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    Tree Straps length and questions.

    Ok so I purchased 2 11' lengths of webbing to use for tree straps. I was planning on just making a water knot with each and then running around the tree and through the loop then using a marlin spike at different spots similar to the way the Slap Straps work. like this LINK

    anyway I decided I want to use 'biners for a bit just for my own peace of mind. I have sewn 2" loops into the ends of each of the straps and am planning on just using them similar to the straps that whoopieslings.com and other sites sell.

    Would it be a bad thing to wrap these around the trees a few times before hooking up the 'biners since they are almost double the length of most 6' straps? I have 6' whoopieslings installed on my ENO DN and was initially basing the length of the webbing I bought on the length of the Slap Straps.

    This however is two completely different ways of setting up the straps. the Slap Strap way would have the length of webbing being passed through the fixed loop on one end and then cinched. the other that I am thinking of the they way you wrap the straps around a tree and have both the fixed loops attached to the 'biner

    I really think I'm over thinking this but really don't want to screw things up and break my butt on the ground in the middle of the night.

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    Wrapping treestraps around trees multiple times is not a problem. Although your webbing may not be the best. While I don't have any personal experience with climbing webbing, several others do. And the concensus is that due to the stretch of the tubular webbing you may wake up on the ground despite starting the night well above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    Wrapping treestraps around trees multiple times is not a problem. Although your webbing may not be the best. While I don't have any personal experience with climbing webbing, several others do. And the concensus is that due to the stretch of the tubular webbing you may wake up on the ground despite starting the night well above.
    I thought the climb spec webbing was supposed to be better and stretch less then the junk the slap straps are made of. Oh well maybe I'll just drop the cash on some straps from whoopie slings and call it a day till I'm a little more versed in this whole DIY hammock camping.

    I can always use the lengths of webbing I got for something else. It was only about $7 for the 22' after all. :-)

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    think the stuff you might be using is nylon, which is going to stretch on you, especially if it gets wet, alot of people use polyester webbing instead, here's a link to a pretty good supplier and the prices are reasonable

    http://www.strapworks.com/Webbing_St...brics_s/20.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    While I don't have any personal experience with climbing webbing, several others do. And the concensus is that due to the stretch of the tubular webbing you may wake up on the ground despite starting the night well above.
    my current huggers are climb-spec and i haven't had any problems with them, BUT, place the MSH as close to the tree as possible. the longer the distance from the tree to your suspension the higher the chances of the huggers stretching and you waking up on the ground... ie. MSH 0-24" from tree minimal stretch, but MSH 48"+ from tree hang higher than you think you'll need

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    I'm not sure what you material you have, but in general, climbers want stretch - lots of it - to "gently" break a fall. Hammocks don't want stretch - they don't want to fall either
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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnamon View Post
    my current huggers are climb-spec and i haven't had any problems with them, BUT, place the MSH as close to the tree as possible. the longer the distance from the tree to your suspension the higher the chances of the huggers stretching and you waking up on the ground... ie. MSH 0-24" from tree minimal stretch, but MSH 48"+ from tree hang higher than you think you'll need
    This is right and your webbing will wear some more than the relatively hard and stiff polypro webbing most use for tree straps.

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