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    New Member smars's Avatar
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    New gear and field tested-success!

    I've been sewing like crazy since completing my bridge based on Grizz's videos. I've completed my whole hammock setup over the past month and now that I've tested it I don't think I'll ever sleep in a tent again.

    I went this weekend for a overnight solo trip to the Cross Timbers Trail at Lake Texoma, and the overnight low (per accuweather.com) was 50 degrees. I slept in only my boxers and was way to warm with my underquilt and topquilt at the start of the night, so I shed the topquilt but needed it later on. I was still a little warm so I figure that sleeping with layers I can hopefully get to the upper 30's with my setup.

    I made my topquilt and underquilt using Primaloft Sport, 1 layer of 3 oz and 1 layer of 4oz. When finished the underquilt didn't come up the sides of my hammock as much as I'd hoped, but it contacts the sides past where my body touches the hammock. I used a 3 inch diff. cut and that seems to be sufficient for maintaining the loft and put channels on all sides of the quilt with 1/8" shock cord running through. It seals up nicely against the hammock. After struggling with the quilting loops for my top quilt, I thought it may be easier to hang the underquilt to put the loops in and I was right. What took me a couple hours to do on my topquilt took about 20 minutes for the underquilt. Hanging the quilt kept all the layers in line and made passing the needle straight through much easier. I used embroidery floss for the loops.

    I also made a rectangularish tarp that is 12'x10', it's huge but covers the bridge nicely. I'll probably add some pull-out tabs where the head end spreader bar is so I can pitch the sides steeper if need be. I went with shock cord loops attached to the tarp on one end, and a prussick loop on the other end connected to my guy lines, which made setup nice and easy. The shape gives me partial doors which I think should fit my needs as I don't intend to be doing much in the extreme cold.

    All in all everything works well thanks to a lot of time reading what others here have done, thanks all for the great wealth of info!!

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    New Member smars's Avatar
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    Congrats on it all nicely coming together! I guess you were pretty comfy in that bridge?
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Senior Member egrant5329's Avatar
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    Looks great.

    I really wish I hadn't talked myself out of putting the side channels on the under quilt. I have been looking at mine to figure out how to make the sides fit a bit better. The primaloft really wasn't too bad to sew with the scrim to the outside.

    On a bridge, I am under the impression it is best to have the UQ from the suspension ridge with an adjustable tensioning system.

    I like your tall bugscreen. Mine is basically just like Grizz's. Can you sit upright in your bridge? I find that its a bit tricky in mine and becomes a bit of a balancing act.
    Ed
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    Senior Member StumpJumper's Avatar
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    Dude, that is a LEGIT DIY setup. Seriously impressive workmanship from those photos. You should be extremely proud!!!

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    Welcome to the world of DIY, looks like you got it right. Great looking work!
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Senior Member Labrador's Avatar
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    That all looks really nice. Congrats on getting all of that finished.

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    That is a nice looking setup.

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    Wow thats an awesome set up!

    Do you actually lay that flat in that or is it the angle of the pic?

    What material did you use for you bugnet?


    Gratz again on the nice rig

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    Wow, you have been busy! Nice work.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

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