Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13
  1. #1
    sir_n0thing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Madison, WI area
    Hammock
    Homemade
    Tarp
    TBD
    Insulation
    Rab Quantum
    Suspension
    Whoopies
    Posts
    1,110
    Images
    40

    Figure 9 failure

    I spent the holiday weekend at the in-laws' place up near La Crosse, WI. I of course put up my hammock and spent the three nights outside!
    I had my Speer winter tarp up, using an "over the top" ridge line made of Dyneema. The tarp attaches to the ridgeline via prussik loops. I have shock-cord tensioners at all tie-out points.
    For stringing up the thing I use a mini-biner at one end and a small plastic figure 9 at the other end.
    On Sunday we had a steady wind with gusts up to around 25MPH pretty much all day. At around 3:00pm I just happened to go outside for some reason, and was standing near the hammock when the Figure 9 snapped! Guess the wind gusts were too much for it.

    Good to know not to trust those plastic Figure 9's when I'm NOT 20 yards from the house. I replaced it with the next size up Figure 9 in metal.
    "I know the feeling - It is the real thing - You can't refuse the embrace!" | "Go n-éirí an bóthar leat."

  2. #2
    Whoooo Buddy)))) Shug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Minnesota
    Hammock
    DIY GreenBeanHammock
    Tarp
    DIY Tarps/HG Cuben
    Insulation
    Frankenquilt/Pod
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    14,490
    Images
    62
    Like those plastic toilet handle flushers .... gonna break on ya' .....
    Man ... there is a lot of crappy stuff put out there it seems.
    Give me quality!!!!!!
    SoapBox Shug
    Whoooo Buddy)))) I Love Onions, Grits, Greens, Livermush, NC Style BBQ, Potted Meat, Anchovies, 'Naner Puddin", Peanut Butter Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Cocoa and Straaaaaawwwwberrrry Milk and Coffee Crisps....
    I Hope Heaven has a Bakery!!!!



    Shug's YouTube Videos

    Hammock How-To Videos ..... Essentials For Noobs

    Shug and Friends Jammin'

  3. #3
    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Maryville, TN
    Hammock
    Home made Ghost Hammock
    Tarp
    7'x9' cuben tarp
    Insulation
    Pads and quilts
    Suspension
    UCRs, Dutchware
    Posts
    1,743
    Images
    92
    Was it cold? I've had plastic stuff snap in the cold before, and with the pressure of the tarp, wind, and tension, that could have put it over the edge.
    NO SNIVELING!
    www.hikinghq.net - Hiking H.Q.
    www.bmtguide.com - the BMT Thru Hiker's Guide

  4. #4
    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Hammock
    WB Traveler
    Tarp
    Custom OES tarp
    Insulation
    JRB Down UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    9,041
    Images
    40
    You most likely didn't need to go a size up for the metal one.


    "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
    - Mark Twain
    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
    - John Burroughs

  5. #5
    Member Dalton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, Ca
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.0/DIY 1.1 camo
    Tarp
    GG 12x12 modded
    Insulation
    DIY quilts
    Suspension
    webbing/whoopies
    Posts
    62
    Images
    9
    i bought a 4 pack of plastic figure 9s from REI one time (not paying attention that they were plastic, they were on sale) when i was doing mods to my tarp, i set it up with one and it snapped, from pulling on it to hard,
    dont trust the plastic ones, even if they are on sale

  6. #6
    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Maryville, TN
    Hammock
    Home made Ghost Hammock
    Tarp
    7'x9' cuben tarp
    Insulation
    Pads and quilts
    Suspension
    UCRs, Dutchware
    Posts
    1,743
    Images
    92
    I've been playing with some. I've had a tarp up in the yard for 3 days using one. So far no issues, but I will probably go with a truckers hitch instead - or something similar.
    NO SNIVELING!
    www.hikinghq.net - Hiking H.Q.
    www.bmtguide.com - the BMT Thru Hiker's Guide

  7. #7
    Dutch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reinholds, PA
    Hammock
    Bridgeskin
    Tarp
    DIY Blackcat
    Insulation
    DIY Quilts
    Suspension
    Whoopie sling
    Posts
    5,254
    Images
    196
    Far from failing but many of my metal figure 9s are a little bent. I wouldn't trust those plastic one for anything.
    Peace Dutch
    GA>ME 2003


    http://dutchwaregear.com

    Visit Dutchwaregear on facebook (and like it)

    8th Annual Mt Rogers Winter Hang Spreadsheet

  8. #8
    Senior Member animalcontrol's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Bloomington, IN
    Hammock
    Warbonnet BB D1.1, Traveler S1.7
    Tarp
    Cuben DIY
    Insulation
    2/3 UQ, DIY TQ
    Suspension
    whoopie slings
    Posts
    2,515
    Images
    101
    I'd guess the bigger the tarp, the bigger the combined force from wind gusts...and the SWT is a good sized sail (err, tarp!)
    "Every day is a new day to a better future"
    "Of all the things that matter, that really and truly matter, working more efficiently and getting more done is not among them." ~ Mike Dooley
    "What if I told you that you couldn't have anymore of anything... No more friends, no more money, no more anything, until you first got happy with what you have?"~ Mike Dooley
    "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates

  9. #9
    Senior Member Widerstand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Hammock
    Modified ENO Single
    Tarp
    DIY ???
    Insulation
    Quilt & Sleep Pad
    Suspension
    Whoopies & Huggers
    Posts
    329
    Sounds like simple plastic fatigue to me.
    Some of my freight hopping adventures on film over at my YouTube Channel... Oh and there is other stuff there as well!

  10. #10
    I can't imagine this happening before the tarp or tabs rip. I have had mine up in these Georgia storms for a week now (won't get dry enough to take it down). It is still completely dry inside and no figure 9 failures.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •