Strength Testing

We tested some of our hammocks, various ropes and splicing configurations to see how much strength it would take to break them.

Intending to find the breaking strength of our Paradise Starter nylon hammocks, the ropes actually broke first.

The first hammock (orange, video below) was attached with spliced Dyneema rope and one of the splices broke at 1619 lbs. (734 kg).

The second hammock (blue, video below) was using double 550 Paracord ropes on each end, and one of the 4 suspension paracord ropes broke at 966 lbs. (438 kg).

Until now, the strength it will take to break our nylon Tropic Hammocks remains uncertain.

Our Tropic Hammocks did not break at 1600 lbs. (700kg).

However, we advise a safe weight limit of 330 lbs. (150kg).

NOTE: Cuts or tears in the HEM of the hammock will lead to hammock failure, and should be re-hemmed before re-use. A hole anywhere in the middle (i.e. pen/key poke, cigarette hole, etc) should not cause catastrophic failure as the surrounding material continues to support the pull and weight, but should be patched.

REMEMBER: Strength testing results must not replace common sense decisions such as:

  • Never hang over sharp and or dangerous objects or terrain.
  • Always inspect ropes, connections and hammock integrity.
  • Never jump in a hammock.

See more Safety Notes.

 

Whoopie Slings (x2) + Whoopie Fring (x1) (all 3mm Dyneema)

Tensile failure = 1504 lbs. (682 kg)

When we tested our Whoopie Slings and Whoopie Frings together, we had to use a large ground mounted horizontal test machine. For safety reasons, we chose not to stand too close to capture it well enough on video, so all we have are photos. For shorter rope configurations, we tested smaller versions in an enclosed test machine.

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Orange Paradise Starter Hammock with Dyneema rope suspension.

Tensile failure = 1618 lbs. (734 kg)

 

Royal Blue Paradise Starter Strength Test with Double 550 Paracord rope suspension

Tensile failure = 966 lbs. (438 kg)

 

Whoopie Frings Strength Test: (3mm Dyneema SK75 carabiner replacement)

Featuring Adjustable Locked Brummel and double-strand Diamond Knot (ABOK#787)

(A) 1/2 Bury - Tensile failure: 2761 lbs. (1252 kg)
(B) 3/4 Bury - Tensile failure: 2828 lbs. (1282 kg)
(C) 100% Bury - Tensile failure: 2767 lbs. (1255 kg)


VIDEO:


Whoopie Floops Strength Test: (3mm Dyneema SK75)

(a.k.a. spliced continuous locked loops) originally used for hammock stand suspension points

Tensile failure: 3359 lbs. (1524 kg)