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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    The first one I made was from an aluminum tent stake. I made four more from an aluminum rod I had around. Probably 1/4" diameter. I'll measure it when I remember.

    The bends are made after heating the rod with a propane torch, using pliers. The key is to get it hot enough. When you reach the right temp the rod will bend fairly easily. Once formed, I dip the hot metal into a pot of water to harden it. Not sure if this necessary or not but I didn't want them to slowly become deformed by the load on the lines.

    I've been hanging from them for a few nights but that hardly qualifies as safety testing. Wish I had the testing resources to see how these affect line strength.
    Well, your not dead yet.

    Guess that means they are safe enough, least for a few nights.

    Thanks. I guess I need to steal the wife's brulee torch. . . er I mean . . . I need to go to Lowes and buy the wife a brulee torch . . . um.
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    Does tempering aluminum make it brittle? Would serious cold exacerbate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    Does tempering aluminum make it brittle? Would serious cold exacerbate?
    I seriously doubt the hardening is needed or that it will make the aluminum too brittle. The loads aren't all that significant. Same goes for the cold.

    FWIW, this is all just for fun. Right now I'm not convinced this is a system I'd use in the field. Whoopies are just so much easier to adjust plus we know a whoopie maintains 80% of the ropes rating. Doubt the same could be said for the Knotty Not or other single ring suspension approaches.
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    I hear ya, but like the Marlin this is a good alternative to know about. My first draw was the foot of distance it would/could save. I'm just not so keen on the trail stick idea if it has to be long. That said, if the appliance that could be used in the SRS might have another use=pot lifter/boot hanger/neck talisman/etc. and have the Dutch ti treatment I'd have to have two in the pack.

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    It seems that there will be pros and cons with every suspension system. I love whoopie slings, but you lose a good 18" of adjustability between the adjustable bury and the locked brummel. While this has never been an issue in the field, it is on my portable hammock stand at home. With the SRS suspension this is not a problem, but I have to carry hardware. The advantage is that it's adjustable to within about 3" of the hammock. The trail stick idea is adjustable to within about 5-6" of the hammock, but uses no hardware. I think it comes down to a choice of weight vs. function. HYOH
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    Quote Originally Posted by hangNyak View Post
    ...I love whoopie slings, but you lose a good 18" of adjustability between the adjustable bury and the locked brummel...
    This is easily cured. Use ~6"-8" "auxiliary" continuous loops larks headed to the gathered end hammock (behind the whoopie on a whipped end or through the channel with the whoopie) and hang these on the MSH. Adjustments are made with the MSH if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    This is easily cured. Use ~6"-8" "auxiliary" continuous loops larks headed to the gathered end hammock (behind the whoopie on a whipped end or through the channel with the whoopie) and hang these on the MSH. Adjustments are made with the MSH if necessary.
    This is what I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    This is easily cured. Use ~6"-8" "auxiliary" continuous loops larks headed to the gathered end hammock (behind the whoopie on a whipped end or through the channel with the whoopie) and hang these on the MSH. Adjustments are made with the MSH if necessary.
    Yep, I've done this in a pinch. Or a dogbone.

    The SRS doodley bop thing isn't a necessity, but another arrow in my quiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    This is easily cured. Use ~6"-8" "auxiliary" continuous loops larks headed to the gathered end hammock (behind the whoopie on a whipped end or through the channel with the whoopie) and hang these on the MSH. Adjustments are made with the MSH if necessary.
    The simple solutions are always my favourite.
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    I used the SRS system with descender rings (like the OP's first post) this weekend on a hang with my Ridgerunner. I'm 246 lbs. and I stayed high and dry all night. I could see where it was putting a lot of pressure on the Amsteel at the wrap closest to the hammock, but after taking it down the rope recovered and I couldn't tell where it had been.

    I like adjusting Whoopie slings better, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this system.

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