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    Another old guy here - welcome. Hammock length,...

    Another old guy here - welcome.
    Hammock length, width, and hang angle are important for comfort. 10 to 11 foot long by 60 inch wide hammocks are quite comfortable. Around 82% ridgeline is a good...
  2. Since your usage is via auto and hiking is...

    Since your usage is via auto and hiking is limited to 1-5 miles, I'd get the Kelty 12 and spend your saved $$ on insulation. Kelty 12 is solid and can be configured for winter use.
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    I'd borrow the extra $20 and get this - Good deal...

    I'd borrow the extra $20 and get this - Good deal with free shipping and no tax.
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    I recommend passing on the vietnam style - I used...

    I recommend passing on the vietnam style - I used one in the 70's and hated it due to water getting in during rain storms. The Hennessey or blackbirds are much better evolved models.

    But, to make...
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    There is no one right answer for everyone - so...

    There is no one right answer for everyone - so here is some info to consider:

    I have a Jarbridge and HH SS.
    The Jarbridge is comfortable down to about 25F with a gathered end hammock, but I get...
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    Yes, those are the little buggers. DEET on a hat...

    Yes, those are the little buggers. DEET on a hat helps - I haven't tried picaridin.
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    #1 is for EXPEDITION, BACKPACKER, HYPERLITE, and...

    #1 is for EXPEDITION, BACKPACKER, HYPERLITE, and EVADER Classic models only.
    #2 is for EXPLORER ULTRALITE, EXPLORER DELUXE and SURVIVOR CLASSIC MODELS ONLY.

    So you would get the 'SuperShelter...
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    The above suggestions are very good choices. You...

    The above suggestions are very good choices. You can get quality bottom insulation as well as save yourself some $$ by getting the Hennessy Super Shelter for $100 and the top cover for an additional...
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    FYI - Here's the report for those interested:...

    FYI - Here's the report for those interested:
    http://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellents/mosquito-repellents-that-best-protect-against-zika/

    The gnats have been bad in my area. Gnats tend...
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    With nights expected at 70F and above I prefer to...

    With nights expected at 70F and above I prefer to use a gathered end hammock, 3/4 UQ, fleece blanket as TQ, and fronkey style bugnet.
    I start with the UQ off to the side and TQ beside me or still...
  11. You have what you need for your usage :>) Next...

    You have what you need for your usage :>)
    Next is to figure out what combo to use during those summer temps.
  12. I just got back from Hunting Island SC - 45 min...

    I just got back from Hunting Island SC - 45 min North of you. The tent sites in loop A are Fantastic for Hammocking. Right next to the beach. A State campground so expect a campground atmosphere - a...
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    Ha - I measured mine once and I think it was 8...

    Ha - I measured mine once and I think it was 8 1/2 feet long.
    My HH Backpacker is my all time favorite despite owning a couple gathered ends/UQs/HUG and Fronkey bug nets.
    For my bottom entry HH, I...
  14. Always room for another hammock - because variety...

    Always room for another hammock - because variety is the spice of hammock life :>) Read thru the HH forum posts and you will find lots of experienced folks sharing their knowledge. billybob and...
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    I tied each of the SB corners to corresponding...

    I tied each of the SB corners to corresponding foam pad corners at the shock cord. SB just stays with/attached to the foam pad.
  16. I have two 12+ year old HHs (BackPacker UL and...

    I have two 12+ year old HHs (BackPacker UL and Scout), a Dutch 11 ft and a 12 ft DIY. They are all different, but each has it's own strengths (no negatives). I think you'll end up with with multiple...
  17. I agree. My 11 ft and 12 ft hammocks with...

    I agree. My 11 ft and 12 ft hammocks with underquilts are great, but the HH is just plain simple and comfortable. In my HHH I tend to stay in the same position all night, where I tend to move from...
  18. Had to smile - dkuriss' posts that show each of...

    Had to smile - dkuriss' posts that show each of us has a preference we just have to figure out for ourselves (thus multiple hammock styles in our gear locker and a robust cottage business).
    I'm 5'9"...
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    Hennessy is a solid choice - and a good family...

    Hennessy is a solid choice - and a good family company to deal with. Nice thing is they sell the entire ready to go package - parts fit together like a glove and lots of videos to support.
    Hammock...
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    This is my method to eliminate stress on the deck...

    This is my method to eliminate stress on the deck supports by using a $9 fence top rail from home depot:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=22323&catid=member&imageuser=27438
    ...
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    This stand is very stable for beach use and...

    This stand is very stable for beach use and breaks down to 5'3" sections. Note that in post 33 there is a better/simpler part to get from tarps.com.
    I made one and it is great....
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    Great - thanks for the feedback.I commented on...

    Great - thanks for the feedback.I commented on your trip report too.
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    Good report - did you have the Over Cover...

    Good report - did you have the Over Cover installed inside the Under Cover like the HH videos show or did you install the OC outside the Under Cover? I install mine outside the Under Cover with a...
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    Let us know how it works for you - the 4 windy...

    Let us know how it works for you - the 4 windy and cold nights I used mine I really appreciate it.
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    Me too - I ordered at 3:01PM and got shipping...

