Originally Posted by Moel Siabod
So c'mon...where's the catch? This system seems perfect. Is there a downside at all?
Moel, just like hammocks, there is no perfect suspension system. I'm sure that with more use something will pop up. As of now my experiences have been positive. Being able to grab the tarp/suspension bag, pull the hugger from the bag, attach to tree, walk to the opposite tree while dragging the tarp/suspension out of the bag, attach the other hugger, tighten the suspension and stake the tarp. All accomplished in just a few minutes.
As MADD stated earlier one of my first attempts looked like a sailboat with rigging for tarp, hammock, UQ, bugnet. The SLS is the simplest, lightest and fastest I have found though there may be others out there. After incorporating born2roam's suggestion to permenantly attach the huggers in the SLS end whoopies and replacing carabiners and toogles with nacrabiners, my weight is down to 5.7 oz using 1/8" amsteel for the SLS. The only hardware left in the system is 2 #1 S-biners to attach the tarp to the loops. Using 7/64" for the SLS the weight can be reduced even more.
Another advantage that has become apparent is the ability to utilize trees that are spaced beyond other hangers reach. My 2 test trees in the back yard are 29' center to center.
One minor adjustment that I have used is that during a rain the tarp is hung under the SLS instead of over. This just helps to keep rain from running down the SLS and into the hammock. Some will still make it to the hammock whoopies but drip lines will take care of that.