Originally Posted by TeeDee
BB351 - do you use a structural ridgeline on your hammock?? It's DIY I believe, correct?
If no structural ridgeline, then the CC buckles work very well, since you will have tons of slack to undo them.
If you do have a structural ridgeline, do you pull the suspension real tight when you hang?? If you don't, then again you have slack to undo the CC buckles.
If you do pull real tight, how do you loosen the CC buckles without cutting them off?? Does your suspension stretch enough after laying in the hammock to allow that??
The Crazy Creek hammock has no ridgeline, hence their buckles work just fine on their hammock. Lots of slack to loosen the buckles.
Yeah, the hammock I've primarily used the buckles with is my DIY Speer-type. Yes, it has a structural ridgeline, and yes I pull it quite tight. Maybe not as tight as I possibly can (as I do with my HH), but pretty tight nonetheless.
It's true that the buckles tend to "lock" under a lot of tension. But 10 minutes or less of hanging and it's no longer a problem, in my experience. Maybe I'm doing something different than other people are. I know from testing that neither my ridge nor straps stretch appreciably under load, though.
I've recently installed the buckles on my HH ULB as well. I haven't had a lot of testing time in it yet, but at first blush it appears that it'll work just as well on the HH as it does on my DIY. Because I tend to pull my HH tighter than my Speer-type, it does take a bit longer for the buckles to loosen after tightening. But in a usage situation, I can't imagine needing to hang and take down in less than 30 minutes.
My belief is also that the buckles CAN be undone without hanging to loosen them, but I haven't tried it enough to say for sure.
I guess others have had different results, but from my own experience I just don't see the "lockup" thing as a significant issue.