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    Final report for this rockem sockem sock. As the weather will not cooperate and go lower than 20*, I have to go to Mt. Rogers next month as is. I added an extra sleeping bag converted to an UQ for the real cold I'm sure to get there. With everything buttoned up and using a breath catcher thingy in front of my face, I've experienced zero (0) condensation down to 20* (the breath catcher is of course, very damp) - inside temps vary between 15 and 20 degrees more than outside temps with a humidity level around 70-80%.

    I really like the door for entry/exit. Due to the height of the walls, I find I have to reach up pretty high to grab the top and bring it down. I can unzip a few inches and spy out the land very easily.

    So - I count this a success. Mt. Rogers will be the real test.
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    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    Nice, I like where you have taken that sock!

    Yah I think the frowny face zipper is one of the best ingress/egress options...might have to learn something new on the sewing machine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by priller View Post
    Nice, I like where you have taken that sock!

    Yah I think the frowny face zipper is one of the best ingress/egress options...might have to learn something new on the sewing machine....
    Thanks priller!
    The upside down smile is perfect. Nothing gets in the way. I read all kinds of things on sewing zippers - you have to use a zipper foot and so on. What I did was I pinned the entire zipper in place and sewed the edges, then took a razor and as I opened the zipper, I sliced the material as I unzipped - made a perfect cut in the center. Melted the edges with a lighter and I was done.

    I no longer fear zippers! That's another one of my fears taken care of.
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    Pure genious!!!!! Now we need one of the awesome vendors to start making these. I would buy one in an instant.
    When the wife asks, I simply say "Shug made me do it".

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    aha!!! That is a great way to sew in a zipper! Thanks for the genius tip!

    Question for you LostBiker: Do you feel that the top-entry design serves any purpose now? It definitely provides venting ability....

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    Very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost_Biker View Post
    Thanks priller!
    The upside down smile is perfect. Nothing gets in the way. I read all kinds of things on sewing zippers - you have to use a zipper foot and so on. What I did was I pinned the entire zipper in place and sewed the edges, then took a razor and as I opened the zipper, I sliced the material as I unzipped - made a perfect cut in the center. Melted the edges with a lighter and I was done.

    I no longer fear zippers! That's another one of my fears taken care of.
    I did the same thing, but I cut my fabric with a hot knife--cutting and melting simultaneously. After the first inch or so, I inserted a screw driver between the fabric and the zipper, to keep from accidentally melting the teeth of the zipper. Has held up now for more than two years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NarlocB View Post
    Pure genious!!!!! Now we need one of the awesome vendors to start making these. I would buy one in an instant.
    Thanks NarlocB - I discovered it only because I was desperate! I might have them on my site along with my UQ shells when it's done next week.
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    I did the same thing, but I cut my fabric with a hot knife--cutting and melting simultaneously. After the first inch or so, I inserted a screw driver between the fabric and the zipper, to keep from accidentally melting the teeth of the zipper. Has held up now for more than two years.
    Oooh - wish I would have thought of that. Thanks for the info.
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    Quote Originally Posted by priller View Post
    aha!!! That is a great way to sew in a zipper! Thanks for the genius tip!

    Question for you LostBiker: Do you feel that the top-entry design serves any purpose now? It definitely provides venting ability....
    Thanks priller. Yes, it still serves a purpose. When I have the sides pulled up I can't use the zipper so the top pull down gets used instead. The top pull down is actually faster to use.

    Quote Originally Posted by macinnisl View Post
    Very cool!
    Thanks macinnisl! I love my sock Does everything I want it to do in all kinds of weather (except summer, sadly to say )

    I know I've made it seem complicated, but as all the kinks are worked out, it's very easy to make. The bowed cpvc makes a perfect curve and then I sew along the lines and cut off the excess. Make sure you turn it inside out first - then sew and cut. Perfect dory shape fits hammocks very well.
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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