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    Include controlled failure points; praising mitten hooks

    I recently clipped 'biners of my kit onto prepared tree straps in the dark, needlessly and foolishly without a headlamp. So, of course, I couldn't check to see that it was sound. But, it seemed right, including the feel and resistance of the taut Leighlo UQ sides as I tested with a gradual sit-down before getting in.

    It all crashed immediately at one end as I climbed in, hammock not having been connected to the foot-end strap as I had expected, but instead very temporarily hanging from the UQ suspension.

    Damage to the UQ? Minute and trivial -- All of it in one snapped plastic mitten hook which Leighlo (on advice of Director of Research, Development, and Testing Hangnout?) has included in the suspension of each end.

    Message: I did something stupid in the dark. But instead of tearing out the fabric of the UQ at the corners, a $.25 replaceable mitten hook was sacrificed, due to good design.

    I'm in favor of shorter and likely stronger shock cord than commonly provided. But, I'll include a mitten hook, strong enough for its purpose of supporting 1lb - 2lb UQ and tensioning to pull it taut. Better, I think, than anything metal.

    There's another caution here, too. We're finding it convenient to use Dyneema cord which is often much stronger than necessary. It shifts likely failure points.

    And, thanks to Leighlo (and, likely Hangnout) for the lesson.
    Last edited by DemostiX; 04-08-2012 at 15:08. Reason: spelling

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    I'm guilty of using Zing-it for everything just because it's convenient to have one line that will do it all and there's practically nothing lighter. However, it's not the weak link in anything. Thanks for the post, because I've had this nagging picture of doom in my mind everytime I set up, I haven't done anything about it.
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    Good points DX. It always concerns me when people talk about using any type of static cord, instead of bungee, to support an under quilt precisely for such reasons. Mistakes can result in torn UQ's. Heck, I know I've don the miss hammock and sit in the UQ thing. Only damage was to my ego. The use of plastic mitten hooks provided yet another level of safety in your situation.
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    Excellent advice, DX! One of my UQs came with metal biners....and they will be replaced before it gets used again.

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    Just thought I would bring this back from the edge of death, due to this being some great advice and something that I need to watch out on.

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