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    There's a company, 303 Products, that makes spray on UV protectants for various outdoor things, from fabrics to kayaks. Their tag line is "sunscreen for your stuff."

    http://www.303products.com/
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    Not a good idea, IMO. Testing it and all your gear at home or close to home is great, but leaving everything set up is asking for trouble. If your sleeping in it every night, then thats different.
    Practice setting it up and taking it down is just as critical as testing your gear. It will do you no good on the trail, if you can't remember how to set things up.
    Weeklong exposure to any equipment is not good. UV rays, wind ,rain and critters can do alot of unneccessary damage. My local squirrel population took a liking to my my guylines for my tarp. Chewed thru one of them.
    Take it down...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Not a good idea, IMO. Testing it and all your gear at home or close to home is great, but leaving everything set up is asking for trouble. If your sleeping in it every night, then thats different.
    Practice setting it up and taking it down is just as critical as testing your gear. It will do you no good on the trail, if you can't remember how to set things up.
    Weeklong exposure to any equipment is not good. UV rays, wind ,rain and critters can do alot of unneccessary damage. My local squirrel population took a liking to my my guylines for my tarp. Chewed thru one of them.
    Take it down...
    Bet there aren't any squirrels in Bali...
    Palm trees and thatched huts take care of the bird bombers.
    For proof goto www.ticketothemoon.com. Their marketing person must be one of those lovely ladies...

    What were we talking about again? Oh sun damage, Take mine down... When you buy good stuff, you take care of it. End of story.

    Liked the tip using biners prepositioned for quick set-up.
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    I'm with 2Questions on this one. Go get a cheapo tarp from one of the marts (Walmart, Kmart, etc.) and I don't think you'll have to worry. I had one set-up for several months in my yard in Florida. The blue tarp was pretty faded and seemed brittle after a couple of months; wouldn't want that to happen to one of my good tarps.
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    Yep, a cheap tarp is what I have suspended above my canoe. Outside..it only lasts a season and its done for, cheaper than a new canoe every year.

    I'd rather look at tree branches than a cheap tarp though...

    I still think semi permanent tree huggers/straps with beiners (these would need to be inspected and changed yearly.. if not more often) would be the best bet. Cheaper than a new hammock.

    I left my straps set up once for a week in the back yard. It took me all of about 60 seconds to set up my ENO with ring buckles. If I put beiners on the ends of my pre adjusted straps I bet I could set it up in about 20 seconds.

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    I have a problem leaving my synth webbings out in the yard when I wouldn't want to leave my hammock. I don't much care if the webbing fails or the hammock fails I'm still on the dirt. Using the ring buckles and biners I simply left my straps attached to the hammock and unclipped the biners. Since I was always using the same supports the webbing never needed to be adjusted. Just snap and snap and I'm done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I have a problem leaving my synth webbings out in the yard when I wouldn't want to leave my hammock. I don't much care if the webbing fails or the hammock fails I'm still on the dirt. Using the ring buckles and biners I simply left my straps attached to the hammock and unclipped the biners. Since I was always using the same supports the webbing never needed to be adjusted. Just snap and snap and I'm done.
    Yeah..I wouldn't use my "good" straps.

    Actually, some cable or chain and something like part of an old tire wrapped around the tree to protect it might be good. You wouldn't have to worry about UV... just lightning.

    Even with my "bad" straps I don't have the heart or a soft enough rear end to leave them out permanently. They will go south far to quick for me.

    Having the straps pre attached to the hammock works good if you only hang at that one spot...but they will need to be readjusted each time you go camping or hang at a different spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I have a problem leaving my synth webbings out in the yard when I wouldn't want to leave my hammock. I don't much care if the webbing fails or the hammock fails I'm still on the dirt. Using the ring buckles and biners I simply left my straps attached to the hammock and unclipped the biners. Since I was always using the same supports the webbing never needed to be adjusted. Just snap and snap and I'm done.
    good point rev, with ringbuckles you don't have anything to adjust as long as you're using the same supports averytime, just clip around the tree and you're done.

    like others have said, leaving fabrics out in the sun will cause them to degrade, i just had 2 wm outdoor chairs fail this past trip, they were left out in the sun last summer, the fabric footrests both gave out within 2 days of eachother.

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