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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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    Either of the "-it's" and Triptease are suitable for the task.

    Triptease's construction will make it better with knots, plus has the aforementioned disco feature.

    Zing/Lash-It are slippery so knots, including prussics, don't hold as well but the line is sliceable, small and stealthy (depending on color choice).

    Skistrees - A hammock structural ridgeline simply sets the sag of the hammock by creating a fixed distance between the hammock ends. Zing/Lash-It are fine for SRL but too light duty for the actual hammock suspension.
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    I agree with Shug...triptease does in fact light up light up like a disco and does do away with any chance of stealthiness. I have one of the Disco ridgelines, and it most definetly helps to find the hammock in the darkness, but it also makes it easy for someone else to find it also.

    I have changed to a ridgeline made from Dyneema and have found the loss of the disco effect to be comforting and more in line with my way of hiding out when in the woods, and cannot be found by others.

    I like everything that is stealthy, and night vision is the way to go IMHO/HYOH.
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    I've been using 1.75 Lash-it for my tarp ridgeline, and use a Klemheist knot on each end made from the same Lash-it, and it works excellent.
    You do have to wrap the knot about 4-5 times though to have it hold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skistrees View Post
    I think it depends on what type of ridge line you have. As I understand it a "structural" ridge line goes from tree to tree and the hammock hangs off of that.
    Skistrees, you weren't far off the mark here. Most people don't combine their hammock support ropes with a structural ridgeline that sets the sag of their hammock, but I do. I also keep my tarp permanently attached to the same line with bungee loops connected to prussiks (or Penberthies or Klemheist Knots). This lets me set up the tarp quickly if it's raining and then do the rest of the hammock connections and minor adjustments under shelter.

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    Is there a difference between zing-it and lash-it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Globetruck View Post
    Is there a difference between zing-it and lash-it?
    about four letters and the color.
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    I guess it also depends on where you are hiking. When I hike in Shenandoah NP, I usually stick to the backcountry trails where I very rarely see any other hikers. Most of the hikers I see tend to like to stay on the AT. I guess it all depends on what you're looking for. I also don't really see the need to stealth camp all that often. I don't actively seek out other people if I am solo hiking, but if they see me, I don't really mind.

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    zing it: stronger than triptease
    triptease: sheathed, and less slippery

    i found a direct prusik of triptease on triptease to be satisfactory, the kelty line has a rough exterior and holds prusiks well. it is also fairly stiff, and tangles little while holding knots like bowlines very well. (allowing you to untie a knot, if need be)

    another idea for it is if you have a foot left over, tie loops onto your hammock zipper(s) for easy to see exit during nature calls at 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.
    I keep one tiny piece on my tarp to find it after my romps through the forest in the blackness of night.
    Shug
    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.

    Love you Shug, you've literally transformed my passion for backpacking, I obviously just need a vet's perspective on this issue.

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