Camping and hiking trips are fun, and many people like to make them even better by hammocking. Hammocking is a great way to relax in nature by suspending yourself above the ground. When you’re hammocking, you can enjoy the fresh air and nature while feeling safe and secure.
However, the hammock alone isn’t enough to enjoy hammocking. You’ll also need a set of good straps to suspend you from the trees. Thankfully, there are a few different kinds of straps out there that range in level of difficulty, so you’re sure to find the suspension system that works best for you.
The Different Types
Long Straps with Two Loops
One type of hammock straps is extra-long hammock straps that typically have two loops on the ends. Hammock straps are considered long if they are longer than a foot. These straps are probably the handiest type of hammock strap and they can be used as your suspension. This means that you don’t need anything else to suspend your hammock, just your straps.
Short Straps with Two Loops
Short straps, unlike long straps, are quite short and are only best to use as an anchor point, as they can not serve as the only form of suspension. These straps also have two loops and can be pretty useful if you pair them with some good suspension. An example of a way to pair these straps with suspension is to use a chord to tie the hammock on with knots.
Easily Adjustable Straps
If you’re new to hammocking, you may want to go for some easily adjustable straps. These straps are very long with multiple loops on one end. The number of loops and the length of these straps makes it easy to adjust the hammock to your liking. They are by far the easiest straps to use and are a great option if you’re looking to buy your first hammock.
Finally, some straps are much easier on the trunks of trees and are therefore considered “eco-friendly”. Eco-friendly straps are two-inches thick, have metal rings, and come with S-hooks. These straps are great if you’re trying to protect the trees you’re hammocking from, but they are quite heavy. If you’re going hiking or camping, their weight may make them a poor option for you.
Ways to Use Hammock Straps
How to Use Long Straps with Two Loops
Long straps with two loops at either end are pretty easy to use and can be used independently with no other suspension. There are two main methods of using these straps.
The easier way is to first place a loop facing toward where the hammock will be hung and wrap the other end around the tree many times to reach the suspension you want. Then, bring the suspension loop through the loop you are holding and attach a carabiner to it. Finally, attach the carabineer to your hammock and repeat on the other side.
Another method is to start by holding one of the loops facing where the hammock will be hung. Then, wrap the strap around the tree once, bring it through the loop and pull tight. Next, tie a marlin-spike hitch, insert a toggle, and repeat the steps on the other side. To hang your hammock, hook the hammock’s end loops around the knot of the hitch.
How to Use Short Straps with Two Loops
Short straps are only meant to be an anchor point for your hammock due to their short length. This means that you’re going to need something else to suspend your hammock from the straps.
To set up the short straps as an anchor point for your hammock, start by wrapping the strap through the tree, then feed one loop through the other. Pull one of the loops tight and make sure that it’s facing toward where your hammock will be hung. Finally, you’ll need to use something like a carabiner or marlin-spike hitch to connect your hammock loop to the loop from the strap.
How to Use Easily Adjustable Straps
Easily adjustable straps are best for a beginning hammock or someone who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of a complicated setup. To use easily adjustable straps, start by wrapping the strap around the tree with the single-loop end facing where the hammock will be hung. Next, feed the end with multiple loops through the single loop and pull it tight.
From here, all you need to do is attach a carabiner to one of the loops and hook your hammock loop onto the carabiner. These straps are so easy to use, and you can move your carabiner up and down the strap as needed.
How to Use Eco-Friendly Straps
Eco-friendly straps seem complicated, but they are fairly easy to use. They can be used as an anchor point or suspension depending on their length. Eco-friendly straps typically have a cloth loop at one end and a metal loop at the other.
To use eco-friendly straps, start by placing the cloth loop facing where your hammock will be hung and wrapping the end with the metal ring around the tree. Bring this end back through the cloth loop and pull it tight against the tree. Next, reverse your wrapping direction and wrap the strap with the metal end back around the tree to the length you want. Finally, you’ll want to pull the metal loop under one or two of the strap layers, pull it back through the cloth loop, and attach it to your hammock using an S-hook.
Hammocking is a fun, easy way to relax outdoors during camping trips or long hikes. To suspend your hammock, you have the choice from long or short straps with two loops, eco-friendly straps or easily-adjustable straps.
While short straps need another form of suspension, the other kinds can easily work well on their own. Which straps you choose to go with depends on the type of suspension you want and the level of difficulty you want to deal with.