As of a week ago, I've been using soft shackles in my UCR setup. I only use the diamond knot as I think the are superior. I believe Opie uses a double overhand, or some variation that uses a single strand of cord. The diamond knot should be close to the full strength of two strands of the cord. At least, much stronger than a single strand. I hope I'm not speaking unintelligently, but I do believe the diamond knot uses two strands as opposed to one, and therefore is much stronger. My only concern is that I think they might freeze in the colder weather.
Hardware is vintage.
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I suppose the purpose of opening up a biner or shackle is to unhook it. Under tension its difficult to unhook a biner. So the ability to open the gate on a biner is pointless if you cant unhook it.
I will concede that the soft shackle isnt as easy to open as a biner.. But its also a fraction of the weight.
give and take.
I love the soft shackle
As MAC stated
Hardware is VINTAGE
Got the TL with the SS's and Knot Bone a while a go,,,very cool.
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And, as with the wire gate carabiner I can slide the scarab even with the nacrabiner under tension, but as Opie says, why?