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    3/4 Length Synthetic UQ for $2 and change

    Well, I've got another wild hair to yank out today. However, I could use a little help.

    I was at the Salvation Army thrift store this morning (because it was next to the donut shop) and scored a Coleman synthetic rectangular sleeping bag for $2. . No idea what it's rated to or the total weight, but as soon as I saw it I had visions of a really cheap 3/4 length UQ (KAQ or Potomac Style).

    Here is my dilemma; I've got everything I need to make this except the shockcord. Anybody know where I can find some WITHOUT ordering online? I've looked at Walmart and the local fabric shop; no luck. I'm all about instant gratification today (like that's a new thing) and really want to get started on this project. I've got a FULL calendar for the next several weeks so my window of opportunity is short. Any suggestions would be welcome.

    For all you/us cheap people out there; this is a super way to get a UQ. Total investment should be less than $15 and that counts everything! I've already got the grosgrain, cordlocks, and biners lying around; the nylon and insulation come from the cheapo bag and who doesn't have 550 cord around the house? Shockcord, I need shockcord!

    Considering getting sick at lunch.

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    I know that a couple of local outfitters who carry climbing gear also carry the 1/8" shock cord.
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    You could check at your local fabric stores... or do a quick call-around.


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    The only outfitters we have here are geared for fishing.

    The more I think about it, I guess I can use pretty much anything in place of the shockcord. It would be super simple to switch out later and I would at least be able to do a little testing while waiting for the USPS.

    Of course, by the time I get done ripping the sewn thru baffles, cutting, and sewing my online order would probably be here. I need to quit getting so excited; probably not going to happen, but I should.

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    I've seen it at Eastern Mt. Sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    The more I think about it, I guess I can use pretty much anything in place of the shockcord.
    At most Lowes/Home Depot's/Walmarts they sell really really thin bungie cords....cut the ends off and use that. It might not be perfect, but it is a good substitute until you can get real shockcord.
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    I'm changing your name to "cleversparrow"!

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    I can't believe with all those other things lying around you don't have shock cord "in stock" too...

    Doesn't everyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapt View Post
    I can't believe with all those other things lying around you don't have shock cord "in stock" too...

    Doesn't everyone?
    I know; it's ridiculous! I know I've got a length of about 7 or 8" leftover, but that's it.

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    I bought some last week at EMS.

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