Last edited by FanaticFringer; 05-29-2007 at 21:38.
"Every day above ground is a good day"
Both of the hammocks I made so far as tests have been whipped, not knotted.
The doubled material one is likely stronger, and somewhat redundant. When it's under tension each is supporting half the load. It's unlikely though that if one fails the other will be enough to keep you up, the second then would have to support the full weight.
I also used polyester webbing rated at 1500 lbs for the supports on the doubled one, using a larkshead just below the whipping.
On the 1.9oz version I am currently using the ringbuckle system. The ringbuckles are attached to the same rope which makes up the whipping, using something similar to a sailor's whipping, but with an overhand knot underneath the whipping itself. The ridgeline is attached to the other end of the whipping rope in pretty much the same manner. I've had no issues with this as yet, though I've only been using it for a few weeks. Long term durability is still in question for the integrated support/whipping that I'm using right now.
I'm still not sure I like the ring buckle system as yet. I'm trying to find a technique for hanging/tying it up that is as easy to undo as it is to tie. I'm currently thinking the ringbuckles with the webbing going completely through both rings, then putting a loop through the locking ring so that I can simply yank it and it will slip out. I would tie the loop around the tensioned support in a slipped overhand knot.
I'll have to see if I can find the cord for my camera and get some pictures posted at some time to better show what I'm explaining. Having two people in the hammock wasn't the most comfortable of conditions, but it could be done pretty well if you're both on your side.
Not that I've seen, and I've been using them for a while now. Including two trips with 30+ mph static winds. In fact on one trip (remember this one, Tim?) the wind pulled two of my MSR Groundhog stakes out of the solid-frozen ground...no damage to my tarp or tie-out cords though. As far as I can tell, the 9's didn't even slip.
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