[Hammock Camping] Re: triptease
I don't worry to much about the 188 lb breaking strength. I figure
that is new cord without knots or sharp bends-- like around tent
stakes. It is pretty light weight compared to comparable strength
cord. Guyline stretch is a big issue for me when I use a tarp
suspended above a hammock and I suspect that guyline stretch in
general is proportional to the ratio of the loading on the guyline to
the breaking strength of the guyline but I don't know for sure this
is a big enough factor to be of concern.
One biggy for me is that triptease (or spectra pulse cord) does not
stretch like nylon cord when it gets wet. I have compared the slack
with a roughly 8'x10' tarp I was using for my hammock by rigging it
up one rainy night with braided nylon utility cord and the next rainy
night with the low stretch triptease or spectra pulse line. The
difference in the slack was dramatic. Now, this configuration used a
lot of cord so it emphasised the stretch much more than what a tarp
pitched for ground dwellers would experience. I think I tied it
about 6 feet above the ground with trees spaced about 15'. I used
three guylines on each side with about 7' of guyline to the ground
stakes. I wished I had taken photos.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Shane" <shane@t...> wrote:
> > Why don't you like triptease?
> I actually don't like it for several reasons, which I have noted
> experience. One, it's too strong. With a breaking strength of 188
> kg) it's stronger than any tarp's tear strength. Plain white nylon
> would work just fine, and has worked for me many times. Two, it's
> heavy. Again, inch for inch, white nylon string is lighter and
every bit as
> functional. Three, it's hard to see at night. Sure, it reflects
> flashlight or headlamp, but if you're like me and don't use a light
> you're stalking around in the dark, a plain white cord is a lot
> see. Four, it's too expensive.
- I don't use tie-outs on my HH Exp. in the common mode. I have an old
small bore tent flexpole, five sections (ten feet) and bow it
underneath, tying the canopy to the top (near the ends) and the
hammock ties about eighteen inches down. The obvious advantage is
nothing to trip over and I enjoy the swinging sensation. In the wind
it has a tendacy to 'kite' over so I take a tarp tie vertical to a
stake on the windward side.
Works for me and I know most hammock campers have an old tent or two
in the shed.