Similar to how sailboats rely on their sails, and cars rely on their wheels, hammocks are nothing without their straps. You can have the best hammock in the world, but if you have shoddy straps, your experience in and with that hammock will be greatly dampened.
Lucky for you, this list has compiled reviews of the best hammock straps of 2020, to ensure that your hammocking experience is the best it can possibly be.
Hang around, learn a thing or two, and find the perfect straps for your hammock!
Throw anything at these straps, rain, wind, mildew, ultraviolet radiation, or even a 🐻 bear butt, and they’ll have no trouble enduring it. However, as tough as these Bear Butt Kodiak Hammock Straps straps may be, they are anything but tough on trees.
With a thick 1-inch width and a soft, silky design that’s gentle on tree bark, these straps are totally tree-friendly.
They’ll also be gentle on you. You can set-up these straps in under a minute and easily adjust them by moving your hammock’s carabiner to one of the 20 loops on each strap.
With 40 loops and 20-feet in total of strap to work with, these hammock straps leave lots of room for adjustment.
These strong straps have the capability to hold a little more than 1000 pounds, which would normally be amazing, but compared to most of the options on this list, isn’t so impressive.
They also definitely aren’t the lightest straps on this list, so they aren’t great for backpackers.
They do come with a lightweight carrying bag, which makes taking them on the go easier, and 2 metal carabiners, which is a lot to include for such a low price.
10-feet long (20-feet total)
20 loops each
Can hold over 1000 pounds
Durable triple stitching
Less weight capacity than other straps on this list
You’re going to want to hang onto these hammock straps, they’re seriously impressive.
These sturdy, easy to use straps are guaranteed to keep your hammock secure whether you’re hanging high in the trees, over a river, or wherever else your hammock-ing adventures may take you.
These durable straps have a strong design with 100% no-stretch polyester webbing and a reinforced stitching pattern that provides added support to their bar track design.
Each strap is 10-feet long, so you’ll be able to work with thicker trees that are farther apart than average-sized straps would allow you to hang on.
However, these straps only feature 16 loops which is much less than the other hammock straps on this list, meaning there’s less room for adjustment.
Where these hammock straps really shine is in their weight capacity abilities. These hammock straps can hold an insanely high, 2200 pounds, which is higher than basically all other straps on the market.
Being the longest strap on this list, theMalloMe XL Hammock Straps provide you with versatility, reaching trees that other straps can’t get to.
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding two perfect trees in a forest-lined glen, going to hang up your hammock, and coming just short of being able to lock your carabiner on a strap loop. It’s heartbreaking, but a problem of the past if you go with these straps, which are each 12-feet long, and together with an incredible 24-feet long. To put it into perspective that’s at least 4-feet longer than every other strap on this list!
These straps make finding the perfect spot easy and setting up your hammock simple with a combined 40 attachment loops which enables you to make adjustments until you are at the perfect height and in the best position.
These thick straps are tree-friendly and strong with triple stitching and a high-quality polyester material that’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty use allowing them to hold up to 2000 pounds of weight.
That strength does come at a cost though, namely, the straps’ weight. Weighing in at 1.19 pounds, these are not great straps for people who want to take their hammock backpacking. They are portable though, coming with a drawstring travel bag. Also included are 2 locking carabiners which aren’t the strongest, so if you plan on testing your straps’ capabilities I would recommend buying some new ones that are worthy of the straps’ strength.
Pairing long length with ease of use and admirable durability, these hammock straps are perfect for beginner and advanced hammock users alike.
Each strap is 10-feet long, giving you a combined 20-feet to work with. Along the straps are plenty of loops for adjustments, with 40 hammock attachments loops and 2 tree attachment loops.
The Foxelli Hammock Straps XLwere made from a high-density polyester webbing with triple stitching, which gives these straps super strength, making them great for heavy-duty suspension situations, especially considering their weather durability and zero-stretch feature.
These strong straps can carry you and a handful of friends, with the capability to handle 2000 pounds of weight.
You may have been desensitized at this point to the weight management capabilities of hammock straps considering how much the straps on this list have been able to handle, but I’ll tell you, that’s no run of the mill number. Most straps don’t even surpass being able to carry over 800 pounds.
