humm, I don't do anything with the pullouts, and I took the cords off them.
but instead of the whoopie slings which seems to be the "thing" presently, I'm gonna convert the stock triangle cinch buckle and straps with a toggle so that they become separate tree huggers. In this way I can stuff the hammock into a dry bag for when I'm away from camp for a long time, and I know it's really windy. the tree huggers will stay on the trees.
I also got my tarp in snake skins so that when tucked in the skins they can withstand big winds. When I leave camp I don't have to worry about my rig blowing away. Stakes are already positioned and in place.
I was in southern colorado this spring so anyone from that area knows what kinds of winds I'm talking about!
When I get back to camp it's a short chore to re connect the hammock and deploy the tarp. "Better safe than stupid" I like to say!
otherwise, the blackbird hadn't required any mods, til now, quite unlike any of my other gear that constantly gets tweaked !
yeah, got to ID the head end a little better though .....
and I do use the stuff sack as a bishop bag, at least for now.
If I leave my UQ attached to my BB then I'll need a bigger stuff/bishop bag so I can stow both of them together. Should save on some setup time this way. maybe I'll even leave my sleeping bag/TQ inside as well?
the newer drybags have the air release port now, so really squeezing out the air is much much easier. Everything in one stuffsack? Could it be that fast and easy?
Chaque a son gout.
Originally Posted by angrysparrow
I didn't anticipate using them on one hammock, then was pleased to find that they were ideal for locating a 2/3 size UQ.
"Locating" meaning orienting and keeping in place.
I recently change the black cord lock on the stuff bag to a red cord lock to ID the head end of the BB when it is in the stuff bag
When I had my BB I always wished the zipper side pull-out was attached to the bottom of the hammock not the top (netting). I always found it in the way and restricted my ability to throw back the netting. I suppose that's not a feasible mod as it's needed to keep the netting and extra bit of hammock material away from your face. The biner mod would be the next best substitute IMO.
I changed out Warbonnet's cinch buckles (the original large ones) with OnRope type cinch buckles because the Warbonnet buckles jammed several times and slipped if I didn't back them up with a half hitch.
To identify the head of the hammock, I sewed a small yellow tab on the drawstring at the head end of the double ended stuff bag. And I sewed a yellow piece of nylon next to the Dutch Clip on the head end suspension straps.
Other than that, no changes.
I really like the Onrope type of cinch buckle but I got the newer system they now use and like them. They stay put! more of a pain than the Onrope to adjust but they work well.
Originally Posted by JayS
I disconnected the attached straps and made them removable and use a toggle to connect the straps to the hammock. I did this for the rainy area in which I was using them. the straps and tarp would be soaked so I wanted to pack them separately . It worked out great!
Now I'm trying to make my BB "Gone in 60 seconds" ..... got a thread about it going on in the general forum.
2 small questions:
Re: removing straps What do you mean by using a "toggle" to attache the straps to the hammock and make them removable. Can you explain a little more? Feeling dense...
Re: shorter ridgeline How do people go about shortening their ridgeline temporarily for testing purposes? Just knot it? Use a clip of some kind?
great thread, by the way...
I'll take a pic .......
Originally Posted by sturgeon
and I too thought about shortening my ridgeline.
see my "gone in 60 seconds" design in general.
I love that zipper pocket. That's going one of the first things I add to it.
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