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    Soft shackle verse Dutch clip

    Quote Originally Posted by Great White View Post
    I use soft shackles as well. They conform to the shape of the tree, with a metal clip you have to line the suspension up properly so the clip is not stressed, and the tree is not damaged.
    I like that reasoning! Thanks Great White

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeldoe62 View Post
    Anyone have any experience with this?
    I have used both. Last trip, I used my Dutch clips (which do require two hands). I always have a soft shackle or two hanging on my backpack and use them for this or that.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    I have used both. Last trip, I used my Dutch clips (which do require two hands). I always have a soft shackle or two hanging on my backpack and use them for this or that.

    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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    hey RAIN MAN

    thanks for the link to your SHORT video

    simple solutions, presented this way sure make life easier for us CHRONOLOGICALLY ADVANCED CREPITATIONS

    I HATE HAVING TO RE-INVENT "THE WHEEL"!!! (the $poke$ are expen$ive...)

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steinerj View Post
    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?
    Yeah, I find soft shackles to be a PITA myself even the slightest weight of a hanging hammock can make it more difficult to get undone.

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