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    Taking the risky path

    Today the results that ive been looking for developed right before my eyes.
    After swearing that I would never sleep in a gathered end hammock again,because of the calf bite problem,Risk posted a picture of his d i y hammock that got me drooling over the weight of his little nest.
    Then catavarie posted a thread about the shorter hammocks being right for him,just about the time I recieved a package from d i y gear.
    The short of it is after sewing all night Iam now a proud owner of a 1.9 single that fits me like a glove,it only has a 7 foot 5 inch ridge line. Who would have thought you could get all of me in such a little space ,with so much comfort.
    A big thanks to Risk and catavarie for the posts,keep up the good work guys, you saved me alot of pack weight.
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    Glad to hear that you found yourself a comfortable place in a smaller sized package.

    The next step is to get a shorter tarp to fit underneath for even more weight savings. You'd be amazed at how many more hanging locations open up when you down size.
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    Short is the new long.....

    everything cycles around eventually. Ed Speer would be well pleased. I've still got his 8.5

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    Very cool, load us up some pics when you get out in it, would love to see it in action
    "I love not man the less, but Nature more."
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    Ill do that ,funny thing is i can touch the end of the hammock with an outstreyched toe ,and can reach the head end with my arm full extended .
    Just as catavarie said the ridge runs under my left ankle then passes under my right knee unnoticed.
    The whole thing weighs in at 11.7 oz,and is 1.9 tough.

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    Here's mine.

    Here's the one I made out of 1.0. Made with home made whoopies and straps as well. I'm in the process of making Sgt Rock's UCRs. Have all the stuff, just haven't actually done it yet. It supported both my wife and I laying in it for a post lunch siesta on a warm spring day after a 12 mile hike. Combined weight of just shy 300#



    Here are some plans I drew. I'm 6'00" and 165# for reference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    everything cycles around eventually. Ed Speer would be well pleased. I've still got his 8.5
    Me too! And it does have it's advantages!

    Quote Originally Posted by hairbear View Post
    Ill do that ,funny thing is i can touch the end of the hammock with an outstreyched toe ,and can reach the head end with my arm full extended .
    Just as catavarie said the ridge runs under my left ankle then passes under my right knee unnoticed.
    The whole thing weighs in at 11.7 oz,and is 1.9 tough.
    That is good info! What is the actual hammock length? Because if it is less than 8.5 ft, and you also happened to be a PeaPod user, you would be in for an additional pleasant surprise. For example, my bud used a PeaPod on a Claytor Expedition, which is listed as 8 ft long. The Pod would easily reach all the way past the ends, cinching down to a tight closure just past the strap channel. Other than whatever you allow through the adjustable face area vent hole, there is not going to be any draft problems with that set up!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by CB200T View Post
    Here's the one I made out of 1.0. Made with home made whoopies and straps as well. I'm in the process of making Sgt Rock's UCRs. Have all the stuff, just haven't actually done it yet. It supported both my wife and I laying in it for a post lunch siesta on a warm spring day after a 12 mile hike. Combined weight of just shy 300#



    Here are some plans I drew. I'm 6'00" and 165# for reference.

    That looks like the one I made from 1.1 woodland camo,I found that the 1.1 gave a little too much creating more calf pressure. The 1.9 was stiffer ,felt just right,kind of sounds like goldie locks and the three bears lol.
    The other one i made was an experimental 12 footer that i kept shortening to try to find the best length for me.
    At the end the perfect one was 4 8 inches wide by 8 foot 8 inches long.
    Last edited by hairbear; 03-18-2013 at 22:04. Reason: 48 inches not 4 foot 8 inches

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Me too! And it does have it's advantages!



    That is good info! What is the actual hammock length? Because if it is less than 8.5 ft, and you also happened to be a PeaPod user, you would be in for an additional pleasant surprise. For example, my bud used a PeaPod on a Claytor Expedition, which is listed as 8 ft long. The Pod would easily reach all the way past the ends, cinching down to a tight closure just past the strap channel. Other than whatever you allow through the adjustable face area vent hole, there is not going to be any draft problems with that set up!
    I have been eyeing my western mountaineering bag, with that i wonder, look in my eye.

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    hey cb200t do you find the 1.0 stiffer than the 1.1? Im using sgt rocks u c r s also ,a very nice easy to use system,that stays put really well so far.

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