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    Structural Ridgeline Material

    I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but do y'all think this Spectra would be ok for a structural ridge line and/or attaching cinch or ring buckles to a hammock? Would you go with a heavier Spectra? I've been watching BPL and they've been out of stock on it for months. Any other good Spectra sources?
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    Spectra is what I use. 7/64 or 1/8". Available at APS. I think someone said they were having a sale on Amsteel Blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Spectra is what I use. 7/64 or 1/8". Available at APS. I think someone said they were having a sale on Amsteel Blue.
    Cool......thanks for the heads up. The Spectra at APS is price comparable to the Spectra at AGG. I do believe I'll order some of the 1/8 inch so I can put a structural ridgeline on Dancer's hammock for her. I think it would be good to use for the cinch buckles on our hammocks as well, instead of the cordage that comes with the ENO hammocks. The ENO cordage is pretty thick and kinda difficult to knot. Thanks again for the advice!
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    You might want to consider stronger line. It depends on whether you hang tight or hang loose. A loose hang has angles of 30 degrees or greater at the trees. A lower angle (tighter hang) stresses the static line more than you would expect from the weight of the victim...er, I mean, resident of the hammock. The stress on the hanging lines transfers to the static line as the angle decreases. Even the 5/8" static line on HHs will snap if you hang tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    You might want to consider stronger line. It depends on whether you hang tight or hang loose. A loose hang has angles of 30 degrees or greater at the trees. A lower angle (tighter hang) stresses the static line more than you would expect from the weight of the victim...er, I mean, resident of the hammock. The stress on the hanging lines transfers to the static line as the angle decreases. Even the 5/8" static line on HHs will snap if you hang tight.
    Actually the Amsteel is way overkill when it come to breaking strength. The 7/64" is 1600lbs and the 1/8" is 2500lbs breaking strength.
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    I just bought some AmSteel 7/64 and 1/8 from Defender.com. The 7/64 was $0.26 and 1/8 $0.41.

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    Good stuff. Pretty much the strongest cordage in the world for the weight and size

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    Just ordered 40' for the 3mm (1/8") gray Amsteel to make a structural ridgeline for Dancer's hammock and change out the cordage for our cinch buckles for both our hammocks. Yay! It's Amsteel time!
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    I almost wrote a thread similar to this one earlier today, with a slightly similar question. I was curious about materials also, but more so what the advantage of cord over webbing was, for a structural ridgeline?

    If that's a seemingly "stupid" question, please forgive me newb-ness; such obvious things aren't often discussed in the plethora of posts around here, but assumed knowledge.


    Wow... "Stronger than AmSteel; Much stronger than steel" for $0.26/foot? Am I reading those stats right? 1600lbs "average strength"?! That's actually... affordable? And capable? What am I missing here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bukkit View Post
    ....... I was curious about materials also, but more so what the advantage of cord over webbing was, for a structural ridgeline?
    The big advantage that cordage like Spectra, AmSteel, etc has over webbing for structural ridgelines is weight and it's ability to be easy to work with. IMO, those are two of the most important considerations for picking a structural ridgeline material.
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