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    Save another ounce on your tree straps

    Not sure if others are doing tree straps this way, but I was wanting to shave some more weight as well as well as keep things simple so I made some new tree straps. I used webbing at the tree end, about 16" long with sewn loops at each end and made approximately 3' extensions coming off these loops with locked-brummel fixed loops. I had found a broken Topeka hand pump and used 1.5" long sections of it's small aluminum shaft as my toggles--I threaded one of the 7/64" amsteel tails through the inside of the tube and finished off the end with a short back splice so I wouldn't loose it. Very happy with the final outcome. The tree slings weigh about 44 grams compared to the 75 grams of just the polyester straps--about an ounce savings. I tested out both my straps/amsteel for strength by hanging on them with my climbing harness and then I checked the strength of the toggle on a marlin spike hitch the same way. Amsteel whoopies on my hammock are color coded (Yellow at head, Orange at foot) and my tree straps are the same--just so I can always hang my hammock consistently when I am tired. Simple, lighter, strong and no loosing your marlin spike. :-) I dig it.
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    very nice!

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    Now if you wanted to save a little more you could switch to dynaglide rope.

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    Sweet. Way to DIY!
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    I have heard that Dynaglide is more slippery--any issues holding a MLS? The next rope order will be for dynaglide, but not time soon. I have tons of other things on the list before shaving those grams...

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    that's nice, I've been mulling over something like that but haven't done it yet. Does your weight include the toggle? No trail sticks using this approach, unless they're like 1" thick!
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    No--my toggles added about 8 grams--they were an afterthough (which I really like). The total weight for (2) 7.5' straps w/ toggles is 52 grams. Pretty compact, too. I'm gonna hang in them tonight--wife's out of town. :-)
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    this is pretty awesome. nice work.

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    Living room hang (don't tell the wife!) :-) everything works as expected...have a good nite!!
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    lol, now to be the ultimate gram weenie you just have to get rid of that heavy 7/64ths amsteel and make those suckers out of dynaglide! Seriously though. Innovative approach to weight savings.

    Keep it up.

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