If you are trying tol go lighter then you are going to want to ditch the rings altogether. They weigh a lot more than a couple of carbon fiber toggles for whoopie slings. I'm a huge fan of the webbing ring buckle system but it can be somewhat heavy by comparison. You'll need _some_ webbing for tree huggers. Don't chintz on it either. Swallow the weight penalty and get the good stuff. Otherwise you could be back sleeping on the ground. There have been a few reports of lightweight webbing failing in the field recently. Not a good thing.