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    Pictorial - My take on Opie's Soft Shackle Prusik, great for attaching tarp to ridgeline

    This is my take on Opie's Soft Shackle Prusik. I actually saw this the first time on Dutch's Continuous Ridgeline, but original credit goes to Opie I think.

    My take on the Soft Shackle Prusik, the main difference is the stopper knot. I decided to use the Lanyard Knot/Diamond Knot and bury the end.

    2015-04-27 14.23.38.jpg

    Directions for Loop End:

    1. Measure out 20" of Zing-It or Lash-It
      2015-04-27 13.42.38.jpg
    2. Mark 1.5", 3.25", and 4.5" from one end with a sharpie - this will be your loop end
      (note: if your adjustable eye is a little too small move your 4.5" hole away from the short end by 1/16" inch, if it's too big move it 1/16" closer to the short end)
      2015-04-27 13.44.36.jpg
    3. Thread your loop tool through at the 3.25" mark and pull the short end through. I like to use a paperclip to keep the line from pulling through while I'm putting it together.
      2015-04-27 13.46.57.jpg 2015-04-27 13.47.35.jpg
    4. On the long end thread your loop tool through at the 4.5" mark and pull the short end through until the 1.5" mark is through the line
      (note: this is the opposite of the picture, I messed up this one)
      2015-04-27 13.48.38.jpg 2015-04-27 13.49.07.jpg
    5. Thread your loop tool though the 1.5" mark and pull the long end through and pull tight
      (note: same as above)
      2015-04-27 13.50.42.jpg 2015-04-27 13.51.01.jpg
    6. Taper the short end by removing two strands on opposite sides at about 0.5" from the end
      2015-04-27 13.52.00.jpg 2015-04-27 13.52.38.jpg
    7. Bury the short end into the long end
      2015-04-27 13.53.47.jpg 2015-04-27 13.55.07.jpg 2015-04-27 13.55.41.jpg
    8. That completes the loop end
      2015-04-27 13.56.16.jpg


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    Last edited by realslacker; 04-30-2015 at 12:56. Reason: Messed up the fixed loop, ended up making a weak loop

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    Directions for Knot End:

    1. Tie a Lanyard knot on the opposite end, making sure to keep 1.5-2" of cord to bury - my pictures are hard to follow, so please see Lanyard Knot on Animated Knots by Grog, basically you do the same proceedure but don't leave the lanyard out
      2015-04-27 14.10.47.jpg 2015-04-27 14.11.07.jpg
    2. After the knot is tied and dressed taper the short end again like above
      2015-04-27 14.12.17.jpg 2015-04-27 14.15.50.jpg
    3. Bury the short end in the long end
      2015-04-27 14.17.01.jpg 2015-04-27 14.17.24.jpg 2015-04-27 14.17.53.jpg
    4. You are now done with the knot end!


    Completed Soft Shackle Prusik:

    2015-04-27 14.18.07.jpg 2015-04-27 14.18.58.jpg 2015-04-27 14.20.43.jpg
    Last edited by realslacker; 04-27-2015 at 16:22.

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    This is great! Thank you for the detail!

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    maybe i'm dense, but how did you get the lanyard end through the tiny loop end? is the loop end adjustable?

    nevermind, i see it now in the last picture of your first post shows it's adjustable.

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    Great job. I have been thinking about this for some time. I need to order some amsteel to make these to replace my biners I use for car camping. I also want to make some smaller ones out of zing it for general purpose.

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    Nice job. Generally, people just use them a few times to set the knot. Then just trim the tail ends off flush with the knot.

    More types of soft shackles...
    http://l-36.com/soft_shackles.php?menu=3

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    Nice variation and grest pictures.
    I have used the l-36 version for connecting whoopie slings to the CL on the gathered end. I have converted to a hook so now I just use them for attaching anything that stays with the hammock like peak bag or a pack hanger. I have also used them on the tarp CRL to attach the tarp. Much better than most hardware to protect fabric. They can be a bit of a pain for things that are taken on and off frequently. But that is a trade I am mostly willing to make.
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    Love it! Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I'll definitely make a few of these

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    Nice pics. That's exactly how I did my detachable ridgeline on my WBBB with a line with a knot attached to one end of the hammock and the a line with a loop attached to the other.
    Last edited by Bubba; 04-29-2015 at 14:44.
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    Very nice! I don't think I'll switch out my setup just yet, but it's something to keep in mind. I like my prusik and soft shackle separate for now. But then again, I'm new to the whole continuous ridge line thing.
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