Originally Posted by hammock engineer
You guys may have said this somewhere. I tend to get lost over a couple pages of posts. But instead of using a biner or loop sewn into the webbing for around the tree, how about sewing another ring into the loop. Then run the webbing through the ring in the loop.
It would be a little slower and less versitle than a biner, but worth a look if your biner is heavier than the ring.
It might be a little more durable than just running the webbing through the loop, but I haven't noticed any wear on mine at this point - or on the loops on my slapstraps when I was using those. It would add a little weight (very little) too. I guess if I were going away from the loop by itself, I'd probably just use a 'biner for the convenience.