1X for the hardware free method.
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Last edited by Loki; 07-24-2012 at 07:11.
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I agree with the 'set-up speed and convince' argument. That's what you will gain if using carabineers. However, if I were a gram counter or diehard do-withouter, I'd nix the carabineers... They are just another thing that takes up space, needs to be watched and maintained, and adds a weight cost.
So this isn't "gram counter" philosophy, but I like the weight of the carabiner to help me fling the tree strap around larger trees. Fling with one hand and catch with the other.
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When it's really cold and your fingers don't want to work carbineers are quick and easy.
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Almost everyone who has ever left their tree strap on the tree used the loop through the end way you use. When the strap is opened and closed at the tree it makes it less likely that you will leave your strap hanging on tree when you break camp
I used to use the pull through method, I now have switched to the carabiner clippon method.
I always had trouble getting the hugger tight enough against the tree with the pull trough method, and they would then slip the last bit when I put my wieght in the hammock. This let to friction damage on the huggers, and after some 5 or so trips I had one badly damaged and the other one fail at a previously damaged point! This might be part of me starting to learn to work the straps(most damage happened on first 2 or 3 setups) or maybe a design flay specific to my situation.
So I then made straps out of heavier/broader webbing then the ones I had bought before. I also folded the webbing in on itself at the loop points the create a smoother glide trough if I ever want/need to setup up without biners, and also to accomodate easier clip on of the biner.
I've had these new ones out with me twice now and with the smooth ultra light weight DD-Hammocks biners sliding on there, I've no damage on my huggers for now.