weaver - lol nice video. if only he had some enthusiasm! So jrb is even simpler by adding the biner near the hammock it allows separation from hammock and also you don't need the toggle and knot.
Caribou - yes, that pvc pipe represents what I did to my strap.
I've almost talked myself into jrb suspension. seems simple enough even for me.
Roger, did you pull the Spectra through the loop on the tree hugger, creating friction between the two materials? The Spectra will literally saw right trough the polyester webbing, so this is one of the few delicate procedures in dealing with hammocks.
Hennessy will certainly send you a new one if you explain your troubles. Based on my past experiences with HH, you'll likely get it free of charge.
The HH lashing is a bit slow, but adding a "Sliding Ring" allows you to adjust the hammock easily without altering the original suspension and it only adds 22 grams. A Whoopie would be a little lighter, but not any easier, and you'll have to change the suspension...
that is correct. there was no hardware in between the spectra and tree strap.
i may have done some of the sawing even before getting into the hammock, i.e. setting it up. It's not a simple thing to hang a hammock with very little pitch in the suspension angle...
I don't mind buying another tree hugger. Since I can't use a couple of descender rings very well with the spectra though, I'm thinking of redoing the suspension. jrb's suspension looks pretty fool proof and light weight and no knots required and would be very adjustable. seems to meet all my requirements. There's more pieces but not that more complex then running a strap to rings on the hammock.