You’ve got yourself a hammock, but you have nothing to secure it to trees with? Then you’ll need to get yourself a pair of hammock straps.
I’ve ignored the fact I needed them before, and I paid the price. My hammock came crashing to the ground while I was peacefully swaying in contentment. Why? Because I went for the cheaper option and just used a rope to suspend my hammock.
That’s a mistake I won’t make again because I have invested in some straps. Here are the best hammock straps to get yourself set up and hanging in comfort, without any worry.
- Best Overall: ENO Atlas
- Best Value Hammock Straps: MalloMe
- Best Budget Straps: Cutequeen
- Best Lightweight Straps: ENO Helios
- Best Buckle Straps: Go Outfitters
- Hammock Strap Buyer’s Guide
Length Options: 9 & 13.5′ | Load Strength: 400 lbs
The ENO – Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Suspension System takes my top pick as best overall. For a daisy chain system, it is incredibly lightweight, weighing only 9.6 ounces for the 9 feet version. They also pack down into a tiny bag measuring only 3.5 x 5.5 inches, which is very surprising for a daisy chain.
There are 15 attachment points on each strap, which gives you plenty of options to find your perfect hang. At 9 feet each, I find them long enough for all my hammocking needs. However, there is also a 13.5 feet long version if you are after something longer.
Made from a durable Polyfilament webbing, these straps can withstand the test of time and the wear and tear of outdoor adventures. I like the reflective stitching on this new Atlas model. Some reflective stitching on straps can be a bit of an overkill and an eyesore, but ENO has got it just right.
A feature that sets the ENO Atlas apart from other daisy chains is their patented loop design. It means that instead of the carabiner hanging in the stitching of the strap loop, it holds within an area where there is no direct contact with the sewing. This design lessens the stress on the strap and preserves its longevity.
It supports a weight up to 400 lbs, which is a figure on the higher end of the scale for straps. If you are in the market for your first or even a new pair of hammock straps, the Eno Atlas is an excellent choice.
Best Value Hammock Straps
Length Options: 12′ | Load Strength: 700 lbs
The MalloMe Hammock straps don’t quite make my budget option, as the Cutequeen Hammock straps are quite a bit cheaper. But, if you are looking for a strap of better quality, but not quite as expensive as the ENO Atlas Suspension System, the MalloMe is an excellent middle ground.
The straps are 12 feet long each and have 40 attachment points in total. So you’re sure to find a loop to get your hammock in a lovely position. That length also allows you to hang your hammock from trees which are quite some distance apart.
The straps have a maximum load weight of 700 lbs, which is extraordinary. It’s unlikely you’ll ever put that to the test, but it’s good to know that they can handle such weight.
They come bundled with carabiners. However, there have been reports from some buyers that the carabiners are of poor quality. So it may be best to buy some separately. You can check out my pick for the best carabiners for hammocks in my buyer’s guide below.
All in all, You’ll be happy with your purchase if you choose to go for the MalloMe Hammock Straps. But, if you can push your budget up a little bit more, I would certainly recommend going for the ENO Atlas instead. Which I believe to be the best daisy chain strap on the market.
Best Budget Straps
Length Options: 9.8 & 13.1′ | Load Strength: N/A
If you are looking for a cheap, but reliable pair of straps, the Cutequeen Hammock Straps are the way to go. Not only will you be saving on the straps, but they also come bundled with carabiners.
As the price is so low, the carabiners aren’t the best quality. But, they should be enough for your hammocking needs. If you want higher-quality ones, check out my pick for the best carabiners for hammocks in my buyer’s guide below.
At 9.8 feet long, they are a very similar size to the ENO Atlas, but they come with more loop attachments, 34 in total. They aren’t as light as the ENO Atlas, and they don’t pack down into such a small size. So if you are a lightweight hiker, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Although these straps are well built, they are a budget option. Many people have used them without any problems. Still, there are a few reports of the stitching coming apart and fraying after heavy use. So if you are on the heavier side, I would advise going for a higher quality strap.
They only state the break strength on their product page and not the maximum load strength. If you check out my buyer’s guide, you’ll understand why we’re only interested in the load strength. It would be safe to assume these straps can support a maximum load of 300 lbs, but I wouldn’t risk any more than that.
Best Lightweight Straps
Length Options: 8 & 13.5′ | Load Strength: 300 lbs
The ENO – Eagles Nest Outfitters Helios Suspension System is an excellent choice if you are a lightweight backpacker. It only weighs 4.1 ounces and packs down into a bag sized 3 x 4 inches. That is something you won’t be able to find with any daisy chain hammock straps.
As a whoopie sling system, it does operate a little differently. Instead of having set loops to put your carabiner through, there is a spliced cord that allows for more adjustments than with daisy chains. It’s a system that can be a little tricky to explain in words. But, if you check out the video in my buyer’s guide, you’ll understand how simple it is.
The suspension system measures a little over 8 feet for both straps. I find that is enough for all my usages, but if you need something longer, there is also an XL model, which is 13.5 feet. And that version still somehow packs down into a bag 3 x 4 inches and only weighs 6.5 ounces! Good job, ENO!
