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    Amsteel Stretch/Sag...

    Hi, Guys.

    I'm looking to order up some Amsteel Blue (1/8") to make a Whoopie Sling. My only concern about using this material is potential sag. I'm 215 lbs. I currently use webbing and d-rings for suspension, and I have zero sag. I can deal with a range of 6"-1' of sag.

    I'm in sierra desert, so sometimes hang sites are tough to locate. Sometimes I need to really reach between trees, so I'm concerned that a long reach will result in a great deal of sag with the Amsteel.

    Thanks, Guys!

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    Amsteel won't stretch so no worries. Just to clarify, sag refers to the shape of the hammock. The more "bent" it is the more sag the hammock has.
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    thanks

    Thanks, Bubba! A any suggestions on a good site from which to purchase?

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    I'm weighing in at 215lbs and have used 7/64th Amsteel for a couple of years. THe Amsteel wont sag/stretch but the whoopies can slowly slip if not "milked" properly when your setting them, you'll know that it needs more milking if the whoopies make a "popping sound" once and a while when your in the hammock.
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    Lots of vendors here sell amsteel. I've bought mine from Arrowhead Equipment. but there are others that sell as well. Redden Marine is a non HF vendor that has in the past offered discounts to HF members. 7/64" amsteel is a popular size since it is strong enough for hammocks and is cheaper than 1/8" but some like the extra strength and piece of mind of 1/8"
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    No sag and no stretch here either and I'm not a light weight myself. You will be fine even with 7/64, just don't forget to milk it after you have it set.

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    Thanks, guys. I'm guessing that gy milking out are referring to making sure the spliced section is evenly smoothed out...

    Again, your help and expert advice is greatly appreciated.

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    I've bought from Redden Marine and wesspur.comm but I usually by more than 100 ft. at a time. Though Redden Marine offers a 5% HF discount, I was unhappy with their shipping costs last time I ordered. They wanted $10 in shipping for a roll of Zing-It. Next time I'm trying Wesspur.com just to spread the love.

    Why are you considering 1/8" Amsteel? Many folks do, but 7/64" works better with Dutch Whoopie Hooks (if you ever go that way).

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    Well, now I'm reconsidering the 1/8 for the 7/64. I thought the 12 vs 8 count would make a difference in terms of strength and sag. Also, I was going off of Slowbro's initial write up. I'm hearing consistent comments that it doesn't matter, though...thanks for the site references!

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    When whoopies became the craze
    1/8th inch was the norm. But of course the hammock folk had to flirt with the thinner line..its a obsessive compulsive disorder we all suffer from.

    Someday, there will something smaller, better and lighter than 7/64ths.
    I'm 300# and the 7/64ths works for me. And has for a lot of nights. I have it on my indoor set-up and it has seen +100 nights. No sign of wear and tear. It is suprising stuff!

    For your big span issues..try a long length of line (say 8 or 10 feet) with eyes spliced on each end. You can add these to your suspension when needed. I carry a set in my kit, they work well.

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