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    ripstop nylon tree huggers???

    hey guys, i have had a vision- ripstop nylon huggers...mabee a trippled piece of 1.9 oz. Has anyone tried this? anyone know real statistics on the strength on the different weights of ripstop??
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    I think the weak point would be a stitched eye or attachment point. I don't know the psi rating on ripstop, but i bet it's not very high. Especially since I and others have had catostrophic failures of 1.9 ripstop that started in the heel area.

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    I would be very worried. Ripstop is made to stop minor rips, but not with hundreds of pounds of force being applied. Trees with rough bark would really pose a challenge in terms of fabric durability.

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    I would imagine you could make them strong enough but not sure if you would save anything over regular straps by the time you got them thick enough. I think the bigger issue might be stretching. Just remember if you try it..... dont hang higher than you are willing to fall.
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    Bin Dare Dun Dat

    A couple of years ago I tried the experiment with Dyneema Ripstop. The grid patterned fabric used for backpacks and such. The grid fibers are made of Dyneema some of the strongest fiber available.

    Anyway, you can follow what I did HERE.

    Hope this helps.

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    thanks guys,
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    I would think that a a ripstop strap would lose the benefit of using a strap for the tree. The big benefit of the strap is distributing the weight across a large area of bark.

    It seems like the stress would be directly in the middle of the ripstop (which stretches) and less on the edges so it would end up constricting the tree in a very narrow band, just like a rope.
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    don't see any benefit to doing this, you could probably find some polyester webbing (gross grain ribbon perhaps) that would equal whatever weight you're looking for, and wouldn't stretch like nylon.

    be careful going too light, there will be alot of abrasion going on, so that needs to be factored in. 1 layer of ggr would hold you i bet, but for how many nights is the question. i certainly wouldn't want to hang from anything that light. hang low and don't eat too much for dinner

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