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    Lightest underquilt suspension

    Hi all!
    I recently finished a Warbonnet Yeti clone (thanks to those who answered my question about the width). Iím very happy with how it turned out and it only weighs about 6 oz before suspension. The underquilt has channels on all four sides, and itís suspended by running 1/8Ē shock cord through the sides to each hammock peak. Itís works well, but it weighs half as much as the quilt! Does anyone have any suggestions for a lighter suspension? My first though is to replace maybe 70% of the shock cord with a light cord. It would still have some stretch, but it wouldnít weigh as much. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!!

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    I run 1/8" shock cord only through the length of the underquilt, measured when the cord is relaxed. The remaining distance to the hammock ends from all 4 corners of the quilt is 1.7oz Zing-it (or any lightweight, non-stretch line). Not only is it lighter, but I find that it supports the underquilt better. For the cross channels, I use 3/32" shock cord, which has plenty of strength for the purpose. Of course, use the lightest cord locks, etc. that will bear the load. I like the small S-biners from Nite-Eze. Here is my 2 minute video.
    https://youtu.be/2NUcUQlqLDo


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    Thanks MAD777! I really like the look of that setup. I may have to give it a try.

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    I do similar as MAD777 with my modified Yeti. Shock cord only in the channel but made into a loop at the corners. The Zline connects to the loop with a Lineloc hook. I also have the shock cord break out of the channel midway so I can put more tension on the shockcord if needed, using a cord lock, when I use my Townsend bridge.


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    I did an analysis of suspension weights in my article on spandex suspensions.

    The lightest overall suspension types are Wookie-style, clew, and simple 4-corner suspensions.

    Standard 1/8” cord channel suspensions are heavier.

    Spandex is the heaviest, but can be cut down with some creativity.

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    Sheltowee attaches their insulation kits to the hammock body.

    I think no UQ suspension might squeeze its weight into this conversation somewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolloff View Post
    Sheltowee attaches their insulation kits to the hammock body.

    I think no UQ suspension might squeeze its weight into this conversation somewhere
    I was trying to think of a way to do it with just Kam snaps. Just no time right now to try it or think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leiavoia View Post
    I did an analysis of suspension weights in my article on spandex suspensions.

    The lightest overall suspension types are Wookie-style, clew, and simple 4-corner suspensions.

    Standard 1/8” cord channel suspensions are heavier.

    Spandex is the heaviest, but can be cut down with some creativity.
    Wow, excellent article, photos and illustrations!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolloff View Post
    Sheltowee attaches their insulation kits to the hammock body.

    I think no UQ suspension might squeeze its weight into this conversation somewhere
    I love the concept and a couple of times have come thisclose to ordering one but the whole modularity thing stops me every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Wow, excellent article, photos and illustrations!



    I love the concept and a couple of times have come thisclose to ordering one but the whole modularity thing stops me every time.
    I sort of felt the same way, but now that I have a couple different camping hammocks, along with the one I sleep in most nights, as part of a dedicated UL outfit, they are making more sense. I've also already replaced the suspensions once on my other two UQs, so that's not only weight savings but upkeep.

    Jeremy's Bonfire Dutch hook hammock suspension that drops off the Tree strap Tarp Suspension is about as light as I've seen as well. Its kind of like what HH had in mind only it actually works, tightening the tarp pitch upon loading the hammock, instead of the opposite.
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    I ran grosgrain through the side channels of my Yeti with loops on each end (tacked to the quilt ends) with lineloc3s. The grosgrain serves to make the quilt not be the weak link in the set-up. The head end suspension is light cord and adjust the UQ position along the hammock. Shock cord on the foot end accomplishes the needed tension.

    I have trouble with the idea of having the shock cord in the middle as the UQ needs to be able to slide along ANY system with a primary suspension, whether it has a secondary suspension or not. Why not just put the shock cord at one end?

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