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    Clarks clunky rope DOES work easily

    I've studied, spent, and become fascinated with the old craft and art of rope-splicing, stimulated by posts on this forum.

    So, I'm almost disappointed to note that Clark hit on something with their very thick polyprope rope. What do I mean?

    First, it is crazy how even Clark gets away with the simplest of knots through the gathered hem, as the stiffness of the three-strand rope keeps the knot intact. Then, the small drip ring turns out to make tying the rope returning from the tree similarly fast, because the knot seems to be so uncritical.

    Adjustments? Sure, you must untie to make them, but that, too is crazy easy with this rope.

    Other downside? Well, there's potential tree damage if no straps are used. But,the density of the rope is low and so the weight is not very great.

    How about bulk? Well, I disappointed that the total bulk of the stock rope is not so much greater than the collected parts of straps and whoopie slings and carabiners or soft-shackles. Greater, yes, but the Clark NX series hammocks are already so bulky, the difference in that context is, frankly, smaller than I expected when I just collected all the stock rope.

    Now, I'd like a hammock kit, for bicycle touring, that is less than 1/3rd the size of the Clark NX-250. But the point of this post is to give credit to Clark for having found that this cheap, bulky but lightweight 3-strand 1700 lb rated polyprope rope offers a lot in ridiculous simplicity and easy of tying and untying a single uncritical knot when used with their small drip rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemostiX View Post
    . . . Adjustments? Sure, you must untie to make them . . .
    Hi

    I agree and thanks for saying . . .

    . . . but adjustmments are easy as well -
    tied right the ring will slip up/down to tighten/loosen the hang . . .

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    i used the stock ropes on my ultra lite for almost ten years, and agree with you on all points, the only beef i had was that sometimes i had trouble getting the knot out, but when i started using the above method(bradleys post)that problem went away.
    i really like the simplicity of knots, no gear failure issues

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    As your experience shows:
    OF COURSE.

    The only rub is literally a rub, in your video, with the rope abrading the bark. A once-wrapped strap does not do that.

    Take that seriously, and an ideal supplement to the Clark suspension might be a thin light pad, 2" wide, slick on the outside and with a couple of retaining holders through which the rope is easily threaded. Something like the accessory shoulder pads of backpacks and handbags, through which thinner straps or cords are run. The load of the rope is then distributed broadly against the back and side of the tree and only through the pad.

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    one thing i would suggest to get the most life out of your rope is to move the drip ring every now and then or it will wear on the rope

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    The rub is an easy fix tho you just tie on to the straps which are only 6 dollars extra

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