View Poll Results: Which system allows for the easiest and quickest adjustment?

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  • Stock spectra & tree huggers

    16 21.62%
  • Straps w/Speers 4-way Wrap

    7 9.46%
  • Straps w/Buckles

    51 68.92%
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    Poll: Which is easier to adjust your hammock with?

    All of the talk of tree huggers vs. straps + 4-way wrap + straps w/buckles, etc. has me wondering from those of you who have tried all of these ways. Let's say you've got your hammock up and you need to either shift it up or down the tree or left or right between trees for centering. Which set-up allows for the easiest and quickest adjusting?

    I hate to do this, but this poll would be best answered by those that have actually tried all 3. Right now I can see tree huggers, but I've never used anything but those (I think that's about to change though). Thanks!
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    I voted buckles b/c they're all-around the easiest for adjustments - you can even center the hammock between the trees w/o untying it, for example.

    But for moving the hammock up and down, it depends on how each system is set up. When I use tree huggers, for example, I often have a gap between the front end of the hugger and the tree - so I can just slide it up or down. Can't do that w/ a 4-wrap. OTOH, unwrapping a 4-wrap to move it up or down is slightly easier than untying the HH lashing to move it.

    So it just depends on how each system is set up at the time.
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    I have some buckles on the way, but I have not tried them yet.

    I set up my HH for the first time this weekend after I removed the Spectra and went with the strap/biner system. I took some pics and I will get them up later.

    Webbing beats stock Spectar/tree huggers hands down. It's MUCH easier to get tension on the hammock, it's quicker to tie and untie, and just easier to deal with.

    Webbing wins no contest, IMHO.

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    Jeff, but with buckles, can't you just loosen one, pull the slack and move the strap up or down or do you always wrap your strap around the tree twice before buckling?
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    Stock works...it is easy ...never takes for than 60-90 seconds to hang the hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_pan View Post
    Stock works...it is easy ...never takes for than 60-90 seconds to hang the hammock.

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    maybe for someone with experience but not a newbie. I had a friend who bought a hammock a few yrs ago. She had never hung it before she went on a trip. No one on the trip knew anything about one. It took forever and you should have seen all the knots in the webbing. The hammock stayed up all night...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    maybe for someone with experience but not a newbie. I had a friend who bought a hammock a few yrs ago. She had never hung it before she went on a trip. No one on the trip knew anything about one. It took forever and you should have seen all the knots in the webbing. The hammock stayed up all night...lol
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    I had used the HH tree huggers and spectra line with the recommended figue eight knot until I tried Just Jeff's buckle set up. Buckles win hands down. My grandson uses a similar set but with two "O" rings instead of buckle, a little lighter than buckles. I should add that I did not have problems with the tree huggers and really did not mind using them. I had gotten pretty proficient using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    Jeff, but with buckles, can't you just loosen one, pull the slack and move the strap up or down or do you always wrap your strap around the tree twice before buckling?
    Just one wrap, so I can do it like you say. But sometimes with the stock HH set I don't even have to loosen anything. Just pull it out and slide it up.
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    tell you what's annoying: when you realize you have to unwrap the 4wrap and tie it again... with practice you get faster

    @Ewker: when you aren't used it it, it's amazing how just a little wrapping and knotting will work- I didn't trust the 4 wrap very much until I had used it a couple of times!

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