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    types of carabiners

    hi guys been wanting to try out a system of hooking the hammock to the trees using carabiners but which type of carabiner should I use? and how big or what load would be enough so that I wont get a crash fall? and at the same time what carabiners do you use? thanks

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    you need climbing grade carabinersbut that doesnt mean you need the heaviest duty ones.

    this is what I had but it is wayyy over kill.
    http://www.rei.com/product/710216/bl...gate-carabiner

    This is what i would think is better.
    http://www.rei.com/product/810823/ca...gate-carabiner

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    Any biner rated for climbing is fine. There are a couple of 'our' vendors that offer biners; Warbonnet and Trek Light both sell lightweight biners that can be used with the hammock's suspension. Or, you can go all fancy and get yourself some Dutch Clips at Jacks R Better.

    Otherwise, just look for something that is rated for climbers and you'll be fine. I use many different brands and designs; haven't had that part of my setup fail me yet.
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    you could also always go the toggle route

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    +1 on the climbing carabiner. Just buy the lightest cheapest climbing grade biner and you will be fine. Just make sure it was designed to carry human weight.

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    I'm using a wiregate carabiner exactly like this one...
    http://www.rei.com/product/782252/ma...gate-carabiner
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    Have you considered making some soft shackles? I made new suspensions for my new hammock and converted to soft shackles. I had some left over length s and made 5 soft shackles for my tree huggers and what ever else I would use a carabiner for. Just a thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawHat View Post
    I'm using a wiregate carabiner exactly like this one...
    http://www.rei.com/product/782252/ma...gate-carabiner
    And rated to 25 Kilo-newtons or 5,620.22358 pounds force. I have the same rating and, obviously, trust them to get er dun.
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    Yep, definitely use a climbing rated carabiners. I've looked at hundreds and finally decided on the C.A.M.P. Nano 23 as a great combination of strength, low weight and price.

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    I got a better price by purchasing climbing biners in bulk. For example, if you get the Black Diamond Neutrino from REI, you could take 20% off one item (member discount) and get SIX for about $28. They've worked great for me!

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