though. I use it on my winter tarp which has Dutch...
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    Ditto! I use mine more as a neck pillow when I do...

    Ditto! I use mine more as a neck pillow when I do platelet donations. It's just the right size and firmness to prevent a sore neck after sitting still for 2+ hours.

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    I think the easiest mechanism for your situation...

    I think the easiest mechanism for your situation would be Dutch's hookworms. Normally, they hook into loops of shock cord (or 1.75 mm amsteel) on the tieout points, but if you prefer keeping the...
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    Packing up, I usually pull the sleeve until I hit...

    Packing up, I usually pull the sleeve until I hit the lines, then sort of roll them into the tarp. Deploying is just the reverse. If it's really windy, I'll only pull the sleeve halfway and at least...
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    Thanks for the advice. I do know how to sew...

    Thanks for the advice. I do know how to sew manually, but I'm slow and tired of stabbing myself in the fingers. It takes me like 10 minutes and a half dozen f-bombs to sew on a single button.

    It...
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    Beginner sewing machine recommendation

    I'm looking to get a basic sewing machine for some DIY projects I gave in mind. I'd like something that can do bar tacks (e.g.: for tree straps and the like), but that's not a hard requirement. I'd...
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    I don't have a UQP, but I do have an SLD...

    I don't have a UQP, but I do have an SLD TrailWinder, which a combo UQ & UQP and it works great. Haven't tried any other brands, so I can't comment on them.

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  22. FS: What is the orientation of the tarp? Head left,...

    What is the orientation of the tarp? Head left, feet right or the other way around?

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    Another +1 for lines staying on the tarp. My most...

    Another +1 for lines staying on the tarp. My most used tarps (WL tadpole and WB edge) have 7' of micro cord with 3/32" shock cord tensioners on each tieout. Stakes (ti shepherd hooks or small j...
  24. Thread: Down booties?

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    Down booties?

    I've seen a few YouTubers using down booties to combat cold feet while sleeping (in tents as well as hammocks). Anyone here use them?

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  25. I bought it used and was told it's the 20 degree...

    I bought it used and was told it's the 20 degree version. I thought that was 5 oz Apex, but it's actually 6 oz. If you don't mind me asking, what is the weight of yours? And sorry to the OP for...
  26. That's what I thought, but I definitely felt some...

    That's what I thought, but I definitely felt some cold spots, basically right under my butt or hip (if on my side). Maybe the 5.0 oz. Apex just wasn't up to the 24-26 degree temps. I should have...
  27. It's not unique to hammock camping. I just got...

    It's not unique to hammock camping. I just got back from a trip with my son's scout troop and several of them had the same issue in tents. They were wearing 3-4 layers of clothes and had extra...
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    Sorry, you're right...I was mentally confusing...

    Sorry, you're right...I was mentally confusing the two. Having looked at that one, for the price, it doesn't seem like it would be too bad if weight and bulk aren't concerns. However, if those are...
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    Some of our scouts have those and they work ok if...

    Some of our scouts have those and they work ok if you lay straight (these kids always hang their enos like a guitar string). Not great for a diagonal lay. I'd recommend looking at Simply Light...
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    There is a bit of extra fabric flopping around....

    There is a bit of extra fabric flopping around. But, that's better than it being too narrow, IMHO. It actually feels wider than my Dutchware netless, which is also wide hexon 1.6. I know someone else...
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    FS: When you say "Left head end zippered storage...

    When you say "Left head end zippered storage pouch", I assume that means the pouch is on the left side of the hammock as you lay in it? So, if I lay with my head on the left and feet on the right,...
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    Not necessarily. If you use a CRL (continuous...

    Not necessarily. If you use a CRL (continuous ridgeline), just string it up as usual and the tarp (in the sleeve/skin) would hang below it, attached as you normally would. If you're a knot person,...
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    If you have a netless hammock without UQ hooks,...

    If you have a netless hammock without UQ hooks, these might...
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    FS: Pack sold.

    Pack sold.
  35. FS: I'll take the 20 degree TW Sent from my Moto...

    I'll take the 20 degree TW

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  36. Tried it last night in the yard with the UQ...

    Tried it last night in the yard with the UQ suspension connected to only the two opposing UQ hooks (that is, the one by my feet and the one by my head) and it seemed to work fine. I think a few more...
  37. Based on my experience with the warm weather TW,...

    Based on my experience with the warm weather TW, and the fact that all I have now are wide hammocks, that's where I'm leaning.

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  38. Connecting HG Incubator to a wide Trail Lair

    Had some issues this past weekend keeping my feet warm. Hammock is a Trail Lair in Hexon Wide with UQ hooks (no tieouts) and UQ is a HG Econ Incubator 20 degree. Previously, I'd used a Trail Winder...
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    FS: Granite Gear (Massdrop) Crown X60

    This is less than two years old and been used maybe 6 times on trail. No damage, but the mesh is a little dingy (not the light gray it was when new). This is a great bag, lightweight and lots of...
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    I have a DIY fleece top quilt that works great...

    I have a DIY fleece top quilt that works great when temps are about 55-60 degrees or above. It's basically fleece backed with ripstop nylon (1.9 oz). I tried the fleece by itself first, and it worked...
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    FS: Pm sent on CDT. Sent from my Moto Z3 Play...

    Pm sent on CDT.

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    Sorry to hijack the thread here, but how much...

    Sorry to hijack the thread here, but how much does your 20 degree SLD TW weigh? I love my 40 degree (3.6 oz) one so much I've been considering getting a 20 degree (6.0 oz) one. I currently have a 20...
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    There's an SLD Trail Winder (40 degree version)...

    There's an SLD Trail Winder (40 degree version) in the FS section right now. I have the same one (different color) and it works great from about April to October here in PA. In warmer climates, it'll...
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    FS: I'll take the pack. Sending you a PM for payment...

    I'll take the pack. Sending you a PM for payment info.
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    New Trail Lair question

    My new Trail Lair arrived yesterday. I spent last night adding the ridgeline (orange zing-it, which is a nice match to the burnt orange Hexon) and CLs. Dumb question, but what's the mesh stuff sack...
  46. Thread: Summer Quilt?

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    I think those are basically customized Costco...

    I think those are basically customized Costco Down Throws. I mean, that's not a terrible price if you're not into doing the mods yourself. Personally, I had a friend help me sew up a quilt with...
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    Quick tip for dealing with condensation: use a...

    Quick tip for dealing with condensation: use a fleece sleeping bag liner. The fleece does a good job of wicking away sweat (to a point) while still keeping you warm. My warm weather quilt is just...
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    Tree huggers + Whoopie slings = Fail

    Or, find trees that are farther apart? The whoopies I have (one pair from Dutch and another pair I made myself to the same length) can be shortened to about 18". Yeah, that leaves a LOT of excess...
  49. What do you use for external pole mod ties?

    I use an 8" loop of Atwood micro cord on each tieout. Adjusting the tension is as easy as wrapping it a few extra times around the pole.
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    Thanks all for the info and advice. I ended up...

    Thanks all for the info and advice. I ended up ordering an 11' TL in Burnt Orange Hexon Wide 1.6 and a black ion windshield. Jared said shipping on material is a bit inconsistent these days (hey,...
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