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    Senior Member Patrick's Avatar
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    I'm off the grid

    I finally finished my MacCat/BlackCat-inspired tarp last night. It came out better than I thought. Thank you again to everyone here who helped out. As usual, it wouldn't be half as good without you.

    Anyway, when setting it up today, I realized that the SG tarp I'd been using was the last piece of my shelter gear that I bought. Which makes my hammock setup now completely homemade: hammock, suspension, tarp, underquilt, top quilt, bug sock.

    I never had it as a conscious goal, but it gave me a boost thinking about it. How about everyone else? Already only rolling your own, half and half, not interested?

    It's got me thinking about giving that backpack another go...

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    Made my own zHammock, suspension and synthetic peapod and pad extenders. Using a SG tarp but have some syl for a tarp soon. Would like to try something like Ed's winter tarp. Also made my own tarptent, but hope I never sleep on the ground again! This is fun stuff.
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    Senior Member FanaticFringer's Avatar
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    Got any pics of that tarp.........you know how we are.
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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    Senior Member Patrick's Avatar
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    Oh, I know you. No pics yet, but tomorrow for sure. It's MacCat Deluxe sized, black sil with forest grosgrain trim and reinforcement patches.

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    It's a great feeling to make your own gear. Nice job on the set-up and I, too, am looking forward to some pictures of your efforts.

    TWS

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    Good to see you posting Patrick, it is finally getting cold enough here in GA to do some proper testing of the KAQ you made for me last year.

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    Senior Member Just Jeff's Avatar
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    I've never made a tarp b/c I'm happy w/ the MacCat and JRB, but now that my youngest one is getting bigger and the wife might start hammocking, I see a need for a bigger one. I have my eye on the big JRB and Speer ones, but with this sil burning a hole in my stash...

    Other than that, it depends on which system I'm using - several homemade pieces and several bought pieces. Always have the JRB NS with me, though.
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    I'm rolling all on my own and loving it. It took a lot of mistakes to get there. My next goal is a complete hiking setup down to the clothes all DIY, minus electronics.

    I met a couple people along the way that have done that. They seem to be the happist with their gear. Plus making it is half the fun. That and all my comercial stuff in my pack and including it doesn't seem to be holding up as well as my homemade gear.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    Homemade clothes are easy and yes they're usually better than commercial stuff...

    At least I like mine better since it suits my needs for what I'm doing exactly. And if there is a failure its usually easier to repair because you made it in the first place.
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    So many projects, So little time....
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    Senior Member Patrick's Avatar
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    After really wanting to make an insulated jacket or vest for a long time, I bought an insulated jacket last night. Which did the trick. I'm taking it back today and am finally going to get going on a vest tonight.

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