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    I made hammocks out of 1.7 MTN Hybrid and 1.8...

    I made hammocks out of 1.7 MTN Hybrid and 1.8 Airwave to compare. I'm a big guy and like a firm hammock and was looking for something a little less stretchy than 1.6 HyperD or 1.6 Hexon. Both the...
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    Are you a cold sleeper? I usually don't go to the...

    Are you a cold sleeper? I usually don't go to the long sleeves and long bottoms until the temperatures drop below about the mid-50's F. Coincidentally, that happens to be roughly the same temperature...
  3. A schedule??? When did things get so organized? ...

    A schedule??? When did things get so organized?

    I swear I overheard the following conversation last year:


    Attendee: "When is breakfast?"
    Dutch: "When I get done making it."
    :lol:

    Every...
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    What he said! The Yeti has a more traditional...

    What he said!

    The Yeti has a more traditional shock cord suspension although it does not have an adjustable length and (as mentioned earlier) it has no secondary suspension. The Yeti (at 40" wide)...
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    You're welcome! What goes around comes around. I...

    You're welcome! What goes around comes around. I know I've learned quite a few things from your posts over the years.
    I actually discovered these clips courtesy of mmveets here on the forum....
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    cougarmeat is correct in that many of the tarp...

    cougarmeat is correct in that many of the tarp clip styles do have teeth. Some (like alligator clips) are very sharp and pointy. Others have teeth that are really more like ridges than teeth, aren't...
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    Search for "tarp clips" in your browser. Lots of...

    Search for "tarp clips" in your browser. Lots of varieties. Lots of vendors (including the usual suspects).

    You can also use the "acorn" or "pebble" method if you don't want to buy and carry more...
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    Bingo! I too prefer prefer a shorter ridgeline...

    Bingo!
    I too prefer prefer a shorter ridgeline and more sag. But it's never the same with any two hammocks, even if the hammocks are the same length. Hammock width and fabric stretch come into play...
  9. Currently, my lightest gear combination for 20*...

    Currently, my lightest gear combination for 20* temps is:

    DIY 1.6 HyperD 11’x60” Netless GE Hammock..............346g......12.20oz (I'm a big guy and can't really hang with any lighter weight...
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    I just discovered this thread. I wish I had seen...

    I just discovered this thread. I wish I had seen it before I started to build my EMT tensa stand. Unfortunately, I didn't have a drill block (I didn't even know they existed) and I had to get through...
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    LOL !! Well ... I haven't tried my hand at...

    LOL !!
    Well ... I haven't tried my hand at bridge hammocks yet. [Here comes that urge again!] :scared:
  12. I agree with this approach, but with a variation...

    I agree with this approach, but with a variation that keeps you from having to move one toggle all the way to the opposite end of the CRL and is actually a bit faster to do.

    Simply push the...
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    Be warned ... the accumulation addiction worsens...

    Be warned ... the accumulation addiction worsens once you succumb to the DIY dark side. I have 9 hammocks. That's right ... NINE!!! And I made five of them myself as I've pursued the holy grail of...
  14. You're welcome! I searched for and found a lot...

    You're welcome! I searched for and found a lot ideas, videos, etc. on this forum and the web as I was preparing to make my TQ and many of those sites had tips or suggestions buried in them, but I...
  15. More pix from the hang....

    More pix from the hang.
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  16. Signed up and lookin' forward to it!

    Signed up and lookin' forward to it!
  17. Second night = 16*. I know that’s balmy for many,...

    Second night = 16*. I know that’s balmy for many, but it’s a new personal best for me. Not bad for my 20* quilts. (I was stupid and only brought one set and couldn’t layer.)


    Sent from my iPhone...
  18. First night fun! And the weekend is just...

    First night fun! And the weekend is just beginning.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220219/fdac2547614d129b80b203dd291417fd.jpg
    Got down to 19* last night by my thermometer.


    Sent from...
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    You don't mention what temps you're expecting to...

    You don't mention what temps you're expecting to face. I've never noticed any advantage of a sewn footbox TQ over any other kind for warmth, but I rarely go below the upper teens/lower 20s with my...
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    As a general rule, suspensions on full length and...

    As a general rule, suspensions on full length and partial length UQs are basically the same.
    However, there is a distinction between these two partials. The Phoenix comes with a secondary suspension...
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    Be careful with vendor spec charts. They are...

    Be careful with vendor spec charts. They are estimates. There are variations when the quilts are actually produced that can result in a significant differences. This can be particularly disconcerting...
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    My Heavyweight DL (70D) with CLs and stuff sack...

    My Heavyweight DL (70D) with CLs and stuff sack is 886g (31.25oz). I'm a big guy and like a firm lay so the extra layer and thicker fabric really make difference for me. I'm always most comfortable...
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    Mine's a DL in True Blue purchased new in 2019....

    Mine's a DL in True Blue purchased new in 2019. It's a little too heavy for long trip backpacking, but it's my favorite for group hangs and car camping.
    I don't have any photos with it bare, but I...
  24. FS: I'll take it. (box of items). PM coming.

