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    for you fellas making the shock cord with a clove hitch how well do they hold and/or do you have to re-tie on occasion?

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    I use the clove hitch variety and it seems to hold just fine. I haven't had to retie them yet.

    Clove hitches are deceptively strong for their simplicity. I use them regularly for things like anchoring myself to a wall while multipitch rock climbing.

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    I've never had to retie any of my tensioner. Clove hitch holds tight.
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    I've got shockcord attached to thicker nylon cord with a clove hitch for my asym tieouts. Never had any problems.....I've even tested them and that shockcord will fail before the knot will I surmise.

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    The Double Overhand Knot (or a triple) seems better suited to this application. It holds better than a clove hitch and the ends remain relatively inline (rather than perpendicular).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Skye View Post
    The Double Overhand Knot (or a triple) seems better suited to this application. It holds better than a clove hitch and the ends remain relatively inline (rather than perpendicular).
    OTOH, a clove hitch does let you add a tensioner anywhere on the line without requiring access to the end of the line, and I've never seen it come loose when wrapped around shock cord or bungee cord, or a piece of bicycle inner tube. Which is not to say it couldn't.
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