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  1. As cmoulder and rodentface have already noted,...

    As cmoulder and rodentface have already noted, kevlar straps will also get ropey. I have and use kevlar and can confirm they do bunch up, maybe not to the extent that UHMWPE straps do, but it does...
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    Phantom beat me to the punch suggesting...

    Phantom beat me to the punch suggesting Trailheadz as a possibility. He's made some large tarps and I believe has photos on his Instagram page. His website is below:
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    You might consider using Nama Claws instead of...

    You might consider using Nama Claws instead of prussicks and hooks. Easy to use and adjustable. I'm a fan.

    https://www.namagear.com/shop
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    If you're certain you want to use a pad, then the...

    If you're certain you want to use a pad, then the double layer is MUCH easier to work with. My wife has a double layer RR, which she admittedly doesn't use much, but when she does, she uses a pad. ...
  5. You've got some good info already from Otter1 and...

    You've got some good info already from Otter1 and Billybob58. I'll just bolster what they've said. I've tried a fleece liner for extra warmth and Otter1 is right that it just turns into a wrestling...
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    Not down, but synthetic, yes. I made a DIY pair...

    Not down, but synthetic, yes. I made a DIY pair and they've been a game changer for me. When it's cold, I always bring them and never, ever get cold feet anymore. Mine are worn only in the hammock...
  7. It's going to depend at least partly on how set...

    It's going to depend at least partly on how set your own camping style is. Andrew Skurka has pointed out that backpacking is a continuum between two disparate activities: hiking and camping. If...
  8. A good bang for the buck underquilt is Arrowhead...

    A good bang for the buck underquilt is Arrowhead Equipment's Jarbidge. It's an even $100. I think you could also make your own, either with a kit or using the down throws everybody gets at Costco....
  9. Watched it with the wife yesterday. You...

    Watched it with the wife yesterday. You definitely had a full gear load in that new pulk to the point where you reached a new level of decadence with not one but two different ways to make coffee. ...
  10. Read this just in time. Thanks for the heads up.

    Read this just in time. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Good, something to listen to on my morning walk....

    Good, something to listen to on my morning walk. :)
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    I don't have that specific one, but I do have a...

    I don't have that specific one, but I do have a DIY gear hammock, though not hung under or beside the hammock. Mine is suspended from the ridgeline near the foot end of the hammock. Some pics of it...
  13. Watched this latest episode in the saga of Shug...

    Watched this latest episode in the saga of Shug while eating supper with the wife last night. It was perfect. Now to find the podcast...
  14. I'll speak to the 1/8 inch pad since that's the...

    I'll speak to the 1/8 inch pad since that's the one I have and use. The R-value is only 0.4, I believe, so I'd hesitate to guess as to an exact temperature but I find it sometimes makes the...
  15. 1) I've become a fan of Mountain Laurel Designs...

    1) I've become a fan of Mountain Laurel Designs and their EVA pads and use the 1/8 inch version to boost my gear. They also offer a 1/4 inch version. Both are relatively inexpensive:...
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    I'm partial to the HUG bug net concept. ...

    I'm partial to the HUG bug net concept. Arrowhead sells them or they're easy to make. I made a couple using Tacblades' video as a guide for how to do it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bIwkftJwOc
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    In addition to watching Shug's videos, pick up a...

    In addition to watching Shug's videos, pick up a copy of Derek Hansen's book, "The Ultimate Hang." I'll link to his page below, where you can check out his Hammocking 101 posts as well.
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    First off, here's a link to Warbonnet's size/fill...

    First off, here's a link to Warbonnet's size/fill chart which may help you out:
    https://www.warbonnetoutdoors.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Diamondback-Topquilt-Zippered-Spec-Chart.pdf

    184cm is...
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    If she's 62 inches tall, consider a 3/4 length...

    If she's 62 inches tall, consider a 3/4 length quilt, though I don't know how the fit of it would be on the Explorer. There's no particular downside to both of you getting a full length quilt, other...
  20. Oh, goody! Looking forward to listening to it...

    Oh, goody! Looking forward to listening to it later this week.:)
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    My whoopie ridgeline never slipped on me, but...

    My whoopie ridgeline never slipped on me, but like you once I found the sweet spot, I never moved it and just this year replaced it with a fixed version. If you're certain that 108 inches works for...
  22. Perfect start to October :boggle:

    Perfect start to October :boggle:
  23. +1 on this suggestion. Choose a fabric where...

    +1 on this suggestion. Choose a fabric where you've got some room at the top of the range. That is, if you're 200 lbs, don't expect a fabric with an upper limit of 200 to be the most comfortable...
  24. My experience is with the Super Shelter and an...

    My experience is with the Super Shelter and an Expedition, but essentially the same system. Definitely use the space blanket; even if it causes condensation it will be warmer than trying to use the...
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    I have the Jarbidge, too. If it were me, I'd add...

    I have the Jarbidge, too. If it were me, I'd add something like a closed cell foam pad to the hammocks, easy to do since they're bridge hammocks. The Jarbidge is good for me to 25 and I've gone...
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    It's tough to get lighter than the kevlar straps...

