Not to re-iterate what others have already said, but I had my first experience with the slap strap slippage this past weekend when testing them out for the first time. Weight wasn't an issue since this was more of a basecamp setup on a cub scout camping trip, so slap straps with biner clips were fine. I set up the hammock at what was a comfortable height at night, and when I woke up, folks were laughing as my butt was almost on the ground. I re-adjusted the straps farther up on the tree (about 6 inches per side) and the same thing happened the next morning! I do, however, think that the fixed loop adjustments are "good enough" to get a balanced lay, but that's me.
I just wonder, will this stretching stop at some point, like maybe they just need to get "broken in", or is it just a flaw of the material?
Last edited by Sappy; 11-29-2011 at 15:31. Reason: clarification, misspelling
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Nothing funnier than seeing a slap strap user wake up in the dirt and mud, over and over again. I wish I would have taken pics of my friend who had slap straps on a five-day trip. Every morning, he woke up with his butt on the ground. Priceless.
I found that getting a 30 foot length of tubular climbing webbing worked well to make DIY Tree straps to hook Whoopies slings onto for my ENO Hammock. We cut 6 foot lengths of webbing and sewed a 4" loop on one end and then just did a Marlin Splike with a biener to hook to the sling.
I have both an ENO single and double, and have tried numerous methods before ultimately going to the exact same setup as DerNageler describes--1" wide tubular webbing (10' section) with about a 2" fixed loop sewn into 1 end, and 10' Whoopie Slings on the ENO's. This setup allows me to hang on trees with distances ranging from about 12' to well over 25'. Talk about having options...
Again, after trying many different methods, I'm a firm believer that Whoopies are the way to go.
All I can say is Wow, I would of never guessed that the slap straps would stretch that much. Thats crazy.... I just ordered a set of Whoopie slings, so I will be waiting to get them, and get them installed on the DoubleNest. Thanks for all of the info. It has been a great help!
Will have to look into the Tubular climbing Webbing as well. sounds like that will be the way to go with the Whoopie's, and the Marlin Spike.
Climbing webbing will work in shorter lengths but it is still nylon and will stretch. Because it is tubular it is also a little more bulky than other comparable webbing. Polyester webbing is a popular choice because it does not stretch.
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I chose the climbing webbing because it is designed to hold weight, I could make several straps for the $12 it costs for 30 foot length and was easy to use. I have seen other options and yes they work well and have zero stretch. But tubular nylon webbing is low stretch and I have not had any noticable movment of my hammock overnight.
Great idea. Where did you get the tubular webbing? Do you have a website, or link? Thanks.