Originally Posted by gargoyle
The damage, I believe, is caused by the rings.
The rings work by squeezing the rope, and that essentially causes damage.
Skip the rings and go with the suggested whoopie slings.
Several vendors here on the forum offer them for sale.
There are several threads and videos showing how to replace and use the whoopie sling, as well as how to make your own.
The hammock came secondhand and I know the first owner did not use rings, so that wasn't what caused the damage. It was a take-as-is deal and I got a great price.