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    Zing-it vs Kelty Triptease vs lash-it vs ???

    Anyone care to comment on pros or cons of various ridgeline materials?

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    Zing it and Lash it are the same cord different names, dont know about the kelty trip tease but have heard good things about it. The thing I like about the lash/zing it are that they are a bit more stiffer then other ropes meaning IMHO they tangle less and are easier to untangle if they get tangled up.
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    Kelty Triptease is a sheath-over-core construction. It's strong, very little stretch, great visibility (from the reflective material in the sheath) and a bit bigger than 2.2 mm Lashit. Splicing it would be a problem because of the core construction.
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    Subscribing to this thread... I've been using cheap 1/8" polyester cord from Home Depot for ridgeline and tarp tie-outs. Imagine the weight and bulk savings going to a 1/16" cord like Lash-it is pretty significant and worth the investment?

    Just looking at some online specs. Triptease has a Dyneema core, is 3mm diameter (real close to 1/8" according to my math), weighs 1 ounce for 50' length, and has a break strength of 188 lbs. It's also highly reflective.

    The 1/16" lash-it is barely lighter at .96 ounces for 50', is made of Dyneema, and Samson lists "average strength" of 500 lbs!

    I think the poly cord I use has a break strength advertised around 300 lbs but weighs a lot more than these other cords, probably something like 4 ounces for 50 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festus Hagen View Post
    Subscribing to this thread... I've been using cheap 1/8" polyester cord from Home Depot for ridgeline and tarp tie-outs. Imagine the weight and bulk savings going to a 1/16" cord like Lash-it is pretty significant and worth the investment?

    Just looking at some online specs. Triptease has a Dyneema core, is 3mm diameter (real close to 1/8" according to my math), weighs 1 ounce for 50' length, and has a break strength of 188 lbs. It's also highly reflective.

    The 1/16" lash-it is barely lighter at .96 ounces for 50', is made of Dyneema, and Samson lists "average strength" of 500 lbs!

    I think the poly cord I use has a break strength advertised around 300 lbs but weighs a lot more than these other cords, probably something like 4 ounces for 50 feet.
    Interesting. I have some 2 mm cord that was sold as Kelty triptease with a core. Going to use it for prussics on some 1/8 in for a tarp ridge line. After watching the thread about tree huggers I'm thinking large tarp lines do less damage.

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    I use ONLY Kelty Triptease on all my tarp ridgelines and guyouts.

    For its weight (1oz/50'), strength and reflectiveness it can't be beat IMHO

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    Triptease is good but lights up like a disco and takes away any stealthiness.
    I keep one tiny piece on my tarp to find it after my romps through the forest in the blackness of night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Triptease is good but lights up like a disco and takes away any stealthiness.
    That's why I like it. When I get up in the middle of the night to run outside I'm usually in a total sleep stupor. I like that it lights up nice and bright so I can find my way home. OTOH, it doesn't reflect during the day, and only at night when people are looking for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Triptease is good but lights up like a disco and takes away any stealthiness.
    I keep one tiny piece on my tarp to find it after my romps through the forest in the blackness of night.
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    What is the deal with not having reflective lines? I hear so many ppl poking fun at the newbs with glowing lines. Personally I don't get it. What matters most to me is nobody tripping on my guylines and ripping something because they can't see it. I've never understood the whole "stealth" concept. I'm a backpacker, not a special forces soldier behind enemy lines. Generally, random people who are wandering through the woods at night are not looking to ambush you, in fact, visually seeing the lines, will alert them to your location and in almost all cases will keep people from accidentally trodding through your campsite. I almost look at it as a warning to people that someone is already setup there. I don't really see any reason to be stealth/invisible in the woods for safety reasons, and because I'm not camping in areas where I'm not supposed to.

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    Have to admit I haven't tried the "its" yet. I'm a rope and string nut, nearly as bad as my sailor knotwork son, so probably will.

    However, I like triptease because I kayak more than backpack, and after walking a beach in the dark, need to be able to find my camp. I can either hang my PFD with the reflective panels on a tree, or use triptease.

    It takes a couple extra turns on a prussic, as mentioned.

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