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    Super light hammock lifespan ?

    I love my DD super light combo, but the hammock ripped apart on my last hang . NO I didn’t stab it or damage it or drag it across the ground, it was rarely used it wAs used a few times before this but it was 2 half years old.
    Has one else got a super light hammock , hows it holding?
    I found a review on YouTube that had the same issue


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    Ultralight stuff is usually not as durable as heavier stuff, excepting dyneema/amsteel cordage. Maybe you exceeded the weight limit (anything over 150) for an uber light rig. Ask Justbill, Dutch, or Papa Smurf for the details on fabrics and max weight for a hammock. They are the experts (others here as well).

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    If you had posted about trying ultra light whoopie slings there would be a dozen amateur engineers weighing in about tensile strengths, static vs dynamic capacity and an 10x safety factor of the cordage ect. They always avoid applying those same parameters to the actual hammock. Perhaps the math is too hard? Or is it that if we apply those same expectations we'd all be packing 10 pound hammacks into the woods? Probably somewhere in between.

    You've experimented to find the lowest limits of ultra-light and found it. Congrats! Will you try another 2 year, ultra-light hammock or go a little more durable for your next one?
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    No problem here with my 3 years old DD super light hammock and I don't handle it like a raw egg.
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    This is so wildly subjective—with many tangible and intangible factors—that it is impossible to even speculate.

    I have a friend who weighs 270# and has been using a BIAS Weight Weenie Micro for 6-7 years... he's gotta have at least 100 nights on it with no problems.

    What does that say about what you can expect? Absolutely nothing.

    But I second OCDave's suggestion that a slightly heavier material might be better next time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    This is so wildly subjective—with many tangible and intangible factors—that it is impossible to even speculate.

    I have a friend who weighs 270# and has been using a BIAS Weight Weenie Micro for 6-7 years... he's gotta have at least 100 nights on it with no problems.

    What does that say about what you can expect? Absolutely nothing.

    But I second OCDave's suggestion that a slightly heavier material might be better next time around.
    Are you insinuating that the Weight Weenie is of heavier material? Ha! Its got 40% more material than the DD, yet it weighs only 30% more.

    I think as long as you're within stated weight limits that you should not expect your hammock to fail given ordinary care. My speculation would be that the shorter hammock puts more pressure on the user to find shorter tree spacing, or else face the possibility of placing stress on the hammock material (no RL on the DD, right?) from a shallow angle hang.

    I have an older DIY Weight Weenie clone that is starting to show stress at the channel stitching now - I think mostly due to material stretch. I would still use it, but I did go ahead and order another hammock of similar dimensions, but 1.6 fabric, adding another 5oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    Are you insinuating that the Weight Weenie is of heavier material? Ha! Its got 40% more material than the DD, yet it weighs only 30% more.

    I think as long as you're within stated weight limits that you should not expect your hammock to fail given ordinary care. My speculation would be that the shorter hammock puts more pressure on the user to find shorter tree spacing, or else face the possibility of placing stress on the hammock material (no RL on the DD, right?) from a shallow angle hang.

    I have an older DIY Weight Weenie clone that is starting to show stress at the channel stitching now - I think mostly due to material stretch. I would still use it, but I did go ahead and order another hammock of similar dimensions, but 1.6 fabric, adding another 5oz.
    Dakota, I had not thought of that—-if that hammock has no structural ridgeline and it’s been hung at a shallow angle of hang, no where near 30 degrees, an almost flat hang——possibly all of extra stress on suspension is ALSO on hammock fabric too? Would a hammock structural ridgeline remove some or all that stress from a too flat hang?
    And 1.6 should help—-even though it goes on opposite direction of ultralight.


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    I don't use hammocks made from 1.0 or 1.1 ounce material anymore. Just not robust enough for my tastes. I have had pretty good luck with Dutch PolyD 1.4, but he no longer sells it. Thankfully, you can buy it at HammockGear.
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    Yes, the RL sets the sag by taking the lateral force.


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    It's a tradeoff. Super light doesn't last. Rips like tissue paper.

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