Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
sorry, i skimmed it and must have missed, i often just go straight for the pics.
i know what you mean about pinching the line, it is easier to tie it off under tension with the th. this is something that could easily be done either way with the same system really, just carry a longer length of line with the same tree straps.
i was looking about the amsteel blue the other day, didn't know about the color though, it doesn't look too bad. how does it compare to the 2.75mm samson sk-60 dyneema, does it seem about the same?
I really like the Amsteel Blue line. It feels really nice and is only marginally larger in diameter than the 7/64 Spectra I normally use. It's also a little stiffer which is nice. I had a hard time finding the 1/8" size that I wanted but a couple of the companies that I contact said they were going to start selling it online. I can't remeber if I have used the 2.75mm Spectra that you talk about.
The color is not bad at all, and I kinda like it. I like my hammocks to be an earthy tone, but I have found from experience that suspension lines that stand out against the background a little can be a good thing. If you have ever cloth-lined yourself on your suspension line you know what I mean.
Here's a closeup of some line (left to right: paracord, 7/64 Spectra,1400lb test, Amsteel Blue, 2500lb test):
I also have been thinking about the best length for tree huggers. I started thinking last night that maybe I would be better off carrying tree huggers of different lengths instead of both of them being the same size. I thought a 6' tree hugger was pretty long but when I was out testing I saw a couple of trees that would come close to taking up the whole 6' length to go around the tree. I thought that I could carry a 4.5'-5' tree hugger and a 7' tree hugger for larger trees. In my experience it's really rare to find a spot that would require 2 tree hugger that were 6+' in length. In most situations you may have a really large tree at one end of the hammock, but normally the trees surrounding are of small to average size.