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    Recommended Suspension for Big Man

    I'm thinking of getting my husband a hammock, (though he is skeptical that he'll use it or like it.) I'm thinking a Heavyweight Double Layer Warbonnet Traveler. He is a very heavy man (5'9" and 390#.) What do ya'll recommend for suspension? It doesn't need to be lightweight as he will not be hiking/camping, but it does need to be easy and strong.

    Thanks!

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    Most of your dyneema has incredibly high tensile strength, so I suspect you'd want to look into that. You can get some dyneema whoopie slings pretty cheap, or if you prefer straps then there are a number of them out there. Is this going to be a permanent/semi-permanent setup or do you plan to move it around or take it with you?
    Dutchware also has some setups which should give you piece of mind, like this:
    https://dutchwaregear.com/product/wh.../#tree-huggers
    The spider huggers are advertised to hold 1000lbs.

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    We'll be taking it to set up in the park.
    Thanks

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    Also make sure you choose good trees and hang the hammock at a 30 angle.
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    Thanks, Shug! I always appreciate you weighing in! I'll definitely take your advice.

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    I was going to suggest importing some of our PNW Ponderosa Pines but it looks like Shug covered the issue. Be sure to check with WarBonnet or your vendor of choice on the load limit for what you are ordering. And you might play with the hammock hang calculator to see what forces you’ll be dealing with with various angles of hang.

    http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/
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    For new hangers, it is probably best to keep it simple.

    As in 2-inch tree straps for the clinch.

    Strapworks have 2-inch polyester cam straps with loops at each end.

    You can order 2-feet up to 30-feet per strap.

    The fire printing is nice.

    Loop Straps w/ 2 inch Cam Buckle & Patterned polyester Webbing
    https://www.strapworks.com/ProductDe...uctCode=LSCB2P

    This option will catch some flack from the purists, however it is bullet-proof, can be changed out at any time, and you still have a great load tie down when it is all said and done.

    Run the strap around the tree, pass the cam and tag end through the loop and attach the hammock with a carabiner (climb rated) to the hammock and cinch-er-tight.

    You can refine it later.

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    I use daisy chains from Dutchware and climbing rated carabiners - could not be simpler. I am 6'1" and 300lbs. angle of setup is critical as this changes the load on the straps
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    So excited! I just ordered his hammock: Warbonnet Double Layer Traveler XL in Light Ocean Blue, with just the continuous loops, and I also got him a pair of the Warbonnet carabiners that are rated at 1100 lbs. I think I'd like to have him use Dutch's 1" Spider Daisy Chains. I've used those before with my suspension, but I wonder if for him I should attach those to 2" tree huggers. 1" just seems thin on the tree for his weight... what do y'all think?

    I like the idea of Dutch's Whoopie Hook Suspension, but with the Whoopie learning curve I think I'd better get him something a little more intuitive like the carabiners clipping to the daisy chain. (He is humoring me by trying this in the 1st place, so I need to keep it simple!)

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    I would recommend the stated 2" tree huggers, but for me I went with descender rings figure-eighted onto my tree huggers and then have 3/16" Amsteel go from one side of the hammock, up to the near-side descender ring, across as a ridge line (how I support my tarp) to the far side descender ring and down to the other side of my hammock where I have a UCR tail for adjustability. I prussik on some baby s-biners in the middle for holding my tarp taut. At night it will drop some so I hang it tight and it usually winds up at about 30*. Amsteel might not "stretch", but you'll wake up lower than you started no matter what you use. Smaller diameter amsteel will result in being closer to the ground in the morning so I suggest going with the thickest you're willing to carry unless you don't mind either hanging high and sticking out below your tarp in morning or tightening things up after laying in your hammock a bit. The second night you won't have to tighten things up.

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