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    avoiding water with straps - a new approach???

    I just got back from a campout this past weekend and discovered a new approach to reduce the problems I've had with rain running down my straps and getting the ends of my hammock/UQ wet.


    It was quite by accident, but in the morning I noticed that the foot end of my hammock was considerably drier then I expected given the rain that had fallen durnig the night. On closer inspection I noticed that I had mistakenly twisted the straps and saw that the water was running and dripping off well before it reached the cinch setup and drip strings.

    I believe this removed a significant amount of what would have otherwise needed to be removed by my drip strings and helped alleviate the overflow situation that sometimes causes the end of the hammock to get wet inspite of everything I normally do to avoid it.
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    That is what I used to do when I was using rings and straps.
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    Never thought of that. Thanks. Will be doing this on my BB.
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    Great idea. I thought about adding an absorbent drip chord or cloth as well, but I haven't gotten out in the field to test it yet.
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    I'm afraid it's not a new idea, but certainly a good one, & worth pointing out from time to time
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    I thought even a flat and level strap minus the twisting would be fine as any water running down would be diverted at the rings/cinch buckles? Or will that only work if the rings or buckles are oriented vertically (as in the picture above) rather than horizontally?
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    good observation and thanks for passing it along...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    I'm afraid it's not a new idea, but certainly a good one, & worth pointing out from time to time
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir_n0thing View Post
    I thought even a flat and level strap minus the twisting would be fine as any water running down would be diverted at the rings/cinch buckles? Or will that only work if the rings or buckles are oriented vertically (as in the picture above) rather than horizontally?
    At least with my setup, the straps want to lie flat (horizontal) which makes the rings horizontal as well. This allows the water to run along them and continue down the hammock. I have drip strings, but they don't stop all of the flow unfortunately.

    This was not a new idea (as SlowHike pointed out), but I'd never seen it discussed so when I usually setup, I try to keepre the straps lined up (to avoid fray) which usually removes the twist. I stumbled on it by accident (setting up in the dark) and wanted to it pass on in case there are others out there like me.
    -b

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    When i saw this header !
    I thought i was gonna see someone balancing over a creek on tied up straps

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