Cinch Buckles/Amsteel chain links arrived!
Ok, I cheated and decided I wanted to learn to make my own splices, so I bought 10' of black amsteel and 2 cinch buckles...
If I had to do it again, I'd consider that at $5 a link, they're a bargain! Took me a while to make my own, and they're not nearly as pretty as Paul makes...
Anyway, I took off the ring buckle suspension I made from 2 short pieces of harbor freight nylon straps and 2-1.25" welded steel rings per strap. (2 loops with bar-tacks holding them together) 11.5" long.
Basically: Paul's cinch buckles rock. Setup time was nil, no 1/2-hitch to keep my fat butt off the ground, and worked perfectly with the polyester straps I got from Ed Speer.
Anybody want my old ring-buckle setup? They're not pretty, but they work. I'll never go back to them!