Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Buford, GA
Unequal loads on tree straps
I'm thinking of making my own tree strap. One end will have a loop sewn with the box stitch. The other end will run through this loop.
When I use my ENO strap the one thing I notice is what may appear to me as unequal loads on the stitching in the loop. The loop is not held fast against the tree. It is more pulled against the tree and then pulled down.
I'm thinking that by using a dutch biner or nothing more than a continuous loop of dyneema that the strap loop will be loaded equally and snug against the tree.
Am I being too obsessive?
Yes. I wouldn't worry about it too much. The bark of the tree has a lot of friction to the strap, so they don't always tighten up as you'd think...
At least that's been my experience. It all works.
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Detroit, Mi
Hammock: 3xWBBB1.0dbl, XLC, DIY
Tarp: superfly, maccat d
Insulation: DIY UQ/TQ/UGQ/HG
Suspension: whoopies, E.trunks
If you also have the loop off to side of the tree as the strap goes down to your suspension, it will help from getting tight and allows for a figure to get in there to loosen. If you need illustrations of the various strap stitching I can post that later, I'm on my phone
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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bozeman MT
Tarp: 12' Winter Shelter
Insulation: DIY quilts
So, what exactly is your concern?
That the strap is not tight around the tree and may slip down.
The load is being placed on the stitching of the loop and may rip apart.
The strap is being unevenly loaded where it passes through the loop and stressing the strap.
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