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    Shock cords, yes or no and why?

    I've been in hammocks for a few yrs now, about 7. I sleep under a tarp about 30-40 nights per yr. I went from direct tie out to shock cord tensioners last yr and now I'm wondering why.

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    Trying different things... either way works fine. Some swear by one method and vice versa, some people mix it up. Whatever works for you is the right way!

    But if I was going to reply more specifically, I'd say silnylon benefits more from the use of tensioners than silpoly or DCF because the latter materials don't relax/stretch as much after the initial pitch or with exposure to moisture.

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    I have both Polysil and DCF tarps ht at don't stretch when wet, so I use Zing-it on my tie outs. I use shock cord for the doors on each end. If you tarp didn't stretch during the night in the past, I don't know why you switched either other than it is fun to experiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsaMajor1887 View Post
    I have both Polysil and DCF tarps ht at don't stretch when wet, so I use Zing-it on my tie outs. I use shock cord for the doors on each end. If you tarp didn't stretch during the night in the past, I don't know why you switched either other than it is fun to experiment.
    Yes, good call on the doors. I agree with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsaMajor1887 View Post
    I have both Polysil and DCF tarps ht at don't stretch when wet, so I use Zing-it on my tie outs. I use shock cord for the doors on each end. If you tarp didn't stretch during the night in the past, I don't know why you switched either other than it is fun to experiment.
    I did it to experiment. My experience was that the shock cords were generally fine, but in windy situation the tarp moved more and put more load on the ridge line. I'm just curious about the experience of others who have tried both.

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    They are great shock absorbers and damage preventers too, if someone ist stumbling over your tie outs.
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    I don't. I like a tight pitch and I'm not worried about tripping or catching on them because the glowire that I use is hard to miss.

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    I have been using 30" shockcords with a bowline at the end as guylines through the d-rings on my tarp for years and have no complaints.

    If I need to shorten the length I first used a small prusik loop on the shock cord to attach the peg. Nowadays I just pass the end of the shockcord through the d-ring and then put both the loop and tag end over the peg to shorten the guyline to about 10".

    Works for me and keeps my tarp nice and tight.
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    In my view they are really needed on nylon to keep the pitch tight. On my other tarps that don't stretch, it's cheap insurance to protect my tarp from trips. That could be me, my wife, daughter, one of my scouts or random passers by on more crowded trails. I've also had dogs, deer, and other animals run by and hit my lines at night and that little bit of give protects my tarp and usually means my stake doesn't get ripped out of the ground as well. I sleep better with them there, literally and figuratively.

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