    Me too - I ordered at 3:01PM and got shipping info at 3:10PM - 9 minutes for half dozen items to be processed and shipped. How does he do it - elves????
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    Here are a couple - Hammock is 11 foot, shoe size...

    Here are a couple - Hammock is 11 foot, shoe size is 10. Jarbridge 3 season is green.

    I am 5' 9" and it covers my shoulders to ankles just fine. It will compress another 50% or so....
  27. Thanks for the report. Chalk that up to a...

    Thanks for the report. Chalk that up to a learning experience - lots of other trails to explore.
  28. Thread: Which Stand?

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    I have a TD and was looking for something a...

    I have a TD and was looking for something a little more stable - you want to build this 'Super Simple' one. Note on post #33 they found a better pipe slide to use = "1 3/8 Open L One pipe slides...
  29. I'm in your age bracket too and use a bottom...

    I'm in your age bracket too and use a bottom entry HH (for over 10 years).

    What works for summer camping:
    Permatheum treated hammock bottom to keep the bugs off and a sleeping bag (step into the...
  30. I tried one of these Goretex Bivy's in a hammock...

    I tried one of these Goretex Bivy's in a hammock - it was too much of a PIA in get in/out of (SilverSurfer described it well), however there was no condensation.
    I have been using various socks with...
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    Welcome from the rt 211 area near SNP.

    Welcome from the rt 211 area near SNP.
  32. All good info here. I have the HH Backpacker UL...

    All good info here. I have the HH Backpacker UL bottom entry (over 10 years old with lots of use). I hung mine via a tight ridgeline for several years then accidently (rushing to set up after dark)...
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    Ol' Buzzard - looks like you are behind bars -...

    Ol' Buzzard - looks like you are behind bars - again :>)
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    I have the bottom entry. The OC is great for...

    I have the bottom entry.

    The OC is great for blocking wind. So far I've use it in gusty (15 to 35 MPH) winds - one night winds was reported with a few gusts at 50 MPH (even woke me up and I...
  35. You'll like it. Did you get the summer or 3...

    You'll like it. Did you get the summer or 3 season?
  36. I'm due east of you (same climate) as you. I have...

    I'm due east of you (same climate) as you. I have an synthetic APEX 6.0 UQ and a SungPak Underblanket - no comparison, the Apex UQ is better by far.
    At the weather/temps you are camping, the APEX...
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    I've used it with great success on windy nights...

    I've used it with great success on windy nights temps up to 45F without condensation issues.
    If I recall right, I used it on one calm night in the mid 40's and had condensation near my head (the...
  38. Thanks for the January update circusfreak - we...

    Thanks for the January update circusfreak - we are putting together an order for tarps.com to build a couple stands using the "1 3/8 Open L One pipe slide through".
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    Another welcome from NoVa.

    Another welcome from NoVa.
  40. Agree - bravo for trying new ideas out and don't...

    Agree - bravo for trying new ideas out and don't let a couple negative comments discourage you - but you did 'challenge for one good reason'. I doubt anyone commenting has hand sewn a TQ and UQ. Of...
  41. You could post a WTB (wanted to buy) add on this...

    You could post a WTB (wanted to buy) add on this forum for a Hennessey Scout - maybe $50/60 for the entire kit used. A solid hammock/suspension/tarp for kids - my grandkids love ours. ebay is another...
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    Keep in mind that if/when you leave the UQ home...

    Keep in mind that if/when you leave the UQ home you better treat the bottom of your hammock with permethrin - the mosquitoes love hammockers.
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    Good to know - that park is one of the lesser...

    Good to know - that park is one of the lesser known jewels in Northern Va.
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    I have the GG 1/4" Wide pad you are asking about....

    I have the GG 1/4" Wide pad you are asking about. I find them very flexible, soft,light and comfortable (I only use them along with a sleeping bag).
    Here's my take: Single layer is good to about...
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    That's the way to do it - thanks for sharing. I...

    That's the way to do it - thanks for sharing. I plan to be up there next week with a couple of my grandkids (their spring break).
  46. Pretty well summarizes it. I was a happy camper...

    Pretty well summarizes it. I was a happy camper for many years with just my HH/sleeping bag/GG pads until I discovered this forum. HF has cost me a few $$ and quite a bit of space in my gear locker....
  47. There is a big difference, but I can't say which...

    There is a big difference, but I can't say which one is better - just different. The HH A-Sym is a flatter lay (call it a firm mattress), where as my 11ft Dutch Argon is soft and a little more...
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    Yes, that is what I use with my 11 ft and 11.5...

    Yes, that is what I use with my 11 ft and 11.5 foot hammocks. (but 10 ft isn't enough for a tarp - 2 top rails can be cut/fitted together to make any length you need). The 10 foot top rails are...
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    Exactly what I was thinking. Or with just a chain...

    Exactly what I was thinking. Or with just a chain link fence top rail to take up the compression you can even hang one end from a step ladder and the other from swing set or tri-pod or the pergola -...
  50. FYI - I'm in a damper climate with 4 season days,...

    FYI - I'm in a damper climate with 4 season days, but I find for myself that using a warm sleeping bag in a HH with the heat reflectors vs. a TQ works best in all weather conditions. Start laying on...
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