Nylon does streeeeeeetch. I bought some from REI awhile ago, hooked them up to my byer, pulled them tight. When I sat down I went from about 3 1/2 feet above the ground to a quick butt slam into the lawn. Then the hammock sans me returned back up to where it started. Oh yeah it took a few layers of skin off my back.
Now if you want to make a really long range slingshot.....
Imagine the long length of spectra that comes attached to the end of your hammock. You can slide the rings over the rope and position them 2', 4', 6'---whatever---from the hammock body, and then afix them there using (as shown here) an anchor knot with a couple of half-hitches. In the picture the rings are at the end of the rope. If you positioned them close to the hammock body you'd have lots of left-over rope hanging out of the last half hitch.
By way of explanation, or clarification of intent. Lots of folks here say they like the rings because of how quickly they can then string the hammock. I find that with pottering about stretching out the HH side pull-outs, attaching and tuning the underquilt, putting up the tarp, fixing guy-lines, etc., the difference between hanging the hammock with rings or with knots and tree huggers is small relative to the rest of it. What sells me on the rings is how much easier it is then to tighten things up. Against this backdrop, additional time I spend positioning and tying the rings (at most once per campsite) is small, in the larger scheme of things.
Truth is, when I'm putting up camp I'm not in much of a hurry, unless it is raining.
Last edited by GrizzlyAdams; 06-04-2007 at 00:35.
I'm not sure about the length of my poly straps (but it's a metric length).
I'm currently hanging them from my first floor* window with some bricks to stretch them a bit.
I haven't found them too short yet but the cord attaching the rings to the hammock is quite long and I was thinking if I had some spare with me I could always add some more length there if needed.
*ground floor, first floor, second floor etc. right? I can never remember how that goes in different countries.
The bowline is not what you want to use on the hammock end though. If the connection between hammock and rope is purely tension, you want a knot whose loop tightens with tension. A bowline does not.
I could speculate what knot to use, but my money says there's folks on the forum who are doing this already. Probably there are pictures up already. Go with the voice of experience on this one.
Last edited by GrizzlyAdams; 06-05-2007 at 07:11.