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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....
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  13. 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. ...
  14. I switched from a CRL to two separate lines with...

    I switched from a CRL to two separate lines with Dutch gear for a few reasons. My prussiks never held 100% and they made it a major pain to stow a CRL with them attached, especially if I left the...
  15. A line level??!! That's making things way too...

    A line level??!! That's making things way too complicated. Wouldn't the bubble rise against one end when you elevate the foot end anyway? Seriously, eyeball it and hop in to test. Tweak if needed...
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    Weird, I've never seam sealed my WB tarps and...

    Weird, I've never seam sealed my WB tarps and never had leaks. We just got back from hanging in another washout weekend on the coast. I'll probably seal if/when we ever get wet. I forget the name...
  17. Thread: Wbbb

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    I'm a huge WB fan, but I honestly much prefer the...

    I'm a huge WB fan, but I honestly much prefer the previous version, which IMO, was perfect. There's now too much mesh in friction areas, which worries me from a durability standpoint, it isn't as...
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    The minor bit of tarp sag in rainy weather is...

    The minor bit of tarp sag in rainy weather is such a non-issue in practical terms that can be so easily dealt with by snugging up your tautline hitches (if you absolutely insist), that there's no way...
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    It's easy to Figure-8 them. You can fast forward...

    It's easy to Figure-8 them. You can fast forward to 8:50 to see how I store them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMEVAzR4IXE
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    In the last 12-18 months, I started spending more...

    In the last 12-18 months, I started spending more and more nights out back just because I like it. It has probably worked out to average about one night every other weekend, all year long. ...
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    I like to keep things simple, quick, and...

    I like to keep things simple, quick, and versatile. So for me, that straps and biners on the hammock, Dutch flyz on the tarp for quick suspension, and bare tie-out lines (using tautline hitches)...
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    For me at least, I'm good with a 20* UQ for 95%...

    For me at least, I'm good with a 20* UQ for 95% of my hanging from mid-teens thru 70*. The 20* quilt is smaller, lighter, and cheaper than a 0* quilt and works out best most of the time. For the...
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    I also just used an upholstery needle for my...

    I also just used an upholstery needle for my first splices. (You just need to work slower since the pointy tip tends to grab fibers.) I ordered a splicing needle in my last "Dutch" order, since it...
  24. Thread: No stretch line

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    Dyneema line isn't that expensive and has almost...

    Dyneema line isn't that expensive and has almost zero stretch.
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    No real problem conking out, but I do tend to...

    No real problem conking out, but I do tend to have crazy, more intense dreams. Could it be the fresh, crisp air combined with total hammock comfort???
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    I've had my share of marathon setup times, too,...

    I've had my share of marathon setup times, too, which is one reason why I like to K.I.S.S. A hammock with straps and biners and an integrated bug net goes up in a snap. It usually just takes a...
  27. Absolutely. I really don't vent my 20* UQ until...

    Absolutely. I really don't vent my 20* UQ until the temp is ~60*. In the 50's, I use my 20* TQ more like a blanket, pulled up to my armpits, sometimes kicking my feet out of the footbox. The TQ...
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    I think one of the keys with prussiks is to use a...

    I think one of the keys with prussiks is to use a smaller diameter line than the CRL. I used D97 Dyneema bowstring material (2 strands, reverse twisted together) to make my prussiks. But even those...
  29. Thread: I'm dumb.

    by Gruxxx
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    It can be an eye opener how you can freeze in a...

    It can be an eye opener how you can freeze in a hammock while wearing all those clothes with a pad and two sleeping bags. Having good bottom insulation is the key. There was a thread recently on...
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    I have a Warbonnet biner at one end and a Camp...

    I have a Warbonnet biner at one end and a Camp Nano biner on the other, so I can easily distinguish between head and foot ends. The Camp Nano's have nicer (wire) gate.
  31. Thread: WBBB Changes?

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    WBBB Changes?

    I just unboxed my second WBBB and set it up to give it the once over. I noticed right away the ridge line has more slack compared to my other one. Next I noticed that mesh has replaced the nylon...
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    2ply, Indeed. :cool: slbear, Just to be...

