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    Cam Buckles

    Hi all. Is anyone using cam buckles (example from StrapWorks) to secure their hammock to strapping? Any pros/cons?

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    Oh sure..used them for a few years and they work great...just a bit heavy. I had a pair for the hammock and a pair for the tarp. The tarp ones would easily slide up and down the strap for height control of the tarp.

    If you do use them, be sure to get the ones that are "center sprung" not "offset sprung" or they will pull funny on the strap.

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    I would think they would cause significant wear on the webbing over time of loading and unloading the hammock. Cinch buckles or Rings are just as effective, less abrasive and weigh less as I see it.

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    Rings maybe less but still add a lot of wear over time. I'm thinking anything other than a lashing will cause a noticeable amount of wear and tear. When my webbing failed it failed at where the rings usually were and weakened the webbing.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavscout View Post
    I would think they would cause significant wear on the webbing over time of loading and unloading the hammock.
    That's true. I did watch my straps pretty closely. I always used polyester straps. Got 100 hangs in before I noticed any wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavscout View Post
    I would think they would cause significant wear on the webbing over time of loading and unloading the hammock. Cinch buckles or Rings are just as effective, less abrasive and weigh less as I see it.
    Thanks, everyone. Cavscout's comment clinched it for me. After looking at my options I decided to bail on the cam buckle because of the combination of wear from the cam buckle teeth, its weight and the relatively lower working load. I'm now experimenting with ring buckles and lightweight carabiners using an alpine clutch knot (yeah, it's a synonym for the garda hitch, but alpine clutch sounds cooler). I'm leaning towards the biners because they're really light and have the highest -- admittedly overkill -- load limit. (FYI, the biners are Mammut's Moses wiregate biners. I weighed them at 0.8 oz. and they have a major axis strength of 23 kN.)

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    i personally am a fan of biners, although im still kinda new to this whole thing

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