Originally Posted by Stickman
I'm a noob on this site and pretty new to hammocking (couple of nights in the back yard last winter and a section AT hike this fall). Anyway, what do you use the biners for, other than hanging stuff from the ridgeline? Does anyone use them for attaching the hammock to straps around a tree? I've been experimenting with that at home, and the idea seems cool but I don't really see an advantage that would justify the weight of the biners.
welcome to the site stickman... the biner from niteizes at the beginning of this thread isn't strong enough to hang the hammock with, but but some of those talked about later would be.
if you go back to the home page & find the thread titled "ring support system" (or something like that) & read through some of those posts, you'll see people discussing some of the pros & cons.
a couple of the pros i can think of right off are that if you have a biner on the loop at the end of your support webbing, you simply clip it back to the webbing after going around the tree instead of threading (& un-threading) the webbing through the loop each time.
also the biner is probably a little easier on the webbing loop than the webbing it's self.
plus, if you have a biner clipped on the end of your support webbing, & the tree is to big to reach around, you can sling the biner around the tree & catch it when it comes around... but only if you have nun chuck training