Why are most people trying to eliminate the strap suspension but are still using a strap around the tree? So now instead of just strap to descender rings, you are wrapping around a tree multiple times and attaching a whoopie? How is that lighter than a strap suspension? Seems like you are still carrying an undetermined length of tree straps to get around various tree girths.
So instead of 2 decender rings some are using a carabiner to attach their whoopies? I guess something like the dutch biner is considerably lighter than most descender rings. Is this the only reason most are switching to whoopie/strap?
I'm considering making a tree hugger out of amsteel and using a dutch biner to my whoopie. What do you think? Eliminating the strap should eliminate 2-4oz.
I've never noticed tree damage from a hammock rope suspension tied directly around the tree before, so I figure an ultra light tree hugger out of amsteel would work.