Looking after hammock straps

Discussion in 'Hammock Kit' started by Diamond Dave, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Diamond Dave

    Diamond Dave Backpacker

    when I use my hammock the support straps end up kinked where the straps go through the cinch buckles and where there is strain around the tree. How do I remove the squashed straps and should I be concerned about weakening the straps.....

    Thanks for any advice
  2. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    doesnt seem to do my straps much harm but i do get some wear on the bit in contact with dutch clips. As a matter of course i tend to get new straps each season where i use that setup.
  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Use your discretion...if the straps are cutting through, a good percentage of frayed fibres, or it simply makes you feel uneasy, it's time to replace.
    Straps are usually wel overgunned though, and can take plenty of abuse before failing.
  4. Diamond Dave

    Diamond Dave Backpacker

    Thank you both for that information it has made me feel a lot more contented. I will watch them but will also replace them each season.

    Many thanks
  5. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Ive just bought the dutchware dyneema hybrid tape suspension with beetle bugs. Tapes tend to last longer than straps although slightly heavier overall.
  6. Diamond Dave

    Diamond Dave Backpacker

    That sounds good Paul, if you have any for sale or can advice on where to obtain them that would be good.
  7. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

  8. Diamond Dave

    Diamond Dave Backpacker

    Thanks Paul, I'll get on to it straight away....
  9. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Some designs of buckle and kinds of webbing are kinder on straps than others.

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    The original Dutch clips are lot kinder than the newer ti versions. There isn't a fray mark on the black Vectran core webbing after well over a thousand nights of hanging. Some loose fibres from bark, and some creasing but they'll probably do another decade.

    Harder wearing yet, and quicker to use are the bottom straps with big Dyneema loops. 2000kg Polyester webbing. They get used with Dutch Hooks, there isn't a combo of tree sizes that ever flummoxes them and there is never any buckle that need adjusting. .

    Those new Beetle buckles look great, but I don't think they'll be very kind to straps?
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2018
  10. Diamond Dave

    Diamond Dave Backpacker

    That middle strap with the kinks in it are the exact thing I was concerned about....
  11. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Unless there is significant fraying, they should be fine but the priority is safety and peace of mind I say. Again, if you have any doubt, get some more. It's a good excuse to get some Dutch bling anyway, his range is amazing now. :)

    I rememeber when the first discussions about Dyneema webbing came up on Hammock Forums many years ago, no-one could afford to order a run of them. Now we have a range to choose from.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018
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  12. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Ooft, looking at some of Dutch's fancy gizmos I'm back in the stone age I think. I'm still using the 2nd gen Kevlar webbing (2.2g per foot) that doesn't appear to be available anymore with hammockfan hammock anchors and amsteel leads. My setup is still really light but I should upgrade to uhmwpe webbing before the Kevlar dies.

    I've never worried about wrinkled/creased webbing, especially using Kevlar as it's basically grosgrain. Fraying is an issue though.

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