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    That is one reason that I like using my bridge...

    That is one reason that I like using my bridge hammock as a lounge chair. You get nice back support. As for the edge digging into your leg, one could use a wider webbing for the suspension arc. I...
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    There is no specific information on the Atwood...

    There is no specific information on the Atwood website to indicate what it is made from. I suggest that you contact Atwood and ask them for more specs on their micro cord. At 100# breaking...
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    In the quick and dirty solution to your need for...

    In the quick and dirty solution to your need for sun protection, I would throw an inexpensive mylar space blanket on the exterior of your existing tarp. This will reflect all sunlight and should...
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    The branch pattern is quite good. I am not a fan...

    The branch pattern is quite good. I am not a fan of the orange fabric for the main background colour. A dark grey, olive green, or a darkish brown would be more interesting to me. For winter camo,...
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    The conventional wisdom regarding insulation...

    The conventional wisdom regarding insulation choice is that it is much easier to vent a quilt that is too warm than try to get extra warmth from a quilt that is not rated for the temperatures you...
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    Tarp ridgeline length is entirely a matter of...

    Tarp ridgeline length is entirely a matter of preference for how much coverage you are looking for (and partially a consideration for the ridgeline length of your hammock). Just be aware that the...
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    The other issue with whoopie slings as guy lines...

    The other issue with whoopie slings as guy lines is that with 8' of adjustment (for your porch mode), your whoopie sling was made with more than 16' of cordage. For many that is more bulk and weight...
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    I agree that the material is most likely PU...

    I agree that the material is most likely PU coated polyester or nylon. A perfectly adequate material for a tarp. A little on the heavy and bulky side. However the price is right.

    As for fixing...
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    You would attach the prussic loop to the main guy...

    You would attach the prussic loop to the main guy out line, then with the remaining slack in the prussic loop, girth hitch the whole guy line assembly to the tarp tie out point.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    A reasonable substitute for zing-it/lash-it is...

    A reasonable substitute for zing-it/lash-it is planer board line. It's a hollow braid polyester dacron line. So it stretches very little and can be easily spliced. It is available in most well...
  11. Those spreader bar ends where they join, look...

    Those spreader bar ends where they join, look pretty short. The spreader bar is under a large compression force. That is why the suspension triangle length is important. The Ridgerunner bridge...
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    You could certainly have the prussic loop go over...

    You could certainly have the prussic loop go over the stake and make your adjustments from there. It's just that if you need to make an adjustment to that tarp line when it's raining out, you will...
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    And if you attach the prussic loop to the tarp...

    And if you attach the prussic loop to the tarp guy out point, it also means that making adjustments to that guy line can be done from under the tarp. Especially nice when it is raining out.

    I've...
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    If you have a standard rectangular shaped tarp,...

    If you have a standard rectangular shaped tarp, you could add some extra tie out points offset from the center (for A frame pitch). This will allow you to pitch the tarp such that one side is longer...
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    Here is a video that Paul at Arrowhead Equipment...

    Here is a video that Paul at Arrowhead Equipment made to show the proper setup of an underquilt (Jarbridge synthetic quilt in this case). Pay attention to the part about cinching the end channels...
  16. I made 2 bridge hammocks from the crinkle...

    I made 2 bridge hammocks from the crinkle polyester taffeta tablecloths. If I recall correctly the fabric is about 2.6 oz per square yard. It certainly has little to no stretch and 1 layer is more...
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    Oldgringo said it best with this classic quote...

    Oldgringo said it best with this classic quote from a number of years ago.



    Cheers

    Brian
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    That is a good looking winter camo pattern. ...

    That is a good looking winter camo pattern. Hurry up and make a winter tarp from the fabric and post pictures of the final result.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    The end products will be similar if you are...

    The end products will be similar if you are making the end channel gathered hammock. So whether you by one or make one, is up to you.

    It is the age old question of whether or not making your own...
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    I've used the -20 wiggy's bags before on some...

    I've used the -20 wiggy's bags before on some winter camping trips in my area. They work quite well and keep you warm and dry. The only read downside is that they are bulky and a bit heavy. I got...
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    Works fine on my iMac with OS 10.9.5 and Chrome....

    Works fine on my iMac with OS 10.9.5 and Chrome.

    Cheers

    Brian
  22. Good video and tips for site selection. I also...

    Good video and tips for site selection. I also like to look at the ground and avoid low spots or dry creek beds that would collect water when it rains. You may not get wet while under your tarp and...
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    Congrats on the great news for your family. Sad...

    Congrats on the great news for your family. Sad that you choose to close up business. Did you consider selling your business, so that your products will live on? That is how Arrowhead Equipment...
  24. Or for that matter, using a silk or fleece...

    Or for that matter, using a silk or fleece sleeping bag liner will do a similar job. I will give the company credit for extending their product line from the heated jacket. One may not always want...
  25. I found this on the singerco.com website under...

    I found this on the singerco.com website under the full features link.



    It may not be a machine you would use. However, these days finding a machine with an all metal frame (don't know about...
  26. Costco Find: Singer 4452 Heavy Duty Thread Injector

    Greetings

    While I was perusing my local Costco (in Canada), I found this thread injector and thought I would pass it along.

