View Poll Results: What length Tree Straps do you use?

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  • 5 feet or less

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    Agree with Bob.. been in the Adirondacks where there is one OLD tree that a 5' would barley get around and nothing close by except saplings. Mine are 12'. Never needed all of it yet but my canoe carries it most of the time anyway.

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    10 ft for me. Darn kids always seem to get there first and claim the best trees.
    Wish I could hike faster.

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    My straps are just under 8'. The trees out here in the Pacific NW are ridiculously huge. Maybe that is how we got the nickname "treehuggers". Someone must have been seen trying to get straps around a tree and thought they were hugging it. :P

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    3 foot- It very rarely limits my trees. If I still used a Marlin spike hitch I would be at 6'. I try to find creative ways to have my whoopie sling make up any difference that the hugger can't handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    3 foot- It very rarely limits my trees. If I still used a Marlin spike hitch I would be at 6'. I try to find creative ways to have my whoopie sling make up any difference that the hugger can't handle.
    I kind of do the same thing Dutch is referring to I think. I use less 3-4 foot huggers and make up the difference with amsteel. Either from my whoopies or from a small piece I carry with me. Has always worked out so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrow View Post
    I kind of do the same thing Dutch is referring to I think. I use less 3-4 foot huggers and make up the difference with amsteel. Either from my whoopies or from a small piece I carry with me. Has always worked out so far...
    do you wraps the whoopies or amsteel around the tree as well. I have 6' tree huggers on my whoopie all in one and don't think I will really have a problem finding trees in the southeast but I am interested in this method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinasbackpacker View Post
    do you wraps the whoopies or amsteel around the tree as well. I have 6' tree huggers on my whoopie all in one and don't think I will really have a problem finding trees in the southeast but I am interested in this method.

    Well, first of all, there are not very large trees in my neck of the woods. Or, if there are, I can almost always find some smaller ones.

    If I find a very large tree, I position my tree huggers around the back and sides of the tree where most of the forces are going to be.

    My tree huggers have loops sewn into them at both ends. The adjustable eye of my whoopie sling goes from my hammock though one of the sewn in loops on my tree hugger, then over to the OTHER sewn loop of my tree where I attach it with a Dutch Biner or Nacrabiner or soft shackle or marlin spike hitch. Sometimes I just put a BIGGER stick in the sewn in loop and put the whoopie sling around that.

    It is a little trickier to adjust the whoopie since you will sometimes have the other sewn loop on the bury but it is not a big deal at all. If I am carrying my extra loop of Amsteel, I just larks head that to one of my sewn loops on the hugger to make it longer.

    I am sure I have made this clear as mud but I am sure that one of these guys made a video describing what I am saying...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrow View Post
    Well, first of all, there are not very large trees in my neck of the woods. Or, if there are, I can almost always find some smaller ones.

    If I find a very large tree, I position my tree huggers around the back and sides of the tree where most of the forces are going to be.

    My tree huggers have loops sewn into them at both ends. The adjustable eye of my whoopie sling goes from my hammock though one of the sewn in loops on my tree hugger, then over to the OTHER sewn loop of my tree where I attach it with a Dutch Biner or Nacrabiner or soft shackle or marlin spike hitch. Sometimes I just put a BIGGER stick in the sewn in loop and put the whoopie sling around that.

    It is a little trickier to adjust the whoopie since you will sometimes have the other sewn loop on the bury but it is not a big deal at all. If I am carrying my extra loop of Amsteel, I just larks head that to one of my sewn loops on the hugger to make it longer.

    I am sure I have made this clear as mud but I am sure that one of these guys made a video describing what I am saying...

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    Pretty muddy . Nah, I uderstand mostly, but I like you don't think I will really have problems finding trees here in the southeast. Most times I have to wrap the tree huggers a couple times to take up length.
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    3 for me

    I have 3 DIY tree straps: 3' 4' and 6' with a two inch loop on each end. Normally here in the Northeast I'll travel with the 3 and 4. If I suspect bigger trees I'll go with the 4 and 6. If I know they'll be even bigger trees or am not concerned with weight, like when I'm paddling I'll take all three which will give me a 6 and 7.

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    I have three sets...6ft. 12ft, and then the set that came with the WB.

    I use the dutch clip method, and I make a SWAG at the size I will need before heading out, and then that is the set I take. I am always prepared to make an extension from Amsteel if need be.


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