    2ply, Indeed. :cool:

    slbear, Just to be covered (in case of a leaning tree), I cut these a foot or two longer than my 12' tree straps.

    Tallpaul, I've found the thing with textbook "V" is that...
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    Tarp Hanging Finally Dailed In

    This spring, in an effort to simplify my tarp hanging, I moved from using a continuous ridgeline with prussiks to using 2 short lines with Dutchware. (Two short lines without prussiks and components...
  34. It seems most questions revolve around gear...

    It seems most questions revolve around gear purchases, in which case asking questions and researching without having an opportunity to try is all most people can do...and is exactly what they should...
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    Superfly Door Tieouts

    With my Superfly, I have long loops of 3/16" shock cord on each door corner. (Perhaps slight overkill in thickness, but they were left over after replacing the deck rigging on my kayak.) They work...
  36. Poll: I'm 200 lbs and have a WBBB 1.1 double, which...

    I'm 200 lbs and have a WBBB 1.1 double, which feels perfect to me. The pros to that model are that it is mosquito proof (I can attest, having hung with no UQ or pad during the summer months in...
  37. I think you're on the right track. A 20* UQ is a...

    I think you're on the right track. A 20* UQ is a no-brainer for that range. That's the more critical component to keeping warm, vs. a TQ. A 20* UQ has a really wide comfort range, since it can...
  38. Thread: Why a footbox?

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    The footbox does a few things. First, it...

    The footbox does a few things. First, it establishes the cocoon form of the TQ, so it naturally tends to curve around you. Coupled with the neck snap and drawstring, it creates a form fitting bag...
  39. I started hammocking with the pad and sleeping...

    I started hammocking with the pad and sleeping bag that I already owned, but after a year, I made the leap to quilts and now have much more warmth and comfort. Here's what I found. Pads shift...
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    I like it. It isn't slippy and holds a taut line...

    I like it. It isn't slippy and holds a taut line hitch well. I figure eight the tie outs for packing and never have tangle issues. Pretty cheap, too.
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    I don't think so. I use my 20* UQ in those...

    I don't think so. I use my 20* UQ in those temps, and just hang it a little loose to vent.
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    Maybe post a close up of how you're using them,...

    Maybe post a close up of how you're using them, for a quick members check. If all looks good, I doubt a thicker aluminum diameter/wall would add significant strength to the application, so a thick...
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    Try the pad and sleeping bag out in your backyard...

    Try the pad and sleeping bag out in your backyard to see how comfortable you are. A pad and 20* North Face bag worked fine in warmer temps for me, but didn't do well in the 40s. You'll have to test...
  44. Thread: Need First Tarp

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    Looking to buy just one and only one good tarp? ...

    Looking to buy just one and only one good tarp? That's easy...Superfly. It's an all-weather, all-season tarp. In fair weather, you can bungie the doors up. In storms or winter cold, you can batten...
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    Sold to Mauro!

    Sold to Mauro!
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    [QUOTE=Wolfman;1288458]Specifications from...

    [QUOTE=Wolfman;1288458]Specifications from Jacksrbetter website. QUOTE]

    Thanks, Wolfman! Wearing longjohns and a fleece layer, I slept soundly at 17* in this UQ!
  47. Thread: show off thread

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    Hunter Green 20* and 40* full length Zeppelins...

    Hunter Green 20* and 40* full length Zeppelins (850 GGD + 2 oz.) and Bosa Nova Red 40* Flight Jacket (72x50, 850 GGD + 1 oz.)....
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    JRB Mt. Washington 3 UQ

    Jacks-R-Better Mt. Washington 3 Underquilt, with JRB's compression sack and suspension system. Bought used last summer, and have since just accumulated too many quilts. Stored loose (uncompressed)...
  49. I concur. I think that's your best option. The...

    I concur. I think that's your best option. The double will hold a pad much better until if/when you upgrade to an underquilt, and it should be more mosquito proof in warm weather when you don't...
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    I thought the same thing at first. I loved my...

    I thought the same thing at first. I loved my Warbonnet hammock, but didn't want to spend more than the hammock on an UQ or a TQ, so I made do for a year with a pad and mummy bag that I already had....
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