What is this ring or buckle system about?
Half the time when you guys talk it seems like Spanglish or something. Can someone break it down for me. I have only slept in the thing(hammock) once and played with it a dozen times or so. I use the Slap Strap pros. It's nice to know you guys know what you're talking about but, now I'm curious. :D
morphing from Slap Strap to rings / buckle
hard to imagine someone doesn't want to hang on every word on that thread :)
Think about the way your slap strap works. When you clip the biner to one of the loops on the strap you have selected a distance for the strap from tree to biner. The only distances you can choose are those provided for you by the loops on the strap. The point of contact between the hammock and the webbing is that little loop onto which you clip the biner.
The rings or buckles provide a different kind of point of contact. Imagine the sort of belt you might wear on trousers that lets you set any width you want when you tighten it. The slap stap is like the kind of belt with holes and the metal tongue that you stick in to a hole to select the width, the ring / buckle is like the kind that let's you set the width to anything you like.
So now picture in your mind a webbing that is looped around a tree, with one end that comes off of it. There is a set of rings, or a buckle along that end that work very much like they do on a belt. Depending on how much webbing you pull through the rings or buckle you affect the distance between the tree and the buckle. Now if you could clip the hammock's biner onto the rings or buckle then you'd have a way of adjusting the distance between tree and hammock. More typically with a rings / buckle system we don't have that biner on the hammock end. Instead we take the cord from the hammock that clips onto the biner in the slap strap system, and attach it to the rings or buckles semi-permanently.
In the slap strap system you loop the webbing around the tree, then clip the biner onto a little loop. With the rings or buckles you (conceptually) loop the webbing around the tree, then loop the free end through a pair of rings or a cinch buckle that are attached to the hammock end, and then select the distance from tree to hammock by how much webbing you pull through the rings or buckles.
In practice folks leave the webbing threaded through the rings / buckle all the time. The way you can do this and still get the webbing around the tree is to have a biner at the end of the webbing that goes around the tree. So you loop that end of webbing around the tree a couple of times, then clip the biner onto the end of the webbing that is stretching out to the rings or buckle.
A picture is worth a thousand words. So I've provided the thousand words, read them looking at any one of the many pictures of rings or buckles in that thread.
Grizz the school-marm