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    sap protection.

    Laying in bed reading the "bible" (Dejoha's Ultimate hang") the other day and had a vision. To keep sap off my poly-pro webbing I've been in the habit of wrapping a 6-in. strap of left-over nylon fabric around the tree, then wrapping my suspension strap around the tree over the fabric. Keeping the fabric in place till the strap is in proper alignment has led to some "linguistics," shall we say? So the revelation came up to build 4 ft. snake skin type tubes to run the suspension through. I use a gated 'biner on the end of the strap. The 'skin goes from the 'biner back toward the hammock. Wrap the enclosed strap around the tree, slide the skin tube toward the 'biner end and clip the biner on bare strap. Adjust the tube so it covers contact with the tree, and you're done. any sap that gets on the tube can be scraped off and the tube laundered in your own chosen manner, or disposed of and new ones installed. I use talcum powder on the sap when packing up to keep it from damaging the rest of the gear.

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    That'd definitely work!

    If weight isn't an issue, these are also nice:
    http://www.amazon.com/Gibbon-GIAC709.../dp/B0039IPSUM
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    Good idea, Ice Man! Maybe I'll make a pair of "strap savers" by cutting the toes off a pair of athletic socks. hmmmm....
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    What about cutting a bandana in half? Cheap and washable...

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    Get a 10 speed bike Inner tube.. cut open thread the strap in.. should work. unless you have big big trees..

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    Good Ideas

    Clearly I',m not the only one searching for a remedy to this problem. Good ideas, all.

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    If it were a tube like a snakeskin you could just turn it inside-out when taking down your rig. THat would keep the sap to itself, and off your other gear. Good idea!
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    I try to avoid soft skinned trees.
    If you're getting sap you are probably cutting into the bark.
    O&B
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