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Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: dirtbag budget on 08/20/2010 09:13:32 MDT Print View

is 1" poly webbing from BWDD really significantly heavier than 1" poly webbing from Arrow Head? I am not saying it isn't i am just surprised. I have some from BWDD but nothing to compare it to. Seems fine to me though. I'd love to know if there are lighter options that still can hold my 300#

-Tim

Marc Kokosky
(mak52580) - F

Locale: Washington, DC Area
AHE on 08/20/2010 11:51:49 MDT Print View

Tim,

I can't attest to the weight of each, but I have AHEs and it is pretty light. And it definitely holds my 315# with no problem whatsoever. It's the only place I'll get my poly straps from now on.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: dirtbag budget on 08/20/2010 12:33:56 MDT Print View

when making tree huggers what threads are people using? I used some nylon 69 but it is a tad big for my machine and doesn't turn out pretty. Also those straps were from some 2" seatbelt webbing i had on hand and are way over kill (before seeing the BWDD webbing). I have some poly Tex 40 from thru-hiker. Will that get the job done on my next set or do i need something special?

-Tim

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Re: dirtbag budget on 08/20/2010 18:40:34 MDT Print View

when making tree huggers what threads are people using?

Gutterman heavy duty. Get the cheap tie down straps from Harbor Freight for the webbing.

Edited by kthompson on 08/20/2010 18:41:18 MDT.

Chris Peichel
(momo)

Locale: Eureka
re: dirt bag budget on 08/20/2010 20:54:02 MDT Print View

I ordered some of the 1" polyester webbing from BWDD, it is rated at 3000#'s!!! It has the look and feel of heavy seatbelt webbing. I was unable to sew it, it is waaaay too heavy. I ended up cutting apart some poly tiedown straps that I had to make my tree straps. I will either end up ordering webbing from AHE, or getting the cheap harbor freight straps and using the webbing from them. (I need to make a longer set of straps, big trees around here).

I had great success with the gutterman poly thread from AHE. I used it to sew my tree straps, hammock and tarp. Worked great. AHE has it for a good price, shipping is cheap and they sent my stuff out immediately. I will look for reasons to order from them, great service.

@Tim - the tex 40 should be great for sewing tree straps, from what I can figure I think it is a tiny bit thicker thread than the gutterman from AHE.

Edit:
I don't want you to think I am dissatisfied with BWDD...they are fantastic with the quality of their ripstop nylon and their price is unbeatable, the service is outstanding as well. I only wanted to say that their 1" poly web is too heavy, at least for those trying to keep the weight down. I just ordered more ripstop from them to make an underquilt. I love buying from people who care about their customers. Both BWDD and AHE are great.

Edited by momo on 08/21/2010 07:50:03 MDT.

Judi Henson
(ritzhenson) - F

Locale: The Deep South
Re: Hammock on 09/12/2010 08:25:27 MDT Print View

I put my GoLite Jam 2 under my legs in my hammock. It works great in conjunction with my Exped Downmat 7 (Short) for insulation, as well as letting me sleep with my knees bent a little. I don't hang in bear country so I feel safe about all my stuff being in bed with me. Peace. Thia was in response to the question, where to put my pack.

Normally I just put my pack underneath me where I can easily reach in and grab things from my hammock. On occasion I will hang my pack from the suspension on one side of the hammock as well.

Edited by ritzhenson on 09/12/2010 08:30:55 MDT.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
What I have plus a few observations on 09/15/2010 13:34:41 MDT Print View

HH hyperlite. I swapped out the asym tarp for the HH tarp-cape. It's a great combination. Weighs little, cost's much (but worth it IMHO).

I hang my pack from the suspension line at the entrance end. I can get into it pretty easily if I need something in the middle of the night.

I have a Scout that I lend to friends who want to try a hammock.

For insulation I use one wal-mart pad in the summer and two in the winter.

I've seen pictures of tree huggers used like a noose. That is, one end of the hugger goes around the tree and is then threaded through the loop of the other end forming a noose around the tree. Then the hammock is attached to the free loop. That arrangement puts twice the load on the hugger as the conventional threading the hammock support through both loops does. Since I've not heard of any failures, it probably means the exisitng huggers are stronger than they have to be and there is a potential weight savings.

The best way to get into a mummy bag in your HH. I stand in the entrance, step into the bag and pull it up over my shoulders, then I sit and pull my feet up and inside in the normal way. I have a removable backpack pad that I stand on when I do this so the bottom of the bag doesn't get dirty.

tim hower
(jeepcachr) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Noose the tree is the way to go on 09/17/2010 22:19:12 MDT Print View

"I've seen pictures of tree huggers used like a noose. That is, one end of the hugger goes around the tree and is then threaded through the loop of the other end forming a noose around the tree. Then the hammock is attached to the free loop. That arrangement puts twice the load on the hugger as the conventional threading the hammock support through both loops does. Since I've not heard of any failures, it probably means the exisitng huggers are stronger than they have to be and there is a potential weight savings."

If all your doing is running the strap around the tree and back to your hammock what keeps it from sliding down the tree? Unless you strap wraps an extra loop, that would solve the strap sliding down, around the tree you've still got one strap width worth holding you up. It's not doubled at that point. If your strap loops around the tree an extra time you'll need extra length on your straps which I would say would probably negate any weight savings. If the trees are big you'll need lots of strap.

I've never seen anyone hang a hammock the way you describe. Can you post a pic, maybe I'm just not getting what your saying.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: Noose the tree is the way to go on 11/14/2010 20:05:24 MST Print View

I'm sorry I didn't see this post sooner.

I only go behind the tree and directly back to the hammock if the tree is to big to form a complete loop around it with the ends of the straps coming from behind the tree to the hammock.

If I hadn't seen pictures first, I never would have tried it. As it was, I wrote to Hennessy asked if the strap would slide down the tree. They said no, and to date, it's worked just fine. Apparently, if the tree is too big for a complete wrap-around, it's there's enough friction to keep the hammock from sliding. Zoom in on the tree in this photo and you'll see there isn't a complete loop around the tree.tree hugger

Edited by herman666 on 11/14/2010 20:39:42 MST.