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    how much for how long can the WBBB hold?

    I am jut curious ... the 1.7 has a 400 pound limit, so I am curious how much could it hold for how long?

    If I put a 400 pound weight in there when would it finally break?

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    I'd say until the fabric and thread degrades from outside factors like UV, moisture etc. The static load would hold quite a while I'd imagine. Dynamic load is a different story. Just a guess.
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    hmmm alright thanks for the guess ... I am just curious if 400 is a safe estimate or the utmost limit ...i dont ever plan on getting more than 400 pounds in it but you never know. may have to rescue a tenter one day and his gear with my WBBB so I was just tossing out my thoughts ...

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    To clarify, its the double layer 1.7 that has the 400 lb limit and I think Brandon's estimates do have a bit if a safety margin as well. It would probably hold more than 400 lbs.
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    my wife and I have laid in my 1.1 double for over an hour... nothing broke or failed

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    I'm almost 350 and used mine all summer. I'm a flipper and a flopper and it held up to that stress. Not scientific. More annecdotal. Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copenhagen69 View Post
    I am jut curious ... how much could it hold for how long?
    I think you might be mixing apples and oranges. How much is the question. How long is a red herring of sorts. The failure would be instantaneous and catastrophic. It would be a "break" not a "bend." Just my opinion.

    If I ever "rescue" a tenter ... he ain't sleeping in my hammock with me anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    If I ever "rescue" a tenter ... he ain't sleeping in my hammock with me anyway!
    Unless it is a helpless young lady

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copenhagen69 View Post
    may have to rescue a tenter one day and his gear with my WBBB so I was just tossing out my thoughts ...
    I'm going to go ahead and assume that is code for 'dynamic stress testing', which itself is code for...other things.

    These outdoor hammocks are really not built for such activities; they're built to be lightweight. That said, my girlfriend and I hike together regularly and she spent a couple of months on the AT with me. We sleep in the same hammock frequently on the trail. All total, we have broken one ring (literally exploded in the middle of the night) and snapped some cordage on a UL suspension (wasn't Amsteel). That's just from sleeping, ie. static weight. While we have slept in my Blackbird 1.7 double once or twice, it always makes me nervous. Too much to go wrong. The netting could get loaded in just the right way from someone laying slightly out of position and tear away from the body. That's my biggest concern. So, we almost always sleep in her TrekLight double; simple and much less to fail.

    So, if you want to go around rescuing people from the dirty ground, my suggestion would be to go with a simple sling hammock, like ENO, TrekLight, WB Traveler, or the many other basic hammocks out there. You may still very well have hardware failures, but the hammock itself should not let you down; figuratively or literally. At least, ours haven't after some probably 50 or so nights together in a hammock in the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    'dynamic stress testing'
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