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    Suspension recommendation for big guys?

    Hey there - I tried out the Walmart Equip last weekend and note first that whatever they supplied stretches too much...

    That said, what can I change out to that won't stretch so much that I end up laying on the ground in the morning?

    Is the problem that I just didn't hang high enough to start with? Do all systems sag or stretch throughout the night?

    BTW - I'm 6'2" & 240#...

    Thanks for any input and all recommendations!

    Dennis

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    I am 6' @ 250. I hang in a Grand Trunk Skeeter Beater Pro. With 7/64 Amsteel whoopies/Toggle and Treestraps. I tend to set my hammock a little higher than most. About 26 inches and I have no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    Hey there - I tried out the Walmart Equip last weekend and note first that whatever they supplied stretches too much...

    That said, what can I change out to that won't stretch so much that I end up laying on the ground in the morning?

    Is the problem that I just didn't hang high enough to start with? Do all systems sag or stretch throughout the night?

    BTW - I'm 6'2" & 240#...

    Thanks for any input and all recommendations!

    Dennis
    It seems that Nylon webbing (straps) stretches. Poly webbing does not stretch but a wee bit. Amsteel does not stretch noticeably but paracord and (nylon) climbing rope do. And they both stretch alot when wet, raining or humid.

    When i use nylon straps i can start out 18" off the ground, then end up on the ground after a few hours (especially if it rains). Not so with poly straps or Eno Atlas Straps or Kammock straps and amsteel whoopies. For me- getting rid of all nylon in the suspension fixed that. Hope this helps!
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    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
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    I use 1/8" amsteel, have used 7/64" without a problem, but the last set I did was 1/8", combined with tree straps and Dutch buckles. I am 304 as of this morning, and hope to be less than that soon, but have never been less and 250 and had no problems with my suspension.
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    OK - the general opinion seems to be poly webbing or amsteel for us bigger guys. I'm going to try and make myself a set of amsteel whoopie slings as there's plenty of how to available.

    Thanks!

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    You can also use webbing from ratchet tie down straps. They will most likely be polyester or polypropylene as that application has the same problem with stretching.

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    +1 on switching out your suspension for amsteel. Make sure your using good tree straps too. For example, the Eno tree straps stretch all to be heck.

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    I use ratchet straps without the metal hardware (cut the hooks and toss the ratchet in the bucket with all the rest), and 1/8 amsteel. I like the ratchet straps because they don't stretch very much and the loops are already sewn in. I found it very easy to remove the hook by cutting where it bends back to complete the circle. They are always coated in plastic and by removing the plastic in the joint you can slip the webbing out of the gap. Some of the straps are the cinch type, where you pull the webbing through the buckle and it grabs it. These types have loops on both ends and after removing the hook you can attach your amsteel by larks head knot and completely eliminate all hardware.

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    I use this ( http://www.rei.com/product/783605/1-...ubular-webbing) as my tree straps. Minimal if any stretch and very tough. I tie an overhand loop knot in one end and bring the tail of the other end back through to secure it to the tree. Then I use a toggle and marlin spike hitch. I have found that more webbing (longer amounts) = greater stretch. So if you keep your straps short and stretch out your whoopies, you will be minimizing stretch and bounce.
    Be careful not to buy thinner, nylon straps. Also be aware that not all straps are the same. A friend proudly displayed his new ENO double nest / slap straps for me at work and was surprised to see how trampoline like it was. I brought my set up in with climbing straps and amsteel whoopies and showed him how firm a suspension can be.
    It is all good though. It depends what you like, what you can afford, and what you have available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resqsarge03 View Post
    I use this ( http://www.rei.com/product/783605/1-...ubular-webbing) as my tree straps. Minimal if any stretch and very tough. I tie an overhand loop knot in one end and bring the tail of the other end back through to secure it to the tree. Then I use a toggle and marlin spike hitch. I have found that more webbing (longer amounts) = greater stretch. So if you keep your straps short and stretch out your whoopies, you will be minimizing stretch and bounce.
    Be careful not to buy thinner, nylon straps. Also be aware that not all straps are the same. A friend proudly displayed his new ENO double nest / slap straps for me at work and was surprised to see how trampoline like it was. I brought my set up in with climbing straps and amsteel whoopies and showed him how firm a suspension can be.
    It is all good though. It depends what you like, what you can afford, and what you have available.
    -sarge
    YEP! That Mil-Spec works and doesn't stretch noticeably - an old rock-climbing friend turned me on to this exact strap material (been using it ever since) and it works! Tie a water-knot into one end or sew a loop and you're done. Lotsa colors too
    - Loki,

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