I’ve written about and recommended that new hammock users start off with daisy chain style webbing straps, so I won’t go into that here. What encourages me is that I’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of vendors who are now selling this style of strap. Grand Trunk Goods, one of the godfathers of recreational hammock camping, recently came out with their own version, the Trunk Straps. One thing that sets the Trunk Straps apart is that they are available in multiple colors, which will appeal to many.
- Manufacturer: Grand Trunk Goods, made in China
- MSRP: US$29.99
- Available in orange, blue, green, black, yellow, red
- Non-stretching polyester webbing
- PU coat adds a smooth texture
- Colorfastness and a water repellant
- 18 color-contrasting triple stitched loops
- 1 × 120 in (2.5 × 305 cm) “seatbelt” style polyester webbing straps
- 18 connection points
- 200 lbs (91 kg) rated weight capacity
- 12 oz (304 g)
The Trunk Straps follow a standard among webbing straps, offering a 10 ft (3 m) length that easily wraps around all but the largest trees. The daisy chain design provides multiple connection points and makes the straps double not only as an anchor point but also as adjustable suspension.
Overal Impressions and Updates
First off, the straps and the build quality are high. The webbing has that seat-belt style weave and has a thick, strong hand. The triple stitch segments are robust and have held up well in my testing. Indeed, I have no reservations as to their durability.
The end loops are also generously sized, making it easy to thread the strap through itself when going around a tree or other anchor point.
When I pack the straps, I coil them around my hand into a tight package and then slip them back into the stuff sack. The sack really makes a handy storage spot because it also keeps the straps separate from the rest of your gear. This is nice, especially if you hang on sappy trees. Straps often get gooey.
Recommendations and Review
Daisy chain straps, such as the Trunk Straps, are not only good for beginners, but are great for adventure seeking pros who find themselves hanging in odd places. In the American Southwest where trees are sometimes scarce, I’ve planned to hang off of rock anchor points. I’ve often brought long straps like the Trunk Straps that are more abrasion-resisant and provide a secure point to connect to.
I love the idea of multi-colored straps, not only from an aesthetics point of view, but also for visibility. I hate to admit that I’ve left straps up in a tree on more than one occasion. This most often happens when I bring camouflage or dark colored straps that blend into the foliage. The bright colored Trunk Straps are easier to spot.
Price and Value
The Trunk straps are priced at market value and are comparable to others on the market. That said, I know that you can find it cheaper on other retailer sites.
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.