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    Just me?

    Everyone talks about how light a tree strap/whoopie suspension is. Granted, the whoopies are ultralight, but my two 6' x 1" DIY polypro straps weigh in at 7.4 oz. - almost half a pound! Is that normal? Is there some way to shave that weight, other than making shorter straps?

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    1" Polyester tree straps usually weigh between 5-8 grams per foot. That would be about 1 to 1-1/2 ounces for each 6' strap.
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    What's considered an acceptable weight rating for hammocking, then? I saw some ratchet straps at Walmart at various strengths: light duty (300 load/900 break), standard duty (430-460 load/1200 break), and heavy duty (600/1800). Would the light duty work?

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    I feel like I should find the disclaimer label on Drano that reads, "Do not drink."

    I weigh 200.# and hang on 300/900 working/breaking strength straps. However, they do look scary thin and would not recommend them to my friends

    I carefully inspect my straps on every outing and replace them if I even think I see the beginnings of a problem.
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    I've been using these and they hold very well and are very cheap. Just cut off the buckles and put the tag end through the loop.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/set-of-...aps-67386.html
    Hammocking, car camping, backpacking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Getting in touch with nature is getting expensive. Good thing I can DIY!

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    my "all in one" suspension came out weighing 6.3 oz for both webbing and whoopie slings.

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    Just got my SLS, single line suspension, down to 5.7 oz and this supports tarp and hammock.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Thanks, all!

    I took Burning Daylight's advice and picked up some HF straps. I think the webbing I used to make mine has a 1500 lb. rating, which was major overkill. What's really nice (besides the weight savings) is that I made four roughly 6' straps for less than $4!

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