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bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
whoopie slings.... on 06/02/2011 17:41:09 MDT Print View

Looking for resources on whoopie slings. What they are, how they are used, why they are used, etc. I know nothing.

Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
not a huge resource on 06/02/2011 17:57:41 MDT Print View

i bought some.

they are considerably lighter than adjustable web straps 5 ounces or so and easier to use than line where you have to tie knots.

i love mine. i couldn't imagine going back to adjustable web straps and i don't tie knots well enough to use standard line.

once you get it hooked up they adjust very easy.

Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re: whoopie slings on 06/02/2011 18:50:00 MDT Print View

Have you been to the Hammock Forums? There are lots of resources there, including videos. Try a search and you should come up with all kinds of info.....probably more than you want :)

bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
Re: re: whoopie slings on 06/02/2011 19:02:02 MDT Print View

Exactly. Sensory overload and it's a tangent I don't have time for. Knots are second nature for me so maybe that is why I don't see what all the hubbub is about....


Edited by lilorphanbilly on 06/02/2011 19:12:05 MDT.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: whoopie slings.... on 06/02/2011 19:46:09 MDT Print View

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
whoopie slings on 06/02/2011 21:07:20 MDT Print View

Well this IS Backpacking Light and the things are very light, fast and adjustable. Sgt Rock has a pretty near full hammock system at @ 1 lb using among other devices "whoopie slings" Makes "hanging" competitive so to speak with "ground dwelling" from a weight stand-point. What's to complain about less weight, less volume, and greater ease and simplicity?

Relatively easy and fun to make as well

And DEEP in the tradition of rope lore and knot tying. Besides which one driving force behind the application or transference of this particular bit of rope lore with time-honored, traditional sea-faring origins is the fantastically easy loosening of the /connection/knot after a night of lots of weight and pressure that can pull a typical knot so tight you need 2 pair of needle-nose pliers to pull it apart; and in some cases the rope can literally melt together.

Hopefully some more knowledgeable hangers can add to this......... I'm unfortunately still a ground dweller but one with great respect for all things nautical and the art and science of "hanging".

There's lots of interesting ultra-light hammock gear at this site: ............. including slings

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Whoopee slings on 06/02/2011 23:49:39 MDT Print View

This video should help answer some of your questions.

Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Shug Shug Shug on 06/03/2011 00:09:51 MDT Print View

Shug has the most entertaining and informative videos on hammock hanging:

Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
RE: whoopie slings on 06/09/2011 18:27:25 MDT Print View

You could go to Lots of good information on the site. also is a great resource for all things hammock.

Cary Beuershausen
Whoopies on 06/10/2011 12:49:47 MDT Print View

I recently switched to whoopies when I changed from a Hennessy to a Light Hiker. I've been happy so far. I don't know if it's any faster than my ring buckle suspension but it's definitely a lighter solution. I'll probably go back and retrofit my Hennessy as well.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
insights on 10/25/2011 12:06:20 MDT Print View

Cola mentioned knots so tight it takes pliers to untie them. The solution is not to use knots, but lashings. One lashing technique is demonstrated in the Hennessy Hammocks web site instructional videos.

I replaced my stock Hennessy suspension with Whoopie Slings. By and large I'm pleased with the result. I greatly appreciate the adjustability of the slings. The only drawback has been that the Amsteel is very pliable making it prone to tangling. The stock Spectra suspension lines have a tight sheath of polyester which makes them stiff enough to resist tangling. Hammock forums has at least one thread devoted to avoiding the tangles of Whoopie Slings.