Originally Posted by elkatsa
Also, about the 400kg breaking strength tree huggers, I know that most likely you will never have any issue with them, but if I decide to go whoopee slings (e.g. with Amsteel or Dyneema of 900kg breaking strength) I would invest a bit more on my straps (otherwise why to pay for such a high-tech whoopie sling rope).
I must admit that I didn't look at thing this way. I wanted tree huggers so I looked at the 1 inch webbing I could find. Bearing in mind that its recommended that the suspension be 5 times ones weight 400kg seemed ok!!! I'm around 90kg (on a good day).
As to the Whoopie slings well those on offer were the 2.5 amsteel rated at 750kg. I didn't really compare the two or try to find cheaper slings. At £12 they were cheaper than I could get D12 dyneema locally.
I think Amsteel will always be stronger than webbing.. but if the price is cheap and it all passes the weight equation.. so what!!!
You need a tree strap so as not to harm the tree. Webbing is strong stuff and at 400kg BS will be far above 99% of the stress put on it by us hammockers...
We use Amsteel or other for its qualities as a constricting suspension as much as its weight. If it breaks above 400kg .. so what!!
The weakest link in the suspension is probably some point on the webbing...loop, Marlion spike knot... etc... but these are far and away above your body weight and the force you exert on the suspension.
As I said Whoopie slings cost £12 if you buy them ready made... Not exactly an extravagance!!! I'd be hard pushed to make my own cheaper.