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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Questions View Post
    I switched to solid EPDM tensioners I made from Annapolis Performance Sailing (APS). They are definitely heavier but have not suffered the frozen "stiff" affects as regular Theraband tensioners I made have. I put an eyelet on one end and a snap hook on the other about 8" long overall. They can easily now be used on all my tarps.
    BTW Happy Camper, are you planning to do a NJ hang in January? I'm going to try and make it.
    i was wondering how those would work for tensioners, do you use the smallest size?

    i'm also curious as to if shock cord type tensioners freeze, my guess is no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyCamper View Post
    Yes I know! I was just kidding too. I have been down to 18 degrees, baby -- once ! But I haven't consistently stayed out in the cold in a hammock for a long weekend. I'm curious to know if I can and actually have fun and not just freeze! I don't wanna have to change my trail name.
    Depending on how long you stand around not moving, and whether you hang around the fire or not, sometimes the warmest place to be is in your hammock. Guaranteed warmth with most of the winter gear concentrated there.


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    Too bad there is no lake to go Ice Fishing at Mt. Rogers - that's one way to stay warm. Of course, that is my favorite winter activity, next to x-country skiing. And of course, I have been accused of being immune to winter - I think it's the Finn in me.

    Hey HappyCamper, you never know until you try! I'm sure a fire will be a constant at Mt. Rogers. Maybe you can be cold, but still be happy!?!

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    Thanks! I'm definitely considering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishinFinn View Post
    I think it's the Finn in me.
    Finnish are you?! Have you been to Finland? I spent some time there and really love the country. Some day I hope to go back. Spent most of my time in Helsinki, but traveled from there to many places and got to know many great folks. I think I can even count to ten yet!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    I've heard of the tensioners that are made from latex tubing freezing. I wonder if the shock cord tensioners are more or less prone to freezing?
    I have not had my shockcord tensioners (thank you for the directions BTW) freeze anywhere near the degree that the latex tubing ones freeze. I've awoken with them 'stiffer' than usual, but never to the point that I was scared to bend them for fear of them breaking. I've stopped using the latex tubing all together with my sil tarps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Questions View Post
    Finnish are you?! Have you been to Finland? I spent some time there and really love the country. Some day I hope to go back. Spent most of my time in Helsinki, but traveled from there to many places and got to know many great folks. I think I can even count to ten yet!!
    Wow, sorry I missed your question. I got a little busy, and haven't been following all the threads. I apologize - didn't mean to seem to ignore you.

    Nope, never been to Finland, but it is on the top of my list. My parents went and visited the relatives still living there and took a lot of pictures. My Grandmother still speaks in Finn all the time, and my father can still speak some as he was brought up speaking both Finn and English.

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