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    Being a short, lightweight the standard length TQ...

    Being a short, lightweight the standard length TQ used have a bit of excessive length. If needed just toss some the extra clothing into the foot box. Pre warmed outerwear:). Tend to go on the...
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    Umbrella or rain gear. Not an all one or the...

    Umbrella or rain gear. Not an all one or the other for me. Personally I lug along a umbrella. Climate conditions determine if I bring full rain gear, just a top or no rain gear. Usually pack a...
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    Personal choice. Since pack volume and mass are...

    Personal choice. Since pack volume and mass are not #1 on the list give the straps a few uses before making a switch to whoopies. Personally use whoopies. One time gram weenie. Pseudo gram weenie...
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    Nylon umbrella😱. Hopefully I know which way is...

    Nylon umbrella😱. Hopefully I know which way is upwind and don't need to use a self-adhesive tire patch. Unlike one of my hammocks. Brain fart moment. If there is a good thing about a burn hole in...
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    Prefer umbrella. Quick deploy. Protects from sun...

    Prefer umbrella. Quick deploy. Protects from sun and rain. Warm and or humid conditions even with the breathable, pit/torso zip rain wear I end up soaked with my own sweat.
    Not an ultralight...
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    Pool noodles. Good idea. I hike using Pacer...

    Pool noodles. Good idea. I hike using Pacer poles(IMHO, the "best" poles).

    Have been using for awhile a snow peak brand (?model) umbrella. Very light and compact. Only negative is wishing some...
  7. Long term Amsteel soft-shackle durability "test"....

    Long term Amsteel soft-shackle durability "test". No real test. Just based on use. Backyard cotton hammock that hangs outdoors ~6months/year. The whoopie slings and soft shackles have outlasted the...
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    Bugs in the Northwoods

    For those planning a trip up to anyplace along the South and North shores of Lake Superior think bugs. Unseasonal cool and wet conditions has resulted in the worst early bug season (mossies, ticks &...
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    Time for a new hammock?

    Looks to be great new hammock. Shoulder squeeze & wt. has limited me to using the Traveler and BB. Cannibals testimonial to no squeeze is good news. Bridges will probably always have a weight...
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    Use both the 1.1 sl Traveler and BB. Find no...

    Use both the 1.1 sl Traveler and BB. Find no difference in comfort or lay between the two. Comfort is relatively subjective. Maybe LawDawg comfort perception is keener than mine. Agree with...
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    +3 for Thermarest brand. Still have a functional...

    +3 for Thermarest brand. Still have a functional '80s vintage model. When the NeoAir was introduced I purchased one for hammock use. Of all the pads experimented with (Ridgerest, Z-folding TR,...
  12. Normally very deep sleeper, but a few autumns ago...

    Normally very deep sleeper, but a few autumns ago during the 1st season using a Spinn tarp got plunked by acorns. About flipped out of my hammock. Spinntex has a sharper sound when rain or other...
  13. Why I need to set up the tarp under a cloudless sky

    Tent caterpillar invasion has started. Every 6-16 years these buggers decide to make life interesting. They pretty much deforest the woods. What goes in one end comes out digested in the other...
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    I'm shorter!

    5'4" and shrinking. Only problem is when the trees at the "ideal" spot are too far apart. Then it's the compromise of the less than "ideal" spot to hang. No need to pack real long WS. Can't reach...
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    Use a HG summer tq & a light weight synthetic BMW...

    Use a HG summer tq & a light weight synthetic BMW tq for warmer nights. Have used both on the ground with a 3/4 to full length pad. Being small and I sleep like a rock tq work fine on the ground. ...
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    Big temp swings depending on which way the wind...

    Big temp swings depending on which way the wind is blowing. Lake Superior water temps off shore is still in the upper 30*F. I would plan for the worst regarding mosquitoes. With the recent rains...
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    Roosting in a WB

    Use a 1.1 Traveler or 1.1sl BlackBird. Functional, durable and most important I sleep in comfort. No reason to try any other hammock.
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    Proper deployment of your tarp. In the early...

    Proper deployment of your tarp. In the early days I picked up a JRB weathershield. Multipurpose item. Protect the uq, grounding sheet, extra layer of protection when grounded. Even used it as...
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    Same experience as TinaLouise. My synthetic tq...

    Same experience as TinaLouise. My synthetic tq when grounded at 60*F with an adequate ground pad means a cool to cold night. Yeti winter uq with the same tq is a warm nights rest with the same tq. ...
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    Personal choice is to be over insulated on the...

    Personal choice is to be over insulated on the bottomside vs. under insulated. You can always vent off excess heat. You can get by with packing a lighter top quilt when bottom side is on the warmer...
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    Opaque for deep sleepers!

    Shug, another entertaining & informative video. Thanks!

    One "problem" I have with sleeping in a hammock vs. the opposite issue when grounded is oversleeping. Maybe more intense morning light...
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    Light, but not very durable. Nice stuff to build...

    Light, but not very durable. Nice stuff to build prototypes. Outside of experiments have limited Tulle use to tarp skins & ditty bags. Not saving much weight, but cheap and no real pita when they...
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    Poll: Back sleeper is my "natural" position. On some...

    Back sleeper is my "natural" position. On some too cold nights have woke up semi-side, semi-fetal position.
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    thanks TurtleLady! Not sure if this has been...

    thanks TurtleLady!

