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    What is a safe length to make tree straps ??

    I am trying to figure a safe length to make a set of straps for use with whoopies and whoopie hooks and no toggles I want to larks head the fixed end of the whoopie to one of the sewn loops on my strap...anyone that runs this kind of suspension let me know what you are using please...Thanks

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    I have found that 5' tree straps work 95% of the time in Florida. They will go around an 18" diameter tree.

    Your method works fine but realize that once in a while you will want to hang between trees that are too close for all that suspension. In those cases, simply use a trail stick to create a marlin spike up against the tree and hang the whoopie on that. The reason I mention this is that you want to make the loop in your whoopie big enough to go over the marlin spike.

    To hang even closer, skip the whoopie altogether and hang the continuous loop (attached to the hammock) on the marlin spike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I have found that 5' tree straps work 95% of the time in Florida. They will go around an 18" diameter tree.

    Your method works fine but realize that once in a while you will want to hang between trees that are too close for all that suspension. In those cases, simply use a trail stick to create a marlin spike up against the tree and hang the whoopie on that. The reason I mention this is that you want to make the loop in your whoopie big enough to go over the marlin spike.

    To hang even closer, skip the whoopie altogether and hang the continuous loop (attached to the hammock) on the marlin spike.

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    MAD777 gives you good advise. My 2 cents would be, don't overthink it. Use the K.I.S.S. method. Remember the least amount of fiddle, usually means the better for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tattoo View Post
    I am trying to figure a safe length to make a set of straps for use with whoopies and whoopie hooks and no toggles I want to larks head the fixed end of the whoopie to one of the sewn loops on my strap...anyone that runs this kind of suspension let me know what you are using please...Thanks
    I can tell you that that big pine in my front yard requires an 8' strap for a MSH suspension...so 7.5' would be the minimum I'd countenance, since I want to be able to hang in the yard...

    But, MAD777's on the money for most of the trees you'll encounter down here. Unless you find yourself in an area with only huge old longleaf pines, you should be good to go with 5' of strap.
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    This is my preferred suspension setup. Keeps all suspension separate from hammock (so the hammock doesn't get wet if the suspension does) and allows me to have one or two sets of whoopie slings and interchange them to all my hammocks with the continuous loop.

    Simple and nice. Here in Colorado I use 6 ft. tree straps, which I find is usually enough. The nice thing with this setup - if the amsteel of the whoopie has to wrap the last few inches around the tree, it still works and doesn't do any damage (as long as it's just a bit of the whoopie finishing the wrap).
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    I usually carry 6ft, occasionally 9ft, even 12ft if I'm heading for big pine country

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    Tough question as I have straps of different sizes for the different places I would hike and pack in knowing that I might encounter the size of trees vs the length of straps. If they are too small, like the 3' that Dutch makes, then I carry a couple of lengths of amsteel with loops in the ends to suppliment the straps. I have never found the perfect length of strap to work all the time.

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    15' minimum

    That's what I have, so that's what everyone should have...

    J/k but in all honesty, it depends on the trees on where you plan to go are they skinny Pine trees or are they 100 year old oaks... It all depends...
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    My max is about 6 to 10 ft I need to get some more though
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    I carry 6' straps but had to turn down a great spot last time out because one tree was too big... From now on I'll have a third 6' piece of webbing to extend one if needed.
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