Hammock Gear Incubator 0° Underquilt, 25.35 oz http://www.hammockgear.com/incubator-0/
Hammock Gear Burrow 0° Top Quilt Wide, 26.4 oz (I went with the wide version for better coverage on tent trips where I may sleep on the ground. If you only plan to use yours in a hammock, you can probably do a standard width model) http://www.hammockgear.com/burrow-0/
Structural Ridge Line https://dutchwaregear.com/product/structural-ridgelines/
Camo Polyester Tree Straps 12′, 4.9 oz https://dutchwaregear.com/product/camo-tree-straps/
Aluminum Cinch Buckles, 2 oz https://dutchwaregear.com/product/cinch-buckle/
Climbing Grade Carabiners Rated 1,000lb+, 1.5 oz for the pair (In the video I’m using Dutchware biners that came with my Chameleon Hammock, but I also use Black Diamond Neutrino carabiners http://amzn.to/2DijPuV
Total Hammock System Weight: 1.75 lbs (793 grams) Total Insulation System Weight: 3.25 lbs (1.47 kilos) Shelter System Weight (tarp plus all lines & adjustment hardware): 8.75 oz
Deep Winter Hammock Camping System Grand Total Weight: 5.55 lbs (2.52 kilos)
Other Gear Seen
Dutchware Chameleon Hammock System https://dutchwaregear.com/product/chameleon-hammock/#chameleon-body
I’m not sure if they make the actual Camp brand snow shovel seen in this video anymore. That’s why I linked the other brand above which looks similar and appears to have solid reviews. But I did find a new plastic version by Camp that weighs in at only 9 oz. I’m sure it’s not nearly as resilient though, as the blade is made of polypropylene, as opposed to a coated aluminum.
A Review of the Olight HS2 Headlamp for Running & Hiking.
In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the Olight HS2 rechargeable headlamp system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight H2R Nova’s light modes and charging functions. As a backpacker more so than a runner, I also go over my thoughts and experiences with using this as a running headlamp vs a hiking and camping headlamp.
HS2 Specs, as per the Manufacturer
Beam Distance Max: 279 feet / 85 meters
Max Performance (lumens): 400
Charge type: Micro-USB
Compatible Batteries: Customized LiPo Battery
Light Intensity (candela): 1,800
Light Form: Wide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
Lens / Reflector Type: TIR bead lens (wide/broad beam)
Mode Operation: Side Switch
Size Factor: Small size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
Series: Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
Can be powered directly from any USB power source – never run out of battery.
Dual LED system for long range and up-close wide illumination.
Audible beep at 10% battery capacity to alert the user to charge.
Compact and lightweight at only 4 ounces.
Dual Beam High: 400 lumens , 2 hours 12 minutes
Dual Beam Low: 100 lumens , 9 hours
Single Beam High (wide or spot): 200 lumens , 4 hours 30 minutes
Single Beam Low (wide or spot): 50 lumens , 18 hours
Moon 1 lumens Cool White / 1 lumens – Neutral White – 45 days
SOS / BEACON: Yes
Weight: 4.06 oz , 115 grams
Length: 24mm / 0.94 in
Head Diameter: 23mm / 0.91 in
Body Diameter: 45mm / 1.77 in
LED: Cree XH-G2
Use: EDC, car, camping, fishing, household, general use, fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activitie
Checking out two bugnet options for double hammock camping – The Bird’s Nest (for use with any two hammocks), and the Double Dutch Bugnet (for use with the Chameleon Hammock), both made by Dutchware Gear.
Both of these bugnet systems are designed specifically for use with double hammock, spreader bar systems. i.e. Putting two hammocks on a single pair of trees for use with the same tarp. While I showed the Beetle buckle suspension (stock suspension that came with my Chameleon Hammock) for use with the spreader bar, there are several suspension options that would work with this setup as well (links below.
A discussion on Cuben Fiber Tarps for Hammock Camping (specifically, the Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp models, both with & without doors).
I recently received a message from a viewer asking for feedback / advice regarding the potential purchase of an ultralight cuben fiber tarp for hammock camping and backpacking, as well as the pros and cons related to some of the options available for these tarps.
Below are his two main questions, which Mike and I used as a jumping off point for our discussion on these tarps. While our reference point throughout the video is HG Cuben Hex Tarp line of tarps (also know as Dyneema Tarps), this discussion is pretty much applicable to cuben tarps in general as well as cuben fiber’s properties as a backpacking gear material.
Lyle’s Questions & Talking Points
I’m considering purchasing the Hammock Gear Cuban Fiber Tarp, but given the price I thought I’d ask some people who own it a couple of questions.
1) 11ft vs 12ft I have an 11ft hammock (Warbonnet – Blackbird XLX)… I’m leaning towards the 12ft length, only because I like the idea of greater coverage.
2) Doors vs no-doors This is my biggest question … if I should order it with doors…or can get away without them?I’m primarily a 3 season camper…BUT, I would like to do more winter camping. When would you have preferred a “door” version of this tarp vs. a “non-door” version?
I’ve seen you use this tarp in several of your videos. Is there anything you’d do/choose differently if you were purchasing this tarp again?
Other Topics Discussed
Cuben Fiber Cost
The advantage of cuben fiber’s lower volume in addition to the more obvious weight savings.
Cuben fiber strength & durability considerations for hammock camping.
Tarp ridgeline length and finding the right trees.
Tarp ridgeline length vs doors for rain and snow camping situations.
Tarps Seen in the Video (all weights are tarp only, no lines etc)
Hennessy Expedition Asym Stock Standard Tarp 70D Nylon, 10 oz (283 g) , 5.25′ x 8.25′ (it’s an asymetrical shape, so actual ridgeline legnth is still 11′)
Hennessy Hex Tarp 70D Nylon, 23oz (652 g) , 12′ x 10′ (be aware that there is a slightly shorter 11.5′ version out there for the same price, mine is the 12′ version. i’m not sure if it’s discontinued or what happened.)