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Whilst hammocks have traditionally been hung by ropes, hammock straps are fast becoming the preferred method. Not only are they considered better for the trees, but using specially designed straps is far easier for beginners and doesn’t require knowledge of any knots.
In this guide, I’ll break down the various types of hammock straps that are currently available and share some of my favourite hammock straps currently on the market.
Types of Hammock Strap
Here is a run down of the three main types of hammock straps you’ll come across:
Daisy Chain Hammock Straps: These are the most common style and is what will first come to mind when you think hammock straps. One end has a single loop, whilst the other will have multiple loops in a row (like a daisy chain), this allows a simple set up without the need for knowing any knots at all. You’ll just need a carabiner clip to attach your hammock, unless your hammock has one built in.
Lightweight Straps: These are similar to daisy chain straps but will usually have fewer loops, a slimmer design and less dense material, all aimed at reducing the size and weight of the straps for backpackers and hikers who need maximum efficiency.
D-Ring or Buckle Straps: A slightly old-school method of hanging your hammock is with a D-ring or buckle strap. The straps themselves are far more basic than the previous types with no loops in them. Instead, the D-rings or buckles are used for adding the adjustability. These tend to be better suited to more permanent hammock fixtures such as in your back yard.
A Note About Strap Strength
There are different ways you can measure the strength of a strap. The most user-friendly way is to provide the hammock capacity that the hammock will hold (known as working load limit). Most reputable manufacturers will use this and make it clear.
However, another way that strength can be measured is called break strength, this is the point at which your strap will break. It is always far higher than the working load limit so manufacturers may use this to mislead consumers when they compare straps.
Best Hammock Straps
The 7 hammock straps I recommend you consider are:
- Best Overall: Kammok Python 10
- Runner Up: ENO Atlas
- Extra Long Straps: Natures Hangout
- Budget Pick: MalloMe Straps
- Best Lightweight Straps: Kammok Python 10UL
- Best for Backpackers: ENO Helios
- Best for Back Yard: Tree Hugger
Here are my full reviews of each strap:
Best Overall: Kammok Python 10
One concern when buying hammock straps is that they might stretch, and you’ll end up on the floor. Well, I can confirm that this does not happen with these straps, they are absolutely solid. These straps are 10ft long and each has 20 loops providing more connections than any of the other hammock straps I reviewed.
Kammok’s nanoweave technology has been a game changer as the Python 10 straps have a weight capacity of 500lbs making them easily the strongest on the market. When packed away, the straps weigh 8.2oz which is makes them ideal for backpackers.
Another big selling point is the lifetime warranty that you get on all Kammok products, a policy that they’ve managed to keep to when other manufacturers have pulled back.
Runner Up: ENO Atlas
The Atlas straps are Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) go-to straps. They offer a happy medium between weight and strength, whilst coming from a brand you know you can trust. The Atlas straps are a bit wider than the Kammok ones, which provides a bit extra stability and is considered better for the trees.
Each strap is 9ft in length and combined they will support 400lbs. As with the Kammok straps, you won’t have any stretching with these. There are 15 loops in each strap which gives a combined 30 adjustment points.
The straps have a reflective material stitched in which helps avoid bumping into them at night. The warranty on these straps is two years which is still pretty decent if you are using them frequently.
Extra Long Straps: Natures Hangout
It can be heart-breaking to find two trees that are the perfect distance apart, only to find that the trunks are too thick for your regular sized straps. Whilst you can buy extensions for both the Kammok and ENO hammock straps mentioned before, sometimes it’s nice to buy a product that does the job right in the first place. Enter Natures Hangout XL straps.
Each strap is a mighty 14ft long and are still incredibly strong, with a combined capacity of 700lbs. The ropes are the standard daisy loop style, with 24 loops on each strap so you’re left with countless adjustment points.
If you are hanging them at full length, then you’ll need to hang them very high to account for the sag, but this is to be expected for such long straps.
Budget Pick: MalloMe
If you’re looking for a budget strap, then I recommend MalloMe. These straps are available in both 10ft and 12ft lengths which are relatively long. They are in a standard daisy chain style made from polyester with triple stitched loops, each strap has 20 attachments making them extremely diverse.
As with most budget hammock straps, MalloMe have only provided the break strength at 2,000lbs (rather than an actual capacity) but I’ve been in touch with people who own these and it seems that the straps will easily hold 300lbs or more. The straps themselves weigh 16oz which is heavier than most I reviewed.
Unfortunately, there is no warranty on these straps, but for a good quality product under $15 that seems reasonable.
Best Lightweight Straps: Kammok Python 10UL
If having a strap that is compact and lightweight is key to you, the Kammok Python 10UL are a great option. They have all of the same features as the standard Python 10 straps mentioned earlier, however a slimmer design mean’s they weigh just 3oz, that’s less than half the weight.
They use the same nanoweave technology as the standard straps which allows the to retain strength by weaving strong fibres in to the material. To give you extra confidence, they come with a lifetime warranty that will repair or replace them if damaged.
The capacity is slightly reduced compared to the standard straps at 300lbs instead of 500lbs, this means they should only be used for one adults. These are best suited to outdoor enthusiasts looking to eliminate extra carry weight. But for everyone else, I’d recommend the standard straps.
Best for Backpackers: ENO Helios
The ENO Helios have been designed with size and weight at the forefront. It combines a strap and whoopie sling rope suspension system to get the best of both worlds.
The strap is attached to the tree which provides solid support whilst being known to be better for the trees than rope. The lightweight rope features a whoopie sling design to attach your hammock, this takes some getting used to and isn’t great for beginners.
The rope section is made from ENO’s Silverlite™ cord which uses strong fibres weaved into the rope for extra strength, without impacting weight. The strap section is made from polyethylene which has similar properties as polyester but does not absorb as much water making it quick drying and easier to care for.
The system is perfect for backpackers and hikers as it weighs in at jus 4.3oz in total and packs away to 3”x 5” case. The weight capacity of the Helios is 300lbs which is suitable for holding one person.
Best for Back Yard: Tree Hugger
If you’re hanging a hammock between two trees in your back yard, then having a strong hammock strap that’s short and doesn’t get in the way is key. This Tree Hugger strap uses a D-ring design that allows the strap to be attached to the tree quickly and easily.
The straps are shorter than the others mentioned at just 6ft, this gives a clean look without any excess strap hanging from the tree. You can leave the straps attached to the tree and just take the hammock out when you fancy using it.
The straps have a weight capacity of 400lbs, making them suitable for hammocks of all sizes. They can be used with both spreader bar or non-spreader bar hammocks and come with S-clips included.
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