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    Best suspension system for Speers...

    Looks like I am going to get a Speers after much looking...

    If I do, is the stock suspension ok? Should I switch to something else? Looking forward to your suggestions.

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    Stock suspension works for some. A much better option that would allow you to adjust the hammock much easier and not have to modify anything would be the JRB Tri-Glides. www.jacksrbetter.com/Tri-Glides.htm

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    Also consider a ring buckle system.

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    I would suggest trying out the Speer multi-wrap technique, seeing how you like it, and going from there. It might be just what you want.

    All of these techniques have tradeoffs with ease of use, cost, weight, reliability, swinging a metal object on the end of webbing, etc. Some folks just don't want to tie anything, others don't mind, and some prefer to use their knot skills while camping and shake their heads at the ones that can't seem to tie anything. It's all good and we get to do it our own way.
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    i was going to change my speer to spectra cord--i havent dug into the knot yet- not sure how speer does it. anybody done a change to cord?? is it much of a job to changeover??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob2guns View Post
    i was going to change my speer to spectra cord--i havent dug into the knot yet- not sure how speer does it. anybody done a change to cord?? is it much of a job to changeover??
    It depends on how old your Speer is. I think Ed switched from a half hitch knot to a double sheet bend. Either way, they both can be untied, it just may take some determination if they are really tight.
    Last edited by Mrprez; 01-19-2009 at 07:48. Reason: Corrected name of knot - thx YB!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    It depends on how old your Speer is. I think Ed switched from a half hitch knot to a sheepbend. Either way, they both can be untied, it just may take some determination if they are really tight.
    Sheepbend... have you been counting sheep jumping over a fence to get sleepy? It is double sheet bend he switched to. The sheet bends on each end of the hammock uses about 9 inches (total) less fabric than the previous overhand knots (with the sewn webbing loops).

    I have used the double sheet bend knot successfully with all manner of webbing and rope, except for the AmSteel Blue cord. I had to do it differently because the AmSteel Blue would slip, that is some slippery rope that takes knots to another level. I basically used a triple sheet bend with the free end (hope that is the right terminology) tied back to the cord with a bow line knot backed up with a looped-stopper of sorts. I have that on the hammock I have been using recently and that works well. I think I attached some photos in a post about how I did that.

    All that wasn't necessary on the Spyder cord that has a polyester sheath but I kind of like that with the small diameter ropes, something about it just looks right to me with small diameter ropes where you worry about having enough friction to do the job. You end up choking the fabric from both ends of the sheet bend loops instead of just one end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Youngblood View Post
    Sheepbend... have you been counting sheep jumping over a fence to get sleepy? It is double sheet bend he switched to. The sheet bends on each end of the hammock uses about 9 inches (total) less fabric than the previous overhand knots (with the sewn webbing loops).

    I have used the double sheet bend knot successfully with all manner of webbing and rope, except for the AmSteel Blue cord. I had to do it differently because the AmSteel Blue would slip, that is some slippery rope that takes knots to another level. I basically used a triple sheet bend with the free end (hope that is the right terminology) tied back to the cord with a bow line knot backed up with a looped-stopper of sorts. I have that on the hammock I have been using recently and that works well. I think I attached some photos in a post about how I did that.

    All that wasn't necessary on the Spyder cord that has a polyester sheath but I kind of like that with the small diameter ropes, something about it just looks right to me with small diameter ropes where you worry about having enough friction to do the job. You end up choking the fabric from both ends of the sheet bend loops instead of just one end.
    LOL, I couldn't remember the name of it so did a search and that is how they spelled it. But, you are most correct it is a double sheet bend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zdank View Post
    Looks like I am going to get a Speers after much looking...

    If I do, is the stock suspension ok? Should I switch to something else? Looking forward to your suggestions.
    Stock suspension is fine...many of us just like to tinker so we change things up. I'd follow Youngblood's advice and try the stock first, then decide if you want to go adding things or changing to cord. You may be happy with the stock system, and if you're not then you know why you changed it based on your own experience.

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