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    If one of the shrouds on the struts fails, I can almost guarantee that the strut will bend and break immediately.

    All in all, this system would be very difficult to DIY.
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    Interesting review, thanks. I have some questions you might be able to answer.
    How low is the hammockeer's rear when using this?
    Do you think say, with a HH , that an underquilt can be used effectively?
    Alan

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    Very good video. Bravo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    If one of the shrouds on the struts fails, I can almost guarantee that the strut will bend and break immediately.

    All in all, this system would be very difficult to DIY.
    Thanks Knotty, I was worried about that. A DIY version without the shrouds would be the easiest to do, it just wouldn't be as slim, lightweight, and packable

    Quote Originally Posted by Humpback View Post
    Interesting review, thanks. I have some questions you might be able to answer.
    How low is the hammockeer's rear when using this?
    Do you think say, with a HH , that an underquilt can be used effectively?
    Alan
    I've had a few questions about different hammocks posed, so I'll go set up the stand and take a few photos showing under quilts and a few different hammocks as well.

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    Thanks Derek, I learned a lot from watching this.

    I'm aiming to go to Philmont again, with the youngest son. We're still a couple of years away from him being old enough, and I've been hoping to see a way to hang when I do that. This could be the ticket. My main concern after seeing the Handy Hammock has been how extensive a range of soils will hold this thing up. That's why pitching it in that loose ground spoke to me. Something ingenious about those stakes it seems. Now the remaining concern is getting those stakes into hardpack.

    But a 40 pound shipping fee! Will have to get one to a friend in the UK and then pick it up on a business trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    That's why pitching it in that loose ground spoke to me. Something ingenious about those stakes it seems. Now the remaining concern is getting those stakes into hardpack.
    Thanks Grizz, your feedback is high praise. The stake system is interesting. In my backyard, I was able to drive and twist the stakes mostly by hand and the stand worked fine (even with stakes only half-way implanted). On top of the cinder hill I tried that method but two of the four stake points failed, so I diligently "hammered" the stakes down with a rock.

    I indicate in the video that it took about 13 minutes to set-up, but that time was lengthened by some fiddling with the base plates and stakes. The most time consuming part of the set-up in my experience has been untangling the base plates and the attached lines if/when it occurs.

    I'm considering ways to minimize the entanglement by replacing the plastic moulded base plates with a few more 1" steel rings and some kind of kite winder, if weight and convenience are improved.


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    Jason from HandyHammocks gives a coupon worth £30 until December 31 midnight (UK time I guess). Just enter 'hammockforums' in the coupon field. This should take off a little of the pain for US shipping.

    He also sells longer stakes for loose soil like beaches.

    Grizz, I know how you feel a hammock or quilt very often cost nearly $50 shipping to Europe and they are light weight.

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    Very cool!! I need to do this!
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    Thanks for this Dejoha!

    Request time: I really want to see one of these with a tarp set up- and the UQ.

    TH
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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium_hiker View Post
    Thanks for this Dejoha!

    Request time: I really want to see one of these with a tarp set up- and the UQ.

    TH
    You're welcome! I do have some pictures on my blog showing a tarp (the GoLite Poncho Tarp 2012) over the stand. I used my trekking poles for the tarp and some extra guy line. Since the stand is just wide enough for the hammock, any tarp would be too long to use the struts as anchor points.

    But, I will take a few shots of the stand with a different tarp (say, a OES MacCat) and some under quilts. I'm already planning on throwing a few different hammocks on there as I seem to be getting lots of requests on that on my blog.

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