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    Orca IX UQ suspension

    I just got my new Baby Orca IX UQ and can't wait to try it out. The only problem - I thought it came with a suspension but mine didn't.

    Can anyone please post some directions or pictures on how to best attach this to my WBBB? I'm assuming that I need some sort of shock cord loop at the head and foot end of my UQ, but what length? What thickness of shock cord?

    Thanks!
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    the website says that it comes with the suspension, you should give them a call and tell them it didn't. I hope they send you your parts... goodluck

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    It's supposed to have a 64" length of 1/8" shock cord on each end, tied to the corner loops.

    Contact Tree to Tree Trail Gear... they will make it right!

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    I sent an email last night and a follow up one today. I'll let you know how this turns out.

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    Globetruck, can you tell me how many darts are in each of the four sides of your Baby Orca?
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    Here's some pictures:
    - Orca laying on its back, with its "head" folded over to meet with its "tail." Man, these baby orcas are flexible creatures!
    - Second picture has red lines drawn over one of the edge's seams. I believe that the thread injecting crowd would call those things "darts."

    In all honesty, my impressions with the orca:
    - Wow, this thing is light! Construction seems top notch, and I hope that TTTGear didn't cut any corners.
    - The pictures of it in its stuff sack make it look a little larger than a Nalgene bottle. It is... but the thing won't take up nearly that much space in a pack.

    I hope everything gets straightened out.
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    Back to counting the "darts"

    4 darts on each long edge x 2 long edges = 8 long edge darts
    2 darts on each short edge x 2 short edges = 4 short edge darts
    1 dart on each corner x 4 corners = 4 corner darts

    Hopefully that makes sense.

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    You've got the right darts!
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    I just bought some 1/8" shock cord. Instead of tying a 64" piece to each end, I tied a single smaller length to each corner (about 30 inches each). I took the 2 strands from each end and ran them through a single cord lock, so that I can easily use the cord lock to fine tune the tightness.

    So far when lying in the hammock, it feels like I have a great seal without any gaps. I plan on testing it tonight, lows are supposed to be in the lower 30s. Judging from other reviews, it seems that I may need to augment the IX with a pad or perhaps space blanket.
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    Last night hit about 30-32 degrees, woke up with plenty of frost on my tarp but stayed warm all night.

    Setup: Marmot pinnacle 15 degree down bag as TOP QUILT (it's an incredibly warm bag), Baby Orca IX UQ, and 1/4" foam pad. The UQ was well worth the investment - it wrapped around the pad edges and I never got any cold spots.

    At about midnight, I woke up and noticed some condensation in front of my mouth on the WBBB bug net, so I unzipped the bug net and opened up the hammock. Stayed dry all night, no condensation problems.
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