Update on the Jump Shack. They charged me $0.35/ft and told me that I must have been confused. I told them there was no confusion since the person on the phone even told me the charge was $10.50 for the 30yds I ordered. We will see if they actually reimburse me.
Just got back from a campout on the AT. Did the AT/Benton Mackaye loop trail. 5.8 mile trail that starts at the Springer Mtn. parking lot. Great weather. Forgot thermometer. Probably around mid 20's. Tiny snow flakes.
I field tested the carabiner/buckle support system on both my Hyperlight and my UL Backpacker my nephew was using. Worked like a charm. Smooth and simple adjustment and we were good to go.
Or at least a refund, including shipping.
**** it! I want my stuff so I can finish my HH style hammock with ring suspension. I have the hammock body completed (the prototype) and all I am waiting on are my rings and my spectra. I ordered the rings over a week ago from the amazon retailer listed in this thread, and the spectra I ordered Wednesday (I am too cheap to just order what was listed here).
I guess I will just start on my prototype Poncho BlackCat.
I love $1/yd material! Otherwise I guess I wouldn't have prototypes and would have to just hope things work out.
It may not be true, but I like to think I "invented" the current incarnation of the double-ring suspension system. I have lots of photos posted at groups.yahoo.com/group/hammockcamping/. I mention this because I wanted to share some additional thoughts.
First, it's possible to create a webbing "girdle" around the tree by passing the bitter end of the webbing through the loop or biner at the tree, running it around the three, passing it through the loop again, then running it THE OTHER WAY back around the tree, and so on. The final pass (when you run out of slack) goes straight through the loop and down to the hammock.
Second, I found that you can put one ring at the hammock, then slip an aluminum rod (or sturdy twig) under the webbing and over the second ring to create a sort of ladder buckle. This works well for people who experience problems with the two courses of webbing not aligning well, or with slippage.
Finally, I actually found a hefty ladder buckle that works on 1-inch webbing. That's right, all you need to adjust the hammock is a simple ladder buckle. It just has to be thick enough to avoid deforming under load.
It's available at McMaster-Carr. (Fabulous site, if you've got a spare half-hour to browse.) Go here: http://www.mcmaster.com/ then search for ladder buckles. I believe the one I got is item 17 on page 1469.