Originally Posted by JohnW
I'm in the throes of suspension decision making myself! I need to buy some longer webbing and then play around. There's a ton of ideas floating around, but the rings seem like favorites so far.
Do yourself a favor and get both the rings and cinch buckles. Decide which you like better after using both. I have used both in the field and I like the cinch buckles better. The reason the ring buckles are more popular is because they were recommended for use initially in the famous ring buckles thread that reads like a long book. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...t=ring+buckles
If I remember correctly, Just Jeff said he was switching from the Crazy Creek buckles (no longer available but the same as cinch buckles)
to the ring buckles because he thought the CC were harder to release under stress than the rings. He later changed his mind on that. He also no longer uses the two separate small pieces of webbing connected to the CC buckles (cinch buckles). The cinch buckles are better IMO cause you are not relying on a knot to be tied. They will slip if you dont tie a knot after the rings. Not so with the cinch buckles. The rings also have the potential of separating much easier than the cinch buckles. Trust me when I
say that the cinch buckles just feel much safer. They are plenty easy to adjust under pressure. Their too cheap not to try em both out and then decide.