11095FrankenPod (and other stuff) test results...
- Nov 6, 2005This was the big weekend, The Annual Granger Ranger Hog Hunt in
Granger, Texas. Not only does Granger have some of the best hog
hunting and crappie fishing around, it is also my testing grounds
for new gear and techniques.
Weather was milder than I had anticipated (hoped for), But it was a
georgeous weekend for camping.
Temps, Fri, Low 45, High 74, Sat, Low 55, High 80, humidity was
about 30% on both days and the winds were 10-15 with gusts to about
First, The FrankenPod. It doens't really allow me to lie on the
correct angle to get the nice flat lay of the hammock when used
without it. This turned out not to be a problem. In my backyard
testing I could really tell it wasn't as comfortable, but after a
long day of bushwahacking, it didn't matter, sleep was fast and
sound, and I was no worse for the wear in the morning. The first
night I wore my mid weaight long-johns, and I got too hot, I just
unzipped the pod to allow for more ventillation and was fine. The
second night I didn't wear the long-johns and the temp was perfect.
I have sewn in three web loops for the hood. Through these I ran 550
cord, then through a loop at the head end and finally terminate it
on the ridgeline with a taught-line hitch. This will hold the hood
up against the hammock bottom (under my head and shoulders) but
still allow my head to be uncovered on the top. If you look at the
pictures in my folder you can see this, you can also see how it
is "bunched up" because the 550 cord is ran through the three loops.
Those "bunches" acted like wind funnels. The wind was swiriling
pretty good on the river bottom and every now and then a good gust
would run down the funnels and give me a chill on my back. Not
enough to get cold, but aggrivating none the less. So I ran the 550
cord through the middle loop only and, after I pulled the hood up,
tied the other two together across the ridgeline. So now the hood is
nice and flat along the bottom of the hammock and higher up the
sides, it worked well for a midnight fix. I think I will add some
Rope, I have been using single braid poly in the back yard, it's
very light. I was worried about stretch tho. However, it seems to
stretch and then not spring back as much as nylon. This may be a
problem in the long term, but for now it is working well.
Tree huggers, I have built extra long huggers for big trees and I
use a timber hitch to attach them to the tree. However, I like the
way Ray Garlington ties his and I tried it this weekend. It is
faster, and tighter. I will use this from now on, or until something
better comes along:).
Freezer Bag Cooking, OMG this is the greatest! If you haven't tried
this you MUST. You pre-mix everything at home and in the field you
just boil some water, pour the right amount into a freezer bag with
the ingredients, wait a few minutes and eat. Everyone was very
impressed with this, even my brother, and he is hard-headed!
The big hits were the Freezer Bag cooking and the Snake Skins. I am
slowly converting these rednecks (and I say that with love:)) into
low impact, comfortable campers.
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