So many ropes, so many uses, so much so that rope can get confusing. Recently I have read and heard from many folks that are getting very confused about the ropes that are available for hammock camping and what they are used for. Over the last few years as new suspension techniques have come about there are getting to be so many choices for different uses, be it hanging your tarp or hanging your hammock, then picking the correct rope for the job has become more and more difficult. I figure its time to work on a comprehensive guide to all the ropes we stock here at Arrowhead Equipment so that you can select the appropriate rope for each hammock camping task.
Let us start with suspension grade lines and work down.
With the advent of constriction based suspensions in 2009 and the advent of the Whoopie sling, Amsteel Blue came to the forefront of many hammock campers' vocabulary. Amsteel Blue, not to be confused with but often abbreviated as it's brother Amsteel is a Single braid rope made from DYNEEMA®...Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). In plain English that means its really strong synthetic fibers braided into a rope. It's splicable to form a whoopie sling that can be used for an adjustable hammock suspension. For hammock suspensions, the 7/64" size is most commonly used and has an average breaking strength of 1600 pounds. Some folks though like a little more overkill and go up the next size to 1/8th inch with a breaking rating of 2500 pounds.
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