i would disagree with the thought of the weight effect vrs angle of

pull those numbers would work if the straps where made of something

ridged like steel and fixed at a parallel angle to gravity and you

where pulling perpendicular to gravity. But the strap is being pulled

straight and thats how it takes the load it does not matter if it is

down or side ways it carrys the same weight. there is no such thing a

torsional strength in a very flexible object.

now there is some thing called bounce and the sretchiness of the

hammock and straps can very quickly cause a greater load than gravity

alone, take for instance you said you weigh about 200 lbs but if you

bounce from a height of 1 foot you would put the force of 200 lbs and

from 2 foot you put 400 lbs, from 3 feet it would be 800 lbs of

force, it is not a linear ratio of height to force it is closer to

squaring the force for doubling the distance. which is why in

firearms a light bullet at a 10 % increase in speed puts out 20 %

more energy than a heavier bullet at the slower speed

scott thacher

white knight