So I'm the one who ordered that set of 10' Camo tree straps and 6" Lock&Load Quickdraws with black cinch buckles from Readystrap
last week, and they came in the mail today.
I noticed in another post that Gary mentioned black buckles, and I thought those would look nice and stealthy on Camo. I have a Hennessy Expedition which was due for a suspension upgrade. I get the rope thing, but it just wasn't working for me. I considered whoopies, but saw somewhere that they increase the necessary distance from tree to tree. These straps looked like just the deal, and could attach easily to the hammock's ends, which are looped straps which the rope suspension is tied to:
So I did a quick test: At a leasurly pace, set up the hammock first with the stock suspension, then with the Readystrap suspension, building in an 'adjustment'.
Starting the timer with the hammock stuffed in a compression sack, and the necessary tree attachments in a seperate bag,
I started with the original rope setup. Working at a leasurly pace, I took the Hennessy straps, attached them to the tree, strung the hammock across to the other side, attached, adjusted, then did the Hennessy hitch. I unzipped the hammock, got situated, zipped up, and then waited a couple seconds. I got out and performed the 'adjustment', as though one end was too high, got back in, zipped up, and stopped the timer.
With the stock suspension, I was able to get the hammock up in 8 minutes, 30 seconds. I'm no speed demon, but I wasn't rushing either.
Next, I swapped out the stock suspension for the Lock & Load Quickdraws. One end was attached with a carabiner, while I larksheaded the other side.
(If I were to order these again for this application, I personally would get the Quickdraw made just a little longer, with a larger loop end for more wiggle room when making the larks head. Nevertheless, it worked pretty well.)
Then I stuffed everything back into the compression sack, threw the tree straps into the bag, and started fresh. Having never used straps before, I was able to get the hammock up in 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Same routine: Leasurely pace , set up, get in, pause, get out, adjust, get in, done. SOOO much easier with these straps!
Packing up wasn't timed, but it was clearly easier than having to deal with the rope, and seemed faster. The rope could bring water to the hammocks in the rain, but I'm guessing the buckle and leftover hanging strap will divert water away. The straps are well made, and the stitching is robust. I would definitely recommend products from Readystrap.