Ultimate Hammocks Ultimate Straps
While the name is somewhat repetitive, the Ultimate Straps from Ultimate Hammocks does present one of the more unique designs to daisy-chain webbing straps that I’ve seen. The woven design allows the straps to be extremely slim and lightweight while maximizing total suspension length and strength. These straps are not only the lightest and thinnest daisy chain straps, they are among the lightest hammock suspension systems period.
The Ultimate Straps have a daisy-chain design with 17 attachment loops, which provide adjustment points roughly every four inches (10 cm). What makes these straps unique among the dozens of daisy-chain style straps on the market is their woven construction and tapered design. The strap begins as a 1 in (2.5 cm)-wide webbing on the anchor side for 4 ft (122 cm) then tapers to 0.5 in (1.3 cm) where the loops are woven together.
Overall Impressions and Updates
When I first handled the straps, I was impressed with how light and slim they were. They pack down the size of most webbing/Whoopie Sling systems. The woven design is really impressive. The only sewn portions are the loops on each end of the strap. The straps are smooth and flat. This type of design can be somewhat difficult to open the loops, especially with gloved fingers. It’s certainly a trade-off with the design, but not a show-stopper.
While the straps are extremely light, you still need some way to connect the hammock. The most common way, and one of the easiest, is to use climbing-rated carabiners. This can add a few ounces to the system, nearly doubling the overall weight depending on what clip you choose. You could go with a toggle system by pushing the loop from the hammock through one of the strap’s daisy chain loops and then using a toggle such as a thick stick and put it through the hammock loop. I think, however, that this system works best with a carabiner. The good news is that most recreational-style hammocks typically include a pair of carabiners.
Note: Ultimate Hammocks is planning to release a larger/wider version that is projected to be 4 oz (113 g) with a breaking strength of 1600 lbs (726 kg).
Recommendations and Review
|Construction and Craftsmanship||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||It’s hard to beat the construction on these straps. I can’t really find any fault in the design and workmanship. Simply amazing.|
|Modularity||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||Daisy chain straps have a lot of utility outside of just hammock camping.|
|Aesthetics||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The woven design is stunning. Thin and sleek.|
|Price and Value||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||At the time of this writing, the MSRP is estimated at $25. This would be a great price for a daisy chain strap and I hope it holds, but I’m rating it a little lower until I know for sure.|
- Manufacturer: Ultimate Hammocks, made in China
- MSRP: US$25 (estimated)
- 17 adjustment points
- High-tenacity polyester webbing
- Patent-pending Nano Weave™ technology
- Woven daisy chain loops (not sewn)
- 1 × 120 in (2.5 × 305 cm) polyester webbing straps that taper down to 0.5 in (1.3 cm) with loops
- 200 lbs (150 kg) rated weight capacity (850 lbs/386 kg breaking strength)
- 2.4 oz (68 g)
- Kammok Python Straps
- ENO Atlas Straps
- K2 Camp Gear Heavy Duty Hammock Straps
- Tribe Provisions Adventure Straps II
- and a myriad of other daisy-chain webbing straps…
Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear. I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.