all i can say is that i really hate velcro, and using it is a absolute last resort for me. i took the approach of just finding out a way to pull the edges closer together in a couple spots. it seemed to close up the gap pretty well. i have 2 per door. it is just a 4" piece of gg ribbon with a cordlock on the end. you stick it through another piece of ggr on the other side, and tighten the cordlock, pulling the edges together. 2 closes the slit pretty darn well, 3 could give almost total closure.
I think it's great that manufacturers come to HF to get feedback on their products from the actual users. What's more, cottage makers in this community tend to actually LISTEN to the feedback and consider adjustments to their products. Good stuff.
Dave - I know that you don't use structural ridgelines...but can you estimate how long one would be on your setup under that tarp? I'm eventually gonna buy/make a bigger tarp for winter/double hammocking, and I was thinking 12'. Since my time is so limited at this new job it's probably worth it to just spend the money on one...but the ones I like have 11' ridgelines!
WBG - have you had any problem with the wind blowing the doors hard enough to loosen the cordlocks? What size (strength) cordlocks did you use?
Griz - I think you need to rename your hammock something to do with airplanes, living in that hangar as you do.
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Once the nightmare of set-up was done, it held REALLY well. The wind shifted directions several times for extended periods, including straight onto the ends. Bad weather lasted about 3.5 hours and the tarp was still tight in the morning. The door panels held perfectly. The ribbon that you slip the cordlock through is pretty tight and actually somewhat difficult to get the cordlock through initially, so when you tighten down the ribbon going through the cordlock it is basically bombproof.
I am finding the wisdom in Youngblood's words against ridglelines with this tarp. For me, the hard part is finding the sweet spot for the suspension to get out the doors without pulling down on the tarp doors. If I had to guess, I'd say I've got about 1 or 2" of fudge-factor in setting-up the hammock. It currently takes me 2 or 3 attempts of set-up of the hammock (hang, get in; hang again, get in; hang yet again, get in, sleep) before I nail it. A new learning curve; YIPPIEEE!
canibal, you should be able to leave the cordlocks on the ggr at all times, just loosen to get it inserted through the "button hole" and then re tighten .
jeff, i used posi grip cordlocks, they are by far the strongest regular cordlock around. they are twice as strong as other strong cordlocks, and still regular size. i think you can get them from either quest of owf.
cannibal, i was thinking about it, and you should have more variance in the ridgeline distance of the hammock than just a couple inches, if the ropes hit the end panel, you can still use that amount of sag, you just must raise the hammock higher on the tree, or reduce sag without raising straps would do similar except for changing the sag. and like youngblood has been saying, going without a ridgeline will stop the hammock from dropping when weighted and causing the line to hit the door as well. i used a 117" hammock with a 100" rld, (pretty good amount of sag) you should be able to decrease sag from there as much as you want, the hammock bottom raising higher and higher and the lines getting closer to horizontal. if anything it should only be restricted by a maximum sag amount, but i like lots of sag, and my setup did not seem to max it out at 117"/100"
do you think they would slip w/ as much as 20 or 30 lbs of weight suspended between two of them (w/ some bouncing as the hammock is entered & exited)???
and i'm understanding that the grosgrain will be gripped better than a cord right?
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slowhike, that may work, you could always stack 2 side by side instead of one. i'm not sure how strong they are, weight wise. they are a little different than regular cordlocks, there is no spring, it is a plastic piece that acts like a spring, it is supposed to be stronger and last longer than a metal spring. also, the part that bites the line seems to be somewhat sharpened for a better bite. and yes, my ggr has ridges running widthwise, and it takes alot to pull it through without pressing the button, they are very strong, even stronger with the ggr.
BTW, I set it up in standard mode and totally understand the whole shockcord bit I was asking about. It was one of those "duhhhh" moments that I am so fond of.
Last edited by Cannibal; 02-24-2008 at 04:11. Reason: Forgot sentance about biner placement
As far as clearing the hammock suspension lines with longer tarps, a structural ridgeline will help. The tradeoff you can do with attaching lower on the supports by increasing the tension on the hammock suspension lines not only allows you to use larger spans, it also allows you to get closer to tarps. Of course the significance of that advantage is lost on shorter spans and shorter tarps. One thing you need to pay attention to as you make a tarp longer is since it can't be pitched as close to your hammock as a shorter tarp that you may want to proportionally make it wider to maintain the same overall coverage for wind driven rain.