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    if its nylon, which it probably is, it is probably strong enough, but you wouldn't want to use it, because of its stretch, it would not hold an exact length when weighted, but would stretch, unless its real fat, and wouldn't stretch as much under the same weight, but if you are unsure of its strength, its probably not that strong. tie a 5 or 6 foot piece to something and hang your body weight from it (cord hanging straight down, not horizontally like on a ridgeline) if it holds up to some light bouncing its probably plenty strong, this will also tell yo how much it stretches. if it stretches, you don't want it.


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    Question for all you guys who are former military personnel. I spent 6 years in the Army reserves and Ky national guard. I was wondering if what we called Ranger rope would be strong enough to use for a ridgeline?

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    If this is what you're talking about, it's strong enough and I doubt you'll notice much stretch...b/c it's 1.25" diameter. Which makes it much bulkier and heavier than you need.

    If you're talking about 550 cord, then no...it's not strong enough. I've broken it twice that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    If this is what you're talking about, it's strong enough and I doubt you'll notice much stretch...b/c it's 1.25" diameter. Which makes it much bulkier and heavier than you need.

    If you're talking about 550 cord, then no...it's not strong enough. I've broken it twice that way.
    It is the 550 cord that I was talking about. I used to use for a litle bit of everything, even thread my dog tag chain thru it for a bit of comfort in the summer months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigidpsycho View Post
    It is the 550 cord that I was talking about. I used to use for a litle bit of everything, even thread my dog tag chain thru it for a bit of comfort in the summer months.
    I'm inclined to agree with Just Jeff, 550 cord, even the good stuff, isn't strong enough to use for a structural ridgeline. If you were using it for a non-structural ridgeline, it's a different story, I think that would work just fine.

    On a separate note, when I was in the Marines, we'd use 550 cord for a little of everything. We'd cover dog tag chains with it, like you described, make weapon slings with it braided, attach our magazine pouches and canteen pouches and the like to our LBE. It made handy and hi-speed looking boot laces to go in jungle boots and we'd cut off the metal attachments off our LC-2 suspenders and replace it with 550 cord so it wouln't make noise. The uses of the stuff are pretty much limitless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    I'm inclined to agree with Just Jeff, 550 cord, even the good stuff, isn't strong enough to use for a structural ridgeline. If you were using it for a non-structural ridgeline, it's a different story, I think that would work just fine.

    On a separate note, when I was in the Marines, we'd use 550 cord for a little of everything. We'd cover dog tag chains with it, like you described, make weapon slings with it braided, attach our magazine pouches and canteen pouches and the like to our LBE. It made handy and hi-speed looking boot laces to go in jungle boots and we'd cut off the metal attachments off our LC-2 suspenders and replace it with 550 cord so it wouln't make noise. The uses of the stuff are pretty much limitless.
    I haven't quite decided yet if I'm going go with a structural ridgeline or just go with a non-structual. 550 cord 100mph tape is all a soldier needs to rig things up in the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigidpsycho View Post
    I haven't quite decided yet if I'm going go with a structural ridgeline or just go with a non-structual.
    It really depends on what the purpose of your ridgeline will be. Do you want it to keep a constant sag to your hammock for comfort or do you want it to hang socks with at night? I've learned how to keep my sag pretty consistent, so I don't use a structural ridgeline. If I were to go to a ridgeline, it'd more likely than not, be non-structural. Right now, I'm happy without. If I decide to go to one, J & H Lanmark is just a couple miles away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rigidpsycho View Post
    550 cord 100mph tape is all a soldier needs to rig things up in the field.
    A Marine just needs the 550 cord, we'll leave the tape to your Army boys. Seriously, the 100mph tape came in handy more than once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    It really depends on what the purpose of your ridgeline will be. Do you want it to keep a constant sag to your hammock for comfort or do you want it to hang socks with at night? I've learned how to keep my sag pretty consistent, so I don't use a structural ridgeline. If I were to go to a ridgeline, it'd more likely than not, be non-structural. Right now, I'm happy without. If I decide to go to one, J & H Lanmark is just a couple miles away.
    I may be going with non structural just to hang a tarp over for cover. Same here if i decide to go structural I'll go to J&H or Phillip Gall's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    A Marine just needs the 550 cord, we'll leave the tape to your Army boys. Seriously, the 100mph tape came in handy more than once.
    Hey I was the guy with the access to all of the 550 cord and tape. Us supply guys are pretty stingy with our toys

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigidpsycho View Post
    Hey I was the guy with the access to all of the 550 cord and tape. Us supply guys are pretty stingy with our toys
    Our supply guys gave us what we wanted, within reason. Besides, I had one roommate who was an air delivery specialist and another who was a corpsman, so I had about anything I needed from 550 cord to IV fluids after a hard night out pretty easy.
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