Originally Posted by BaloO
I understand the pressure point being smaller with the rope, but my theoretical solution with the straps I posted earlier should solve this since they are padded on the inside....
Use the snow shoe analogy... if you just attached loose webbing to your feet you would still post hole. There is no resistance to support the weight to the edges. If you just run the rope through a tube there is no structure to further distribute the weight beyond a slightly larger arc of contact. The webbing flattens the pressure out because it distributes the pressure evenly across the face surface of the webbing.
I'm not trying to make enemies either. Just reporting what I have been told by those who are supposed to know.