    Singer 4452 Heavy Duty Thread Injector - $179.99

    The list of...
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    Just because you think lightweight first, doesn't...

    Just because you think lightweight first, doesn't mean that those items are also not quick and easy. Most of the dutch bling for tarps can be replaced with small Nite Ize Figure 9's (carabiner...
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    Your first challenge is going to be finding the...

    Your first challenge is going to be finding the lightweight breathable polyester ripstop fabric. If you've already got that sorted, then using the DIY silnylon treatment should work just as well as...
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    Just be aware that the longer the tarp you make,...

    Just be aware that the longer the tarp you make, the higher up you have to hang it so that it doesn't interfere with your hammock suspension. Many winter tarps have 11'-12' ridgeline lengths and...
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    I think in the first photo you took it a vertical...

    I think in the first photo you took it a vertical orientation with your camera (likely your phone). I rotated the first photo for you.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    The standard JRB 11x10 is a good tarp for the...

    The standard JRB 11x10 is a good tarp for the BMBH. Any of the larger winter tarps from the hammock vendors here will work fine for your bridge hammock. I have a 12'x10' flat rectangular tarp for...
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    3 yards of climashield insulation is a fair...

    3 yards of climashield insulation is a fair amount of insulation for a blanket. Usually it comes 60" wide. You probably could make the blanket 42-48" wide by 72" long and just use 2 yards of the...
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    Heavier, no. More expensive, slightly. He...

    Heavier, no. More expensive, slightly. He compares the price of his offering to the Eno and the Eno strap suspension add on.

    For this crowd here, they will already know that one can get a 11'...
  34. Tarp choice for this hanging situation depends a...

    Tarp choice for this hanging situation depends a bit on how you are hanging the two hammocks. ie Bunk bed style, using 3 trees in a V configuration, side by side on 'big' trees, etc.

    If using...
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    I went with a 12'x10' flat rectangular tarp for...

    I went with a 12'x10' flat rectangular tarp for my spring through fall camping needs. My suspension triangle of my bridge hammock is completely covered by the tarp. I don't think there is an ideal...
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    I went with the low tech and readily available...

    I went with the low tech and readily available solution and used 1" diameter hardwood dowel from the local big box hardware store (Home Depot in this case). I carved notches in each end so they...
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    The guy lines I use with my tarp corners are...

    The guy lines I use with my tarp corners are attached to the tarp loop via a 3 wrap prussic loop of the same diameter line as the rest of the guyline. This is done by design as the prussic will slip...
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    The site appears to be working now. ...

    The site appears to be working now.

    http://diygearsupply.com/

    Cheers

    Brian
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    I suggest getting in touch with Jared at Simply...

    I suggest getting in touch with Jared at Simply Light Designs. He offers a hammock that has cat cut long edges.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Make the quilt multi coloured. That way the...

    Make the quilt multi coloured. That way the seams become features. UGQ has shown several examples of multi coloured top quilts.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Have you looked at diygearsupply.com? That site...

    Have you looked at diygearsupply.com? That site isn't mentioned my these days, however, Scott has been a long time vendor on this site.

    Cheers

    Brian
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    Something else to consider would be to place the...

    Something else to consider would be to place the post between two of your trees so that you can get two hanging spots.

    Cheers

    Brian
  43. This question was asked recently in this thread...

    This question was asked recently in this thread. There is lots of recommendations for types of line to use. Go check it out.

    Cheers

    Brian
  44. +1 to this. It is hard to beat for the strength...

    +1 to this. It is hard to beat for the strength to weight ratio. The cost is also quite reasonable at about $3.00 each. They work great as corner rings on my bridge hammocks. I use use them as...
  45. Zing It is a hollow braid dyneema cord. It is...

    Zing It is a hollow braid dyneema cord. It is generally used as an arborist throw line. It does have a coating on it that makes it a bit difficult to hold knots. If using friction hitches and...
  46. The choices for tarp guy lines and ridge lines is...

    The choices for tarp guy lines and ridge lines is pretty diverse. I use zing it for my tarp lines for the following reasons:

    1) doesn't stretch
    2) doesn't absorb water
    3) light weight
    4) ...
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    The gap between the underquilt and hammock is one...

    The gap between the underquilt and hammock is one source of your problem. Tighten the suspension on the underquilt. It should be tight enough that it easily lifts the hammock with nothing in it. ...
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    The bridge specific underquilts that Arrowhead...

    The bridge specific underquilts that Arrowhead Equipment and UGQ make have the cat cut along the long edge to somewhat match the curve in the bridge hammock body. This allows for a better fit of the...
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    It is odd that on a cat cut tarp that is an...

    It is odd that on a cat cut tarp that is an 'elongated' Hex shape that they would include so many extra tie out points. I could see doing that on a rectangular shaped tarp. This is just one more...
  50. For frozen ground, I use landscape spikes to...

    For frozen ground, I use landscape spikes to attach my guy lines to. They are essentially a long common nail. Anything over 6" in length should do just fine. Don't pound them in all the way. To...
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