Been lurking the forums for a few weeks so first off hullo all
I'm new to hammocks, been out the last two weekends camping with my DD Frontline and I can't get enough. I've decided that the current webbing setup has to go - it's bulky, sags, and I have trouble tieing it off.
I'm undecided whether to go for all webbing with a cinch buckle or decender rings, or to go with a marlen spike hitch and whoopie. Not too concerned about relative weights or cost. What I'm after is something flexible in terms of length adjustment, and also something foolproof so I can set up quickly in the dark or with cold hands if needs be (or when drunk...LOL). Bearing that in mind what do you guys think?
My main question (thread title) is to do with the gathered ends of my hammock. Does anyone use a pair of carabiners (eg nano 23s)? I figure it'll allow me to swap suspension system easily - I can just unclip the whoopies, or unclip the webbing, to change, correct?
I'm interested in hooking up a structural ridgeline, but want to be able to remove it for day use. I figure a whoopie sling ridgeline can be clipped on/adjusted/clipped off using the same end carabiners, and I can use smaller none climbing ones to clip my bugnet to the ridgeline to keep it off my face, which beats the bungies I'm using just now.
Is my thinking sound? I've been trying to weigh up the options but I'm still bewildered by the choices!