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    the Plucked Chicken- DIY Tyvek Hammock/Suspension Stuff Sack

    ...or, at least that's what my wife and girls call it.

    Plucked Chicken- (1) in hand.bmp

    Two large mailers and Tyvek tape were used to create a "No-Sew" tubular style stuff sack with three compartments, each individually closable with cinch cords. Hammock gets stuffed in the middle compartment and the suspensions from each end in each end compartment.

    All pics in this post were taken using the Plucked Chicken with my HH Hyperlite Backpacker with ZQ2Q mod2, additional gear loft on ridgeline, peak bag installed in one end, DIY AmSteel UCR suspension and HH 1" straps. This same bag was used this last winter season with HH supershelter (bottom and overcover) installed, but since removed to to warmer weather:

    Plucked Chicken- (2) soft shackles exposed.bmp Plucked Chicken- (5) empty.bmp Plucked Chicken- (3) end opened.bmp Plucked Chicken- (4) size relation.bmp Plucked Chicken- (A) packed.bmp

    For deployment, just:

    (1) pull straps from one end:
    Plucked Chicken- (B) suspension compartment open.bmp

    (2) wrap/attach:
    Plucked Chicken- (C) head suspension out.bmp

    (3) pull other end, wrap/attach:
    Plucked Chicken- (D) 2nd suspension compartment open.bmp

    (5) loosen one end of center compartment, and tighten my AmSteel UCR's.
    Plucked Chicken- (E) middle open and hammock deploying.bmp

    Materials:
    (2) large tyvek mailers
    Tyvek tape cut to 1/2" strips
    (4) 18" lengths of cinch cord (I used gutted paracord)
    (4) cord locks

    Quick and dirty how to:
    (1) Cut the top closure from both packets. Stick them in the washer for a cycle to soften, then air dry them outside.
    (2) Slit the bottom of the first mailer, then added cinch cords to each end making the center compartment for the tube.
    (3) Cut the second mailer into two half length tubes, then taped the bottom edge of each to the circumference of each end and cinch corded the top ends again.
    H4x
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    "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to." Bilbo Baggins, as quoted by Frodo The Fellowship of the Ring

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    Nice job. Interesting idea...I like it!

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    Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

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    lol. If you dont sew a beak and comb on that thing, you should...
    An emergency of my own making...is still an emergency.

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    I don't have any experience with Tyvek tape. How well is the glue holding in the warm weather?
    Dutch: Hammock is probably more weight but who wants to lay on the ground? I pee on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinisterMinister View Post
    I don't have any experience with Tyvek tape. How well is the glue holding in the warm weather?
    Holds extremely well. Let's just say one should be cautious as the tape is applied to the tyvek. Where it touches, it stays. Think of trying to unseal a tyvek mailer. Trying to remove the tape pulls apart the fabric. It's real good stuff.

    It's not cheep and a bit tedious to cut down into 1/2" stips for use (I can only find it at contractor supply stores in 2" wide rolls), but it's so good at securing tyvek that I prefer to deal with it than stiching and sealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailH4x View Post
    It's not cheep and a bit tedious to cut down into 1/2" stips
    I wonder if the glue tabs removed from the envelopes could be used in the same manner as the tape? I may have to play around with this...I work in a warehouse and can get FedEx envelopes at will.

    Thanks!
    Dutch: Hammock is probably more weight but who wants to lay on the ground? I pee on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinisterMinister View Post
    I wonder if the glue tabs removed from the envelopes could be used in the same manner as the tape?
    Those strips can be used for it, it would just take nearly 10 mailers to do the job. It would have taken me just as long to trim right along all of the adhesive edges too. I'm a bit excessive in that way- little flappy edges would have driven me crazy.

    I tape both sides of every seam and use the tape to reinforce stess points like the cordage notches and cordage hems. It was just easier to grab the tape and repurpose my used mailers and a bit easier on my conscience.
    H4x
    SM TR49, SR-875 "A boy learns integrity through his eyes, ears and hands."

    "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to." Bilbo Baggins, as quoted by Frodo The Fellowship of the Ring

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    I've made one using double-sided tape,it seems to hold up really well.
    Thanks for the Idea
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    Pretty nifty. Love the name, too.

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