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    what do you use to suspend tarp over hammock?

    paracord, shock cord etc? thanks for any tips

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    I use zing-it to tie the tarp off over the hammock. There are some good tips here for doing it:
    http://theultimatehang.com/category/howto/rig-a-tarp/

    I use a combination of shock cord and zing-it to tie the tarp corners, etc. off to the ground. My favorite method so far is:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=25052
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    Quote Originally Posted by callihan_44 View Post
    paracord, shock cord etc? thanks for any tips
    Breyman's link is a good one And Kayak-Karl's link can let you see the entire range of options.

    I too use a loop of Bungee cord between my tarp and my guylines.

    • Lash-it, Fling-it, Zing-it, Speer no-tangle, Spectra, or just ordinary mason's line all can work. There are probably others too...

    • Then, there's the reflective guylines from Nite-Ize, and others


    Basically, anything lightweight, low-bulk, non-stretchy, won't absorb water, and rated at least a few hundred Lbs test-strength. Spectra, for example, is 725Lb test (someone correct me if needed here).

    Paracord - it's workable - but not so much - its heavier, bulkier, strechier (is that a word?). soaks up water too.

    Edited for clarity:

    I should have said:
    I use a 6" loop of 1/8th in. Bungee cord between my tarp and my guylines.
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    thanks, i just ordered the zing it in 1.75mm and will pick up some shock cord locally for tie outs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Breyman's link is a good one And Kayak-Karl's link can let you see the entire range of options.

    I too use a loop of Bungee cord between my tarp and my guylines.

    • Lash-it, Fling-it, Zing-it, Speer no-tangle, Spectra, or just ordinary mason's line all can work. There are probably others too...

    • Then, there's the reflective guylines from Nite-Ize, and others


    Basically, anything lightweight, low-bulk, non-stretchy, won't absorb water, and rated at least a few hundred Lbs test-strength. Spectra, for example, is 725Lb test (someone correct me if needed here).

    Paracord - it's workable - but not so much - its heavier, bulkier, strechier (is that a word?). soaks up water too.
    I don't understand. You said it needs to be non stretchy but you use a bungee loop? Doesn't the bungee stretch about a hundred times more than any paracord? What am I missing?

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    No need for high test cord for your tarp. Mason line is not a couple hundred pound test and as mentioned works just fine. One only needs that much tensile strength if hanging from it. Not for the tarp. That said, I use spyderline which is a high tensile cord. I like it due to its ability to hold knots and to untie them in the worst possible conditions. It was designed for sailing rigging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdbushcraft View Post
    I don't understand. You said it needs to be non stretchy but you use a bungee loop? Doesn't the bungee stretch about a hundred times more than any paracord? What am I missing?
    The bungee loops are for the corner tie outs on the tarp not the suspension from the trees.
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    Zing it 1.75 or 2.2 works well... I have used paracord but even after really tightening things down I always woke up to a droopy flappy tarp ridgeline...
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