Originally Posted by breyman
+1. My fingers can never seem to move the buckles and allow things to slide quite as easily as I've seen on the videos. Whoopies are much easier to adjust for me.
This is one point that Brandon and I disagree on. I do not like the buckles; not even a little bit. They are a constant challenge for me to make adjustments. My fingers have all been broken at least once, so they don't always want to work so good; particularly when it's cold out, which is one of my favorite times to go out. I've tried, really hard, to like them...no luck!
Whoopies are nice and I use them semi-frequently. Primarily, I reserve them for times when I'm concerned about weight. Any gram in a storm. I've never had a problem with them and adjustments are relatively easy to make. Not to mention that making them quickly becomes addictive.
However, after playing, futzing, and messing around with every suspension system out there, I've gone back to the second system I ever used: rings and webbing. This method is by far the easiest to adjust for me. Yes sure, it requires a backup knot that takes all of 1.3 seconds to tie, but adjustments happen even quicker. The weight is greater than the buckles, but not enough to be of any consequence to me. Also, because of the rounded edge of the descending rings, there is never any chance at all of nicking or catching the webbing on an edge. The webbing moves through them just as smooth as butter, which is why you need the backup knot.
Folks ask me if I have any totally 'stock' hammocks. I usually say "Yes, I just got a new one last week and just haven't had time to switch out the suspension yet." This is often the only change I make to hammocks, but I almost always make it. Long live Rings and Webbing!