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    I have two, one each in 20 and 40 degree range....

    I have two, one each in 20 and 40 degree range. They fit well on my GE hammocks and pack well. However, in my experience, they don't perform to their advertised temp range (at least for me). Example:...
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    Ok, I bit the bullet and placed an order for a...

    Ok, I bit the bullet and placed an order for a green XL. Hopefully it arrives in time for a scout training I'll be attending the first weekend of December.

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    How does the setup of this - particularly the...

    How does the setup of this - particularly the strap angles and heights - compare to your typical 11' GE hammock? Assuming the same tree to tree distance (14-15'), would the straps need to be higher...
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    I have 6' on each corner and 12' on the...

    I have 6' on each corner and 12' on the ridgelines. I use Atwood micro cord for the most part and carry an extra 30' length of it wrapped around a small rope dog (cut from a paint can stirrer). It...
  5. Thread: Casa de COVID

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    Yeah, well, I officially got a clean bill of...

    Yeah, well, I officially got a clean bill of health today, the last of my symptoms was last Monday. I slept in the hammock until this past Sunday. Actually, I started sleeping out there until I got a...
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    "Snakeskins" is just the name that Hennessy (?)...

    "Snakeskins" is just the name that Hennessy (?) used when they introduced them. So, it's a brand name. Snakeskin is to mesh sleeve as Kleenex is to tissue or Xerox is to photocopier.

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  7. Thread: Casa de COVID

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    It's a spousal mandate, but one I'm not opposed...

    It's a spousal mandate, but one I'm not opposed to. It gives me a chance to fine tune my turtle dog stand setup (I'm trying different lengths of crossbars).

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  8. Thread: Casa de COVID

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    Casa de COVID

    So, apparently on our Labor day jaunt to Atlanta, I was exposed and tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. We're all vaccinated, so the symptoms are pretty mild, basically like the head colds I get...
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    I could be wrong, but I think the OP was asking...

    I could be wrong, but I think the OP was asking mesh sleeve vs. no sleeve, not mesh vs. solid material. Personally, I have two tarps with mesh and two with solid (silnylon). I find the extra stretch...
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    I find them useful. On dry nights, you can string...

    I find them useful. On dry nights, you can string it up and leave it in the sleeve, ready to deploy if the weather turns. As previously stated, it won't help much with drying out a wet tarp, but...
  11. If you haven't yet made a purchase, I would...

    If you haven't yet made a purchase, I would suggest checking out the Hemlock Mountain Outdoors ugly quilt: https://hemlockmountainoutdoors.com/

    It's not much more expensive, but I'm certain much...
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    I have a fleece blanket, cut to the same...

    I have a fleece blanket, cut to the same dimensions as a HG Burrow and sewn up with a 1.9 oz ripstop shell. The fleece is great for wicking away sweat, so I don't get that clammy feeling so often and...
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    Isn't that more or less a space blanket? If so,...

    Isn't that more or less a space blanket? If so, I'd think condensation would be an issue. Then again if it's not when using it as a TQ, maybe not. Still, if it's just a thin sheet of material, it...
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    You could ask the folks at JRB? Some other...

    You could ask the folks at JRB? Some other vendors (well, Hammock Gear at least) recommend a sack size for their quilts. Or, you could ditch the compression sack and just stuff it into your pack....
  15. Honestly, you could probably flip a coin between...

    Honestly, you could probably flip a coin between them. I'd bet either one will be good to about 50-60 degrees on its own, assuming no wind. Of you got both, you could layer them and maybe get down to...
  16. Check the return policy for each. It can vary,...

    Check the return policy for each. It can vary, even for similar items.

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  17. I have no experience with either of those, but I...

    I have no experience with either of those, but I have a Lazy Bear blanket from (I think) Big Blue Mountain? It was a prime day deal a couple years back for $35-40. The Horizon Hound one looks...
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    Unfortunately, I'll be traveling for work the...

    Unfortunately, I'll be traveling for work the next weekend, and having Columbus day off, the planned weekend will only cost me one vacation day.

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    All things considered, $40, or even $50 isn't...

    All things considered, $40, or even $50 isn't that great a cost for a weekend trip. It'll cost me that much in gas to get there and back.

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    You could try squishing it with some needlenose...

    You could try squishing it with some needlenose pliers and jamming it through, or just cut off the bury, rethread it, then re-bury or tie a knot on the end (a plain overhand or figure-8 would do) to...
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    This might fit the bill:...

    This might fit the bill: https://coalcrackerbushcraft.com/collections/shelter/products/the-coalcracker-tarp-by-dutchware

    It's 10x10, lots of tie-outs and 13 ounces.

    EDIT: Currently unavailable....
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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....
  28. 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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  29. 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...
  36. 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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  43. 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...
  45. 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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  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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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