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    We're going to be snowshoeing into the camping...

    We're going to be snowshoeing into the camping area. Its not far (~3mi iirc), but still trying not to bring the whole kitchen sink so to speak. Which means a secondary entire sleeping bag to use as a...
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    Bumping this thread, as I've got the same...

    Bumping this thread, as I've got the same question.

    I've got a winter camping trip with the scouts coming up in a week and a half. Temps are likely going to be in the 5-20f for the overnight low....
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    All of my hammocks are whipped with paracord....

    All of my hammocks are whipped with paracord. Then I attach the suspension using an anchor hitch.

    I like the adjustability of changing how the hammock lays with the whipping. But I imagine...
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    This was my first thought. Emergency blankets...

    This was my first thought. Emergency blankets aren't breathable and act as a vapor barrier.

    On the one hand, this should keep your down blanket from getting wet with condensation/moisture from...
  5. Interesting thread everyone. While I don't have...

    Interesting thread everyone. While I don't have any of this fancy bling hanging around like some of you do, I do have a set of spare soft shackles. I never thought of it before, but now I may give it...
  6. Thanks for the feedback everyone, I really...

    Thanks for the feedback everyone, I really appreciate it.

    I'm really surprised that a 40f would work so well out here, as most of the other places I've lived/hiked, have been at or below those...
  7. New to PNW: Planning question about insulation?

    Apologies if this is in the wrong forum, but this seemed most likely to be the place to ask this as its part of my trip planning.

    I just moved to the greater Seattle area of the PNW three months...
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    Other than the unfortunate mishap of the whole...

    Other than the unfortunate mishap of the whole "sitting in the UQ instead of the hammock", it looks like it should have been a great trip :).

    Did you have the clews attached via sewed loops on the...
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    You say the 2.5oz set is good down to 55-60f. You...

    You say the 2.5oz set is good down to 55-60f. You say the 6oz set is good about 15f lower. Then you say the lows will be about 47.

    60-15 =45f.

    It seems that the right set is for sure the 6oz...
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    Care if I ask if you have any...

    Care if I ask if you have any details/instructions on the construction method that you feel comfortable sharing? I'll likely be making another tarp in the next couple months, and I'm interested in...
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    Thanks for clearing that up. I wasn't aware that...

    Thanks for clearing that up. I wasn't aware that the Xenon was coated any differently. Just looking at the hydrostatic head ratings for Xenon and the Membrane, they're nearly identical ("at least...
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    Wait, I thought that all Xenon fabrics from...

    Wait, I thought that all Xenon fabrics from dutch/makeyourgear were silpoly? And which silpoly are you comparing it to?

    I have a RipstopByTheRoll Membrane Silpoly tarp (the .9oz stuff), and I...
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    I have a jungle blanket, and find it fine. It is...

    I have a jungle blanket, and find it fine. It is however, nowhere near the weight you're requesting. 400 grams is ~14oz. The jungle blanket is somewhere on the order of 26oz (~700 grams).

    If my...
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    The 12x12 is ~17ft on the diagonal, which is...

    The 12x12 is ~17ft on the diagonal, which is doable, but takes a pretty big opening between trees.

    I dug around a bit, and these are the only photos I have handy of my kelty Noah 12 and my 12ft...
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    I have a kelty Noah 12x12. I'm not sure if there...

    I have a kelty Noah 12x12. I'm not sure if there are different versions, but mine has cat cuts on all edges. I don't remember offhand the exact dimensions at the narrowest points, but I seem to...
  16. I've never had a problem using a sleeping bag as...

    I've never had a problem using a sleeping bag as the TQ, although admittedly I only did that a few times before I moved to a TQ (mostly for weight/space reasons). I ended up rotating the bag 90...
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    No experience here either, but like you I'm...

    No experience here either, but like you I'm considering buying some. So I'm curious to see other peoples thoughts.
  18. For what its worth, I've been using a klymit...

    For what its worth, I've been using a klymit insulated static v lite for years now in my hammock. It is rated with an r value of 4.4. I've used it several times into the mid to low 30's, and it's...
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    Thanks for the responses everyone, that really...

    Thanks for the responses everyone, that really helps answer my question :).

    At this point, I think I'll start by making a gemeni setup, with the jungle blanket as the exterior layer (its pretty...
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    I've used 11ft hammocks in 60 in width (well,...

    I've used 11ft hammocks in 60 in width (well, more like 58in of finished width), 12ft hammocks with ~58in finished width, and 12ft hammocks in ~70in finished width.

    IMO, the jump from 11ft to 12...
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    I've got a jungle blanket, and I'm thinking I...

    I've got a jungle blanket, and I'm thinking I will probably make a variation on the Gemini underquilt with it.

    What is the blanket that you snapped in? I don't think I've seen or heard of it, and...
  22. I've used pads exclusively since I started...

    I've used pads exclusively since I started hammock camping, roughly 2-3 years ago. And while I won't suggest they're better than UQ's, I don't have as much of a problem with them as others sound like...
  23. Thank you sir. That good solid information. Also...

    Thank you sir. That good solid information. Also gives an idea of the weight of the shell, etc.

    Thanks again :).
  24. Any idea how many oz of down are in each one?...

    Any idea how many oz of down are in each one? I've been thinking about this as well. Just wasn't sure how much of the listed weight was shell, vs how much was down.
  25. I use an evenk hitch at the "fixed" end of my...

    I use an evenk hitch at the "fixed" end of my continuous ridgeline, and truckers hitch to adjust the tension on it at the other end.

