MrsMustardman made up a DIY hammock with a warbonnet whip today, and we were playing with a whoopie sling suspension. The thing I liked least about the whoopie slings was that the webbing is separate from the slings, and I don't like messing around with things like toggles. So today we tried girth hitching the tree hugger to the whoopie sling to give a semi-permanent attachment. You could remove the girth hitch if either the sling or the webbing wore out, but the whole setup is in one piece for day to day use. With a Dutch clip or carabiner, the configuration is just as simple to use as a webbing and buckle suspension, but has the ease of adjustment and lack of bulk of a whoopie sling.
However, as expected, girth hitching a chunk of webbing around a loop of amsteel causes a lot of friction, and the soft-on-soft connection would eventually wear the materials. So I'd like to add some hardware in the middle, with the option to still make it removeable. The natural choice here seems to be triangular quick links - they are offered in a lot of sizes and strength ratings, and even fairly thin ones ought to be enough for a hammock.
Every hardware store under the sun carries normal quick links, but I'd really like to find the triangular ones, and preferably without ordering online and dealing with shipping. Is anyone aware of any retail hardware store type chains that might carry these? I doubt they will have them at Lowes or Home Depot, but maybe a more specialized store? I'd rather not drive around to every hardware store in the area hoping to find these.
Here's a picture of what I'm talking about: