Cinch buckles and webbing (the kind already mentioned in this thread) are a great, simple way to start. I stil use mine.
The next suggestion you'll see are whoopie slings and webbing. The webbing protects the trees and can be whatever length say 4 to 8 feet depending on the size of trees in your area. The whoopie slings adjust for length and they can be 6 to 8 feet. They are made of Amsteel and the common size is 7/64. Some buy them ready made and others like me make our own.
There are other options but these are the more common ones.
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Thanks everyone for your comments - getting ready to place my order for the plates & chain link, and just need to add the suspension - what lengths do you typically order - Figuratively speaking, it sounds like maybe two feet for around the tree and 5 -10 from the tree? So, 10 - 15 foot straps on each side, or is this overkill?
Our average straps are 12-15 per side, we do some well shorter and have done a few well...and I mean well longer than that. I think the longest was in the 30 foot range per side. I depends a good bit on the area of the country you hike in most and how much time you want to spend looking for smaller trees if you are in a large tree area--like west side of the Cascades. For UT I would think you would be very safe with 12 foot straps for most times. 15's would cover 99% of all good hanging spots thought UT and much of the west.
Thanks Paul - I appreciate the response. I will try to get an order out soon, and noting the different color of chain link requested as per our PMs.
I was thinking of using your webbing/straps (appropriate length) with one end looped and the other flat with these attached. The idea would be to run the flat end through the loop on the tree and attach the Bloomgorge creation to the hammock by the chain link. All adjustment could be done with the Bloomgorge and on take down the whole webbing set could be taken off the hammock to keep sap etc off it. It would eliminate all biners etc.
What do you think?
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