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    550 paracord for continuous loop - not suspension

    Just want some opinions and hear from those with experience.

    I know 550 paracord stretches a bit, but is strong nontheless, so would like to try and use for the continuous loop on the end of my hammock. I won't use for suspension after reading some horror stories though since many wake up on the ground. If I am just using it for the loop, and it stretches an inch or so, is this still a reliable option to hold me up above ground, especially since my suspension is polyester?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I just don't have any place in my hammock setup for stretchy nylon rope - nowhere. Zing-it and Amsteel Blue are ideal for our purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I just don't have any place in my hammock setup for stretchy nylon rope - nowhere. Zing-it and Amsteel Blue are ideal for our purposes.
    Point taken, and thanks.

    Are these options pretty comparable in price? Where do you usually purchase this stuff, even in bulk?

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    Dutch sells Zing-It and Amsteel. I usually buy from Redden Marine on sale. Right now they sell Amsteel Blue 7/64" for $0.22 a foot, and Zing-it 1.75 mm is $21.60 for 180 ft. There's also a 5% off code for HF members, but I forget it.

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    Can anyone tell me what type of rope im currently using? I think its a type of polyester mainly because it's tough and doesnt stretch at all.
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    Many people prefer using a breaking strength ratios 4 or 5 to 1. Although 550 is strong, it will loose much of its strength when you knot it further reducing your breaking strength ratio. Forces exerted on the suspension can also increase exponentially if set up closer to horizontal. I like a minimum 1000 lbs breaking strength for any suspension component.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcarrawa View Post
    ... so would like to try and use for the continuous loop on the end of my hammock. I won't use for suspension ....
    I'm a bit lost. Your continuous loop isn't a part of your suspension? Isn't it indeed the weakest link in your suspension?

    I agree with others. Paracord has no place as any link in any suspension system.
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    I've had to use paracord in a pinch in place of a broken whoopie sling. Wasn't pretty. It held, but it stretched 8" or so in the course of the night. Leaving me waking up just barely on the ground. And I weighed 150lbs at the time.

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    I'll go out on a limb here and say I think it could work for a short continuous loop. Tie it with double or triple fisherman knots and keep the length fairly short.

    That said, find some Amsteel and do it right. I've fallen once in my hammock, and don't want to replicate it myself. It's really not worth the headache of worrying about. If you order 50'-100' of Amsteel you'll have enough to make loops for most of the hammocks you'll end up owning.

    That rope in your picture looks like the stuff my Yukon Woot hammocks came with. I chucked that stuff and replaced it with Amsteel.

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