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    Side Tie-Outs For Speer Type?

    I now have 3 DIY Speer-type hammocks. I love them and they are very comfortable, but they have what I am calling "the Taco syndrome". Once you lay in them the sides kinda come up and fold over inside the hammock and it ends up looking like a taco shell.

    I know a pad will help to hold the hammock open and I have even seen people use small tent poles to keep the hammock spread. I don't always use a pad with my hammock and I just don't like the pole idea. I guess my HH has spoiled me with all the interior roominess it has because of its side tie-outs.

    If I were to add side tie-outs to one of my hammocks what would be the best location: middle of the hammock, near head, shoulder area, etc...?

    Do the tie-outs need to be located on the edge of the hammock, on the rolled hem, or would it be better to move them down on the body of the hammock a little (the hammock would be reinforced no matter where they are located)?

    I also had the thought that side tie-outs that are offset, or not located directly across from each other, may help give the hammock a more asymmetrical shape.

    Thoughts and comments?

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    I would do it asymmetrically. Since that's the way you lay, putting one tie-out near your head will give you more headroom. Same for the feet. JMO.
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    I am thinking about putting them on my next one. Make sure that you use a stretchy cord. If not the hammock either won't swing or will pull the tieouts out/off. The HH has one just below the shoulder on one side and around the knee on the other on me. I think that would open up the most room.

    I struggled with this too. Try whipping the top edges of your hammock a little less. That will let the side hang down more.
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    Man Jeff, I got to get faster.

    Forgot to add. Look into putting them on the edge seam. That should be the strongest place. After my last run in with the ground, I am not going to put any holes where there does not need to be holes in the hammock fabric.
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    Side tie-outs may be the answer to the asymmetrical whipping dilemma. Maybe asymmetrically placed side tie-outs along with an asymmetrical whipping technique like Arkwater and Hammock Engineer tried would yield an asymmetrical Speer-type hammock.

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    I'll try that when my ebay material gets here. I am still waiting on the final shipping cost so I can pay.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Where can I buy the elastic guy line like what is used on a HH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Where can I buy the elastic guy line like what is used on a HH?
    How much do you need?

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    Dunno really. 6-8 foot per side I guess. I'll measure my HH tonight and let you know. You got some you wanna sell?

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    I am not sure which one I ordered. But I have some one of these nylon shock cords from OWF. When in doubt call, they are really helpful. They might just not be the cheapest option.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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