I’m pretty good with knots and slinging a hammock from a tree has never been a challenge. So why would I think about getting a set of hammock tree straps?
Well, even a hammock strap sceptic such as myself, would be impressed with the ease and adjustability of hammock tree straps. Most of these simple suspension systems take just a couple of minutes to set up and adjust, allowing you to relax for longer and spend less time fiddling with knots.
Firstly, do you even need hammock straps?
Some hammocks come with ropes or straps, but many don’t. If the straps aren’t included with your hammock and you don’t want to take a hammock stand on a hike, you’ll need something else to hang it with. Unless you plan to sit on the ground.
If you know how to tie ropes, then hammock tree straps aren’t technically necessary. That said, they do make hanging a hammock a lot easier. Furthermore, quick set up isn’t the only reason you should think about using hammock tree straps. Some parks are already introducing hammock bans partly because traditional ropes can damage trees. With that in mind, hammock tree straps may become a necessity.
The 5 best hammock straps
When you’re looking for sturdy hammock tree straps that are quick to set up, the HangTight Hammock Straps from Nature’s Hangout are among our top choices. These 10-foot hammock straps are made from tough no-stretch polyester and reinforced with durable stitching.
These straps have a lower weight capacity than some others in our top five. That said, they’re strong enough to hold up to 700 lbs (recommended weight capacity).
Additionally, the HangTight Hammock Straps take just a minute or two to set up. Sixteen daisy chain loops on each strap, spaced 4-inches apart, let you adjust the hammock tension to your preference. Moreover, there’s no need to tie any knots because these straps come with two heavy-duty aluminum carabiners.
We also like that Nature’s Hangout offers two versions of these hammock tree straps; a 10-foot version, and an XL 14-foot version with 24 adjustment loops on each strap and a combined reach of 28-feet.
- Durable construction
- Great adjustability
- High weight capacity (700 lbs)
- The flat-loop design saves on weight
- Available in two lengths
- Still slightly heavy for ultralight backpackers (13.2 oz)
The Bear Butt Kodiak Hammock Straps offer even more adjustability than the HangTight Straps, with 20 daisy chain loops on each of the two 10-foot straps. Like the HangTight, the combined length of both Kodiak straps is 20-feet.
Thanks to reinforced stitching on each loop and no-stretch polyester webbing, each Kodiak strap has a weight capacity of 500 lbs. With a combined weight capacity of 1,000 lbs, these hammock straps should be strong enough to hold the whole family plus a four-legged friend.
Due to the heavy-duty materials, these hammock straps are a little on the heavy side. You might not want to use them for a backpacking trip; however, they do tuck away into a compact stuff sack that you can attach to your pack with the included carabiners.
- Very high weight capacity (1,000 lbs)
- Easy setup
- Carabiners included
- Heavy (21 oz)
If the trees in your area are extra wide or far apart, you’ll want a set of hammock straps that are longer than average. The MalloMe XL Hammock Straps are 12-foot long, offering a total length of 24-feet. Depending on the length of your hammock, you should be able to attach it to points 25-30 feet apart.
These triple power-stitched straps are made from 100% no-stretch heavy-duty polyester. With a combined tested breaking capacity of 2,000 lbs (1000 lbs per strap) and a recommended weight capacity of 700 lbs, these straps should support double hammocks as well as singles.
Regarding adjustability, the MalloMe XL Hammock Straps have 20 daisy chain loops on each strap. That’s less than you might expect considering the extra length, but it should be enough for you to get comfortable.
- Long length
- High weight capacity
- Durable construction
- Comes with a storage stuff sack
- The included carabiners could be better
If any ultralight backpackers are reading this, you might want to take a look at the Atlas Hammock Straps from Eagles Nest Outfitters. Weighing just 9 oz and packing into a compact stuff sack that fits in your palm, these are some of the best hammock tree straps for backpacking trips.
Although the Atlas Hammock Straps are the shortest on our list, each 9-foot strap is fitted with 15 daisy chain attachment loops and you should still be able to hang your hammock between trees 10 to 14 feet apart.
A key feature of these hammock tree straps is the tapered design which saves on weight and pack space but maximises tree protection. The thickest part of the straps (1.5-inches) wraps around the tree. Meanwhile, the rest of the strap narrows to a 0.75-inch thickness. We also like that these straps have reflective stitching throughout. That should make it easier to find your hammock in the dark.
