Originally Posted by Pipsissewa
Also, keeping the channel loops allows you to "by-pass" the whoopies in a "close-quarters" hang. Attaching your straps directly to the channel loops will greatly reduce the minimum
distance you'll need between trees (in a pinch--not for everyday use).
If the channel loops are made of big and/or bulky cordage (I'm sure your BIAS hiker lite has ultra-lite channel loops, but I don't know which hammock you're modifying), you could replace them with continuous loops made of amsteel or something similar. Best of luck!
Another good point I hadn't considered, though in a pinch the closed loop end of the whoopie could play the role of channel loop.
They appear to be lightweight but it's the little things that add up.