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I recieved my glides today and they were as described and appear to be a good product. Unfortunately, like NCPartick, I was hoping that the glide would function like ring buckles as I much prefer that method. I have a loop on one end of my straps, then I like to put the strap around the tree, thru the loop and attach the end of the strap to the ring buckles. Ring buckles are on about a 16" long piece of 1" webbing connected to the end of the hammock. I found that the tri glide can function this way if after I run the webbing thru the glide I do a couple of hitches back on the webbing strap. It's a really easy to set up, easy to adjust system. I may try a set of these instead. But they seem pretty heavy.
Bingo! That's what I found as well. So with a tri glide type of buckle, I found that I wanted to wrap the strap around the tree more than once so it does not slip down the tree, thereby making any needed adjustment a little more cumbersome. At that point, I found it was probably just as easy to untie/re-tie the straps with a conventional knotting and save the weight of the buckles. If you think you will be satisfied with only wrapping the webbing around the tree once as in Rasputens photos, then they work great.If the webbing loops around the tree once, then there isn't much in the configuration to keep the webbing positioned at the selected spot on the tree.
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I have been wraping one and ahalf around trees for years..... As long as you do the Speer wrap, Hennessy lashing or JRB Tri-glide about 6-10 from the tree.... All you have to do to raise or lower the point of attachment to the tree is untension the line by an inchor more, loosen the tree wrap an slide all up or down the tree, retension the line .... done...
As to the weight of buckles.... I agree that all the steel buckles being used/tried have a weight penalty.... The JRB Tri-glide actually reduces weight if you eliminate the length of webing needed to form the two knots most commonly used.... These take 24-30 inches of webbing to form properly....Conservatively, 24 inches of polyester webbing weighs 14 grams and the JRB Tri-Glide only weighs 13 oz.... So overal the sysystem with an average of 8 ft straps vs the more common 10 foot straps is 2 grams lighter...Arguably no big deal but it is clearly a fact that the JRB Tri-glides weigh less than the webbing used to make the knots....Over the other devices, several ozs savings is possible ( See NCPatrich recent comments above).
To adjust the length of line.... Simply push the ends of webbing in to the center, this forms a center loop, slide the JRB Tri-Glideto the desired new position, retighten the webbing to the flat postion... Done.... normal time with practice... 5-15 seconds..... Even the most practiced of us need 25-45 seconds to untie the Speer or Hennessy lashing, change length, and retie it.
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Would this work? If this has already been described, sorry. I'm a visual thinker and have to see it to understand most times. The strap would pass through a ring on a bridge type hammock or a loop in the suspension strap/line on other style hammocks then through tri-glide. The loop at the tree would prevent sliding.
Last edited by gibmo; 02-29-2008 at 19:28.
Well it warmed up a few degrees and the snow melted a bit, so I was able to test hang the tri glides.
I tied a couple of Speer 1 inch Webbing, Polypropylene straps to my Claytor NONET HAMMOCK.
Easy to adjust, works as advertised, no slippage ~250 lbs. I had the hammock pulled tight and got in and out several times and gentle bounce etc.
first time using straps, this is quick and easy. I will probably put caribiners on the other ends next so I can use the straps on other hammocks.