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  1. #11
    Senior Member lazy river road's Avatar
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    I like woopies for one reason and one reason only. I just like saying that I make woopie .

    But all joking aside I like woopies for several reasons.
    1. Lighter
    2. Less Volume
    3. Using the Dutch woopie hook my suspension system is detachable from my hammock allowing me to set up my suspension system and then attach it to my hammock under my tarp in the rain with out ever having to step out into the rain.
    4. I find woopies easier to adjust them cinch buckles or descender rings (even though their all easy to adjust its just what I prefer and find easy)
    5. Well it fun making woopies
    Sometimes I like to hike and think, And sometimes I just like to hike.

    Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.

  2. #12
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    Buy whoopies? They're too much fun to make then to actually buy them.

    I still have the strap suspension on my WBBB. I have whoopies on all my DIY's.

    I just ordered some strapping from Dutch. But I need strapping for about three hammock setups and an extension for one place I like to hang that takes way too much strap to get around the tree. Darn thing is about 4 foot in Diameter. That's over 12 foot just to get around.
    From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
    William Crane
    aka MrClean
    Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
    Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
    Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
    The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
    JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
    TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
    The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.

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    Senior Member timabababaluka's Avatar
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    When I first started out I thought, "Nope! That's just too high speed for me." But after some reading and a YouTube video or two I started to realize that it was something I could do. DIY whoopies were cheaper than getting four descender rings, and I prefer to use knots and things over hardware when I can, so for me the whoopies were a perfect match.

    But that shoe doesn't fit all feet--your miles may vary
    You're gonna need a bigger hammock

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    A nuanced answer: for backpacking, they are my first and only choice.

    But I don't backpack, and for my uses, webbing/cinch buckles wins hands down.
    +1 Going light, fast, and low-bulk, whoopies often win. My current set-up is the DutchWare Whoopie Hook system. I have a continuous loop fixed on the ends of my hammock. These also allow my hammock to hook to other suspension systems easily.

    When weight and bulk aren't a factor, I use all kinds of suspension systems, often just to test and try them out.

    One downside to Whoopie Slings is that they have a minimum distance because of the buries. Most commercially-made slings have a min distance of about 18 inches. For close hangs, this can be an issue. Having that continuous loop at the hammock, however, gives you an attachment point to the straps in those close-hang cases.

  5. #15
    Mullach' Abu XTrekker's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I like whoopies for two reasons. One is that they are smaller and lighter than full straps. Two is that they are easier to adjust than straps & rings, for me.
    I got caught in the whoopie craze and now im back to straps and descender rings. I feel the contrary to Mad777 in that I think straps are Much Much easier and simpler to use than whoopies. But that's just me. I like the fact that I have just the strap to deal with rather than the strap, marlin spike, and whoopie. We all have our preference and they all work well. There really is no wrong way to go here.

    I recommend trying many different types of suspensions, from there you can decide for yourself which one works best for you.

  6. #16
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    Whoopies for 3 seasons. Straps & buckle for winter.

    S

  7. #17
    Michelle the Camper's Avatar
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    I got tree straps made from polyester and they worked great. I'm going to try to duplicate them. Any recomendations for fave materials source? I happen to have two killer foam and fabric stores about 10 minutes away, but they often don't have things I want in stock. (but they do get miraculous surprise remnants!)

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    I have a variety of suspensions, they all work very nicely and I don't find any faults. Whoopies are my preference. I have found several simple work arounds for trees that are too close. Basically whoopies have a high gizmosity factor, they're just fun.

    Here's the thing, the tool you use the most is usually the one you'll develope the most skill with and choose in the most situations.

    David

  9. #19
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    I'm totally new to this, so after reading and watching several videos I switched my Frontline hammock to whoopies just because it is so much easier to adjust the hammock. I still have to fiddle around a bunch to make it comfortable enough to sleep in. The stock suspension on a Frontline hammock is time consuming to adjust any other way.

  10. #20
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    Big fan of the whoopies. I had the stock straps and found they were a little difficult to manage to get around some larger trees with the weight of the hammock having to be held up. Whoopies and tree straps solved that.

    Downside is now with 36" tree straps I have to use smaller diam trees than I was able with the straps and buckles before.

    The weight and volume savings is worth it however.

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