A chain is as strong as its weakest link and the para cord will be the weakest link.
Originally Posted by smarvell
Most people find that a tight hammock line works best and that puts a greater strain on
Take an example - at the upper end, but not overly extreme.
Say you weigh 90 kilos = 14 stone = 200lbs including clothes, sleeping bag and everything
else you have in the hammock.
At each end of the hammock you have 5m of cord leading to the tree and you tie it tight.
When you sit in the hammock it gets half a metre nearer the ground, then the tension on
the cord will be 2000lbs, so you'd need to quadruple the (genuine) 550 paracord, and not
bounce up and down too much :-)
If you are really desperate to keep the weight down, then 4mm polyester-sheathed
dyneema has a breaking strain of about 1250kg and 2 x 5m will cost you about £15. I'm
not sure how much it weighs, but it can't be that much because it floats :-)
...I swear by it. You'll often see me there, crouched and blaspheming...