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    Question UCRs Vs Whoopie Slings

    So I have waited to post this until I had some decent hang time using a Utility Constrictor Rope suspension and I have found that I really like them alot. When I first saw whoopie slings I made a set and didn't like them after few hangs.
    One of my first experiences was when it got wet and was very cold that day. It was just a royal pain to work with and if there was any kind of load on the hammock or if it was pulled to taut, it was very hard to loosen the whoopie sling. I ended up going back to webbing after 4-5 hangs with whoopies. Well once I discovered UCRs I figured I would give it another shot because a few people said it was easier to work with than a whoopie slings. IMO they were right.
    Granted the concept is almost exactly the same between the two in the fact that they both utilize a splice for adjustment; the difference is, on a UCR, the tail is Taut-Line Hitched onto the UCR which allows for easy release of tension, and on the whoopie sling the tail is part of the suspension and keeps the splice under tension at all times, thus requiring the user to put slack on the hammock suspension to release tension on the splice.
    Although I haven't tried it yet, I imagine that you could reverse the whoopie to eliminate some of this issue perhaps. Someone chime in here...

    Another thing I noticed about the UCR was the fact that they need significantly less line to be constructed. At least a 3rd less if not half(correct me here if i'm off). There is also a slight weight savings included in this but for most people it is too insignificant to count for anything.


    I know the opinions on this matter vary and wanted to hear from those that have also tried them both and what they have concluded. What is your preference and the reason why?

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    Would you post some photos of the UCR in use? I am not familiar with them at all, but have cussed out my whoopies on more than one occasion.

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    I love the UCRs. I've switched all my hammocks from whoopies to UCRs. They are awesome.
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    I've thought about using them. I might make a pair soon just to test them out.
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    Re: UCRs Vs Whoopie Slings

    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle the Camper View Post
    Would you post some photos of the UCR in use? I am not familiar with them at all, but have cussed out my whoopies on more than one occasion.
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    the grey one is a regular whoopie sling. the black or dark grey is a UCR.
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    hope this helps

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    xtrekker how do you hook them to your hammock? i have some UCRs but I am not sure how to connect them to my hammock or if i want to but your post makes me interested in trying out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverpalm2x View Post
    xtrekker how do you hook them to your hammock? i have some UCRs but I am not sure how to connect them to my hammock or if i want to but your post makes me interested in trying out.
    I would attach them the same way I attach whoopie slings, just larks head one end of the ucr to the hammock.
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    Is that one completely separate piece of amsteel passing through another piece? I'm thinking the larkshead is the way you attach to the hammock, but I'm unclear how the other end attaches.

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    I've gone back and forth...

    My last trip sort of settled the debate however as I forgot to "100%" milk the UCR bury. Once I got in the hammock my weight was enough to rip the stopper end (bury in itself) all the way out of the UCR dropping me to the ground. Did I have a threading tool on me to fix it there in the middle of the woods? Nope. I luckily had a few lengths of fixed-eye dyneema that salvaged my hang (albeit a lousy angle).

    Anyways, I'm back to reverse whoopies with the whoopie hooks. There's no human error involved.

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    It is two seperate pieces of amsteel.

    Ya, that's one thing about the UCRs. It's real important to milk that bury.

    I just larkshead them to my hammock.
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