How to use the
The TSBs protect the bark of most trees, leaving no marks or damage like rope will make. Please avoid the occasional species with very tender bark, like the Hickory or "Shellbark" tree. The TSBs also allow the Treez tenter to position or center up the tent in the typically asymmetrical triangle of three trees or points of attachment selected. Here is how to use them:
Install each TSB around its tree by passing it around the tree and installing one end loop through the other. Either can be used to pass through the other, but which one you pick will determine which direction—clockwise or counterclockwise—the TSB is wound around the tree. Snug down the TSB—setting it at the height you choose. (TIP: A TSB at its full length—with no additional wraps—may need to be set slightly higher than other TSBs that are greatly shortened in wrapping their trees, for a good "feel" of level. A little practice and experience will teach you this.)
Otherwise, set level with the other TSBs when you install them by "eyeballing it" from one to the other—"the leveler the better." On steeply sloping ground, one TSB may be near the ground and another one 8-10' up requiring some shinnying or climbing to set it, but the reward is a level, comfortable camp in an "uncomfortable-but-maybe-useful-or-scenic-or-hidden-or-for-any-reason-desirable-or-chosen-spot" "where no tent has gone before"!
If your set-up site for each TSB does not require any additional wraps around the tree, you are done; the TSB is installed. If additional wraps are needed to set the length where you want it, wrap back away from the joint at the loop—so it snugs down. (TIP: You may set lengths by the number of wraps you use. For finer tuning, adjust where the loop joint is on the circumference of the tree before starting to wrap the TSB to the tree. The loop joint does not have to be pointing right at the set-up of the tent, but can be anywhere around the tree. You might think it would slip toward the tensioning at these other positions, but usually, if snugged down when first installed, it will stay put under tension, or do any slipping at first tensioning; it can be "re-snugged" then if needed.)
(TIP: If you are using several wraps, tuck the last one under the one before it just as you are finishing the wraps. This "single hitch" will allow the TSB to stay in place and not slide down the tree when you walk away from the TSB site to the next one or to do other set-up tasks. ORDINARILY, we highly recommend AGAINST forming any knots in the TSBs or interlinking two or more of them together by interlocking their end loops BECAUSE such a knot or link will be virtually "untieable" after is has been subjected to the tensioning and weight use of the Treez Tent, AND EVEN THIS ONE SINGLE HITCH WILL LOCK TIGHT AFTER USE, BUT IT MAY BE "STRIPPED BACK" AND LOOSENED EASILY when removing the TSB at the time of breaking camp, BY PULLING THE LOOSE END OF THE TSB STRAIGHT OUT FROM THE HITCH ON THE TREE AND WALKING IT BACK AROUND THE TRUNK UNTIL IT LETS GO—USUALLY BY THE TIME YOU HAVE MADE A QUARTER OR HALF TURN WALK AROUND THE TREE.)
(RELATED TIP, RE-EMPHASIZED!: For extremely wide set-ups, TSBs can be linked together (or custom length ones ordered), but link the end loops by a carabiner and NOT by interlocking them together, loop to loop. They will seize under tension and not be "untieable.")
Set the length of the "foot-end TSB" so that the headside end of the tent will fall a little (say 6" to 36") short of the Tensioner when it is laid out between the two headside trees. This is for a final tensioning later with the D-Ring straps at the headside. (See Set-up Videos, etc.) Clip the loose foot-end loop to the web loop at the foot end of the tent with the carabiner provided.
On the two headside TSBs, set their lengths so that the Tensioner and its lines will have sufficient room to work when it is set up between them. The Tensioner Unit has three lines; the two heavier lines attached at each end of it are called "The TreeLines." They go out from the Tensioner Unit to each tree with it TSB's loose end loop ready to receive this line through it. Passing through the loops, they are turned back to tie to the headside corner rings of the tent, using Timber Hitches or RunningTimber Hitches (see instructional links for tying them). The other line of the Tensioner Unit is the longer, slimmer line that joins the Tensioner Unit and runs back and forth to the outlying blocks (pulleys) making up a "block and tackle." You do not want any of this rig to pass into the end loops of either TSB. The Tensioner Unit will not work as well, if at all, if this occurs. To avoid this, use any combination of these TIPS or methods:
Shorten either or both of the headside TSBs around their tree. Pre-shorten the Tensioner block-and-tackle line before it is put to work to tension the lines. Shorten the Treelines where they are tied to the tent's corner rings and re-tie them there. (Any amount of the TreeLine lengths provided can be leftover as the knot can be tied anywhere along the line; any excess can be coiled up and hung on the line, near the knot, for neatness when tidying up the site.)
That's it! Your TSBs provide full protection for the trees and create great variability of use, versatility and adjustment of the set-up site!