true. there is stretch involved in the nylon
webbing. I wouldnt worry too much about it. Also, there are "spectra"
slings which work extremely well. I just happened to be cleaning my gear
closet right before I read this and saw my collection of slings. Brain
fart about not differentiating amongst them.
Just an idea if you cant find poly...
----- Original tueMessage -----
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 10:54
Subject: Hammock Camping Re: tree-saver
Only problem there, if I remember this
stuff from my climbing days,
is that the climbing webb gear stuff is
almost always nylon, not
poly. Unfortunately, the nylon stretches
too much for hammocks.
--- In email@example.com,
> You might also try locating you local outfitter that deals in
> They will sell webbing of all sorts. The nice
thing about the
> shop's webbing is that it HAS to have
been tested and weight
> HAVE to be available.
> Just a thought.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick
> Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 8:56
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Hammock Camping
Re: tree-saver webbing straps......
really appreciate it when someone calls me an enthusiastic
youngster. You made my day!!!
> It would be wonderful to
have specs on the webbing. Unfortunately,
> it is almost never
available. Ed and I have had this conversation
> and it usually
comes back to the fact that the manufacturer does
> want to be
responsible for guarantees of breaking strength. They
do NOT want anyone putting their body weight on that
> strap. So
getting a clear answer seems impossible.
> I agree with your
assessment, yet have gone through a life of WAY
things just because I did not know strength... and
backing down on the material until a breakage did occur.
> Maybe we should find an easy way to test straps?? Say you want
> say the strap is safe for 600 pound pull. So you test it to
> 1200 pounds 5-10 times to see it that destroys it??? Let
> what around here weighs that much????? Half my
car??? Maybe a big
> fish?? You have any ideas?
> --- In email@example.com, "Dave
> > --- In
firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rick" <geoflyfisher@y...>
> > > Christina,
> > >
> > > I
bought some 1 inch poly webbing at the local Dayton WalMart
> > >
yesterday. Look in the fabric department near the ribbons and
> > stuff. It seems to have been strong enough for hammock straps,
> > which
> > > would make it ok for tree huggers
too. Cost is $.79 per yard.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > Rick,
> Be careful how you determine if the webbing is strong enough. If
> > use it once and it didn't break, that doesn't
> > it is strong enough to use 100
times, all that means is it didn't
> > break the last time you used
it. I think the best way is to pay
> > attention to
manufacturer's specifications, or barring that, go
something that is obviously an over-kill for the application or
stress it once by several orders of magnitude greater than your
application in a way that a failure will not result in an injury
> > then, maybe not use that particular piece of material
> > I know that Ed Speer has had both
good and bad experience with
> > different webbing and has
recommendations in his book about what
> > tensile strengths he
recommends. As a hammock user I would
> little caution in recommending weight bearing material for use in
> > hammock.
> > Sorry to act
like a wet blanket, I really appreciate your
and willingness to share your ideas, but being an older guy with
> > analytical background, I felt like I needed to put that out
> > Youngblood
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