When you’re first getting started getting your hammock hung up and suspended properly is no easy feat.
I remember running into a lot of problems trying to get everything suspended so that I wouldn’t wake up on the ground in the morning and I eventually figured it out but not without the help of straps specifically designed to be used with hammocks.
When it comes to the best hammock straps there are quite a few different options to choose from out there but only a few that I would personally recommend checking out.
I started out using the tree straps and eventually I graduated into using just a few carabiners and some mountain climbing paracord for a lighter and easier hanging system.
I definitely don’t recommend this is setup for beginners and if you just getting started or you want something easy and quick to use then I recommend using a pre-made hammock tree strap setup.
There’s quite a lot of information online when it comes to how to hang a hammock and some of the different techniques that you can try out and in this post I just want to go over a few of my recommendations for the best hammock tree straps that you can use to hopefully start hanging as soon as possible.
The Best Hammock Tree Straps
ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System
The ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System was the first suspension system that I ever tried out all the way back when I got my ENO doublenest hammock.
I find that this system is really easy to use to get started and to get the hammock suspended properly between two objects.
This suspension system comes with a pair of straps that allow for a combination of 30 adjustment points so that you can adjust the pitch of your hammock in different ways depending on how you want it to hang and depending on what you’re hanging it from.
The straps are each 9 feet long in length so they can be wrapped around a variety of different objects including smaller and large trees, rock outcroppings, poles, masts, or anything else that’s going to support your weight where you can attach the straps to.
The weight capacity of this strap setup is 400 pounds so it’s a good choice if you’re a bigger guy or you’re hoping to get two people into one hammock.
The straps come in at just 11 ounces so they’re very lightweight and a suitable choice if you’re looking to keep the weight of your pack down.
Using them is quite simple, you just need to wrap each strap around the tree or whatever hanging point if you’re using, pull part of the strap through the closest loop that offers a tight and secure fit, and then using a carabiner attach the hammock to the strap,
The webbing material that the straps are designed from help to keep it in place on the tree or whatever other hanging point you’re using and once you’re inside you’re able to enjoy a very secure hang.
To make them easier to travel with the ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System straps come with a carrying case and I would definitely recommend checking them out if you’re looking for tree straps to use for easy set up the next time you’re out hammock camping.
Bear Butt XL Kodiak Hammock Straps
The Bear Butt XL Kodiak Hammock Straps are another pair of epic tree straps that I would recommend taking a look at.
This system actually comes with 2 carabiners that you can use for hanging up your hammock right away and each of the straps comes equipped with 20 different attachment points for a wide variety of different positions that you can use for hanging.
Thanks to the triple stitched seams in the webbing these tree straps are capable of supporting up to 1000 pounds in weight so they’re a good choice if you’re a big guy or you’re hoping to hang two different people from the same set of tree straps.
The straps themselves are 10 feet in length and this allows them to be wrapped around a wide range of different hanging points so you can hang from trees, posts, rock outcroppings, and just about anywhere else that you’re able to set these up.
The included carabiners mean that you don’t have to go out and buy your own and once you get these straps you can start using them right away.
A carrying bag is included so when you’re done using them you can just stuff them back into the bag and pack them in your backpack until you’re ready to set up the hammock again.
These work very similarly to the ENO strap system I just mentioned and to start hanging you simply need to wrap the straps around a tree or other object that’s going to support your weight, pull the long part through the loop that you want and just clip your hammock on to the loop that makes the best setup for your hang.
I would definitely recommend checking out the Bear Butt XL Kodiak Hammock Straps if you’re looking for something that offers a high weight limit and that’s also durable and well-suited to use for hanging your hammock out in the backcountry or when you’re just camping nearby.
Ohuhu Hammock Tree Hanging Straps
The Ohuhu Hammock Tree Hanging Straps offer a very simple solution for hanging up your hammock without having to worry about tying knots or doing anything else awkward or tricky.
This setup comes with a pair of straps that offer a length of 9-feet with the webbing designed using double cross threads for better strength and durability.
I say that these are very simple because rather than having to worry about any loops you simply need to wrap the strap around the tree or other post that you’re using for hanging until it is snugly wrapped and then you simply clip on your hammock at the end.
I find this solution to be very straightforward and there’s no need to fiddle with any exact adjustments since you can easily rewrap or quickly adjust the straps depending on the length that you need for hanging.
