I recently received the ENO doublenest for a gift and love it. The carabiners that it came with appear to be steel. Has anyone switched those to a aluminum screwlock carabiner? Of course with affecting the weight capacity. Any help would be greatly apprciated.
Loc: California (southern)
I am not familiar with this hammock or the carabiners supplied with it, but, in general, if I get an item with non-climbing biners, I substitute climbing grade items, usually as light as possible - might as well have multi-purpose gear.
Outside of a few specialized fire and rescue biners, nobody makes steel biners anymore. I would think that aluminum would be just fine. I don't see why they would even have to be locking.
The whole concept of non-climbing biners appalls me, because sooner or later they are going to get used where they shouldn't, and bad things will happen.
A lot of folks with an ENO swap out the suspension in its entirety, and there are a lot of options that don't require biners at all. If you have difficulties with the stock straps stretching a lot, you may want to do that. (I believe Slapstraps are nylon, which never stops stretching.)
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FYI, Just an update..ENO responded to my email and the carabiners supplied with the doublenest hammock are steel, if anyone would like this info. Also I have the Pro slap straps and will elimnating the steel biners...
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