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    Amsteel Blue 7/64ths vs 1/8. What do you prefer?

    I've been reading through some of the very long sticky threads about whoopie slings. I seem to see about an even amount of people using the Amsteel 1/8" vs the 7/64ths. Am I correct that the issue is more the number of strands (12 vs 8 if I understood correctly) than in the additional 1/64"?

    Since I am getting ready to place an order for some to convert my hammocks to a whoopie system, which of these two sizes do people seem most happy with?

    Is Amsteel Blue still the generally preferred choice among those in the know for making whoopie slings?

    Thanks.

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    As I understand it, Amsteel Blue is still the go-to for whoopie slings (and is for me). In terms of size I seem to find more 7/64th users (and retailers of whoopie slings rend to only have this width). At 1600 pounds breaking strength (less when whoopified) it has a good deal of holding power!
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    Also there are quite a few people who use dynaglide which is an even thinner cord than 7/64.
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    I have had 7/64 whoopies and never had a problem... They did seem to "stretch" where they were spliced, but never failed. With that said, I have switched to 1/8 and feel a little more secure....think it's probably more just in my head. I should also say that I'm about 270lbs

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    I have 7/64" amsteel and it's more than strong enough for any hammockers. I've never heard of a failure of 7/64".

    I am about to switch from 7/64" amsteel to Dynaglide which is only about 2mm in diameter and I weight 200#.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    As I understand it, Amsteel Blue is still the go-to for whoopie slings (and is for me). In terms of size I seem to find more 7/64th users (and retailers of whoopie slings rend to only have this width). At 1600 pounds breaking strength (less when whoopified) it has a good deal of holding power!
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    I have a pair of 1/4" whoopies. I couldn't beleive that 7/64 would hold me. Now I hang on dynaglide... live and learn.

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    i prefer 1/8" this for two reasons firstly it's way easyer to obtain. the local west marine store carried it at the store. this has changed a wee bit .. last time i was in the store i noticed they now carry both ( why would they bother, since the two sizes are soooo very close in prrformance, paticulary for the typical end user- boaters) second is just my own perfence to handle/work with bigger line always seem just a bit easyer.

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    The 7/64" is more than adequate for most suspension use and is about half the price of the 1/8" stuff. While 1/8 is considerably stronger, 2500 pounds, it will be overkill if connected to 1500 pound tree straps or a hammock rated at 300 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeBait View Post
    The 7/64" is more than adequate for most suspension use and is about half the price of the 1/8" stuff. While 1/8 is considerably stronger, 2500 pounds, it will be overkill if connected to 1500 pound tree straps or a hammock rated at 300 pounds.
    .....until a new piece of metal hardware cuts some of those stands.

    Hammockers are doing silly things that would have them dropped from climbing groups.

    Maybe it is from living with someone who actuarially has a 25% chance of dying before the year ends that has me further regard with some alarm behavior you would not want your kids to engage in. Surviving this week and this month does not lead a thinking person to infer immortality. I can go out soon and suspend my hammock from 100lb test Dyneema fishing line, and almost certainly will not drop tonight or this week. That will not make it safe to do so in the long run or right for me to pass those lines on to someone else "just for one night."

    Standard recommendation of safe working load for human support is 11-15 times breaking strength. OP: Don't let anyone talk you out of using less than what you think is safe. 7/64" or 1/8" are standard, and you should still regularly inspect your line.

    And I haven't touched on how Dynaglide (and Stein throw-line) comes to be relied on as 50% stronger than same-weight and same fiber Zing-It and Lash-It.

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