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    Retail sources for triangular quick links for a whoopie setup

    MrsMustardman made up a DIY hammock with a warbonnet whip today, and we were playing with a whoopie sling suspension. The thing I liked least about the whoopie slings was that the webbing is separate from the slings, and I don't like messing around with things like toggles. So today we tried girth hitching the tree hugger to the whoopie sling to give a semi-permanent attachment. You could remove the girth hitch if either the sling or the webbing wore out, but the whole setup is in one piece for day to day use. With a Dutch clip or carabiner, the configuration is just as simple to use as a webbing and buckle suspension, but has the ease of adjustment and lack of bulk of a whoopie sling.


    However, as expected, girth hitching a chunk of webbing around a loop of amsteel causes a lot of friction, and the soft-on-soft connection would eventually wear the materials. So I'd like to add some hardware in the middle, with the option to still make it removeable. The natural choice here seems to be triangular quick links - they are offered in a lot of sizes and strength ratings, and even fairly thin ones ought to be enough for a hammock.

    Every hardware store under the sun carries normal quick links, but I'd really like to find the triangular ones, and preferably without ordering online and dealing with shipping. Is anyone aware of any retail hardware store type chains that might carry these? I doubt they will have them at Lowes or Home Depot, but maybe a more specialized store? I'd rather not drive around to every hardware store in the area hoping to find these.

    Here's a picture of what I'm talking about:



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    I have a friend who works at Fastenal. He says that they sell every type of hardware under the sun, and if they don't have it in-store, they can order it for free.

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    A couple of people have done this, not with quick links, but one with a descending ring, and one (I like this best) with the triangular cinch buckles like WB used to use and AHE used to sell. That adjustable tree strap was slick.
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    I don't see them online but I'm pretty sure last time I was in West Marine they had some. If you have one close it might be worth checking out.

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    Wouldn't those be on the heavy side? It's a good idea, but I think AHE has the right connector your looking for and it's light.

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    They don't have to be on the heavy side - I've had some of the oval ones that were very light and plenty strong to hold up a hammock.

    I want something that can be opened to switch parts out, and the AHE ones don't fit the bill. I will probably end up going with plain triangle rings, but the flexibility of being able to switch would be awesome, especially for experimenting with different setups, tree hugger lengths, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustardman View Post
    They don't have to be on the heavy side - I've had some of the oval ones that were very light and plenty strong to hold up a hammock.

    I want something that can be opened to switch parts out, and the AHE ones don't fit the bill. I will probably end up going with plain triangle rings, but the flexibility of being able to switch would be awesome, especially for experimenting with different setups, tree hugger lengths, etc.
    What's wrong with a 'biner?
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