It comes included with 2 S-hooks and 2 carabiners so you can decide which ones you want to use to hang your hammock or you can even use both depending on the hardware that you already have equipped.
Being able to wrap the straps around the trees a few times helps to prevent them from slipping and also makes this setup very tree friendly so you’re not really damaging the nature around you.
For better storage and organization there is a carrying bag included and these straps offer a weight capacity of 500 pounds.
I would recommend taking a look at the Ohuhu Hammock Tree Hanging Straps if you’re looking for a simple solution to get your hammock setup and hanging without having to worry about too much other than wrapping the straps around an object and clipping your hammock on.
Choosing the Best Hammock Straps
Although I only listed three different options for tree straps to use with your hammock I really don’t think that I need to go and continue to list all of the different options to choose from.
A lot of the straps online are very similar to the others and the ones that I have recommended up above are what I believe are the best suited for the needs of someone hoping to do some hammock camping.
Like I mentioned I’m actually using a paracord system for hanging out in the backcountry but for many people this won’t be ideal since it requires the knowledge of more intricate knots and unless you are taking precautions you can actually damage trees with this setup.
With the different straps I’ve listed above it’s really easy to get your hammock up in just a few minutes so that you don’t have to worry about tying knots in the rain or the dark if you happen to get caught in bad conditions.
Some Things to Consider
Not all of the different hammock straps available are created the same way and there’s a big difference between the higher end ones and the cheaper ones.
It might seem like a good idea to go with the cheapest straps that you can find but I don’t recommend doing this because you don’t want to wake up on the ground in the middle of the night and discover that one of your straps broke.
You also don’t have to go and spend an obscene amount of money on something just to get your hammock up and hanging so there are quite a few reasonably priced options out there to choose from.
When you’re looking at the different hammock tree straps available there are a few things that you’re going to want to keep in mind and these include:
- Weight limit
When it comes to deciding on the best straps for hammocks how durable they are is arguably the most important factor.
Any hammock suspension system that you’re going to use if you want to make sure that it’s going to be able to keep you supported throughout the night and hopefully for many nights to come.
For this I recommend looking to see what type of stitching is used and whether the webbing is made from a thicker material or if it looks flimsy and unsupportive.
Thicker straps tend to be better suited for durability but you also don’t want to get something too thick or it’s going to end up bulky and hard to manage.
I believe that the different options that I’ve listed above are very durable and are well suited for regular use for camping or hiking out into the backcountry.
Another important factor to consider is how versatile the straps and hanging system are that you’re looking at.
You really want something that’s easy to get going so that you’re not spending too much time fumbling around with the different straps and taking 20 minutes just to get your hammock set up.
The first few times it might take some time as you get used to how your suspension system works but once you get the hang of it you should be able to hang your hammock up in just a few minutes after finding suitable trees.
When I’m out camping I just want the easiest solution because I want to spend my time relaxing and enjoying my surroundings rather than having to fiddle with my gear so I believe that the options that I recommended above are easy to use and will allow you to take advantage of a quick hang time.
The final factor you’re going to want to consider when you’re looking at a suspension system for your hammock is the weight limit that it offers.
I always like to go with something a little bit heavier than what I would need because it’s not only me in a hammock but also all of my gear as well as my backpack and anything else I want to bring inside.
Straps that offer the highest weight limit are also well-suited for bigger guys and something to consider if you’re planning on sharing a hammock or hanging 2 from the same strap system.
Tips for Hanging Your Hammock
When it comes to hanging your hammock, especially if you’re camping or hiking around, I recommend starting to look for trees about an hour before it gets dark so you don’t get stuck having to set everything up using just the light from your flashlight or headlamp.
You’re going to want to look for trees that are about 10 to 15 feet apart where there isn’t too much branches or overgrowth blocking the way.
Once you have found the right trees it’s a good idea to open up your hammock and lay it down so that you can quickly clip it onto the straps once you have wrapped them around the trees.
Wrap your straps around the trees and take some time to find a suitable hanging position for your hammock that offers just the right amount of give so that you can lay comfortably without sagging too much.
Laying flat can be done by laying diagonally inside the hammock.
Before getting in you’re going to want to add your hammock sleeping pad and toss in the sleeping bag so that you can get comfortable and cozy for the night.
If the weather is really cold you’re going to want to consider adding an under-quilt and if your hammock doesn’t come with one you’re going to want to set up a bug net if there’s going to be bugs or mosquitoes buzzing around.