- Very adjustable
- Clever tapered design
- Features reflective stitching
- Carabiners are not included
- More expensive than others on this list
- Lower recommended weight capacity (400 lbs)
Like others on this list, the Talon XL Hammock Straps from Wise Owl Outfitters are each 10-foot long. However, the Talon XL straps have an impressive 19 daisy chain loops on each (totally 38 loops), making them the most adjustable hammock tree straps in our top five.
Two aircraft grade aluminum carabiners are included so you can hang and adjust the straps with ease. Furthermore, every loop is reinforced with durable stitching and the straps themselves are made from a no-stretch polyester.
The Talon XL Hammock Straps are strong enough to support up to 400 lbs (recommended weight capacity). Although the weight capacity is lower than some competitors, these straps are plenty strong enough for a single hammock.
Though it’s not the most important feature, it’s nice that the Talon XL Hammock Straps are available in a small selection of colours.
- Most adjustable
- Durable construction
- Stuff sack and carabiners are included
- Available in a selection of colours
- Heavy (21 oz)
- Lower weight capacity (400 lbs)
How to choose the best hammock tree straps
Length & Thickness
Think about your surroundings. If you’re hanging a hammock in dense woodland, shorter straps are probably fine and you can cut out the extra weight. However, if you’re hiking in shrublands or the trees in your area have thick trunks, you’ll appreciate a longer strap. Additionally, tree-friendly hammock tree straps are at least 1-inch thick.
All of the items in this review have daisy chain loops that let you alter your hammock’s height and tension by attaching it to a loop with a carabiner. The more loops the straps have, and the closer together they are, the more adjustability you have.
Materials & Stitching
High-quality hammock tree straps are usually made from a heavy-duty polyester fabric that doesn’t stretch, even when wet. No-stretch fabric is essential unless you don’t mind repeatedly adjusting your hammock or waking from a nap with your backside on the ground. Also, check the stitching; the most durable straps have triple power-stitching that reinforces each loop.
Maximum Breaking Tension
It’s important to remember that some manufacturers list the maximum breaking tension rather than the recommended weight limit. This may also be called the tested breaking weight capacity and, at first glance, it’s a bit misleading.
The maximum breaking tension is the maximum weight the straps and stitching are capable of holding before snapping or fraying. Some hammock straps have a maximum breaking tension of 2,000 lbs; however, it’s not a good idea to test that figure. Instead, when choosing the best hammock tree straps for you, always look for the manufacturers recommended weight capacity.
That brings us to the recommended weight capacity. As a rule, it’s best to choose a hammock with a weight capacity that’s double your bodyweight. This allows for extra stress put on either strap, such as sitting at one end or bouncing. This is why most straps for single hammocks will have a weight capacity of around 400 lbs.
Ease of Use
No one wants to spend half an hour setting up a hammock, that’s why we’re talking about adjustable hammock straps rather than old fashioned rope and knots. The best hammock tree straps take just two or three minutes to set up and adjust.
Frequently Asked Questions:
DO HAMMOCK STRAPS HURT TREES?
Unfortunately, thin hammock straps and rope can harm trees as friction strips the top layers of tree bark. The top layer of bark protects trees from fungi, animals, insects, and natural elements. It’s also a habitat for insects. For this reason, it’s important to use tree-friendly hammock straps that are at least 1-inch thick.
HOW LONG SHOULD HAMMOCK STRAPS BE?
There’s no set length; however, the straps should be long enough to sling your hammock between two points. You’ll need to calculate the distance between points and the thickness of the tree or point you’ll be hanging it from then minus the length of your hammock. 10-foot straps give you a reach of 20-feet, which should be plenty for most forests.
HOW HIGH SHOULD A HAMMOCK BE OFF THE GROUND?
Technically, as long as you’re not touching the ground when you’re sitting in the hammock, it’s high enough. That said, the preferred height is around 18-inches above the ground, the height of an average chair. This makes it easy to get in and out.
Some people recommend hanging a hammock higher in snake territory; however, it’s pretty unlikely that a snake would try to cuddle up with you.
HOW DO YOU SET UP HAMMOCK TREE STRAPS?
Most hammock tree straps use the same simple system. The strap wraps around the tree, one or more times, and one end threads through a loop at the other then. You then attach your hammock to a loop on each strap using a carabiner clip and adjust it to your preferred height and tension.
Whether you’re camping in a hammock tent, going on a day hike, or just hanging out in your local park, hammocks are great for all occasions. I expect you already know about the benefits of hammock camping.
Thanks to hammock tree straps you don’t need to be a scout or a sailor to hang your bed under a leafy canopy. Even if you’re good with knots, hammock tree straps make the set up that much quicker and easier, whilst protecting mother nature.