i like the tree strap and cord combo. a bowline should not slip if you set it properly, but it is hard to adjust.
you should try out one of the variations of the sheetbend. its one of the easiest and fastest knotts to tie.
i tie my cord to the straps with a single sheetbend finished with two bights. tie a single, but finish the last step with a bight, then set the knot, then i pull on the free end as if to pop the bight. and just before it pops, insert a second bight. last, cinch the first bight down the rest of the way so it locks onto the second one. two stiff pulls on the free end unties easily after being weighted, and slippery cord like spectra/dyneema has never slipped, unless i had forgotten to add the backup bight.
i like the single sheetbend because it is the fastest knot to tie that i have found, and it unties instantly.
like someone said before, it can also be used to join two ropes, although i have never done this, but i've heard it works well. but since hammock lines are so small, i would definately look for something that was easy to untie. water knot, fig 8, fishermans are all common knots for joining two lines, but i would hesitate to use any of them on small diameter lines.
someone on the yahoo group a year or two ago said something to the effect that:
as for knotts, you can take as many as you need and yet they weigh nothing. you can never lose a knott, you can share them with friends, and they are free.
Originally Posted by hacktorious
My preferred knot is the speer 4-wrap. I use a HH backpacker. I am wondering if anyone can suggest some good knots for connecting the line on the hammock to the tree hugger.
Typically what I do is make a double-figure-eight-loop on the end of the tree hugger. Then I tie the hammock line to the loop in the tree hugger with a bowline-hitch. I then tie the tree huggers to the trees with a 4-wrap knot.
I would like to know if anyone has a suggestion for knots to use for the purpose of tying the two lines together. One issue I have is that the figure-eight is nearly impossible to untie, and I am wondering if it is possible for the bowline to come out while I am in the hammock.
I am thinking a water knot or something might work for connecting the two different types of ropes.