    It's tough to get lighter than the kevlar straps from Autumn Ultralight at 1.7 ounces for the pair, 12 feet long. I use a Beckett hitch. I'll put in a link to a photo below:
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  27. +1 on the Nama Claws suggestion. I really like...

    +1 on the Nama Claws suggestion. I really like the way they work and the ease of adjustment.
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    I'll double down on the above advice. Definitely...

    I'll double down on the above advice. Definitely get the longer hammock. I'm 69 inches tall and find the regular Expedition somewhat cramped. The Explorer would have been better. The Hennessey...
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    Width is whatever the 1.1 fabric is minus the...

    Width is whatever the 1.1 fabric is minus the hem, so call it about 58 inches wide. Length is close to 48 inches, which is really too long. Hung with a good sag, it doesn't take up a lot of real...
  30. +1 on this suggestion. I've left my car there...

    +1 on this suggestion.

    I've left my car there a week in what they call long term parking. You'll need to pay the gate fee or parking fee or whatever it's called, hang the tag on the rearview...
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    If you want a slightly different take on a gear...

    If you want a slightly different take on a gear hammock I'll put some links below to some of my Instagram photos that show mine. It's DIY from 1.0 or 1.1 material purchased from Ripstop by the Roll,...
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    Everyone has already given such great advice, but...

    Everyone has already given such great advice, but I'll just toss out a couple of extra tidbits. My wife loves her Singer 4423 Heavy Duty, and it's what I use on the rare occasions I get up the...
  33. Before you try to cure the issue by throwing...

    Before you try to cure the issue by throwing money at it, maybe try some experimenting first. The specs on the Pinnacle 360 don't look too bad: 11 foot hammock with a 110 inch ridgeline. Though...
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    I've tried something similar but using a poncho...

    I've tried something similar but using a poncho liner rather than a fleece blanket. It's almost a toss-up, assuming you can get the fleece blanket to seal around the gaps similarly to the way a...
  35. Oh cool! I follow him on Instagram.

    Oh cool! I follow him on Instagram.
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    I sat and watched this one last night after...

    I sat and watched this one last night after supper and have to say how enjoyable it made my evening. You're really whetting my appetite for the outdoors. Good job, sir.
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    Sort of a quick and dirty hang just for the photos. I hope this illustrates what I'm doing sufficiently. I agree that doing it like this does pull in on the dogbones...
  38. I use my Jarbidge on a bridge hammock, though not...

    I use my Jarbidge on a bridge hammock, though not a Ridgerunner. I'll set up and shoot a few pics and post here later to show you how I do it, but in the meantime I can tell you that I added four...
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    I've made a couple of hammocks without having...

    I've made a couple of hammocks without having much knowledge or skill, so you'll probably do fine. You asked for suggestions, so here's a couple:

    Check out forum member Jellyfish's videos. ...
  40. The one thing that would give me some pause would...

    The one thing that would give me some pause would be the width. I made an underquilt protector from calendared 1.0 ripstop that's 58 inches wide with the hem and made it about 9 feet long, which is...
  41. Hammock Gear has the Quest: ...

    Hammock Gear has the Quest: https://hammockgear.com/the-quest/

    Hennessy has their hex tarp in 70D silnylon for about $70-80 or so. It's heavier than the Quest. Both have about the same amount...
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    I've got the stock HHSS but not the over cover. ...

    I've got the stock HHSS but not the over cover. In my somewhat limited experience with the system, I'd suggest that you're going to need something to cover up with, not the over cover but at least a...
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    I've done both those things but have settled (I...

    I've done both those things but have settled (I think) on using a gear hammock I made. I'll link in some pictures that show it in action. You could hang the gear hammock elsewhere, but I like it on...
  44. Absolutely. I'll try linking in some photos I...

    Absolutely. I'll try linking in some photos I shot from a December trip there. These are on my Instagram page. There may be a few more near these if you scroll backwards or forwards datewise...
  45. The Hudson River is a terrific quilt. I got mine...

    The Hudson River is a terrific quilt. I got mine a few years ago used (from Peppy) and have come to really appreciate it. So far I've only ever used it in top quilt mode, but it's supposed to be...
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    Whoopie slings predate their use as hammock...

    Whoopie slings predate their use as hammock suspension, so maybe an arborist would know as they use both whoopie slings and loopie slings. Samson Rope and Marlow both sell them but neither web site...
  47. +1 on the Nama Claws suggestion. I used to use...

    +1 on the Nama Claws suggestion. I used to use zing-it prusik loops but the Nama Claws are such a great improvement that I've switched to them, probably permanently.
  48. It's actually been done long ago, certainly...

    It's actually been done long ago, certainly predating the commercial versions. Here's a link to Just Jeff's page where he made an insulated hammock and posted the instructions way back in 2006. I...
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    That's a Loop Alien. Check YouTube and search...

    That's a Loop Alien. Check YouTube and search that term and you should find the manufacturer's video instructions or check their website:

    https://loopalien.com/
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    +1 on both of these suggestions, especially...

    +1 on both of these suggestions, especially permethrin on clothing and hammock fabrics. You can spray it on or mix up a solution and soak your gear.
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