First off, I apologize if there is already a thread on this topic out there; I couldn't find one. I am working on making my setup a little more lightweight. I made my own whoopie slings with amsteel over the summer and love them, and I ordered an adjustable ridgeline from whoopieslings.com today. I have seen pictures and tutorials for soft shackles and continuous loops, and I was just wondering if they have a specific, beneficial purpose, or if they are fun little customizations we hammockers are so fond of. Any insight and suggestions would be much appreciated!