Originally Posted by PineMartyn
He cut the original ropes off about a foot from the hammock ends, tied the remaining bit of rope into a loop and attached a heavy carabiner to each loop. He was using the carabiners to clip onto some Atlas straps. But he's keeping the Atlas straps for his new hammock. The original Tree Huggers that came with the Hennessy are long gone as well.
However, I have watched two or three DIY videos that show how to replace Hennessy suspension with whoopie slings. I''ve already pulled back the little bit of fabric that covers where the original suspension ties into the hammock, so I can see that I will be able to follow the instructions I saw in those videos. Thank goodness for the YouTube demo videos. I would not have undertaken this otherwise.
I would not do that. Use the loops where he was attaching his biners at least for the first few times. Until you have used them I would not lock myself into whoopee slings. As long as you leave what you have alone you can use whoopee's or any other suspension.
It may sound like I am on an anti whoopee campaign. I am not. My point is that they are the lightest but not necessarily the best answer for a lot of folks. Read the suspension threads here and you will see a lot of folks use straps because they like them better. The tradeoff is fussyness in geting the whoopee's set and milked vs carrying a couple of ounces more to get a faster, simpler, setup. There is a place for both. It really takes a bit of use to figure out what you live with best. Spend a little time with the slings before you alter the hammock. That way you will know what you like to live with. I have and use both and know why. It all depends on what the trip is. ;-)