ok, i finally made it through the whole thread! 906 posts and i just have one question. why do you put a biner on the webbing and not run the webbing through the loop?
ha, just had to toss that one out again. it took me about 2 weeks to read it all, but i was only reading about a page at a time, granted my pages are 50 posts long. now i have finished just about all of the stickies, i know i've done the other big ones. but that bridge hammock one... i don't think i'm mentally prepared for that one yet.
more than half the thread was based in 2007 and things have surely changed since then. that got me wondering when amsteel came out. from this thread the first mention of it was in 2008 or 2009.
i bought my webbing from arrowhead and i just went on and got the rings from him too. i went on and got 15', right now i'd rather have too much. they cost a little more, but i got my underquilt from him so i'm happy to toss him more business. plus i got green stitching to go with me green rings and green biners. i got it all when i had only read about 1/2 the first page, i may have gotten a cinch buckle instead. i have 2 eye mounts in my room over my bed so i can test out my creations in safty. i ran the biner through the loop on the webbing then clipped it in the eye. so i've been testing out different things.
i have only had it slip on my once when i was first playing with it and didn't have the webbing lined up properly. it just slowly dropped me right on to my bed. even tho it was a soft landing it still got to me. that unexpected drop really shakes you up. after that i pulled the bight through the last loop, instead of all the slack, to make it easier to separate the rings (i hope i said that correctly). i like this method because i don't to pull as much through. then on the other end of the hammock i did it the normal way and put a slippery half hitch for the stopper. it stayed like this for about a week. i forgot i was testing them and just used it like normal. both methods held fine, but i think i'd still like a stopper knot in the bighted one. i don't know how much i trust it yet.
i did a weekday camp out this week and used the rings in the wild for the first time. link to the gallery.
the ring buckles held up great. i wiggled around a lot throughout the night adjusting my quilts and even turned around without getting out of the hammock and the rings held in place. the only issue i had getting the rings apart was that my hands were cold, but a 90 degree yank on the webbing did most of the work.
wow, that was a lot longer than i thought. i guess i had a lot to say after reading all these posts.