Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32
  1. #1
    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yancey Co., NC - Home of Mt. Mitchell
    Hammock
    Too many to list
    Tarp
    Cuben with doors
    Insulation
    FlThrwr UQ+DIY TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies + straps
    Posts
    1,691
    Images
    7

    Angry Slippery tree straps--what's the solution?

    I bought a new set of tree straps recently and they are obviously thicker, more densely woven and stronger than my mule tape straps and my Hammock Bliss straps. The nature of the webbing is exactly like a seat belt out of a car--sort of silky and slippery. The thing is this: they won't hold tight. I cinch them around the tree trunk, they fall loose. I make a marlin spike hitch around my toggle, the toggles slips right out...Super annoying! Only the tension of the hammock completely set up keeps things from sliding.

    Is there some sort of sticky treatment I can apply to fix this? Like tar or wax or something like that? Or should I just accept the way they are, in which case, I'll probably go back to some other straps because I can't stand this!

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Last edited by Pipsissewa; 12-13-2011 at 12:58.
    "Pips"
    Mountains have a dreamy way
    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

    ---Leigh Buckner Hanes

    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

  2. #2
    Fronkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Grass Valley, Ca
    Hammock
    DIY "The Crippler"
    Tarp
    "Cuben Refugee"
    Insulation
    DIY "The Ex-gf"
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    5,086
    Are they polyester? Where did you get them from?

    Fronkey

  3. #3
    Shewie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Yorkshire, UK
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1SL/UKHamm
    Tarp
    HG Cuben 4S/CamoSF
    Insulation
    UKHamm/HG/Unspon
    Suspension
    WhoopieDutchness
    Posts
    1,678
    A few nights in the piney woods should get them gummed up nicely

    After a couple of trips they'll probably roughen up and bed in a bit anyway, get some hang time and they should be good I would have thought

  4. #4
    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yancey Co., NC - Home of Mt. Mitchell
    Hammock
    Too many to list
    Tarp
    Cuben with doors
    Insulation
    FlThrwr UQ+DIY TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies + straps
    Posts
    1,691
    Images
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    Are they polyester? Where did you get them from?

    Fronkey
    I bought them brand new from a cottage hammock gear maker not to be named. I don't want to besmirch their good name. This is just how I feel about these straps. Their website describes them as "seat belt webbing", which is like I said. But, of course, they're only about an inch wide. Very shiny, silky and slippery!
    Last edited by Pipsissewa; 12-13-2011 at 12:50.
    "Pips"
    Mountains have a dreamy way
    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

    ---Leigh Buckner Hanes

    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    xxx
    Posts
    405
    try rubbing them down with some dirt - should take the gloss off and maybe embed some particles for added gripping

    note I bought some 1 inch wide polyester seatbelt webbing from Strapworks and have not experienced any problems with it

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Hammock
    WBBB
    Tarp
    Superfly/JRB 11x10
    Insulation
    Polarpod / UGQ
    Suspension
    straps/rings
    Posts
    92
    I've bought webbing from 4-5 different places. It's amazing how different they can be.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yancey Co., NC - Home of Mt. Mitchell
    Hammock
    Too many to list
    Tarp
    Cuben with doors
    Insulation
    FlThrwr UQ+DIY TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies + straps
    Posts
    1,691
    Images
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    note I bought some 1 inch wide polyester seatbelt webbing from Strapworks and have not experienced any problems with it

    Really. That's very interesting. I had not thought of dirt, but I'll try it. I was thinking of something like whatever bankline is coated with. Any cordage experts out there?
    "Pips"
    Mountains have a dreamy way
    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

    ---Leigh Buckner Hanes

    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

  8. #8
    Senior Member bigbamaguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    NE Alabama
    Hammock
    Clark NX-200
    Tarp
    Clark XL-Fly
    Insulation
    KAQ NR UQ/AHE KAQ
    Suspension
    Strap/cinch buckle
    Posts
    2,426
    Pips:
    I use 1" seatbelt webbing from Strapworks.com religously for all of my straps. If your straps are long enough try a double wrap around the tree before you feed the tailend through the loop. Also you may have to "work" the new stiffness out of the straps. Take your straps and run them back and forth over the top of a interior door, not a lot of force will be needed just enough to see if they are "loosening up".
    Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum

  9. #9
    Mr. Arrowhead pgibson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    SW Idaho
    Hammock
    Black Bird 1.1 Dbl
    Tarp
    AHE Shangi La
    Insulation
    KAQ Prototype
    Suspension
    AHE Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    4,539
    Back in my climbing and caving days one of the many credos to "Live" by was to never let you ropes, cords and webbing ever touch the dirt and sand. It can cause micro abrasion that can lead to failure. Climbers carry their ropes in bags that have a small tarp built in to lay on the ground to coil the rope out onto.

    Most webbing's will "break in" where with use it will get a little bit of surface fuzz to give it a bit of traction...not sure about this specific webbing though.
    Arrowhead Equipment -- For all your hanging, backpacking and Ultralight Fishing gear needs.

    Free APEX Upgrade on Every Kick *** Quilt (KAQ)

    Now Offering FlameThower Down Gear And Tenkara Fishing gear
    Arrowhead-Equipment.com
    Tenkara-Fishing.com
    Visit AHE on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
    Sign Up for Arrowhead-Equipment Gear News: Click Here

  10. #10
    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Checotah, Oklahoma
    Hammock
    Varies
    Tarp
    GargoyleGear Ogee
    Insulation
    UQ-varies w/season
    Suspension
    onrope buckle
    Posts
    5,982
    I agree with Paul...no dirt!
    Dave

    http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/rna/pattonsbluff.html

    It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
    John Steinbeck

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •