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    Strap Length Pacific Northwest

    I've got a Hennessey Expedition Asym that I have had for a couple of years but have been a little hesistant to use it. I think I want to go with the webbing/ring setup. I am looking to purchase some webbing but am trying to decide how long to go with the webbing. I do some hiking in the North Cascades where there are some pretty big trees, so I am thinking I need 15 foot long straps. Does this seem like an overkill for hiking in Washington State? I don't want to be carrying excessive weight, but a few ounces are worth peace of mind in the backcountry for me.

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    I'm looking to replace my stock straps as well. The HH straps are crazy small and they wouldn't even work for the one tree in my backyard, let alone the giant old growth trees around here. 15 foot sounds about right to me. You could always carry some amsteel or dyneema if you need longer ones.

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    15 foot straps is easily average for those folks throughout the NW. We have done well longer than that for some folks but 15 is pretty safe for most spots.
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    are you talking about just the tree straps or around the tree and to the hammock

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    15' is a good length for a ring/buckle suspension in the NW. 12' would be my minimum. I used 15' when I was using rings.

    For tree huggers only, here in the NW I think 8' straps are about right. If you don't travel with larger groups and are able to keep looking for a good site, you could use shorter. But there are plenty of trees that are better than 8' around. I use 8' straps myself with about 5-6' whoopies.
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    good to know i should rethink and make a little longer than 4 footers thanks

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    Fifteen feet sounds about right.
    Although i can think of a few trees a cannot wrap around the tree if two fifteen foot straps were linked together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just hang it View Post
    good to know i should rethink and make a little longer than 4 footers thanks
    They are talking about using the straps for the entire suspension. Are talking about just tree straps to go around tree?

    If I lived in the NW I think I would just use the webbing/rings suspension instead of tree straps/line type.

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    I'm currently using some 12' harbor freight webbing for tree huggers. With the extra webbing, you can either hang from large trees close together or small trees further apart. I had to (dual) hang from some medium trees about 25-30' apart recently, and my previous set of 6' huggers just wasn't up to the task (had to hang from doubled-paracord and sticks). Also had to used the paracord to pull down a couple of widow makers (nobody had camped at this site in years). It worked, but I would rather have had longer straps than have to live with the spongy feel of the paracord.

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    Sounds like 15ft is the way to go. For those that asked, I was referring to the length of webbing for just the tree huggers. I have a stock Hennessey Expedition, I was going to tie the rings onto the stock line and use that to connect with my 15ft webbing.

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