Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member domromer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Flagstaff,AZ...Charleston for now.
    Hammock
    ENO Double
    Insulation
    Thermarest
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    227
    Images
    1

    What's wrong with whoopie slings?

    No really....I'm about to order everything I need to put whoopie slings on my ENO. I've heard nothing but praise for this set up and I wanted to see if they have any negative points? Too light...too simple...well I doubt anyone would mention those points. Just wanted to see if there are any downsides to the whoopie sling set up.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Waynesboro, VA
    Hammock
    DIY bridge, Pertex "Grackle"
    Tarp
    DIY 10x11
    Insulation
    DIY this-n-that
    Suspension
    Whoopie/M-spike
    Posts
    631
    Images
    2
    It's more of a quibble than a disadvantage, but this is why I don't use them on my Amsteel suspension: Most people seem to put the bury as close to the hammock end of the suspension as possible. That allows them to hang between two closely spaced trees. Now suppose you want your whoopie suspension to have a maximum span of 6 feet on either side (just an example). To accomplish that, you'd need 12+ feet of rope on each side, because the rope doubles back to the bury near the hammock. There are non-whoopie setups that require less rope for a given span. An extra few feet of Amsteel won't add much weight, but might be a little more tangly. It's really not a big deal, but it's the only drawback that occurs to me.
    .. truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. - Herman Melville

  3. #3
    Frawg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Dayton, OH area
    Hammock
    DIY (various)
    Tarp
    DIY 5x10 pseudocat
    Insulation
    GI+
    Suspension
    UCR custom
    Posts
    1,709
    Images
    95
    It's a personal preference thing, of course, but that's one of the reasons I settled on the (arguably finicky) UCRs instead of whoopie slings. The longer bury of the UCR doesn't extend the minimum tree spacing that much, if at all, given the space you'd need anyway for the tarp. Results in about 6 feet less loose line to secure in vm's example, but it does demand some attention in use. YMMV
    - Frawg

    {generic tagline}

  4. #4
    i don't have anything against whoopies at all, but it's heavier than a regular line/tree strap setup, which is about as quick if you take the time to learn the appropriate knots. like a tree strap setup, you have seperate pieces to the suspension, so it is possible to forget and leave camp with your straps still hanging on the tree, wheras a ringbuckle susp. is all one piece so you can't do this, that fact probably makes a ringbuckle setup faster overall as well.

  5. #5
    Senior Member domromer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Flagstaff,AZ...Charleston for now.
    Hammock
    ENO Double
    Insulation
    Thermarest
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    227
    Images
    1
    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've got another question that I didn't want to start a new thread on. I'm getting together my supplies for the whoopie sling and I need to get 6-8ft tree huggers. I seem to remember a thread that breaks down the different websites tree huggers, by cost and weight. I can't seem to locate that thread. Can someone point me in the right direction please.

  6. #6
    opie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lansing, MI
    Hammock
    DIY Bridge
    Tarp
    Etowah, gargoyle
    Insulation
    Wool, heater
    Suspension
    Varies
    Posts
    3,412
    Images
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    i don't have anything against whoopies at all, but it's heavier than a regular line/tree strap setup, which is about as quick if you take the time to learn the appropriate knots. like a tree strap setup, you have seperate pieces to the suspension, so it is possible to forget and leave camp with your straps still hanging on the tree, wheras a ringbuckle susp. is all one piece so you can't do this, that fact probably makes a ringbuckle setup faster overall as well.
    Ive been known to "forget" things departing camp.. shovels, flashlights...

    My straps are orange for the simple reason: so I wont forget them.
    Custom Bridge Hammocks

    Mackinac Bridge Hammocks

  7. #7
    opie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lansing, MI
    Hammock
    DIY Bridge
    Tarp
    Etowah, gargoyle
    Insulation
    Wool, heater
    Suspension
    Varies
    Posts
    3,412
    Images
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by domromer View Post
    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've got another question that I didn't want to start a new thread on. I'm getting together my supplies for the whoopie sling and I need to get 6-8ft tree huggers. I seem to remember a thread that breaks down the different websites tree huggers, by cost and weight. I can't seem to locate that thread. Can someone point me in the right direction please.
    I think youll find strapworks.com to be highly recommended. Ive placed several orders and shipping is prompt.
    Custom Bridge Hammocks

    Mackinac Bridge Hammocks

  8. #8
    Senior Member ikemouser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    ky
    Hammock
    WarBonnet BB 1.1 DBL
    Tarp
    Maccat Deluxe Spin
    Insulation
    JRB No Sniv + Yeti
    Suspension
    Whoppie Slingin'
    Posts
    1,498
    Quote Originally Posted by vitamaltz View Post
    It's more of a quibble than a disadvantage, but this is why I don't use them on my Amsteel suspension: Most people seem to put the bury as close to the hammock end of the suspension as possible. That allows them to hang between two closely spaced trees. Now suppose you want your whoopie suspension to have a maximum span of 6 feet on either side (just an example). To accomplish that, you'd need 12+ feet of rope on each side, because the rope doubles back to the bury near the hammock. There are non-whoopie setups that require less rope for a given span. An extra few feet of Amsteel won't add much weight, but might be a little more tangly. It's really not a big deal, but it's the only drawback that occurs to me.
    I solved the tangle problem by using rubber bands to wrap up the extra line once im done adjusting the hammock. I have 8 feet of adjustability(16 foot total amsteel used for each sling) from each whoppie sling on the either isde of the hammock + 8(4 foot hugger on each tree) feet total from huggers. I try to maximize the sling and minimize the hugger. This gives me about 25 feet of span to hang. I prefer not to carry amsteel extensions with fixed eyes on each end (angrysparrow has done a good job with this), just easier for me to control the excess dangling amsteel with a rubberband, either method is great, hyoh.

    go with the 7/64 amsteel, lighter, plenty strong.

  9. #9
    Senior Member domromer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Flagstaff,AZ...Charleston for now.
    Hammock
    ENO Double
    Insulation
    Thermarest
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    227
    Images
    1
    So looking at the strap works site is this what I'm after Strapworks Simple Sling 1in Polyester Webbing. It doesn't say tree huggers but I assume this is what everyone is using. Is 1" wide enough? 1.5" seems like it would be overkill. I was thinking about getting 8' each as we have some very wide trees and some that are far apart. I was thinking of 10ft of amsteel on each side.

  10. #10
    opie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lansing, MI
    Hammock
    DIY Bridge
    Tarp
    Etowah, gargoyle
    Insulation
    Wool, heater
    Suspension
    Varies
    Posts
    3,412
    Images
    3
    Yes, simple sling. 1" wide is enough. 2" loop seems to work.

    Length is up to you based on the average diameter of the trees in your area. I have a set of 6' and a set of 12'. But I car/expedition camp. So carrying is of no consequence.
    Custom Bridge Hammocks

    Mackinac Bridge Hammocks

Similar Threads

  1. SOLD: Whoopie hooks on Whoopie Slings
    By harleynemo in forum [SOLD/WITHDRAWN] Items no longer available
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-29-2012, 11:50
  2. Whoopie Slings?
    By dieseldeathstar in forum Suspension Systems, Ridgelines, & Bug Nets
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-04-2012, 22:45
  3. My first whoopie slings!
    By Raskusdrotti in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 07-22-2011, 10:50
  4. I don't have whoopie slings...
    By millarky in forum Suspension Systems, Ridgelines, & Bug Nets
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-19-2010, 13:30
  5. whoopie slings
    By mainewoods in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-11-2010, 20:32

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •