Originally Posted by lvleph
I have these stainless steel, SS, rings from Annapolis Performance Sailing:
Both the 1" ID and the 1.25" ID. Both are rated at 4,000 lbs force breaking strength and 1430 lbs force working strength.
I find that either will work. The 1" ID rings make using the 1" webbing more difficult since there isn't much clearance between the ring ID and the webbing. Pushing the webbing through the inside of the ring makes you realize how cramped it is inside the ring and also between the rings. The strapworks webbing I have, which is fairly stiff, is a real struggle to use with the rings. The load strap webbing from Harbor Freight is fairly easy to use with the 1" ID and above rings because it is really, really flexible and nice to work with and much lighter than the strapworks webbing. The 1.25" ID rings alleviate this problem somewhat, but they are still more difficult to work with than the 1.5" ID SMC AL descending rings. Also, each of the 1" ID APS SS rings weigh as much as 2 of the AL descending rings and, of course, the 1.25" ID SS rings are a bit heavier. Granted we're not talking pounds here, but tenths of an ounce.
Any of the three I have used, the SMC descending rings and the 2 APS SS rings work with with the right combination cord and webbing. The smaller the ID and the stiffer the webbing, the harder to work with and also the more prone to slipping in my experience.