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    New Guy with a suspension question- Big guys chime in !

    Hey fellas,

    I have a double layer 1.8 Thunderbird coming from Dream Hammock and it's using the 7/64 full whoopee hook suspension from Dutch. You know they say idle hands are the devils workshop . . .well, while waiting for my stuff to arrive, I've been doing some reading and I want to make sure I'm ok on this . . .

    I'm 5'10" and weigh my weight bounces between 265-285- not a small guy. I understand that the 11 ft thunderbird hammock, suspension etc. is not the lightest solution for backpacking, but that's my intended purpose, so overall gear weight is a consideration.

    I understand that some guys are super cautious and want like a 10:1 safety zone on loadbearing cordage, some say 5:1 etc. I've read whitepapers and seen plenty of threads on here.

    What's the real world answer? Will the 7/64 amsteel suspension system be plenty for me or should I consider 1/8.

    I've seen people suggesting (based on my max weight of 285) 1/8 amsteel and then there are threads with 400lbs or more using 7/64 for years with no problem.

    Dave

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    7/64 is plenty. I am about the same weight... consistently 270ish and I've never had a single issue. I also have camped with my son in the hammock with me as well which puts us over 300. should be no prob....you'll learn to trust it more

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingdad View Post
    7/64 is plenty. I am about the same weight... consistently 270ish and I've never had a single issue. I also have camped with my son in the hammock with me as well which puts us over 300. should be no prob....you'll learn to trust it more
    I was hoping to see responses like that. I'm careful and I'll always try to get it pitched "by the book." Just getting into this game has a fairly steep learning curve and I want to set myself up for success rather than frustration.

    Hopefully some others will chime in ...

    Tbird

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    I have seen my father (250) do a ful body weight drop into a hammock on 7/64 UCR's with no problems.

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    I'm 250+ and 7/64 has never failed me. I also use the cheap Harbor Freight cargo straps and they've never let me down either. YMMV but I'm ok with it.

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    I'm currenty 270lbs but have been as heavy as 310lbs and I use 7/64. I've had my wife and I in an ENO doublenest on 7/64 whoopies and that was well over 400lbs. I wouldn't worry about it but if you want piece of mind, no real downside to going with 1/8". The difference in weight and bulk is almost negligible IMO if you are not a gram counter but there is a price difference IIRC.
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    Having made thousands of hammock suspensions for folks ranging anywhere from 10 pound babies all the way up to 450 pound guys, having had my entire family...myself, wife, 3 kids and our small dog all pile into a hammock....pushing 550 pounds, having done in house testing with over 600 pounds of weight in a hammock for 24 continual hours with the hammock rocking and rolling on the stand with 20-30 mph winds pushing it, having spoken with another cottage shop that had a destructive testing lab break suspensions of all sorts......well I am going to tell you that first off at under 400 pounds your not a "big" guy by the measure of the larger guys on the forum. You won't even be starting to strain the 7/64" Rest easy, your not the first person to ask or worry about it but you won't have any trouble with it.
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    I am 290 and use 7/64 without issue
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    Me and my big dog, ben, have been in most of my hammocks and been fine with the 7/64 stuff. It's all I ever had. We are over 325 combined. Peace!
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    You guys are awesome!

    Resting so easy after all those replies! Thanks for putting my mind at ease! But to complicate things . . . I have an 85 lb Golden Doodle named Buddy who likes to try and sleep snuggled up to me and a wife from Colombia who is a little thick and a lot curvy. . . . oh well . . .I'll just make sure they're not both in there with me at the same time

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