    The evenk is a slipped figure 8 on a loop, so it tightens up on...
  26. Thanks for the info. I was trying to figure out...

    Thanks for the info. I was trying to figure out if the local Costco had any in stock. Looks like the only way to know then is to actually go into the store.
  27. I checked costcos website, but nothing by that...

    I checked costcos website, but nothing by that name showed up (or when I searched for related terms). I'm wondering if its a location specific thing, our if the website merely hasn't been updated...
  28. Interesting. I'll respectfully disagree that it's...

    Interesting. I'll respectfully disagree that it's not simple, but that's mostly personal preference, so that's fine.

    On my machine there isn't a way to wind another bobbin with the top still...
  29. I wind bobbins for and use them on the top and...

    I wind bobbins for and use them on the top and bottom. The bobbins tend to run out approximately at the same speed, with the top running out about 2-3 ft before the bottom.

    But this helps me know...
  30. Thread: 11 footer

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    Looks good :). I've not yet tried an 11ft...

    Looks good :). I've not yet tried an 11ft hammock, but love my 12x6 :).

    I'd suggest doing a seam on the edges though. It prevents it from fraying, and gives it three times the strength right on...
  31. In before the buzzer! This will be somewhat of...

    In before the buzzer!

    This will be somewhat of a strange entry. I just wrote up a list of materials, and then deleted it because I realized something.

    I have a friend who entered earlier, who...
  32. Thanks for all the replies everyone, that helps...

    Thanks for all the replies everyone, that helps set my mind at ease.

    As I said, this was my first experience with a Sil-impregnated fabric. So I wasn't sure if this is how it wet through, or if it...
  33. Thanks for the help so far guys :). While I've...

    Thanks for the help so far guys :).

    While I've hammock camped a fair bit over the last year or so, most of it hasn't been in much rain (big droughts around here most of the year). Additionally,...
  34. Hydrostatic Head rating not enough, or something else?

    I recently completed a tarp made out of 1500mm Hydrostatic Head rated SilPoly. I have read up on what HH ratings mean, and understand that this is typically considered "more than enough for a tarp",...
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    FT: I've just recently started getting into hiking,...

    I've just recently started getting into hiking, and have been trying to do so more or less "on the cheap". Packs... are not cheap it would appear. This would be a great boon for me to figure out what...
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    Signed up :). Thanks for the giveaway, and...

    Signed up :).

    Thanks for the giveaway, and good luck on the new site!
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    I just saw this, and am actually really...

    I just saw this, and am actually really interested in what others find.

    Really considering this for a winter tarp.
  38. Wish I could help more. I have no idea about Bias...

    Wish I could help more. I have no idea about Bias tape.

    I do use a rolled hem foot for my hammocks. It takes a bit of getting used to, but works great when you do. I only have the tiny rolled hem...
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    I finished up a fronkey bugnet last night. got...

    I finished up a fronkey bugnet last night. got the .67oz nanoseeum mesh from dutch for $3.25 a yard, and the process of making it went very quickly (even with a sprained ankle, and having to sew on...
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    A slippery larkshead is just a normal larks head...

    A slippery larkshead is just a normal larks head with a bight pulled through the last bit instead of the tag end.

    That is to say, just pull a loop through the last step of the knot, instead of the...
  41. Thread: What line

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    I use paracord for my whipping as well. Works...

    I use paracord for my whipping as well. Works just fine. The only "downsides" to paracord for hammock useage, is that 1) its nylon so it stretches, and 2), it gets wet and retains water pretty...
  42. The length of the tree straps should really...

    The length of the tree straps should really depend on the size of the trees you're dealing with. The OP's info says he's from the PNW, which I believe lends itself to larger trees than the east...
  43. To be clear, I'm not recommending mule tape to...

    To be clear, I'm not recommending mule tape to replace tree straps. The mule tape in my example will perform the same function as a UCR/Whoopie, and still rely on a tree strap/hugger 1in or wider...
  44. Amsteel is fairly slippery, I don't know if that...

    Amsteel is fairly slippery, I don't know if that setup will work. If you used mule tape instead you may have better luck, as mule tape holds knots better (lots more friction).

    Right now I do a...
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    The Noah tarps are square, so the 9x9 is... 9x9...

    The Noah tarps are square, so the 9x9 is... 9x9 ft, etc. However, they have fairly deep cat cuts, so they're not that long measured down the centers while in square configuration, even if the corners...
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    Depends some on the size of your hammock. I have...

    Depends some on the size of your hammock. I have a 12ft hammock, and a 13ft tarp doesn't sound overkill to me. But if you have a 9ft hammock, it probably would be "larger than needed".

    As for...
  47. Thread: HyperD 1.0

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    It is great stuff, but I also had the same...

    It is great stuff, but I also had the same problem.

    I ended up using scraps of fabric to make "pulls", so then I could start and finish a line of stitching without issue. Afterwards you just cut...
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    Mine is certainly water proof, if that helps at...

    Mine is certainly water proof, if that helps at all. Been through a few good downpours in mine. I suspect if somehow someone got one that wasn't, that kelty would cover that under warranty... Aa...
  49. Thread: New Blanket

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    I guess it depends on what you mean by small. ...

    I guess it depends on what you mean by small.

    My climashield blanket compresses to half the size of my old sleeping bag (also synthetic). But it still is relatively bulky. It fits into a 7x7x13 in...
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    I haven't tried what you're suggesting, but I...

    I haven't tried what you're suggesting, but I also think it should work fine.

    I use an evenk hitch (Siberian hitch), which is essentially a slippery figure 8 on a bight. A becket hitch, or even...
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