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    Congratulations on a fine hanger Nick.

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    i found the post about the ring buckle. i am wondering where to get these and how well they work. i remember wearing football pants and they didnt slip but they were not holding up 275 pounds. would this system work for me or would i be better of buying a premade system?

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    I did my own ring buckles, they work great if you tie a slippery half-hitch in the line once it's adjusted... otherwise you take a not-so-slow ride to the ground... (this is with Speer's poly strap, YMMV)

    Take a look at the warbonnet Blackbird video on the Warbonnet site, there's a demo of hanging a BB hammock, and you see him tying the slippery half-hitch... (really just a half-hitch with a loop, so you pull the free end to untie...)

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    well i hung again last night. this time i did some tweaking with the straps. i went a little looser so i could lay a little more diagonal and way less shoulder squeeze. i did not make it all the way to the ground, maybe a foot away. i woke up and i had dew frozen to my face. i guess my army/navy surplus balaclava is not up for the task anymore. i found some poly straps at strapworks i am planning on getting but i dont know what size or what lenght to get

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    If you want to use the straps, ala speer style, I would think two straps that are about 12 to 15 feet each would work. I think he recommends 1.5 inch poly for someone your size but 1 inch may work too. If you get a roll of the strapping you can make some straps in about 5 or 10 minutes yourself.

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    If you wanted to switch to something lighter and easier to adjust you could pick up some 1/8 inch amsteel and make whoopie slings. Or you could just get some from someone on the forum that sells them.

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    weight is really not that big of a deal to me. i looked at the warbonnet site and saw how he used the strap with the ring setup. i think this is the way i am going to go. it looks like the simplest way with the least room for error

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    i just picked up 30' of 1" heavy duty poly webbing at the army/navy store. i am going out tomorrow to try and find some rings. what can i use to tie the rings to the hammock

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    if you have a climbing store near by, get some descender rings (SMC is the usual brand) they are rated to take a large amont of weight; which the hardware store rings minght not be.
    Ever Cautious, KM

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    Hammock looks great. Congrats on sticking with it and finishing it.


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