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    What do y'all think of this idea?

    So, I am experimenting with something.
    And I wanted to hear some feedback from y'all.

    I have a Clark North American.
    I like the rope. It's light, doesn't wick moisture. Knots aren't that complex or hard to remember.

    But . . . I like to fix things that aren't broken.
    So I've temporarily replaced the suspension system just for kicks.

    Here's a photo of the stock rope, stock knot passed through the hammock's channel (with my Dodge key fob for scale)


    You'll notice that the rope loop forms a pear shape. And the hammock material "scrunches" into the bottom of that loop. With weight on the hammock . . . . the middle of that "scrunch" bears most of the weight, while the sides don't.

    I pulled out the rope and replaced it with a "parabiner"

    My thought being that the biner would distribute the hammock material more evenly across the flat bottom, allowing for weight to be distributed more evenly as well.
    Then a webbing loop w/buckle could be put on the other end of the parabiner.
    Like so:


    I doubt I'll use this setup fulltime, but . . . thought I should give it a shot.

    Any thoughts? Suggestions? Warnings?

    I'm sure the first thoughts will be about weight of the setup.

    I need to weight it all separately, but . . . I think the

    (two parabiners + two webbing w/buckles + two 17' long webbing straps)

    is only 8oz heavier than the

    (rope +tree straps)

    That might piss Mr. Jardine off, but . . . for me, I think 1/2 a pound isn't that significant (especially for motorcycling use). And it may be less than that (I'd need to weigh everything separately on a postal scale to be sure).

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    Not sure whether or not it would distribute the hammock material more evenly across the flat bottom or not or if that even matters. Looks good to me considering extra weight is a non factor.
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    Well, I'm up in my studio with the new suspension system. If I haven't done it already, I'd like to send a shout out to Skinner for the excellent webbing.
    Gonna try it out tonight.



    BTW, the weather site I look at is predicting an overnight low of 28 degrees.
    Eek!I hate to run through propane, but I'll be turning on the propane heater to keep it at 50 degrees in here.

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    How did this work out in the long run? I am interested in these biners. I have been using a short piece of dowel to FLATTEN out the hang in my Claytors, but this would perhaps be better.RAW, can you tell me where you got them? Thanks, Mule
    Last edited by Mule; 05-26-2008 at 10:05.
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    The parabiners came from Utah Paragliding.

    The parabiners and your straps worked great the few times I've used them on the NA.
    I haven't put the straps and biners on my NX yet. I've just used the stock rope.

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    $40 for a 'biner? Wow. I'd like to see some specs on these, I wish they listed some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobit View Post
    $40 for a 'biner? Wow. I'd like to see some specs on these, I wish they listed some.
    Search on AustriAlpin PowerFLy Stainless - They are sold in two's, so it's $20 buck each. Not bad with the certifications and specs they have to meet for either parachuting or paragliding work.

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    Yep, that's what I was going to say . . . sold in pairs.

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    that's a cool biner!!! I've got to get a set of cinch buckles that match the size of my webbing...I did not realize the Clarks suspension also ran through a channel on the hammock much like a Claytor. Thanks for the photos and info.
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    THANKS! Steve
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