How To Use Ultimate Hammocks Tree Straps
Hammock trees straps come in handy when you need an alternative to using hooks when hanging a hammock. This s because hammock straps allow you to move your hammock freely compared to when you use a hook. A hook may also cause possible damage to the tree or to the user if installed wrongly. When tying your hammock straps to trees, it means that you put a lot of weight onto the tree and cutting into them. However, if proper straps are used, they use a webbing that spreads pressure over a large surface area and are therefore safe for the barks.
How To Use Hammock Tree Straps
1. Choosing hammock location
You should look for a solid vertical structure and a good idea especially when camping is tying the hammock to a sturdy tree. This guarantees you that they won’t break as you sleep hence ensuring a good undisturbed sleeping experience. When you use hammock straps they evenly distribute over a wide area. When tied around the tree, less stress is applied to the tree hence protects the bark from damage. The trees or post you plan to use should have a 10-15 feet distance between them that is if you are using a hammock with a length of 7-10 feet. That way you have room on each end to tie the straps to the hammock.
2. Making tree straps (for hammocks that don’t come with one)
Since some hammocks don’t come with straps, and in some cases it’s cheaper to buy the components of a tree strap and assemble it yourself. When doing this, it is advisable to purchase materials that are of good quality. The materials one would need are:
- Strong D-rings or O-rings.
- Webbed polypropylene strapping.
- S-hooks or chain quick links.
When choosing the strapping length, it should be enough to encircle the tree a couple of times. It should also be wide to make it gentle on the tree but narrow strapping can also be used. The strapping should not be stretchable and should not be slippery. It should also be resistant to water. You should also consider the maximum weight that the strapping can hold. The rings duty is to attach the strapping to the hammock. The strapping is looped through the rings when trying the hammock. The S-hooks attach the straps to the hammock itself.
3. Tying your straps around the tree
Create a loop on one end of each strap and secure it with a tight knot which should give you a flat strap with a loop on one end. Insert a D-ring on the side with a loop. Make sure the rings used can hold the weight of the hammock with somebody in it. The ring should also be wide enough to accommodate the strapping’s width.
Now wrap the strap in a clockwise manner around the tree and insert the other end through the loop and pull the length of the strap through the loop completely. Now pull the strap as tight as possible. Move in the opposite direction and wrap the hammock tree strap around the tree one or more times.
When the right length of strapping is left, thread the end through the loop you made in the beginning so the strap is tightened. Follow the same procedure in tying the remaining hammock straps on the other tree. Some factors to consider when deciding on the height of the hammock when you are on it are:
- Length of the hammock.
- Distance between the trees.
- Height of the attachment points.
- Height from the ground.
The hammock should not be too high to ease the process of climbing into it. When tying it may seem high but when you put your full body weight on to it, it will drop lower than it was hang. This is something that should be considered. Adjust the height and length of the straps until you have a perfect hammock height from the ground that won’t drag when you put your body weight on it.
Hammock straps are an essential component when using a hammock especially for outdoor activities. All that one would need are good quality straps that don’t tear or cause damage to your tying posts. Though there are many methods of tying the hammock straps, all you should consider is that the straps support your weight and they suspend the hammock safely as you rest on it. You are then guaranteed of a good rest or sleeping experience on your hammock as we all desire.