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Does tempering aluminum make it brittle? Would serious cold exacerbate?
FWIW, this is all just for fun. Right now I'm not convinced this is a system I'd use in the field. Whoopies are just so much easier to adjust plus we know a whoopie maintains 80% of the ropes rating. Doubt the same could be said for the Knotty Not or other single ring suspension approaches.
I hear ya, but like the Marlin this is a good alternative to know about. My first draw was the foot of distance it would/could save. I'm just not so keen on the trail stick idea if it has to be long. That said, if the appliance that could be used in the SRS might have another use=pot lifter/boot hanger/neck talisman/etc. and have the Dutch ti treatment I'd have to have two in the pack.
It seems that there will be pros and cons with every suspension system. I love whoopie slings, but you lose a good 18" of adjustability between the adjustable bury and the locked brummel. While this has never been an issue in the field, it is on my portable hammock stand at home. With the SRS suspension this is not a problem, but I have to carry hardware. The advantage is that it's adjustable to within about 3" of the hammock. The trail stick idea is adjustable to within about 5-6" of the hammock, but uses no hardware. I think it comes down to a choice of weight vs. function. HYOH
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I used the SRS system with descender rings (like the OP's first post) this weekend on a hang with my Ridgerunner. I'm 246 lbs. and I stayed high and dry all night. I could see where it was putting a lot of pressure on the Amsteel at the wrap closest to the hammock, but after taking it down the rope recovered and I couldn't tell where it had been.
I like adjusting Whoopie slings better, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this system.