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    Quote Originally Posted by brooklynkayak View Post
    Some very good info and lot's of ideas that some may find interesting:
    http://l-36.com/soft_shackles.php
    Thanks for posting this

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    I tried my hand at making some nacrabiners today after reading through this thread and found a video that explains the diamond knot pretty clearly.


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    Thanks.

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    Thanks for the share I appreciate it, I definitly want to try this out soon. Hopefully I will save some weight, God knows my pack could shed a few pounds

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    hey that's something for me to think about. thanks!
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    straight genius!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nacra533 View Post
    My first contribution to this great forum.

    I use a homemade version of these on sailboats using 1/8 spectra or vectran to replace a clevis or shackle. Spectra handles the chafe a little better than vectran, but I have a lot of 1/8" vectran on hand. Probably some good applications for ultralight folks or hammocks.

    http://www.kohlhoff-online.de/index....=90&Itemid=126

    These could be used in suspension systems in place of biners, marlin spike hitches and other areas where two lines or eyes needs to be joined quickly.

    These work by allowing one side of the loop to adjust opening the eye and when tension is applied the eye closes and secures the knot end. Very easy to make if you have any skills at all splicing 12 strand.

    Any strong stopper knot will work on the end, I use a special knot (it's probably a lanyard knot) so that I can cut the tails very short, but it is complex knot to tie while balancing the lengths of the two "legs". A good stopper knot with a little extra tail is much simpler.

    They are very strong, the applications are for racing sailboats, where weight and strength are at a premium.

    I believe APS sells these as well as the Tylaska Spool Shackle, which is another great way to form a cow hitch when you don't have access to the end of the line.

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    MOD'S EDIT: See Post 71 for Schneiderlein's findings re: load testing the shackles:
    Lol from the way you talk about splicing 12 strand it makes me feel like im back on the boat. Thanks for the help "Boats"

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