Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps Review

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  1. Bob (Slbear) says:

    Looks like the MSRP is $29.95. Tree strap extensions are $19.95. A little salty. I have the mule tape suspension straps from AGG (based on your review) and use them exclusively lately, attached to some Dutchware Gear Kevlar tree straps. I’ve noticed the mule tap starting to fray, especially if it is completing the loop on a larger tree. I found more mule tape, so replacements are now free except the sewing. These do look interesting though. Many people make whoopie slings as you know, so I’ll go look for some spectra braid.

  2. Neruda says:

    I live in the northwest and I’ve bought woopie slings that included 3 ft tree strap plus an 8 ft Amstel sling. The backcountry, state parks and most everywhere else on the west side of the cascades feature both old growth and second gen trees that can make many strap lengths laughable.

    I finally ordered material to make my own whoopie slings with 5 ft webbing and 12-13 ft max adjustable sling. Their much more versatile.
    There are some UL products hitting the hammock market that save on weight by cutting material. They don’t work in all applications.

    These straps look nice but not for many of the big trees I’ve struggled with around here.

    • Derek says:

      Very good observation. I have the same issue in my neck of the woods. Always a good idea to plan and pack according to local conditions.

  3. Hey Derek! Love the site and book, long time lurker, first time commenter. 🙂

    I’m curious about which way the whoopie sling should be mounted.

    I’m speccing out a lightweight setup for hiking. For suspension, I’ve narrowed down (but open to suggestions) to These humming bird suspension (currently top of the running due to weight), Dutch’s Whoopie Hook Suspension, and the ENO Helios. I’m planning on attaching hammock to suspension via carabiner, ENO style. (Or maybe whoopie hook, but you get the idea.)

    My questions is this – to me the the Hummingbird seems mounted backwards. When you “lengthen” the whoopie sling, it’s creating a big loop, doubling up the amount of line used. If it were mounted the opposite direction, it’d be able to go much longer and look like a single long line of cord when at it’s longest, instead of a big loop.

    Is this a practical issue? I like the idea of being able to hook up at longer lengths if needed, especially living in the Phoenix area where trees aren’t reliable. I’ve not used whoopie slings yet, so I don’t know if I’m missing some practical reason for it to be this way. Do you have a preference?

    (I noticed it when watching this demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U9y0IFo6RQ)

    Thanks!

    • You know, some of them look like they permanently attached the sling to the tree straps, but these look like they just larks headed them on, which means it could easily be switched around.

      • Derek says:

        Yes. That’s how I do it.

        • mclaypool says:

          (Sorry, I know this is from almost a year ago, but I just stumbled across this thread.)

          I own a pair of Hummingbird tree straps and live in the redwoods, so I’d be very interested in making them longer at the same weight… Could you explain what you mean by switching around the straps? I see that end of the whoopie sling near the bury is larksheaded onto the strap. How would you change it? As far as I can see, no matter how you’re attaching the whoopie sling to the tree strap, when you expand the whoopie sling to its longest, it’s making a big (seemingly inefficient) doubled up loop. How could you reattach it to make it more efficient? Or by switching it around, do you mean that you undo the larkshead from the tree strap and attach it to the hammock’s continuous loop. Not making it effectively longer, just changing where you clip your carabiner… Could you clarify for me?

    • Actually…. to get the loop part of the whoopie sling through the tree strap you’d need to undo the entire thing (or add a piece of hardware…)

    • Derek says:

      I’m not sure I follow you. A whoopie sling can be attached to the hammock side or the strap side and work the same. It doesn’t matter which side it’s on.

  4. Ok, I’m thinking I”m getting (really!) confused because I don’t have one in my hands to actually mess with. It doesn’t matter at all which way it goes, does it?

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