Yesterday I set up my Explorer UL with the SS. I wanted to test warmth; it was going to get into the 20's. It was windy, I was using the large 70D "HEX"-SHAPED PU-COATED POLYESTER RIPSTOP RAIN FLY(I think this is the model? It was originally a spare for my Son's Scout hammock, could be the NON-ASYM 70D POLYURETHANE RAIN FLY).
I put the fly up on a 550 cord line between the trees, and then hung the hammock underneath. After fiddling with the pad and getting things "just right". A gust of wind came and ripped the nylon loop out at one of the tie outs! The plastic clip and ring launched themselves (never to be found) and the fly was flapping around pretty crazily!!!! I took the whole setup down and aborted the test.
I ordered a "Speedy Stitch" and I'll have to dig up some nylon for the repair.
After a close inspection the rip occurred along a very densely stitched line. Could stitching the nylon loop weaken the nylon if it is stitched too "tightly" or too many "stitches per inch"?
Anyone have this happen??
What's the best method of repair?
Should I contact Hennessy Hammock, or do you think I shouldn't have put it up when it was windy?
I was bumming
My wife got a good laugh though, she thought I was nuts to go out in the first place, then got to chuckle because I was back in 20 minutes later with frozen hands, a balled up mass of nylon and a defeated look. She offered me a coffee and is convinced that I am a source of entertainment for her. She stills loves me though, She truley believes that our two kids and I are her "three boys".