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    Dynaglide question

    I understand that the posted recommended weight limits are roughly around 225lbs (according to Arrowhead), but I have read many other posts here that folks topping 250 and even 300lbs are using them without incident.

    Can you guys weigh in (no pun intended) on this topic?

    Thanks.
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    Max safe working load is always a lesser weight than the average breaking strength of a piece of cordage. Where along that difference you feel safe can be left up to your experimentation, reports of others experimentation, or manufacturers recommendation. There does seem to be a trend of pushing limits in the name of lighter weight gear, and so far no terrible reports of failures. I just suck it up and use 7/64 for suspension purposes and enjoy reading of others weight savings.
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    Have you thought about using loopie slings instead of whoopie slings with Dynaglide? They're like UCRs but with the ends connected to make a loop. That doubles the working strength and it's still less weight and less bulk than comparable 7/64" whoopie slings. You need at least a 'biner at the hammock connection so the dynaglide can slide through it, though, but if you use one anyway, Dynaglide is an option.

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    Could I use soft shackles instead of biners? Appreciate the feedback guys, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly View Post
    I understand that the posted recommended weight limits are roughly around 225lbs (according to Arrowhead), but I have read many other posts here that folks topping 250 and even 300lbs are using them without incident.

    Can you guys weigh in (no pun intended) on this topic?

    Thanks.
    I have surfed with sharks without incident. And played chicken with friends on bikes using "lances" without incident.

    I just wanted to emphasize the importance of safety ratios. The accepted safety ratio for life is 10:1 and most will use 5:1 and a few UL's will go "stupid light" like Andrew Skurka states.

    For my straps, I use 1" Walmart Light Duty Cargo straps. They are 500lbs break strength, 167lbs load limit. That's ~3:1 ratio and ~2.5:1 due to my 200lbs weight. Used them for 4+ years with no failure so far and hand sewn loops. Not recommended for most.

    Always test your gear and hang only as far as your willing to fall. Dynaglide is a little lighter and less bulky than 7/64th. It's up to you to decide if the small savings are worth it.

    That whole thing said...If your carful with your hammock loads, you MAY be fine. Remember that static weight is your body weight at time your in the hammock + cloths + quilts/SB/pads + gear + incidentals all at a rest. Meaning, not moving.

    Dynamic weight is all the above when any motion occurs including getting in, getting out, wind, rocking, bouncing, kids/significant other joining you, etc. Each individual movement may increase the Dynamic weight considerably enough to break the Dynaglide. You must be more and more careful the weaker you go in suspension. Also, consider the weakest point in your suspension. This may be the Dynaglide or it may be a knot in strap, loops, hardware, etc.

    Good luck in your hang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly View Post
    Could I use soft shackles instead of biners? Appreciate the feedback guys, thanks.
    Yes, you sure can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly View Post
    I understand that the posted recommended weight limits are roughly around 225lbs (according to Arrowhead), but I have read many other posts here that folks topping 250 and even 300lbs are using them without incident.

    Can you guys weigh in (no pun intended) on this topic?

    Thanks.
    We quit selling Dynaglide whoopie slings for 2 reasons. 1) durability is lacking and 2) folks were going over our weight rating of 200 pounds. Amsteel is a much better option in our opinion.

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