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What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2017, 09:41:01 PM »
Seam sealing: get the pitch figured out and then get the ridgelines pulled out right.  Tighter than you you think you would normally pitch it in the field.  Dilute the silicone with mineral spirits until it is quite runny.  Some people say the consistency of honey, but that is still too much too thick.  Watch Henry's video on seamsealing and you will see his mixture is quite thin.  Apply with a foam paint brush and wipe off any runs with a paper towel.  The only place I needed to go over a second time was around the reinforcements for the trekking poles grommets.
Thanks. I'm starting in the morning. My third tent sealing, but first with diluted silicone. Fingers crossed.
Wayne


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What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2017, 03:31:40 PM »
Seams sealed. I hope. I'm going to have to take it out for a spin real soon.
Trail ready weight = 41 ounces.

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2017, 07:44:40 PM »
That's really nice Venchka. I've seriously considered getting the Protrail for several years, but never pulled the trigger. Tarptents seem to be exceptionally well designed.

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2017, 01:52:51 PM »
I have one of the original tarp tents. I know it was before 2006. I prefer to sleep in a hammock or out in the open but it's still a good shelter after all these years.
If you want to save some money, consider making your own stuff. It's usually lighter than commercial stuff because you can leave all the bells and whistles off if you want.
For projects, kits, and supplies I recommend http://thru-hiker.com/materials/index.php
It's a lot of fun! If you can't sew it's not too tough to learn and it's a useful skill to know Imho. Also, if you have a significant other that sews, they usually welcome the new idea/challenge.
You can start by making stuff sacks. Those are always nice for compartmentalizing your gear. Years ago I bought a Jansport external pack. I ripped the pack off and used the frame to sew my own. It worked great for ten years when I decided to give an osprey internal frame a try and have been using it.
Scott

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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2017, 02:00:58 PM »
"Also, if you have a significant other that sews, they usually welcome the new idea/challenge"

Funny story. My wife (actually future wife at that point) was getting into sewing, and she wanted to make me something. I was excited, and while I had several ideas, I immediately said "bivy sack".  What I wanted was pretty simple,  but substantially different from the narrow / heavy products on the market.  I sketched it out and ordered some 1.1 oz nylon taffeta and a little bit of no-see-um netting.  The design was basically just a big envelope of breathable nylon, with a patch of netting for a face hole, and a Velcro closure.

My wife worked on it a bit, and soon recruited her mother to help.  All work on it was moved to her mothers shop, and the updates I got on it were pretty vague, but they seemed to be spending huge amounts of time in the shop. At Christmas I got the finished product, and it was perfect, just awesome.

But along with my Christmas present came the advice that I should never ask them to do anything like that again. I guess the lightweight, slippery nylon had just been a nightmare to work with.

That was in 2000, and the story still gets retold every year when we get together to swap Christmas presents.
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Re: What Websites To Shop For Ultralight???
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2017, 09:17:56 PM »
Seam sealing: get the pitch figured out and then get the ridgelines pulled out right.  Tighter than you you think you would normally pitch it in the field.  Dilute the silicone with mineral spirits until it is quite runny.  Some people say the consistency of honey, but that is still too much too thick.  Watch Henry's video on seamsealing and you will see his mixture is quite thin.  Apply with a foam paint brush and wipe off any runs with a paper towel.  The only place I needed to go over a second time was around the reinforcements for the trekking poles grommets.
Thanks. I'm starting in the morning. My third tent sealing, but first with diluted silicone. Fingers crossed.
Wayne


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My seam sealing withstood a 6 hour rainfall without leaking a drop. 
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