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    1.75 or 2.2 zing it for ridgeline and bear bag line

    Should I get zing it 1.75 or 2.2 for my tarp ridgeline and bear bag? The price is nice on 1.75 but would it work as a bear bag line? Or can you recommend a line that is comparable to price and strength.

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    Either size would work for either purpose. With a 500 lbs breaking strength the 1.7 would be plenty. I bought some of both and frankly didn't need the 2.2.

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    I use the 1.75 for food bag line and on one of my hammocks for a structural ridgeline. I wouldn't have any problems using it for a tarp ridgeline. I have the 2.2 lash-it as a ridgeline and tarp tie outs right now.
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    Personally TeeDee and I both think that the 2.2 is better for a bear bag or food bag.

    Not because of the added strength, the 1.75 is plenty strong for any food hanging.

    But the 1.75 is really thin stuff and pulling that thin line over a branch has the potential for doing serious damage to any branch. Sure it is really, really slippery stuff - when new. But after a few days/weeks/months of use that slippery coating picks up dirt which can act just like sandpaper. Now add the weight of the food bag and it possible to do some serious damage.

    Just our opinion.

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    Either/or

    Both are plenty strong. Actually that's kind of my biggest gripe. The cord is stronger than most anything I'll likely attach to it. So, if my little rock bag or biner gets stuck up a tree they're likely let go before the cord.

    The 2nd biggest gripe about zing-it is that it's really slick. So trying to haul half a dozen food bags up in the air is a hassle. The cord is strong enough and slides easily on the bark but it's hard to hold on to. That's the price you pay when you're the only one to bring a cord long enough to hang.

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    Wanna know an arborist's trick for throwline?
    Grab a stick, and take 4 or 5 round turns (wraps) around it and pull on that, holding the line in one hand (to keep the tension on the line), and the stick in the other. Most of the time, I'll break the line before it'll hurt my hands.

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    I guess my question is: what is the best rope for a bear bag? I've always leaned toward a thicker rope for the bear bag, just because the smaller diameter ropes are hard to grip when hanging the bag.

    I've thought about trying Amsteel Blue, but was leaning toward zing-it.

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    I use this spectra line because it's flat and therefore doesn't cut the tree limbs.

    http://gossamergear.com/etc/accessor...ctra-line.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckerFactor View Post
    Wanna know an arborist's trick for throwline?
    Grab a stick, and take 4 or 5 round turns (wraps) around it and pull on that, holding the line in one hand (to keep the tension on the line), and the stick in the other. Most of the time, I'll break the line before it'll hurt my hands.

    PF
    The Marlin Spike Hitch works very well for that also.

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    Adding to PF's tip... Don't wrap the line around your hand when pulling. It can reall dig in and if it somehow cinches up and stays tight you could seriously hurt yourself.

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