    I'll take it. (box of items). PM coming.
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    I realize that there is subjectivity involved,...

    I realize that there is subjectivity involved, but it would seem to me that if they are all 20* quilts, they should all feel equally warm. Am I missing something?

    I only have one full length 20*...
  26. I considered both Argon 49 and Argon 67, but...

    I considered both Argon 49 and Argon 67, but those fabrics are a quite a bit more expensive for the weight savings. I always seem to find myself debating cost per grams saved. And the lighter weight...
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    Sticky: Sure. I could probably do that for awhile. I'll...

    Sure. I could probably do that for awhile. I'll PM you.
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    Instead of sewing on doors, you could try your...

    Instead of sewing on doors, you could try your hand at making some Grizz Beaks. They are basically doors that aren't permanently attached. Gives you the flexibility to leave them at home when you...
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    Sticky: Looks like Karla has been virtually the only one...

    Looks like Karla has been virtually the only one posting here for the past few years. But she's been reliably adding to the thread at least once every year even when no one else on the forum seems to...
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    I am so glad to see the Dutch contingent joining!...

    I am so glad to see the Dutch contingent joining! Some of my dearest friends wonen in Den Haag. I have not had a chance to see them often, but the few times I visited have been enough for me to fall...
  31. If you are worried about the separating prior to...

    If you are worried about the separating prior to or during the sewing, the solution is pin, pin, pin, pin, pin, pin, pin, pin ....
    The more pins, the more secure. I probably used many more pins than...
  32. I sewed through all three layers only by the...

    I sewed through all three layers only by the outside seams and they seem to hold together pretty solidly. No shifting or separating.

    I found a couple of instructions where folks had added...
  33. I just realized that you might have been...

    I just realized that you might have been referring to the apparent "billow" in the middle of the quilt in the photographs. That's misleading. That billow doesn't really exist. I simply didn't smooth...
  34. btw ... I just remembered one more tip that...

    btw ... I just remembered one more tip that really helped me out ...

    The Argon 90 came to me folded and I had been storing it in a fabric box since September. Over time, it had developed some...
  35. Billowy? Not sure exactly what you're asking, but...

    Billowy? Not sure exactly what you're asking, but the quilt was not unmanageable at all. The layers lay very flat together so they were easy to pin and cut. No waves or bulges or anything like that. ...
  36. I don't think so! LOL!! The quilt didn't...

    I don't think so! LOL!!

    The quilt didn't take but about 4-5 hours total (including all the measuring, measuring again, cutting, threading the machine, pinning pinning, pinning, pinning, etc.)...
  37. I've added two pictures. First is my new DIY...

    I've added two pictures.

    First is my new DIY TQ hanging on the wall with some of my down quilts.
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    The new FIY TQ is the one on the right in the mesh bag. (I haven't had time to sew it's...
  38. Finished!! - APEX TQ - Observations & Tips

    I just finished making a Climashield APEX Top Quilt using Argon 90 Fabric I bought from Dutch. I wanted a lightweight synthetic for my sweaty summer backpacking trips. Although I've sewn some...
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    Here's my dark foliage green Thunderfly after a...

    Here's my dark foliage green Thunderfly after a little rain. I'm using my trekking poles and some shock cord in the pull outs to give me a little more room. (click on image for larger view)

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    I'll take it. PM coming.

    I'll take it. PM coming.
  41. I've been waiting for this thread to pop....

    I've been waiting for this thread to pop. Unfortunately I had to miss the NoVA hang in November, so I'm hoping to see all the folks I missed at February's Chili Butt instead.
  42. Yes. It exists. There are lots of splicable...

    Yes. It exists.
    There are lots of splicable reflective dyneema cord options at 2mm or thinner, but clearly you are already aware that you shouldn't trust whoopies made with cord that thin.
    ...
  43. FS: PM sent.

    PM sent.
  44. FS: I'll take it. Both the Incubator and the UQ...

    I'll take it. Both the Incubator and the UQ protector.
  45. Great write-up! Very insightful and helpful, even...

    Great write-up! Very insightful and helpful, even for folks not planning a thru hike as long as the AT.
    Thank you for taking the time to put this together!
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    Understand. Hope you had a great trip!

    Understand. Hope you had a great trip!
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    I meant to follow up with you, Crash. Did you...

    I meant to follow up with you, Crash. Did you ever get the chance to get down to check out these sites? Any feedback you can share?
    I haven't had the chance to get there this fall (headed mostly to...
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    I am so pleased (and relieved) to hear that you...

    I am so pleased (and relieved) to hear that you are improved enough to return home, George. And it goes to show just what a stalwart of the hammock community you are when one of your first acts is...
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    You won't find a lot of folks here who will have...

    You won't find a lot of folks here who will have bad things to say about HG quilts. I have a Premium 20* Incubator myself and it's one of my favorite UQs.

    But there are lots of options. You'll...
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    tomykay is correct in noticing that the posts are...

    tomykay is correct in noticing that the posts are way down on the Hammock Forums For Sale site. I went back and did some back of the envelope calculations and there have been roughly 20 offer posts...
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