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    Suspension Straps, Different Materials

    I have been looking at the different types of strap materials out there and managed to get my self confused (not hard to do) on which material is a best or bettter choice than the others to use.

    Flat Nylon
    Heavyweight Polypropylene
    Lightweight Polypropylene
    Patterned Polyester
    Military flat nylon webbing
    Mil spec 4088
    Tubular Webbing

    Is there one material that is that much better than the others, pros/cons on streach, wear, weight ect, better for certain types of hanging than others ?

    What do the hammock makers like to use ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    Flat Nylon Bad--lots of stretch
    Heavyweight Polypropylene Could be OK but may have a looser weave making it vulnerable to snagging, pro has some stretch
    Lightweight Polypropylene Depends on weave again and strength rating
    Patterned Polyester Polyester has no stretch and again depending on rating should be fine to hang from
    Military flat nylon webbing No Nylon
    Mil spec 4088 Often nylon but stronger still has a lot of stretch
    Tubular Webbing Almost certainly nylon still bad



    What do the hammock makers like to use ?
    Most are using polyester rated to at least 1000 pounds and often more. Not something you are going to find at REI or most local sources.
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    Go to an automotive parts store or walmart or target or wherever and check out the towing straps, make a note of the materials and get something akin. Or better yet get those straps. you are never going to put the kind of strain on them that would result in failure.

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    I think you'll find that a large number prefer polyester because it tends not to stretch. Polypro stretches a little and nylon stretched the most. I have used nylon in the past and once they stretch they are fine but it is annoying having to readjust the suspension. My polyester straps are great. As soon as I sit in my hammocks it feels nice and solid. Just order some polyester straps from pgibson at AHE.

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    Straps are one of the most important parts of your hammock gear, the wrong stuff can leave you on the ground---the slow stretch till you wake up with your butt dragging or the POP! Thud method that could leave you bruised or worse. Some materials have been tested in a number of ways, some by anecdotal use from other members here and some in more scientific methods. Choose wisely, a busted tail bone 5 miles from the trail head is not a lot of fun.
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    I was just checking on the internet and saw some tow straps with loops on Amazon for $16 but they were 20 feet. Of course you could cut them in half and affix a single steel ring to the cut end with a half hitch or attach two steel rings to the cut end and use trekingnut's rigging method. Also there is something called a Tree Saver Winch Strap. These come in much shorter lengths and aren't expensive.
    Last edited by jtbradyl; 07-23-2010 at 13:49. Reason: clarity

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    Just order some polyester straps from pgibson at AHE.
    Already did a couple of weeks ago and they are working fine. When I got them it got me thinking about the other materials out there and why are certain strap materials favored over another so I had to ask. Huge reseviour of knowlege available here in the forum, just have to ask the questions.

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    I use webbing from my rock climbing days. Doesn't stretch, sure won't break from any weight I'll put in a hammock, and is very affordable. Buy it in any gear store.

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    to add another layer to this post:

    i have a blackbird with stock webbing suspension from brandon.
    the very first time i hung the hammock, i didn't really understand "stretch", and was simply looking for the 30 degree angle. all seemed fine.

    i quickly got hooked on the whoopie craze and switched over after hanging from the stock warbonnet webbing only twice. i can say the whoopies were awesome until i encountered a tree with a girth too large for my tree straps, and couldn't hang while a friend was able to with his webbing suspension.

    after then seeing a post from dutch about falling back in love with his webbing, i switched back to my stock webbing. this is when i really encountered "stretch" & it made hanging the hammock really difficult, as i was now trying to account for the webbing stretch. i didn't have this problem after gaining much of my experience hanging with whoopies. ***note: i weigh 165 lbs.

    --long-winded--
    this leads me to believe that brandon is supplying poly pro webbing...?
    while i know it's not by any means inferior or dangerous to use, it has
    proved difficult, for me at least, to hang and account for stretch.

    AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?
    IS POLY PRO THAT DIFFERENT FROM WHOOPIES?

    needless to say i much prefer whoopies and tree straps, but am inclined to try out some low-to-NO stretch pure polyester webbing suspension lines. i assume pgibsons at AHE or some from strapworks.com will fit my needs.

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    Go to Autozone and get one of these:

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=207487_0_0_



    It is about 12' long so you can make two 6' straps from the long end of this. It's what I use for all hammock straps. It has a 900 pound breaking strength and for two straps it will be about 1.5 ounces. They tie really east into a spike hitch too, not too stiff like some straps I've tried.

    I've had my canoe strapped up to the ceiling of my carport with a couple for 6 months without any stretch.
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