Marlin Spike on ENO DN
This may be a dumb question but I have never camped a hammock.
Have read many threads here so am learning.
Have a DN w/Slap Strap Pros and wondered if instead of the caribiner could you take the rope that is on the DN, put it thru the Slap Strap loop and then put a spike thru that? I feel like that is the same principle as the Marlin Spike but I might be missing something & don't want a rude awakening in the middle of the night.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
I have a DN for me and am looking at two SN for my two sons, 12 & 11 to use on hikes and BSA campouts.
ETA: Oh, HI everyone! Didn't realize this was first post!
Last edited by FontanaHorseman; 10-15-2010 at 11:48.. Reason: 1st post
Join Date: Jun 2007
Should work, and should increase the life span of the rope on the hammock, if using a toggle larger in diameter than that of the carabiner.
Personally I wouldn't use a toggle in my suspension system. When your in the hammock it would be locked tight, but when you get out and release the tension and move things about there is a chance, slim maybe, but nontheless a chance of it moving.
If it worked its way over to where one end was just barely inserted, you could get an unpleasant suprise.
I didn't care for the small biners on my DN, and replaced them with standard non locking biners. This gave me more room for tying in my ridgeline, and whatever else I might want to do there. Setting up I start with the spike hitch on one end, then on the other end I insert the webbing, pull it taught, and do what speer calls the 4 wrap (2 or 3 in my use) on the biner.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Memphis, TN
Hammock: ENO Double nest
Insulation: KAQ New river
Suspension: Whoopies & MSH
i dont use the slap straps but i use straps from strapworks and use a marlin spike hitch and take my biner around the spike has worked fine for over 10 hangs and no slipping of spike or the biner
I have a 7' long piece of amsteel with a locked brummel on each end that I replaced my suspension with. I just run that through my treehuggers and put in a MSH and I'm good to go. Spent over 20 nights in my hammock this year with no slippage. I used aluminum tubes used in tent repair kits for my toggles.
Basically my DN has a long piece of amsteel out of each end I run through a tree hugger and spike hitch it. Fast, easy, and adjustable.
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fox Valley, Illinois
Hammock: ENO, HH ULB, WBBB, GT
Been there, done that, original poster. PHOTOS
Join Date: Jan 2011
Hammock: ENO Double Nest
Tarp: Still Searching
Insulation: Big Agnus
I did away with the slap straps and ordered 7' polyester straps and cinch buckles from Arrowhead Equipement. The cinch buckles come with a length of Chain Link. Marlin Hitched the chain link to existing rope of DN. Has worked well so far.