I've used both and like soft shackles better. They are a bit lighter and will do less damage over time to your straps.
True, the clips are a little quicker to attach, but it's a fair trade off for me.
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I like making stuff like soft shackles. They work great and I like using stuff I made.
Not sure they're perceptably lighter than the Ti Dutchclips though. And the clips are easier. Mine never touch the trees, though it crossed my mind they might.
Have used soft shackles for about 3 years with no problems. I never take them off the tree straps, just throw them in the stuff sack.
However, I think Neo has convinced me to switch to simply passing one end of the tree strap through the loop on the other end, then doing a "knot" (a "Marlin Spike Hitch") with a twist of the wrist and some magic and it holds a marlin spike (aka toggle) wherever I want, for the whoopie sling to slip over.
No shackles, no clip, no nothing, and infinitely adjustable.
Video of the "knot" I'm talking about.
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I use nacrabieners instead of dutch clips, but that's cause I had 100 feet of amsteel and was playing around with different setups.
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I think there was a thread about using a soft shackle a year or so ago this way. The individual had a problem getting the soft shackle undone while taking his hammock down. He ended up having to cut the soft shackle. I think it was cold and raining out. I could not find the thread. Anyone else have a issue like this?