Speed Hooks with 7/64 Amsteel
I have discontinued use of this suspension set up as a result of fraying on the Amsteel. The Speedhooks see to be abrasive and cause the fibers in the cordage to fray. I'm not sure how much it would take to actually result in failure. But, I'm not willing to find out the first day of a multi day trip. The last I checked DutchWare Gear quit selling the Speed Hooks as well.
When it comes to hammocks there are nearly endless options. Among those countless options is suspension. Today (I say today because someone will come up with something else soon), the hot thing is using speed hooks from DutchWare (dutchwaregear.com) and Amsteel. This set up as advantages over Whoopie Slings and UCRs in that it uses about 1/2 the amount of cord because there are no long buries.
Things you'll need to get started:
- Speed Hooks (2)
- Amsteel - 7/64 or 1/8 depending upon weight ratting you need. You will have to decide on the finished length you need. I opted for 10' since I plan on using shorter tree straps (3').
- Tape Measure
- Small nail
- Fish tool (I used florist wire that we had on hand)
First off, you will need to decide what works best for you. I went with 2" loops and a 3 1/2" bury (I think 4" is common). I also decided on a 2" bury for the tail (this is to keep the speed hook from coming off and give a finished end). You may opt for a bigger loop and longer bury (especially if pushing higher weights).
Step 1: Measure and mark for the loop - 1" taper + bury - 3 1/2" here + loop - 4" to give a 2" loop here. That's 8 1/2" that will need to be added to your desired finish length. At the other end measure and mark for the desired length tail you want. For a 2" tail - 1" taper + 2" bury. This will also be added to the finished length.
Step 3: At you long measurement (8 1/2" in this project), separate the individual threads by pushing/pinching the line together at the mark. Insert your fish tool through the line, between the individual threads) from one side to the other making sure you have an even amount of threads on each side of the fish tool (also be careful to push the fish through between the threads and not through them).