Made from a polyester blend and Dyneema line, the ENO Helios is very durable. It supports a weight of up to 300 lbs. So not quite as much as the ENO Atlas, but enough for most people.
The ENO Helios is an excellent hammock suspension system. It is my personal favorite, as I prefer to hike and backpack as light as possible.
Best Buckle Straps
Length Options: 15′ | Load Strength: 400 lbs
If the hammock straps you are in the market for is a buckle, then the Go Outfitters Suspension System is a great choice. I don’t find buckle suspensions quite as easy to set up as daisy chains or whoopie slings; but, they are still solid hammock straps to go with.
Go Outfitters Suspension System is the perfect strap if you are looking for something that has the build quality and strength of the ENO Atlas, but can be adjusted like the ENO Helios. Made from zero stretch polyester, it can support weights up to 400 lbs, and the buckle system allows you to customize your hammock height to find the ideal hang.
One drawback of this suspension system is that it’s only available in one size, 15 feet long straps. Therefore it’s quite a lot to be carrying around, and the total weight of the system is 18 ounces. However, it does mean that you don’t need carabiners to set up your hammock. I find carabiners an instrumental piece of equipment and take them backpacking anyway.
I would love this strap if it were available in a smaller size. Fifteen feet is too much for me. If you aren’t too bothered about the amount you’ll be carrying, or if you’re only going to use it for a one-time setup, then this hammock suspension is excellent.
Hammock Strap Buyer’s Guide
Even though hammock straps are a small and simple piece of equipment, there is still quite a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right one for you. Here’s a complete buyer’s guide covering everything you need to consider before making your purchase.
- Types of Hammock Straps
- Maximum Weight Supported
- Ease of Setup
- Fit for use with Trees
- Nighttime Visibility
- Storage Bag & Packability
Types of Hammock Straps
There are various things you can use to tie and suspend a hammock. The likes of rope and paracords work; but, I believe hammock straps are the best option. They are made for the job and built with specific concerns in mind, like not damaging trees.
There are three types of hammock straps:
Daisy Chain Straps
Daisy chain straps are simple and easy to use. They have multiple loops along the strap, allowing you to set up a hammock from several distances.
To set up a daisy chain strap, you wrap the strap around a tree, pass one end through one of the loops, and pull to tighten. A carabiner is then attached to one of the many loops on the strap and the hammock.
They are usually the strongest out of the three systems and can support the most weight. But, they also tend to be heavier than whoopie slings. Due to their simplicity, they are the best starting point if you are new to hammock suspension systems.
(The older model in the video weighs 5.7 ounces. The new model only weighs 4.1 ounces!)
Whoopie slings are the go-to strap for lightweight backpackers. They are a lot lighter than daisy chains while maintaining functionality and durability.
Some whoopie slings can be attached to straps, and others, like the ENO Helios, come with a small strap built-in, which I prefer. To suspend your hammock, you wrap the strap around the tree, pass the end through the loop, pull and tighten. A carabiner attaches to the loop at the end of the sling and onto the hammock.
Like daisy chains, they allow you to suspend a hammock from various distances, but the method is different. Instead of having to pick a loop to put the carabiner through, there is only one loop. You can adjust the distance by pulling the spliced cord. Making it easy to find your ideal hang and more adjustable than daisy chains.
Buckle suspensions are like a mixture of daisy chain straps and whoopie slings. Although they have a lot of positives, they can be a bit complicated if you haven’t used them before.
To set up a buckle suspension, you attach the buckle to the hammock with the rope. The strap attaches to the tree by wrapping it around and putting the end through the loop. The strap is then attached to the buckle. As with whoopie slings, you can adjust the hang. The strap pulls through the buckle to find your perfect length.
They tend to weigh more than daisy chains and whoopie slings, and as there is more strap required, they take up more room when packed away. But, it does mean that you won’t need carabiners.
It’s no good investing in a pair of straps for them to go and break easily. Being durable is the number one requirement. It doesn’t matter how many other features they have, or what fancy color they are. If they are weak, then they are useless.
Avoid straps that are constructed from materials that can stretch (nylon), which is usually what cheaper brands use. All the hammock straps on my list are made from either polyester or poly filament. These are the gold standard materials for strap durability.
The stitching of the straps is another factor to consider. Ideally, you’ll want them to be triple-stitched to ensure they have the strength to withstand your weight.
Maximum Weight Supported
This is where things can get a bit confusing. And this is due to a lot of brands marketing their items in a way to entice more sales. When it comes to supported weight, two figures are often provided:
- Break strength refers to the point at which any part of the strap will fail. The weakest part of the strap determines this. For example, the MalloMe Hammock Straps are advertised as having a combined break strength of 2000 lbs.
- Load strength is the figure you want to pay attention to. It refers to the maximum weight the straps can handle under normal conditions. The MalloMe Hammock Straps are advertised as supporting a maximum load weight of 700 lbs.
