Ok... some thoughts on the cleats after 2 nights using them in 2 different locations/trees...
1. Quick and easy.
2. Easy to adjust.
3. Parts dont get lost. I left the first run of lacing attached to the line while I moved my location for the 2nd night, it never budged.
4. Still have to carry the straps (more parts)
5. Couldnt really save any weight by cutting down the line, as it may be needed for trees that arent so close.
I will use these instead of doing the figure 8 lashing that is recommended, I find it much quicker and simpler.
I'll admit it... I have ordered the rings from REI; went to Harbor Freight and bought the straps...
Im going to give both options a try before committing to one or the other. But my first experience with the rings was not fun (got to meet the earth up close and personal...) But I think that thanks to someones link for the knots, my larkhead will be replaced with another.
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