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    How do i prevent water running down my suspension onto my hammock?

    I had made some of my own huggers for the hammock and been using my own suspension, but in this huge t-storm we just got i woke up to find myself soaked from water running down my lines onto the hammock. Does this happen to you ever and if not, what suspension do you use that keeps this from happening?
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    Nope this does not happen to me because I use Dutch woopie hooks as a rain break. Hammock whipped via. dynaglide with locked brummel on each side. Dutch woopie hook spliced onto the adjustable end of the woopie. Woopie Hook attaches to the loop at end of the hammock. Dead eye end of woopie larks headed to tree strap. When rain runs down my dynaglide it hits the Dutch woopie hook and stops it from running down into my hammock.

    Other ways to achieve this same effect is to use a drip string such as a shoe lace tied to your suspension right above your head or any other type of rain "break" (I used to use a piece of shamwow 5-10 inches from the whipped end of the hammock. Their are lots of threads on drip strips, and or using descender rings, or Dutch biners or Dutch woopie hooks as rain breaks to name a few. Their are lots of other ways as well just cant think of them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy river road View Post
    Nope this does not happen to me because I use Dutch woopie hooks as a rain break. Hammock whipped via. dynaglide with locked brummel on each side. Dutch woopie hook spliced onto the adjustable end of the woopie. Woopie Hook attaches to the loop at end of the hammock. Dead eye end of woopie larks headed to tree strap. When rain runs down my dynaglide it hits the Dutch woopie hook and stops it from running down into my hammock.

    Other ways to achieve this same effect is to use a drip string such as a shoe lace tied to your suspension right above your head or any other type of rain "break" (I used to use a piece of shamwow 5-10 inches from the whipped end of the hammock. Their are lots of threads on drip strips, and or using descender rings, or Dutch biners or Dutch woopie hooks as rain breaks to name a few. Their are lots of other ways as well just cant think of them all.
    +1 on everything said here. You have to have some kind of rain break.

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    If you don't have any kind of break, some use narrow cotton strips tied to suspension to act as drip strip.
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    Or a simple force field reversal should do the trick.
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    Hang your hammock higher than the strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Or a simple force field reversal should do the trick.
    You mean "reverse the polarity of the input generator", right? 'Cause, otherwise, Bad Thingstm happen. "I'm kinda vague on this whole good/bad thing, Ray..."



    On a more serious note, a drip ring, as mentioned above, will work nicely. As will simple pieces of (water-absorbent) string tied to the whoopies.

    However, if you go with the latter, make sure that the drip strings (or strips, or bandannas, or...you get the idea...) are under the tarp. Otherwise, they won't do a bit of good for you; the water can still collect on the part of the whoopie extended beyond the tarp and run down into the hammock.

    Hope it helps!

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    I find that a thin-cut piece of shamwow works great as a drip string. (the rest of it is my camp towel)

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    I seem to also remember that if you have an all webbing suspension, you can just twist the webbing a few times-- the rain will drip off the twists of the webbing, as it won't go "uphill" as it continues down the webbing.

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    thanks guys! i tried these ideas last night and slept high and dry!
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