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    Shock cord under hammock

    I've been playing around with my DIY DL hammock. One of the main benefits I've found is that I can place a pad between the layers and have it remain in place much better than putting a pad in the hammock. I also get to avoid laying directly on the hammock.

    On that note, I was wondering if anyone has tried running a few pieces of shock cord under a single layer hammock to hold a pad in place? It seems like that would remove the weight penalty of a second layer while retaining the benefit of holding a pad in place.

    I've got a Travel hammock ATTH with several tie-outs for when it is used as a tarp. I was thinking about trying it, but I thought I'd see if anyone has been down this road already. If not, any suggestions or thoughts on what the shortcomings might be would also help.

    It seems like this would be good for a GG wide pad or even stacking pads without an SPE.

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    The DL supports the pad over the entire surface area, which gets rid of most of the air gaps caused by buckling. A few strands of shockcord would only hold the pad against the hammock at those places, so there would be air gaps in the other parts. Add enough shockcord and you could probably compensate, but I think it would weigh more than a DL.

    Only one way to find out, though...prototype it and post pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    The DL supports the pad over the entire surface area, which gets rid of most of the air gaps caused by buckling. A few strands of shockcord would only hold the pad against the hammock at those places, so there would be air gaps in the other parts. Add enough shockcord and you could probably compensate, but I think it would weigh more than a DL.

    Only one way to find out, though...prototype it and post pics!
    I'll probably give it a whirl next week after I get back from Linville Gorge. I hope to have my new ASR from Opie and my draping bugnet worked out before then.
    If the shock cords work, that may be my Red River Gorge rig.

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    I tried this with my HH, and it was a pain in the butt to get in and out. Maybe you'll have more luck. I would imagine the buckling would be the biggest problem.

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    Enough shock cord to make it work would be too heavy to be practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_pan View Post
    Enough shock cord to make it work would be too heavy to be practical.

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    That's why I thought I'd ask here first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisenber View Post
    That's why I thought I'd ask here first.
    Yes, but it can't hurt to try!?!? Can it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cranky Bear View Post
    Yes, but it can't hurt to try!?!? Can it??
    One always risks injury when experimenting with cutting edge hammock technology.

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    Just a wild idea ... how about using one of those cheap light weight mesh hammock body's as a type of undercover to hold the pad in place? Weight wise it might be no better than a double layer of 1.1 but one could experiment by cutting out sections of it to see the optimum pattern it would take to make the "pad sling" for want of a term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisenber View Post
    One always risks injury when experimenting with cutting edge hammock technology.
    You may have a point!?!?

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