A lot of brands market their straps with the maximum break strength. Don’t think that because it has a break strength of 2000 lbs, it means you can pile people onto the hammock, and it will be fine.
The strap might not break, but it won’t hold. So just look for the maximum load weight when you are working out if it can handle your requirements.
What I like about the ENO straps is that they only advertise the maximum load weight. There aren’t any marketing strategies to try and entice more sales. They are straight to the point and give you the figure that matters.
You won’t always stumble across a couple of trees perfectly spaced from one another for your hammock setup. So what do you need in these situations? A pair of hammock straps that are long enough to cover a fair distance.
Hammock straps come in a variety of lengths, and some brands offer different lengths for the same model. For example, the ENO Atlas hammock straps are available in 9 and 13.5 feet length.
So consider the maximum length you may need. I find straps that are 8 feet each and over are plenty enough for the majority of my needs. But, bear in mind, more length means more weight to carry. So, if you are an ultra-lightweight hiker, it’s a consideration to make, and you’ll want to find a good middle ground.
They’ll be times when you want to hang your hammock from different objects of a variety of sizes. Whether that’s thick trees out in the backcountry or beams in your back garden. Instead of having to buy different straps for multiple objects, why not get one that is versatile and can handle them all?
All the straps I have suggested are versatile and can tie to an array of objects with a range of sizes.
Not only will it save you money, but it could mean using straps for things other than hammocks. I’m a minimalist, and I love it when I can use my equipment for multiple functions. And in this case, some hammock straps make for a great homemade/on the road TRX.
Ease of Setup
There are a few styles of hammock suspension systems. Daisy chain straps, whoopie slings, and buckle suspensions. I find daisy chain straps the easiest to set up, although they don’t allow for as much adjustability.
The only hammock strap on my list that requires a knot is the Go Outfitters Hammock Suspension System. You need to attach the buckle to the hammock. But it’s straightforward and easy to do. It also means that carabiners aren’t required. The rest of the suspension systems need carabiners.
All hammock suspensions are relatively easy to set up, especially when you get more experienced with using them. If I had to put the systems in order, from easiest to hardest to use, I would go daisy chains > whoopie slings > buckle suspensions.
Fit for use with Trees
One of the main reasons to invest in a pair of hammock straps, instead of using rope or paracord, is that they don’t damage trees. A rope that supports all your weight can tear through the bark of trees. It’s best to use a webbing strap, and all of the suspension systems I have picked come with them.
The width of the strap distributes the weight across a larger surface area. A strap that is at least one inch thick will ensure that trees aren’t harmed or scarred.
Although hammock straps are a reasonably simple piece of equipment, they can vary in weight quite a bit. Depending on the suspension system, material quality, and length.
A lot of ultra-lightweight hikers prefer to use whoopie slings, as they tend to weigh a lot less and don’t take up as much room. My best lightweight pick is a whoopie sling – The ENO Helios Hammock Strap. It only weighs 4.1 ounces and can be packed away into a tiny bag.
Higher-quality straps are usually a lot lighter because they are constructed from durable but lightweight materials.
What you don’t want on your backpacking trip is to be carrying a lot of extra weight, which you could avoid if you bought more suitable straps.
I’ve once experienced walking into and catching my neck on the rope suspending hammocks, two times on the same night! You may think that was due to my own stupidity and carelessness, and it probably was. However, the rope wasn’t visible at night.
If you’re going to be using the hammock at night, it’s best to go for a strap that has reflective stitching. Unless you want your strap to be unseen, and I know some people do prefer not to see any reflective material at night.
Storage Bag & Packability
All the hammock straps on my list come with a storage bag. Allowing you to neatly pack them away and not have loose straps getting tangled up with other equipment in your pack.
They do, however, pack into different sized bags. So if you have a limited amount of space in your backpack, you’ll need to consider this.
With the majority of hammock straps, you will need carabiners. Some come with them bundled, like the Cutequeen Hammock Straps. But a lot of straps don’t include them, so you will need to get some.
My pick for the best carabiners for hammocks is the STURME Locking Carabiner. Unless you are planning to use them for rock climbing, the STURME Carabiner will provide more than enough strength.
The good thing about carabiners is that you can use them for many jobs. If you aren’t using them to set up your hammock, they can be used to attach items to the outside of your backpack, like water bottles or sleeping bags. It’s convenient if you have limited space within your pack.
They have so many uses, whether that’s out backpacking, at home, with your car, walking your dog, or in the gym. The list of applications really does go on and on.
There are tons of hammock straps on the market and a few different suspension systems to choose from. Like with every purchase, you’ll want to get the best bang for your buck.
But, the price differences aren’t a considerable amount. When it comes to something that you’re going to be relying on to hold you up in the air, I think you should opt for a strap of the highest quality.
That’s why the ENO Atlas Suspension System takes my top spot as the best overall. However, as an ultra-lightweight backpacker, I prefer to go for the lightest strap that maintains high-quality. So my personal choice is the ENO Helios.
These are things you will need to consider, as all our requirements differ. But, in this guide, I have covered the best hammock straps for all scenarios and budgets. So, out of the five listed, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.