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Just a reminder about these loop connector things again. There are some brief instructions for making basic ones in my gallery. Noting to making them if you are comfortable making whoopie slings. When tension is applied, the loop closes, trapping the knot, and forming a loop/ring.
Possibly a alternative solution to several problems with the whoopie slings like the whoopies jumping off marlin spike hitch.
-Loop these the opposite direction arouond the toggle. If your WS hangs on the knot with the toggle above the WS, hook these around the bottom of the WS, the above the toggle, then below the knot.
-Use these instead of nylon eyes, sewn in descending rings and other methods of preventing chafe in a strap when you don't like the toggle method.
-Also if your worried about chafing the straps, Spectra won't chafe itself nearly as bad as it will chafe a strap.
-use instead of cheap biners when you need a little strength.
Results are in!
I have taken my new whoopie slings (7' max length per side) and 5' straps w/ alum. crossbow shaft toggle and weighed them as compared to my previous suspension (WBBB straps, tri rings, carabiner). My new whoopie sling suspension weighs 4.4 OZ for both sides whereas my old suspension weighed in at 11.0 OZ on the same scale.
That is a savings of 6.6 OZ!
Now to see if they function in the field as well for me as I hope...
So...has anyone used these loop connectors in the actual hammock suspension? In 7/64 amsteel? Would the stopper knot be a weak point? I really like the idea.
I actually just made two of them as well. I haven't used them yet. I'm just curious as to how strong they'll be. I'm sure they'll hold me up, but I wonder how much this configuration derates the amsteel.
thread where nacra533 introduced the loop shackles. He mentioned that he was going to get some strength testing done and might be able to answer your question.
Just curios has anybody whoopie sling with the original cord that comes with the hennessy