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    Suspension

    I saw a pic the other day that had 2 rings at the ends of the hammock(one on each end )....and had questions.

    I'm sure they are some super light circle ring(titanium or something)...so I know weight is not an issue...what benefits is there in using a system like that?.....I did like the way is kind of separated the ridge line and suspension...it seems that sometimes the end of my hammock gets in a bind with the suspension.

    This seems like that might fix some of that?

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    here is the pic I saw.....
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    I use these on all my hammocks (One on each end as you said):

    http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Pacific-...words=rap+ring

    I like them for 4 reasons:
    1- Rain protection -Water from your whoopie slings drips down off the ring and not into your hammock.

    2 - Closer attachment points - sometimes you have suspend your hammock between two points that are just barely longer the length of your hammock. Having the rings lets me clip in 3 or 4 inches away from my hammock end, with whoopie slings you have a 8 inch bury or so plus a buffer of 2 inches most likely. So you end up with about 10 inches (per each side) before you can clip in = Total of 20 inches wider than your hammock vs 6-8 inches with the rings.

    3- Modularity of suspension - If I damage my whoopie slings, want to change the color, change borrow them for a different hammock, or whatever - i can just take them off (I attach them with a simple larks head, so it is a piece of cake to take them off). If I did not have the ring, I would have to back them out of the suspension entirely, and that is just a pain.

    4 - Handy Carabiner attachment point - I can clip on stuff sacks, gloves, a ridge line, Tarp line...ect. it is just super nice to have one more point of quick access for a biner. (Yes I could do a quick prussik with a loop too)

    Thats my take on these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athens-m50 View Post
    I..I'm sure they are some super light circle ring(titanium or something)...
    I believe the SMC Descending Ring is the most commonly used product.

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    What your goals are

    Some of it depends on what your goals are too.

    If you are really counting the grams, you may just view it as unnecessary weight. However, if you are going for ease of use, one could definitely appreciate how it could make it easier.

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    all that and one can also do things like cut back the stock Hennessy rope without messing with the fabric attachment or ridge line. Install the ring just past those points.
    YMMV

    HYOH

    Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)

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