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    What does your suspension system weigh

    I'm hoping to find a bit of a lighter hammock suspension system. My current system weighs 11 oz. I have 2 Neutrino carabiners, 4 SMC rings, and 2 lengths of the 14' webbing that comes with a BlackBird. (I switched out the triangle rings as I find the SMC rings easier to adjust).
    So, what does your hammock suspension system weigh, and what components are you using?
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    TeeDee's carabiner hitch. Two Treklight carabiners (0.8oz.ea) one SMC ring (0.4 oz,). I tied the head end of the hennessy rope into a "slap strap" and added some amsteel blue to increase it's length. I guess that adds about three ounces or so to the stock weight. When I order a Blackbird, I intend to get Brandon to make the head end line about 15 feet long so I can tie in into a slapstrap.

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    I use TeeDee's suspension method and here.

    1. 25' rope: 1.40 oz
    2. 2 steel toggles: 0.20 oz
    3. 2 42" tree huggers w/6" loop one end: 2.00 oz
    4. Total: 3.60 oz


    The tree huggers are 1.5" seat belt webbing from Strapworks.

    If I substitute dyneema rope for the tree huggers and use the method of inserting sticks under the dyneema tree huggers as explained by Turk somewhere, I can reduce the weight even more to:

    1. 25' rope: 1.40 oz
    2. 2 steel toggles: 0.20 oz
    3. 2 42" tree huggers using dyneema: 0.4 oz
    4. Total: 2.00 oz


    We have simplified the method considerably now and no longer use the tables in TeeDee's write-up and we no longer need to measure the distance between the trees.

    Besides being the lightest suspension system I know of, it is also about the easiest and quickest to use.

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    I wish you hadn't asked, cause then I had to go weigh it.

    Sigh!!


    2 climbers biners + 2 pieces of 1.25" webbing 14' long (after loops sewn in) + 4 ascender rings + 12' dyneema as a ridge line = 1.33 Lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    I wish you hadn't asked, cause then I had to go weigh it.

    Sigh!!


    2 climbers biners + 2 pieces of 1.25" webbing 14' long (after loops sewn in) + 4 ascender rings + 12' dyneema as a ridge line = 1.33 Lbs.
    That's why I never converted my Hennessy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    I wish you hadn't asked, cause then I had to go weigh it.

    Sigh!!


    2 climbers biners + 2 pieces of 1.25" webbing 14' long (after loops sewn in) + 4 ascender rings + 12' dyneema as a ridge line = 1.33 Lbs.
    Wow, I know mine weighs a lot less then that. I would weigh it but it is out in the back yard right now and I am getting ready to call it a night and head out to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    We have simplified the method considerably now and no longer use the tables in TeeDee's write-up and we no longer need to measure the distance between the trees.

    Besides being the lightest suspension system I know of, it is also about the easiest and quickest to use.
    TiredFeet,

    How have you simplified the method and why don't you have to measure the distance between trees anymore?

    I tried TeeDee's method for a while, but I never seemed to get the distance right and was always going back and adjusting the location of the toggles along the line. I really like the idea of a single line suspension, but it didn't click for me so I abandon it.

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    2 20' 550 cord = 3.5 oz
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbmcghee View Post
    2 20' 550 cord = 3.5 oz
    Paracord? I wouldn't be able to sleep at night hanging from that.

    Taking how knots reduce the line's strength and shock loads from shifting your weight while in the hammock there's not much margin for safety.

    But for all I know, you weigh 95 lbs.
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    For all the punishment I put 550 through in the Army and now hanging, it has never even given a hint of giving way. I've used it with my wife and I in the hammock together. It's stronger than you think.
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