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    lightweight suspension

    Hello,
    I currently have a strap and buckle system for my hammock. I would like to switch to the lightest possible option? Any tried and true suggestions.

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    Lots of different ways as some people like one thing while others don't...Here are a couple of videos from Shug that might give you some ideas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPDPEEcKlDQ&t=180s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HHncxp_SvA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giumWY1zknU
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    Dutchware spider web 2.0 tree straps and 1/2" mule tape 10' long with "becket Hitch" very light!

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    Thank you. I have watched all the Vids. Just didn't have perspective as to weight that I remember. I thought the spider and mule tape was the lightest I had seen but wasn't sure of the drawbacks.

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    Ahh! I had forgot about that second vid. Thank you!!! I had watched so many.

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    Here's my setup, it's a piece of dyneema wedding with a length of 7/64 amsteel lark headed to it. Using a set of double whoopie hooks as speed hooks (which I will say Dutch does not recommend but I have not had any problem with for over 3 years hanging on the same piece of rope) I also attached my tarp via Prusik knot directly to the Amsteel instead of using its own separate continuous Ridgeline. I can't remember what it weighs but I'll post it later when I get a chance to find out.20180510_104417.jpg
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    lightweight suspension

    Dutchwaregear spider web dyneema tree huggers. Use for your entire suspension, well except for two 8 inch continuous loops made of 7/64 amsteel. Attach with becket hitch (I think it’s the slipped version of Becket Hitch.)
    Or you can use Jbend to attach hugger strap to continuous loop.
    There are ways to go even lighter and I don’t recommend these next ways listed below. But since you asked....
    Cut suspension weight in half by having it half as long. I don’t like this idea because soon on a hike you will have trees spaced one stride further apart than short suspension will reach. And sometimes too one or both your trees will be larger girth than your straps can handle.

    Using amsteel smaller diameter than 7/64,
    Some happy hammock hangers are pushing the envelope (in my opinion pushing their luck) by using amsteel about halfway between zingit and 7/64 ... I do not remember it’s size or exact name.
    They make whoopie slings and or UCR utility constrictor rope. And some skip all that and tie knots or hitches-bends to continuous loop at hammock. Some even skip the continuous loop and tie this light weight cord directly to hammock.

    Don’t get me wrong—-I don’t hate ultralight pioneers—-by pushing the envelope, they have contributed greatly to making it possible for everyone’s gear to be lighter.
    I think you will get your most bang for your buck with Dutch’s 2.0 grams per foot spider web dyneema tree huggers (get huggers rather than straps; you will get loops on both ends)
    Listed weight of 7/64 amsteel of 1.3 grams per foot is NOT your final weight if you make whoopie slings (now you got more feet because large portions are doubled. And with UCR there will be some added weight due to three splices per UCR
    And there is a learning curve to UCR—-they can slip if not used correctly.
    Dutch has some ready made lightweight suspensions.
    You will probably try several until you find your favorite suspension. I say Ease Of Use is most important factor in choosing your favorite rigging.
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    why the spider vs the uhmwpe? I am looking at Dutch's site and spider seems heavier?


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    The lightest you can go is to find the lightest strap possible, and either use a becket hitch or marlinspike with a stick to the end of your hammock, which should have continuous loops on each end.

    Lightest straps I've found are dyneema - you can get them from Myerstech on Facebook, or from Dutchware under the UHMWPE name.

    The Hummingbird Hammock suspension is pretty light too. I think it uses dyneema whoopies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsupaintball View Post
    The lightest you can go is to find the lightest strap possible, and either use a becket hitch or marlinspike with a stick to the end of your hammock, which should have continuous loops on each end.

    Lightest straps I've found are dyneema - you can get them from Myerstech on Facebook, or from Dutchware under the UHMWPE name.

    The Hummingbird Hammock suspension is pretty light too. I think it uses dyneema whoopies.
    Spider is 2 grams per foot and UHMWPE is 2.4
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