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    Ring Suspension on the Cheap

    Alright, so I decided to try a hammock on my next camping trip, I am pretty excited, so excited I decided to make my own hammock as well. Now I got my 1.9 ripstop, some type III paracord, some bug netting, some 1" webbing, and a tarp for rainfly.

    Now I realized at the last second that I don't have any rings for my suspension (not required, but I wanted it to be easy). I was curious on what you guys thought about this idea. I have some old canvas belts with the rings for a buckle, they aren't welded so they are not super strong, but do you think they would be able to hold 220 pounds of dude?

    Normally I would just order some descending rings, and I am sure most people will suggest that, but sadly my next trip is actually in 3 days so I don't have the time/money for that. Also I understand I can just hitch the webbing and cord together and skip the rings all together, which I am OK with, just curious what you guys thought about the belt loops.
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    Don't do it. Those rings aren't any where near strong enough. The force put on the hammock suspension increases/decrease with the angle with which you set it up. You want at least triple your body weight(more if you can afford it) in break strength on ropes and rings(be careful with paracord it has broken on some people. you might double it up to get by). I found some rings at Harbor Freight that were 600lbs and they seemed to work well. But if I was going to do it again I would buy climbing grade rings. The only problem was I found them to be very hard to loosen up once you have gotten in your hammock. I stopped using them for this very reason. If you are looking for the easiest system use a Marlin Spike Hitch with toggles and whoopies. Good Luck!
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    ManCat is right, DON'T trust your tail bone to those rings. They may hold momentarily but being woken up at 3am mid flight would suck. Lots of other options to chose from for a suitable suspension. And same 2cents on the paracord, A. it is nylon and stretches like crazy and B. it's been known to snap under 200 pound for a hangers. Again lots of better and safer choices to make.

    For your weight most folks want gear that is at least 1000 pounds rated for safety sake. My concern with low rated gear has always been that if someone should break even just their tail bone it would be a crappy hike out. Better safe than sore.
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    edit: just noticed you are short on time...

    I would suggest two things both are available on Paul's store Arrowhead Equipment:

    http://arrowheadequipment.webs.com/a...ategory/270327

    Buy 2 chain links made from Amsteel ($4.50 EA). This would be much better and stronger than your paracord

    Buy a pair of aluminum rings ($7.50 for the pair)

    And if you really wanted to do it right add an adjustable structural ridgeline for $13.75.

    That way none of the structural system is dependant on your paracord. If you are handy you could just buy the rings and a length of raw amsteel and make your own chainlinks and ridgeline.

    My $ 0.02 FWIW

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by d3k0y View Post
    Alright, so I decided to try a hammock on my next camping trip, I am pretty excited, so excited I decided to make my own hammock as well. Now I got my 1.9 ripstop, some type III paracord, some bug netting, some 1" webbing, and a tarp for rainfly.

    Now I realized at the last second that I don't have any rings for my suspension (not required, but I wanted it to be easy). I was curious on what you guys thought about this idea. I have some old canvas belts with the rings for a buckle, they aren't welded so they are not super strong, but do you think they would be able to hold 220 pounds of dude?

    Normally I would just order some descending rings, and I am sure most people will suggest that, but sadly my next trip is actually in 3 days so I don't have the time/money for that. Also I understand I can just hitch the webbing and cord together and skip the rings all together, which I am OK with, just curious what you guys thought about the belt loops.
    Get some Harbor Freight straps. Get some rope that is at least 1200 lb breaking point to attach to your hammock. (Paracord is 550lb). Use the rings from Harbor Freight that mancat recommended as well.

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    If you have a climbing store by you, they may carry descender rings or at least climbing carabiners.

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    Instead of descender rings, find a Tractor Supply Store or equivalent. They will have screw link that will carry several hundred pounds. Steel and heavy but about 5 bucks for a pair. And they will work for one weekend for sure.

    The cordage is another matter. Ratchet Straps are an option but not a preferred one. Weight they can carry is questionable. Tractor Supply or something like Sports Academy MAY have rope that can carry the weight. Frankly, if you could figure out a way, some chain from a kids swing may be a route to go. At least for this weekend.

    The cordage is one area where, even thought it will cost in the overnight shipping, go to Redden marine and order about 50' of Amsteel (7/64 or larger). Cost will be about 25 cents a foot plus shipping. But that is one area that I would recommend spending that money on. Watch the YouTube videos on splicing and creating a Whoopie Sling. I created two in like an hour with a coat hanger and some Scotch Tape. It is worth it.
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    Thanks for the warnings, I was pretty much ready to just go for it at this point. Not sure why I didn't think to check Tractor Supply, but upon looking they have some some steel rings for $.99

    Now I just need to call every Marine/Boat store within 15 miles and see if any of them are awesome enough to carry Amsteel in stock

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    If you insist on doing this, buy the biggest, baddest rings they sell. This stuff is made in China crap, and it will fail. Others have had welded rings come apart, and I've had those screw links blow up (not on hammocks). This is not a good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendertoe View Post
    If you have a climbing store by you, they may carry descender rings or at least climbing carabiners.
    Agree with this suggestion, for example this store is in your area and may have climbing rings:

    http://www.benchmarkoutfitter.com/stores

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