I first made some 7/64ths amsteel whoopies and used them for a while. I then made some dynaglide whoopies and used them until I noticed some freying on the entry point of the constrictor on the hammock side of the whoopie. I thought that this would gradually lead to a weakening of line at that point so I changed back to the 7/64ths.
What about BearChaser suspension style? It's 0 degrees to the earth near the tree and 60 degrees near the hammock.When hammock suspensions are hung at 30 degrees, the load on each line is equal to your weight. So a person weighing 200 pounds would have a safety factor of 5 with Dynaglide and a 300 pound person would have the same safety factor of 5 with 7/64" Amsteel.
(| — tree, ---, \ and / — rope with two alpine butterfly knot on it, hammock is attached to \ and /)
I want to make this suspension of dynaglide, but with carabiner or ring to join 5 parts:
(o — carabiner)
If there is no dramatic change, it looks pretty safe with my 132 lbs + stuff. :-)
Last edited by Roma; 03-12-2013 at 12:28.
The whole thing is a system and we need to look at where the weakest link really sits. I'm 245 lbs and use an ENO dn rated at 400 lbs. You wouldn't catch me using 550 cord for any part of my suspension. Someone 150 lbs with a hammock rated at 200 lbs might get away with 550 cord forever. Just like it does't make sense to use kite string, it makes just as little sense using logging chains. :-)
While I have never used Dyneema or Dynaglide, I can attest to the ease of use of Amsteel. As a relative newcomer to the DIY hammock scene, I was able to fashion my own needle and make two pair of whoopie slings without much effort. I bought the Amsteel from the DIY Gear site, but it's available in many other places. And I just followed the Youtube instructions! Worked great and I use the slings frequently!
Get both and see how you get on. 7/64 is a bit easier to splice but both relatively easy once you get the hang of it. You do not need any special tools, but sharp quality scissors help a lot. There is a weight saving with dynaglide but nothing that I can notice, however the bulk saving is noticeable. You can get another bulk saving when moving from whoopies to UCR's. Because of the wear to the cord when using speed hooks I have not tried dynaglide with these which would be the ultimate bulk saving
I recently made a set of 1/8" whoopies and I'm really trying to like them, I just can't. It's like hanging from ski ropes! So I'm going back to 7/64ths. Yeah, yeah, safety this and weight that! To me, it's a matter of style. Will Dynaglide or paracord hold you up? Yep and probably will for a long time. That's the beauty of this game, you get to choose and there's really not a wrong answer. All the ropes/cords/straps we use is pretty cheap and totally fun to experiment with! Play for a while before you make a decision!
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I'm going to try lash it. 400lb test strength.
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