Re: Paraline (and sore butts)
- --- In email@example.com, "archidaveture"
>Hrm...not if you don't mind being dropped on your butt every now and
> I am considering using Paraline (parachute cord) to replace the
> straps from bed material to the tree.
> Any down side to this? Other than a few tangles.....
The breaking strength for most paracord is 550 lbs, which is
probably sufficient except that knots really reduce that amount.
Mine failed at the knot and dropped me to the ground.
And the earlier comment about the stretch is correct. Paracord is
designed to absorb opening shock so it's pretty elastic...polypro
straps are good because they doesn't stretch much.
If you find some really light nylon-sheathed Spectra line and tree
huggers you might be able to cut off .5-1oz, maybe (just a guess).
I like the convenience of the straps, though...that's what I usually
Youngblood, how much do your ropes weigh?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jwj32542" <jwj32542@...> wrote:
> Youngblood, how much do your ropes weigh?
I don't have the numbers with me but I think the 3/8" ropes where
about 5 to 6 oz per 25 feet and the 1/4" ropes were about half that
amount. I currently use the 3/8" ropes because of a couple of reasons-
- combination of SWL rating, visible degradation over time and less
likely to mark tree bark. (For the most part I reconsidered what the
SWL meant and figured I should just use it instead of creating my own
number. Being a technical person, I would have felt like a dumb arse
if I broke a rope and hurt myself by exceeding the SWL determined by
folks that should know more about such things, especially over 2 or 3
- --- In email@example.com, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@...>
> I don't have the numbers with me but I think the 3/8" ropes whereSounds very similar to both the webbing and Spectra/huggers setups I
> about 5 to 6 oz per 25 feet
have. I could get a bit lighter on the Spectra, but I bought what the
kitesurfing shop had and it's way stronger than I need...about twice
the size of what's on the HH BP ULA. But even so, I don't think it
would save more than an ounce.
Don't blame you for not falling on your arse over 2 ounces! Though it
would make a good story...something like that bear that took Seuss'
thumb and threw Coy out of his hammock.
> I want to lighten my hammock a bit. I have 1" poly straps looped attangles.....
> each end of the fabric (typical homemade hammock) I am considering
> using Paraline (parachute cord) to replace the straps from bed
> material to the tree. > Any down side to this? Other than a few
That cord is attached to parachutes by being sewed to the canopy. Any
knots that are tied reduce the strength of the cord. If you are
lighter than I am this might work for you. I would try to hang close
to the ground though. Also keep a close eye out for any abrasion from
tree bark. You won't know if it will work for you unless you try it.
Good luck with your testing.