Ok so not the best title for this thread ill admit. But it is kind of what happened to be honest. This is more of a diary of events than anything. So please forgive me if you find this post somewhat empty of creative ideas.
Just sharing my learning experience and how I ended up with something that works for me.
Hammock: Hennessy Explorer Deluxe Side Zip
So I am still fairly new to hammocking and I am still finding my way as far as suspensions go. I spent alot of time researching different materials and how they react in different scenarios. I learned alot about the difference between Nylon and Polyester/polypropylene. I then researched alot of different types of marine ropes and their uses as well as digging threw all the forums here and seeing what everybody else has found that works.
I am a Lightweight Backpacker working my way to becoming an Ultra-Light Backpacker. (Money is tight so it takes saving up for each item.)
I wanted a Solid User-friendly suspension system that was not too heavy but was FAST to setup and super easy to adjust. Hennessy's suspension is just no good for me.
I settled on 1" Polyester Webbing and bough 30ft of it on amazon for $9(free shipping). Its cammo color which is ok. I busted out the ol sewing machine and made a loop at one end of each strap. Then bought some repelling rings from REI and 2 ultra light biners. I decided to keep using the original suspension rope Hennessy supplied as to avoid taking apart the hammock. I just shortened the rope significantly.
Bam! suspension solved. Fast, easy setup, and can be adjusted easily. Love it! But its heavy...
As you can see I am just using Webbing with a biner and the cinch rings.
In comes the whoopie slings and Marlin Spike. So I ran down to the local Marine shop and picked up some 1/8" Amsteel for $0.45 a foot and some 7/64" for $0.26 a foot. Made few whoopie slings and set it up with the Marlin Spike Hitch and got rid of the rings and biners. I made the spike from aluminum pipe and bar I bought from Lowes. The bar fits into the pipe perfectly, the bar will be for the other side. I will drill holes in them later.
I will shorten the straps later to shave wait but here is the some what finished product for only few bucks.
I then noticed that my Minimum tree span distance is now 14' instead of 11' with the rings because the whoopie slings eat up 18". And I really want to have as many options for hammock locations as possible so this was proving to be a real problem.
Then the moment of Duhhh! Hit me. I was forgetting that since I kept the original suspension rope that I could just use it to attach to the Marlin Spike. Problem solved. Now I am back down to 11' tree span option.
Sounds silly right? Well I almost trashed the whoopie system all together until I realized that I had over-looked such a simple solution.
Sorry if this thread was kind of pointless but wanted to share my learning experience as well as how I was able to save some money.