Originally Posted by hammock engineer
Cool the closet REI to me is about a 5 hour drive to MI.
One things that I saw on my 1 night with the rings is that I put a lot of stress on the bark. They were thick soft bark trees though. They were the only ones around. I think this was because I put 1 loop around the tree vs 3 or 4 with the speer knot.
I put the strap through a look I sewn in it. I am trying to decide if I want to do the biner thing or not.
My closest REI is 5.5 hours away too (in Atlanta) but is directly on my way to the mountains if I'm going hiking on the AT, Smokies or other trail in the Appalachians. So, I always have to stop in on my way.
There's no reason you can't wrap the strap around the tree 3 or 4 times and then through the loop (or clip the biner to the strap). That should reduce stress as much as the Speer 4 Wrap Knot.