Single Line Tarp Ridge Line Questions
Stu (and forum members):
As I've learned more about suspension systems for hammocks and tarps, I thought out what I thought would be the perfect SLTRL. Lo and behold as I was browsing your products I discovered you are smarter than me because you thought of it first... the Single Line Tarp Ridge Line - Dutch Edition with Dutchware. Exactly the way I would do it.
I have just ordered a Cloudburst tarp from Warbonnet and it is a big tarp at 12x11. Based on your description, it seems this would be so big that you recommend your standard SLTRL which uses 2.2 Dyneema instead of the 1.75 zing-it/lash-it.
So here are my questions:
1.) Do you think I can get away with the Dutchware version SLTRL with 1.75 Lash-It on a Cloudburst tarp?
2.) I really would prefer to use the Dutchware. Can you use the 2.2 line with the Dutch Hook and Tarp Flyz?
So now two questions on the standard Single Line Tarp Ridgeline, and these are 100% curiosity because I would have done it wrong:
1.) Why do you use a dog bone on one side instead of using a figure 9 on both ends? Is it to eliminate one Prusik loop?
2.) Why do you need the Prusik Loop on the figure 9 instead of threading the ridgeline through its loop?
I've used figure 9's, but never a dog bone, so I'm just curious why it's a better option.
Last edited by markrvp; 11-25-2012 at 20:25.
1. Zing-it is more than strong enough for any tarp application
2. I think the 2.2 is a tight squeeze in the Tarp Flyz it's really designed for 1.75mm line.
You can do well with just Dutchware, you don't have to use dog bones or figure 9's, but the reason for putting them on a prusik is so that they can quickly be repositioned.
Markrvp, I'll see if I can't answer your questions.
1) I personally would not recommend the 1.75 tarp ridge line for the Cloudburst tarp. We recommend it for tarps more consistent with ultralight backpacking use. Big tarps can bring high wind loads on the ridge line.
2) The Hook and Flyz is designed for 1.75mm line, not 2.2mm.
On the SLTRL:
1) The Knotbone is used on one end as it is inexpensive and allows a very quick connection.
2) We found that threading the tarp ridge line through the loop of the Figure-9 does not provide as secure, and easy to move, connection as the prusik loops does.
Hope that helps.
Thank you so much for the replies! As soon as I get my Cloudburst tarp in and play with it a little bit I'll place my order.