6261Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: ZHammock Page
- Jul 6, 2004Dave Womble wrote:
>I was a little curious about the advantage of using whipped ends. I
>think you mentioned before that you were not hemming the short ends
>of the hammock when you used Ed's overhand knot but that you do hem
>the short ends of the hammock when you use the whipped ends. You
>still use less fabric with the whipped ends, but you have added cord
>to the whipped ends. Seems to me the overhand knot is easier to make
>and is known to be trouble free. Any idea of how much weight you are
>saving using the whipped ends versus the overhand knot?
Weight saved in cloth is about an ounce. Actually 8/9 of 1.1 oz. The
weight of the cords I used is about half of that - half an ounce.
Almost all the weight savings could be retained by using a very light
whipping of heavy fishing line. But weight savings is not the best
reason to consider whipped ends.
There is the savings of the cost and bulk of the cloth to consider. I
bought almost a yard less of material and saved about $4 of material
cost. When I fold my hammock up, there is a little less bulk to stuff
into the stuff sack.
The other advantage is mainly for experimenters like me. It is as easy
as duck soup to take the whipping off and make a change in the hammock.
Having untied the overhand knots in hammocks many times, I don't mind
skipping the 15-30 minutes necessary to untie those nasty knots at all.
Ray Garlington originally made the suggestion when he was experimenting
with smooth curves in the end of the hammock with a goal of having
better edge control. I have not tried those experiments, but can
imagine how whipping the end of the hammock can make such a process
I am considering adding a second whipping that incorporates the strap
and the hammock - that will be purely for the vanity of making the joint
However, at day's finish, whipping or tying the ends of the hammock is a
flourish and not worth worrying about. For the addicted hammock
builder, I suggest trying the whipping route as an experiment. I find
the improvement modest, but real. Only a year's worth of experience
will tell me if the whipped end is as durable as the Speer overhand knot.
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