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    Exclamation Best hammock suspension????

    I already have a hammock suspension system but I'm looking for something really light and that I can pull really tight to decrease sag? I'm looking at whoopie slings right now.

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    Whoopies and UCR's may do you but I am not sure what you mean by pulling really tight. Are you looking to have no sag in your hammock?
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    Pulling the suspension really tight won't prevent the hammock from sagging...quite the opposite it will put a load of stress on your hammock and suspension, potentially to the point of breaking something. Hanging your hammock with some sag initially will reduce the stresses and most find it more comfortable. Your suspension should hang at about a 30 degree down angle from the trees before you hop in.

    Check out the suspension calculator at The Ultimate Hang to be able to play with the numbers and see how much load your putting on a system when you pull it tight.
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    What they said.

    My personal experience has been that, if I hang the hammock too tightly (even with a structural ridgeline to take the majority of the extra stress and "set" the sag), I wind up being uncomfortable with shoulder squeeze. You definitely want some sag in a gathered-end hammock; otherwise, it's one of the more uncomfortable ways to sleep. Let alone the possibility for equipment failure (read: "falling on whatever's under the hammock at 3 AM") that a super-tight hang brings.

    That being said, different hammocks and sleepers require different amounts of sag. If yours isn't already set by an SRL, play with the sag to find out what's most comfortable for you. But always keep in mind that the tighter your suspension, the more stress is on everything.

    Hope it helps!
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    On my old GTUL pulling it completely taught seemed to be the most comfortable lay... Comfortable is a relative term though.
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    Best hammock suspension????

    I feel like I have gone through every suspension system. And seem to always go back to my camp nano23 and for short distance I can just clip it via MSH to the webbing directly. Or for my normal to long hangs I just use amsteel with fixed loop around MSH tied to back to the biner via a buntline hitch

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    Are you trying to eliminate sag because you want to lay in line with the hammock? Sag is important to get a flat diagonal lay which is the most comfortable way to lay in a hammock IMO. Also consider that the closer to horizontal you have your suspension, the more exponential force is applied to the suspension and to the trees. It can end up being 2 to 3 times your boidy weight exerted on each end whereas at a 30 dergree suspension angle it's exactly your body weight on each end.
    Last edited by Bubba; 04-23-2013 at 12:37.
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    I have a doublenest eno. I have a structural ridgeline on it, and lay diagonal. I just want the straps to be tight without sag because I already have to hang it 6 feet high because of the ridgeline making it a U shape almost, and then my straps sag down a foot making me close to the ground.

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    Sounds like you have nylon straps possibly. They should not sag down if hung at the correct angle. The hammock should for somewhat of a U shape, but depending on the length of the ridgeline it may be more distinct. How high the straps are on the trees will vary from one set up to the next depending on how far the trees are spaced from each other. Sometimes to get the correct angle you will have them lower and sometimes you may need them to be quite high on the tree.
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    If you want it super tight....trucker's hitch. FTW!
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