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    Zing-it vs Kelty Triptease vs lash-it vs ???

    Anyone care to comment on pros or cons of various ridgeline materials?

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    Zing it and Lash it are the same cord different names, dont know about the kelty trip tease but have heard good things about it. The thing I like about the lash/zing it are that they are a bit more stiffer then other ropes meaning IMHO they tangle less and are easier to untangle if they get tangled up.
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    Kelty Triptease is a sheath-over-core construction. It's strong, very little stretch, great visibility (from the reflective material in the sheath) and a bit bigger than 2.2 mm Lashit. Splicing it would be a problem because of the core construction.
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    Subscribing to this thread... I've been using cheap 1/8" polyester cord from Home Depot for ridgeline and tarp tie-outs. Imagine the weight and bulk savings going to a 1/16" cord like Lash-it is pretty significant and worth the investment?

    Just looking at some online specs. Triptease has a Dyneema core, is 3mm diameter (real close to 1/8" according to my math), weighs 1 ounce for 50' length, and has a break strength of 188 lbs. It's also highly reflective.

    The 1/16" lash-it is barely lighter at .96 ounces for 50', is made of Dyneema, and Samson lists "average strength" of 500 lbs!

    I think the poly cord I use has a break strength advertised around 300 lbs but weighs a lot more than these other cords, probably something like 4 ounces for 50 feet.

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    I use ONLY Kelty Triptease on all my tarp ridgelines and guyouts.

    For its weight (1oz/50'), strength and reflectiveness it can't be beat IMHO

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    Triptease is good but lights up like a disco and takes away any stealthiness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Globetruck View Post
    Anyone care to comment on pros or cons of various ridgeline materials?
    I think it depends on what type of ridge line you have. As I understand it a "structural" ridge line goes from tree to tree and the hammock hangs off of that. IMO neither of the materials you mentioned would be a good choice for this. A "non-structural" ridge line is used to define the sag of your hammock, hang small items for easy reach, and keep your bug-net off your face. It does not support your weight. Either of the materials you mention would work for a non-structural ridge line. Really any sort of twine could be used. I used mason's twine with mitten hooks on either end for one of my hammocks and it works fine. One factor is stretch. As you tighten the hammock the ridge line tends to stretch. The less stretch the better because you'll get a more consistent hang/sag. The mason's twine stretches a lot. Now I use some fine gage cord I got at ACME surplus. I think it might have been for window shades. It doesn't stretch much at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skistrees View Post
    I think it depends on what type of ridge line you have. As I understand it a "structural" ridge line goes from tree to tree and the hammock hangs off of that. IMO neither of the materials you mentioned would be a good choice for this. A "non-structural" ridge line is used to define the sag of your hammock, hang small items for easy reach, and keep your bug-net off your face. It does not support your weight. Either of the materials you mention would work for a non-structural ridge line. Really any sort of twine could be used. I used mason's twine with mitten hooks on either end for one of my hammocks and it works fine. One factor is stretch. As you tighten the hammock the ridge line tends to stretch. The less stretch the better because you'll get a more consistent hang/sag. The mason's twine stretches a lot. Now I use some fine gage cord I got at ACME surplus. I think it might have been for window shades. It doesn't stretch much at all.
    Looking back, I was indeed a bit vague when using the term "ridgeline." I'm mainly interested in hanging a tarp.

    Keep the info coming, this is good stuff!

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    With the Zing-It, what cordage do you use to make a prussic that will hold on such a small line? I recently got some from AHE, but I don't know how to replace my paracord setup because I need prussics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukri View Post
    With the Zing-It, what cordage do you use to make a prussic that will hold on such a small line? I recently got some from AHE, but I don't know how to replace my paracord setup because I need prussics.
    I used the same Zing It...but it takes at least 4 loops in the Prusik to hold.
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