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    One reason NOT to use nylon.

    In anticipation of the expected stretch in nylon straps a hanger might be inclined to make a taught set. While this would probably account for the stretching it would put high force loading on the hammock body.

    Better off with polyester or polypropylene IMO.

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    I was skeptical that the Tubular Nylon straps that are apparently so stretchy were that bad, since I had used them climbing for years. Since I already had the straps I hung a hammock on the porch for the last 3 weeks using tubular Nylon straps. Me and my Girlfriend often try to get out the door first to see who gets to sit in it.

    3 weeks, and had to be adjusted once, yes it's been soaking wet in a Thunderstorm, I've sprayed the straps with the water hose twice, once by accident cooling off my little Aussie that was panting his little butt off.

    I have taken it down and set it back up twice when company was around, and each time I hang it up, I get in it for a while, and when I get up to go inside I adjust it up right, and it's stayed that way.

    I don't see the issue with the Tubular Nylon that has over 4k breaking strength. I have yet to even come close to getting my butt on the floor. I weigh 182lbs. When it gets wet, it certainly ups the weight though.

    I just haven't found the stretch issue to be what everyone is saying it is. 3 weeks almost constant (Likely been off the porch a total of 2 hours in 3 weeks), wet 3 times, is used multiple times throughout the day every day, has been adjusted very few times to account for stretch.

    I dunno, I'm just not seeing any real inconveniences...
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    ran out to big lots and picked up some ratchet straps--
    2, 15 ft. lengths for $8.

    no stretch, accurate hang. they must be 100% polyester.

    these convinced me that polypro webbing is unacceptable.

    HEY HEY HO HO. THIS POLYPRO HAS GOT TO GO!!
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    Congrats. I've been saying ratchet straps for months now.
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    thanks rock - and tendertoe -

    for showing me the light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock View Post
    Congrats. I've been saying ratchet straps for months now.
    I've just started reading a book wrote by Cody Lundin (98.6 degrees) where he says "the average person remembers a concept only after being exposed to it six or seven times".

    (Cody is the bare footed guy on the TV show Dual Survival)

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    Wet trees and webbing

    I currently have the tubular style webbing and it has a glossy,slippery texture to it. I got it from a rock climbing store. Stuff works great - until it starts raining

    On one recent trip, I was caught it in a wicked rainstorm. Desperate to get under some cover, I setup my tarp. When I went to get the hammock up, I wrapped the webbing around some kind of tree with a very smooth bark.

    After several minutes in the hammock, I noticed my backside touching the wet ground. Yup, the webbing had slid down about a foot and a half.

    I got back out, tied it up again thinking it was my fault. Nope. wet rear again.

    +2 for Sgt. Rock's ratchet idea. I'm a convert. No more wet toosh with the right webbing!
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    When I first started hanging I bought some tubular nylon webbing. I found it to be ok but it did stretch and it is bulkier than my polyester webbing. I wish the the ratchet straps in the stores I go to stated what they are made of. I have more than enough polyester webbing but it would be nice to know there was a local supply available.

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    You could search the website of the manufacturer. This one: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=242557_0_0_

    is made by Highland http://www.highlandusa.com/
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    Much depends on how the webbing is to be used.

    In my application, I prefer nylon precisely because it does stretch.

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