DIY Insulated Hood Pattern

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I’ve made a lot of these insulated hoods with varying styles of construction. This is a really easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project, especially if you can use pieces from a fleece blanket that already has a nice hem that can work…

DIY One-Season Top Quilt or Liner

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Skip to the illustration! See also: DIY Insulated Hood Pattern The search for an inexpensive, light, one-season top quilt. In preparation for my upcoming backpacking trip to Havasupai with my wife, I’ve been debating on different insulation options for our hammocks.…

Knots vs. Hardware

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Among hikers, backpackers, campers, Scouters, and pretty much any outdoor enthusiast, one topic seems to always spark debate: hardware devices or knots? Are you a knot purist who sees hardware devices as redundant, a waste of time (or weight), or…

Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Review

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After spending a few weeks reviewing the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock I felt a little like the food critic Anton Ego from the Disney®/Pixar® animated film Ratatouille when he flip-flopped on his critique of Gusteau’s restaurant. Perhaps I can appreciate his predicament…

Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid Travel Hammock Review

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From the Wayback Machine Grand Trunk All Terrain Hybrid Travel Hammock Review — BackpackGearTest.org The Rest of the Story. I have to tip my hat to Grand Trunk for trying something new. When I tested this hammock back in 2009, the…

Jacks “R” Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock Review

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From the Wayback Machine Jacks “R” Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock Review — BackpackGearTest.org The Rest of the Story. This review actually isn’t from that long ago; I just finished reviewing the Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock (BMBH) this spring (2013), but…

Backpacking Bingo

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I picked up this idea from my association with the League of American Bicyclists and thought this would be a fun idea for those who like to go backpacking. So, pick up your official Backpacking Bingo card and spice up…

Hammock Bivy Prototype Design

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It’s almost been a year since I drew up these plans for a hammock bivy and I thought I might as well publish them. During this time there were a few hammock bivy projects popping up, including the Kickstarter-funded Alpine…

DIY Lightweight Zipper Pulls

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Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter; the attention to detail. I was testing out a hammock the other day that had a zippered bug net, but visibly missing were adequate zipper pulls. To clarify, the metal zipper tabs were…