I tried Slowhikes method and liked it a lot better! But I really like the convenience and ease you get with the rings or a cinch buckle. But, I couldn't get past the heavier weight issue of the buckles. I went back and read a lot of posts on this site regarding the rings and it seems like everyone throws in a slip not when using the rings so I figured I could use the tri glides in the same fashion and gain a substancial weight savings over rings or cinch buckles. Seems to work great. But if they fail and I fall on my butt, I'll be sure to keep it to myself as always.