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    Needs more Hang time Catavarie's Avatar
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    No suspension failures yet, only fabric.
    *Heaven best have trees, because I plan to lounge for eternity.

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    I snapped a set of the harbor freight yellow tie straps 2nd time I used them as webbing. Also had a buckle blow out on me. Its a real attention getter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rune View Post
    O n
    t h e
    k n o t,
    n o t
    t h e
    t o g g l e
    Not the problem ... it just come off ... pretty sure it was while I was futzing around with the set up and didn't check to see it was seated. I never forgot to do that one last check after that though!

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    Senior Member lazy river road's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish<>< View Post
    And please don't leave out the hang angle, so our mathematicians can spit out numbers on why it failed if there were no other obvious signs...
    That would be good to know thanks for pointing that out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    Never had one snap but had one put my arse on the ground ... cause some old dumbie didn't properly place the whoopie on the toggle ... or it came off while I was fiddling with the hammock. Definitely operator error.
    OUCH!!! Sounds painful, hopefully you were not hurt.

    Quote Originally Posted by grannypat View Post
    I had the suspension on my Hennessey Expedition snap, but that was because one of the trees that I was hanging from fell over.
    Yeah when the tree comes down I don't think any suspension is going to keep you suspended.

    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Had the stitching give way on a DIY hugger one evening. User error, wrong thread and insufficient stitch pattern. I was also hanging from a Single Line Suspension at the time which imposses greater loads on the huggers.
    Thankfully that has not happened to me (yet hopefully I did not just jinx myself) (however I have purchased all my straps)) but I do check the stitching after every trip as well as the tree strap itself for any fraying.

    Quote Originally Posted by turnerminator View Post
    I had some 600kg polypropylene webbing snap on its first use. I was hanging from some rocks and the hammock was strung really tight to avoid hitting the floor. The webbing snapped cleanly away from any abrasion on the rocks -it was a case of too much force.

    I was 100kg/220lb at the time.
    Yep that will do it. Hopefully you were not hurt and you were able to continue with the rest of your trip safely.

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    My two descents were operator error & slippage, not material failing.
    Ouch, hopefully that does not happen again.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Thankfully not yet for me - and its been on dyna, amsteel and the spectra from Hennessey (as well as straps from Warbonnet).
    Glad to hear, I wish I could say the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by reckless View Post
    Grand Trunk Double, stock suspension. Had a knot cut right through the rope. Looked like a knife cut it.
    How did that happen? So just so I understand, you had tied a knot in the rope and the rope split where the knot was tied? Or was their already a knot tied in the rope? Hope you weren't injured and your back to hanging safely.
    Sometimes I like to hike and think, And sometimes I just like to hike.

    Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.

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    Old Gorge Rat Hawk-eye's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy river road View Post
    OUCH!!! Sounds painful, hopefully you were not hurt. ....
    Just my pride!

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    I haven't had a failure yet, thankfully. Interesting set of experiences to read, though!
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    Who's Had their Suspension System Snapp???

    Quote Originally Posted by Hogg Tyed View Post
    I snapped a set of the harbor freight yellow tie straps 2nd time I used them as webbing. Also had a buckle blow out on me. Its a real attention getter.
    As I mutter in a sheepish voice, "I'm hanging on those straps!" At least for now

    Were there any extenuating circumstances like hanging at less than 30* or juggling in your hammock like Shug?
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    1/8" Vectran, rated to 2000 lbs if memory serves, single line suspension set up, too taut because I hung between trees that were maybe 25 ft apart and I didn't bring my Dutchware titanium micro-stepladder along to push the webbing way up the tree. Snapped at a knot when I dropped into the hammock.

    Knots + geometry + dynamic forces can push the stuff we use into the danger zone.

    This happened before I learned to splice and avoid knots where possible.

    Lesson learned that day...
    Grizz
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    In the past 15 years of hanging this has happened to me on two occasions. # 1
    WalMart poly webbing double ring set up broke right on the compression point of the rings. #2 Hennesey suspension rope broke right at the connection point on the foot end, in a downpour. Ended up in the truck for the balance of the night. If I had been backpacking on that trip I would have had to do some scrambling to recover as the rain had formed quite a puddle that I went into. Totally soaked,but managed to keep the down mostly dry. It broke under the cover so there was no way to check it ahead of time. Now hang on 7/64 Amsteel whoopies and MSH.

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    I put poly webbing through the ends of one of my ENO in the hopes of making tree straps and suspension one piece. It gave way in about two minutes!! I think it was a combo of bad angles and cheap junk webbing. I plan to retry it this summer. No toggles, no knots, no messing around. Pull straps until ridgelne is right and done. True one minute setup.
    Carpe noctem!!

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