These superb straps come with a portable carrying bag and only weigh 10.6 ounces. That’s less than the other straps on this list, which makes these a great option for backpackers and hikers.
All of the above hammock straps are awesome options, I know, how are you supposed to just pick one? Before buying, consult the list of hammock strap features below to see what will work best for your situation.
Hammock Strap Strength and Durability
No matter what you want to use your hammock for, whether you want to string it up on your campus or use it to camp on a multi-day mountain hike, you should get strong straps. The stronger the straps, the safer your hammock-ing will be. Enough said.
Buy straps that can handle no less than 500 pounds of weight. The more they can handle, the better.
The best materials for straps to be made of strength-wise are polyester or polypropylene because they tend to be more stretch-resistant. Every strap will stretch a little, especially with first use, but straps should never stretch more than 1.5 inches, that’s a sign of poor quality.
A strong hammock strap will also have reinforced stitching at every loop. The strongest type of stitching is triple stitching, especially if the straps use a daisy chain system.
Lastly, since you use your hammock straps outside, they should be weather resistant, with water, mold, mildew, and UV light protection.
Hammock Strap Length
Hammock strap length is one of the most important features to consider when buying your straps because how long your hammock straps are determines where you’ll actually be able to hang your hammock.
The larger the straps, the more spots you’ll have to choose from. Not only can you work with trees that are farther apart, but also thicker trees. I would recommend investing in straps that are at least 9-feet long to give you sufficient freedom with where you can hang your hammock.
Of course, straps being longer isn’t all good, it also means they’ll be heavier, and in many cases, more expensive.
Hammock Strap Adjustability
The longer your straps are the more you will be able to adjust them, because typically the longer the strap, the more adjustment loops. Having a large number of adjustment loops allows you to find the perfect height and position for your hammock, whether its holding 3 football players or 1 6-year-old. It gives your hammock a versatility that’s incredibly valuable.
Hammock Strap Weight
If you plan on taking your hammock backpacking or hiking, the weight of your hammock straps is important because you will want your hammock set-up to be as lightweight as possible.
You’re also going to want your straps to take up as little room as possible in your bag. It’s becoming more common for companies to offer a drawstring carrying bag with hammock straps, making the straps more portable by making their storage more compact.
If you have long enough straps you can even double wrap a tree to ensure that you leave less of an impact on it. Tips for double wrapping are included in the video below!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Use Hammock Straps?
Hanging a hammock is pretty simple, especially if you use hammock straps.
Simply locate two anchor points, which could be trees, poles, rocks, or whatever else you can wrap a strap around, that are the optimal distance apart for your straps to handle.
Place the straps around the anchor points at a 30-degree angle, ensuring they are high enough to hold your hammock at least a few feet above the ground.
Pull the straps tight and clip the hammock with the carabiner onto the appropriate loop. Fiddle around with which loop you want to use, the angle, and the hammock’s height off the ground to make sure everything is perfect before sitting down and relaxing in your hammock.
What Do You Need Along With Straps to Hang Your Hammock?
All you need are hammock straps, your actual hammock, and carabiners to hang your hammock. Some hammock straps come with carabiners and some don’t so be sure to check before buying.
Some hammocks also come with drawstring bags for storing straps which is another element, although not necessary, that’s convenient to have.
Why Use Hammock Straps?
Hammock straps make hanging your hammock simpler, taking little skill and close to no time while using a rope to hang your hammock would require both of those things.
Using hammock straps is also safer for you and the trees you are using, sparing you from falling and the trees from bark damage.
This list has included reviews and buying tips on the 4 best hammock straps of 2020.
Hang on to these tips, and choose the perfect straps for you, that are strong, versatile, lightweight, and durable.
Let me know which hammock you decided on in the comments below, and if you found this article helpful, be sure to share it!
Helen Lewis is a writer who graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English. She specializes in health topics, gardening, and lifestyle writing. When not tip-tapping away on her trusty laptop you’ll likely find her hanging out in a hammock where she may be reading, laughing with friends, or staring off into space considering anything from the meaning of life to how much she wants pizza for dinner.