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    Straps

    I have noticed that Strapworks seems to be the choice supplier of straps here. I have been to website and my question is, do you order two straps with loops at both ends or do you order a long strap and just cut it in half?
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    I've purchased straps from here and had a very good experience: http://www.whtmtindsew.com/
    The owner is a member of the forum here and sells some straps specifically for hammocking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBunk View Post
    I have noticed that Strapworks seems to be the choice supplier of straps here. I have been to website and my question is, do you order two straps with loops at both ends or do you order a long strap and just cut it in half?
    I wish I thought of that when I ordered my 15' straps. Good idea.

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    Dutchware offers a 25 ft strap that they will cut in half and sew loops into the ends of. Great price, great straps, less bulk than Strapworks (I have both)

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    I order mine, straps from strapworks, 25' long and two 3" loops on the ends. The 3" loops are a lot easier to thread the rest of the strap through than the 1" strap on my Blackbird. I then cut them in half and flame the cut, to keep them from unraveling. It has worked very well for me but, if you live in a place with larger trees you may want to go longer.
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    I also bought straps from Strapworks and was pleased with the quality. These straps are relatively heavy, though. I got the 1" polyester seatbelt straps, which are supposed to be lighter than the standard polyester, and they weigh 0.37 oz/ft. My understanding is that standard polyester straps from Strapworks weigh just under 0.5 oz/ft. My stock Warbonnet straps weigh 0.25 oz/ft. And a set of polyester straps that I bought from Arrowhead weigh only 0.21 oz/ft.

    The reason for the large difference in weight is that the Strapworks standard polyester straps have a rated load of 3800 lbs, as compared to a rated load of 1000 lbs for the Arrowhead straps. Since I hang my hammock at a 30* sag, and the weight of everything in the hammock is well under 200 lbs, I figure the Arrowhead straps give me a solid 5:1 safety margin, and they have very roughly the same load rating as my 7/64" Amsteel whoopies. Therefore, I concluded that the Strapworks straps were overkill and just added unnecessary weight to my rig. YMMV.

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    As far as cutting the strap in half, I would suggest cutting it into different lengths for the two ends. Make the shorter one sufficient for the normal tree in your area and then you have a longer one for the case where you need to use a larger tree. No way to use the extra from one end on the other tree.

    For my area, a 6' tree strap is sufficient for most trees, so cutting a 15' strap into a 6' and 9' would provide a lot more flexibility than two 7.5 footers.
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