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    So i thought it'd be cool if we made a place where guys could share custom modifications that they have done or have made to make their gear better suite their needs.

    I'm currently in the brainstorming phase of a way to compress my tent down so that it doesn't take up so much freakin' room. Not sure if I want to make a compression sack or just see how I like kifaru's lengthwise compression bags.

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    I use the sea to summit compression sacks. They are lightweight and you can squeeze the hell out of a tent in one. I just bought a new nemo 2 hornet tent as well. Only 2 lbs trail weight. Its slightly smaller than a softball when packed down.
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    I use a Kifaru compression bag for my sleeping bag and I love it! All of the extra drawstrings on the Kifaru are really helpful
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    I build my own rifle slings, one hand adjustable, can be adjusted while shouldered for a tighter sling wrap when shooting. Had to take two full slings apart to get the pieces I needed for the first one, but now it's a simpler process.

    Also put strings in the cuffs of all my hunting pants for when I wear rubber boots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    I build my own rifle slings, one hand adjustable, can be adjusted while shouldered for a tighter sling wrap when shooting. Had to take two full slings apart to get the pieces I needed for the first one, but now it's a simpler process.
    Can you elaborate on how you did this, or post a picture? It sounds like a pretty good system and I would like to see how its done.

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    I was gonna patent it and make my millions....but...since the guys in the forum have been so supportive of my sheep guiding career....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjm316 View Post
    I use a Kifaru compression bag for my sleeping bag and I love it! All of the extra drawstrings on the Kifaru are really helpful
    Could you post a picture of this thing in action? I'm just wondering how small I could make a tent with is or if I need to go the sea to summit route. I have a hilleberg nallo 3 gt if you're familiar with that size.


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    The Kifaru bags make things long and skinnier. The Sea to Summit makes things into small balls/wads. If you have poles bagged with the tent then long and skinnier will slip into a pack easier and be better at fitting things around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    The Kifaru bags make things long and skinnier. The Sea to Summit makes things into small balls/wads. If you have poles bagged with the tent then long and skinnier will slip into a pack easier and be better at fitting things around.
    See that's my thought process as well, I think the long and skinny compression style would be better for the application of pack ability. I guess I just wanted to see how compressed the kifaru makes things. I guess my concern is how much compression a guy can get out of the kifaru bags before he's torquing down on those straps too hard.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoss View Post
    Can you elaborate on how you did this, or post a picture? It sounds like a pretty good system and I would like to see how its done.
    Me too Jake.....I'd like to see what you've got goin on there...???
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    I'm not home at the moment but I just did a quick Google search of Kifaru compression sack and clicked on images and there are a ton of pics. Sorry that's the best I can do at the moment
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    I would show you guys but it's one of my top secrets that helps me get non residents to sheep....haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    I would show you guys but it's one of my top secrets that helps me get non residents to sheep....haha
    Dang guides anywho...!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    I would show you guys but it's one of my top secrets that helps me get non residents to sheep....haha
    Why do you need a rifle sling for that? I thought sheep guides just rode around in the air plane spotting sheep and then locked up the majority of the state from residents. I would think a nice rifle case would be better than a sling for that type of hunting.

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    Well I can't afford the 125k super cub rifle case, so I just altered my sling. Truth be told I don't even carry a rifle on sheep hunts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    Well I can't afford the 125k super cub rifle case, so I just altered my sling.
    LOL

    It terms of gear tinkering, this is not my idea, but a really simple, cheap and useful set up found on this site is the "poor man's dry bag" that are made with trash compactor bags enclosed in a woven poly bag. These things have proven to be very useful.

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    I've been customizing a dana designs external frame to accept Kifaru belt, cargo panel, and pouches. Carried out a decent bull caribou. Ordered one of their lids to adapt next.

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    I was hoping to rescue this thread, what's anybody got going for custom builds or modifications???


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    Quote Originally Posted by as.ks.ak View Post
    So i thought it'd be cool if we made a place where guys could share custom modifications that they have done or have made to make their gear better suite their needs.

    I'm currently in the brainstorming phase of a way to compress my tent down so that it doesn't take up so much freakin' room. Not sure if I want to make a compression sack or just see how I like kifaru's lengthwise compression bags.

    Share your tinkering!


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    I don't bag my shelter, I pack it last, since it comes out first. I just stuff it into my pack, it helps waterproof other items and fills voids, is easier to find room for since it is not a large blob, like when it is packed into a sack of it's own.
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    My tent always goes in a outside sleeve never inside the pack. Easy access and don't mess with my interior loading. Stids way is good to if you don't have outside room.
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