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    Biner as Marlin Spike?

    Has anyone used a biner for the spike in a Marlin Spike Setup then hooked your whoopie slings over it then attached your tarp to the biner? Ideas before I give it a try. Whoopie slings should arrive early next week for my HH mod. Thanks to whoopieslings.com.

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    you could though often I have my tarp ridge line lower than my tree straps/'biner to allow the tarp to be pitched closer to my hammock.
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    A biner will work just fine as a spike.

    I wouldn't recommend attaching the tarp to the same biner though. When you get in the hammock, your suspension angle will drop a bit from the added weight. If the tarp is tied to that same suspension, the tarp will sag right along with it. Usually it's better to just tie the tarp to the tree separately.
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    A biner in place of the traditional marlin spike hitch will work. As Angrysparrow said, I wouldn't use ti for tarp attachment though.

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    I use a biner with a marlin spike hitch....but then I just clip my suspension into the biner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliff369 View Post
    Has anyone used a biner for the spike in a Marlin Spike Setup then hooked your whoopie slings over it then attached your tarp to the biner? Ideas before I give it a try. Whoopie slings should arrive early next week for my HH mod. Thanks to whoopieslings.com.
    +1 I do this, and attach my hammock strap or whoopie directly to the MSH's biner -but use a separate tarp line most of the time
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    Ok I wasn't sure if I should start a new thread or just comment on this one but I was just playing around with my webbing and figured that if you wanted to cut down on weight or not spend time looking for sticks to make your marlin spike could you simply use the webbing itself as the toggle? I didn't have the heart to set it up and try it but since not much force would be on the toggle this may work. Just feed the webbing through where toggle goes.

    Just thought I throw it out there. See image here. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416865511.861519.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingdad View Post
    I use a biner with a marlin spike hitch....but then I just clip my suspension into the biner.
    +1,that's the same way I do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtp2c111 View Post
    Ok I wasn't sure if I should start a new thread or just comment on this one but I was just playing around with my webbing and figured that if you wanted to cut down on weight or not spend time looking for sticks to make your marlin spike could you simply use the webbing itself as the toggle? I didn't have the heart to set it up and try it but since not much force would be on the toggle this may work. Just feed the webbing through where toggle goes.

    Just thought I throw it out there. See image here. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416865511.861519.jpg
    I tried this. My problem was the way the knot compressed down on the webbing. I found it a bit difficult to undo. I'm not sure if I slipped the knot like that though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtp2c111 View Post
    Ok I wasn't sure if I should start a new thread or just comment on this one but I was just playing around with my webbing and figured that if you wanted to cut down on weight or not spend time looking for sticks to make your marlin spike could you simply use the webbing itself as the toggle? I didn't have the heart to set it up and try it but since not much force would be on the toggle this may work. Just feed the webbing through where toggle goes.

    Just thought I throw it out there. See image here. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416865511.861519.jpg
    I've done this a couple of times. It worked fine, but made me nervous. Andi it was difficult to undo compared to just slipping a toggle out.

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