Originally Posted by Captn
Of course the wider the strap the more area the force is spread over, however, I think we must equate the width of straps to the hang angle as well .....
I agree that the angle must make a difference in where the hottest pressure points would be, but wider straps may not change those spots much. Or, because of the irregular surface it's in contact with, it may make it prone to placing heavier loads on more smaller points than a narrower strap or rope.
I suggest that the wider strap may also spread the damage as well as the load. It's the difference between being whipped with a switch or a paddle. In my own personal experience, they both hurt
After reading from those who said that wrapping around a tree twice or more seemed to do more damage it makes sense to consider that a wider strap would achieve the same effect.
So, in the long run, wider straps may end up doing more damage on trees where they are used a lot. I don't know, but I do think that a controlled test would yield some surprising results, especially among a variety of trees. One of them could very well be that using a rope or strap does no significant damage at all to most trees.
We probably ought to ask our neighbors that have used them for a few centuries. Anyone know what do they do?