    Not sure if this has been tried to reduce splitting. Only have read page 1-7 of this thread. In place of tape would whipping the bamboo ends like whipping a rope reduce the...
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    Poll: Clicked "hate". Closest option. For back...

    Clicked "hate". Closest option. For back country & stealth camping no fire outside of the BushBuddy for cooking. Yes to campfire when car camping at parks if allowed & wood is relatively...
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    Have owned a total of 4 hammocks, but not at the...

    Have owned a total of 4 hammocks, but not at the same time.
    Cannot sleep in more than one hammock at a time. Never would consider packing more than one hammock. One no net, one with built in net...
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    Cannot sleep in more than one hammock at a time. ...

    Cannot sleep in more than one hammock at a time. Never would consider packing more than one hammock. One no net, one with built in net is actually one more than I really need. But it's convenient...
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    Singer 15-91? Picked up the 15-91, similar...

    Singer 15-91? Picked up the 15-91, similar looking model to your machine a while back from the local thrift store. Pre-WWII unit. Every time I do a little routine maintenance (cleaning & oiling)...
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    Bear bait! Bit bear paranoid. Don't cook under...

    Bear bait! Bit bear paranoid. Don't cook under the tarp I sleep under. If possible I prefer to cook the supper a km or two from where I will probably set up for the night.

    Would just stick...
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    x2. Even if a WS alone don't cause a tree any...

    x2. Even if a WS alone don't cause a tree any harm we don't need to start irritating the wrong people just to lighten the pack by a few ounces.
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    No-see-um country. Life with mosquito netting...

    No-see-um country. Life with mosquito netting would be not as enjoyable.

    Tulle big pluses are light & inexpensive. Limit my use of the material for making prototypes (aka mistakes, trial &...
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    Welcome! 1st night in a heavy rain is usually...

    Welcome! 1st night in a heavy rain is usually an interesting experience. Remember to look up and around for any branches that are potential windfall hazards. Proper sight selection and tarp...
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    Short & low

    Being short has one advantage. The hammock hangs relatively low. The absolute distance from butt to ground is less than for most. Just in case of equipment failure. Plus prefer effortless entry...
  34. Thread: OES Tarps

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    Ditto:D 1st gen Spinn Delux tarp. Still my #1...

    Ditto:D
    1st gen Spinn Delux tarp. Still my #1 tarp.
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    Thanks Scott. Much appreciated.

    Thanks Scott. Much appreciated.
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    If diy ws found that amsteel is a bit easier to...

    If diy ws found that amsteel is a bit easier to work with. Had one batch of orange colored Dynaglide that was a real pain to deal with.
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    1st hammock was a bottom entry HH ULB. Back...

    1st hammock was a bottom entry HH ULB. Back sleeper. For my body size & proportion found the HH to have a very limited sweet spot. Even then had a calf/knee pressure. BB & Traveler 1.1 sl. Once...
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    Nice job! Found with IX uq like most uq the...

    Nice job! Found with IX uq like most uq the perimeter seal is really important regarding keeping you warm. If you feel a cooling effect from a leak on a calm night imagine a windy night without...
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    Material alone or actual clothing covering a...

    Material alone or actual clothing covering a breathing CO2 & heat emitting human body?

    Lymphocytosis, decades ago spent a season working for the USDA in the Northwoods of MN. Some days the...
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    Consider myself weight conscious more than a gram...

    Consider myself weight conscious more than a gram weenie. No functional scale to accurately weigh the gear:). Problem of being a relatively light & small person. The same gear is proportionally a...
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    Would like to eventually replace the Spinn tarps...

    Would like to eventually replace the Spinn tarps with a Cuben version. But until they are worn out or damaged beyond repair it's what I'll be packing. A cheaper and healthier weight reduction would...
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    If it's warm enough to sleep without an uq why...

    If it's warm enough to sleep without an uq why expose the uq to body moisture? When real hot I appreciate any air movement through the hammock material. Makes sleeping in a hammock in hot weather...
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    Happy 2nd Birthday!

    Happy 2nd Birthday!
  44. To get the proper suspension line angle, proper...

    To get the proper suspension line angle, proper sag & hammock height you would need to place the tree huggers pretty high up the trees. 1" polyester web should hold you up fine. Nylon stretches. ...
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    The worn sheets kept for garage rags found a...

    The worn sheets kept for garage rags found a better use. Sewed up some mega size storage bags. Good practice for sewing straight stitches & chord lock channels. The pillow cases were spliced...
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    If set up close to identical the BB(1st gen) &...

    If set up close to identical the BB(1st gen) & Traveler(one season old) both 1.1sl I use lay more or less the same. Both really comfortable. I did fool around with the length of the ridgelines. ...
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    Found that max length of ~6 feet WS has worked...

    Found that max length of ~6 feet WS has worked fine. Any longer mean the trees are a bit too far apart for me to reach high enough to get the right angle. diy Dynaglide WS. The difference in mass &...
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    Nice design! Any plans for a winter version of...

    Nice design! Any plans for a winter version of this uq?
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    +80*F nights. Cold sleeper. Even at 80*F when...

    +80*F nights. Cold sleeper. Even at 80*F when the breeze hits the bottom side I feel the cooling effect. Worse case if over insulated bottomside is just vent the uq or slip the uq off to the...
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    Color choice is important to many. Prefer black...

    Color choice is important to many. Prefer black to allow for maybe a bit more rapid drying out of any moisture in and on the quilts from me or the air. One thing I discovered about going warmer...
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