Soft Shackles in Slackline Usage

The following article will give examples and ideas on how to use Soft Shackles in Slackline Rigs. Please note that there is a lot more to know about rigging slacklines than this article can cover. So make sure you know what you do before risking your health or life. Feel free to contact us for any inquiries you might have. 

Anchoring with Soft Shackles

How to connect a standard weblock to the anchor using a 6mm/29cm Soft Shackle. 

Warning: Not every standard weblock might be suitable to use for this method - check with the  manufacturer if unsure.

Soft Rig: Connecting Standard Weblock

A 6mm/29cm Button Knot Soft Shackle connecting standard weblock to single sling ...

Twisted Soft Shackle

Here is shown how to use a Soft Shackle in a twisted configutaion to achieve a 90° turn between the two connection points. In general this is possible to do with every Soft Shackle, however to be able to thread a Soft Shackle through two connection points you have to double it up (folding it in half).

In slackline usage this technique can be useful in particular when connecting a weblock to the anchor. 5mm Soft Shackles are a good choice here as you get the optimal load transfer onto the weblock pin.

Soft Rig: Connecting Double Pin Weblock

How to connect a double pin weblock to an anchoring spanset  without having to remove the pin

using a padded 5mm/55cm Soft Shackle ... 

 

How to connect a double pin weblock even faster if you are able to easily remove the weblock pin.

Here we use a 5mm Button Knot Soft Shackle with 55cm open length and Dyneema Padding. The method shown below allows you to insert the Soft Shackle without having to remove the weblock pin.

Soft Rig: Connecting Double Pin Weblock

How to connect a double pin weblock to an anchoring spanset while removing the pin

using a padded 5mm/55cm Soft Shackle ... 

 

The exact same methods can be done by connecting two smaller Soft Shackles together, for instance the 5mm/29cm or 5mm/22cm Button Knot Soft Shackles from the Slackline Split Setup.

Soft Rig: Connecting Double Pin Weblock

Connecting two 5mm Soft Shackles to create one larger Soft Shackle ...

 

How to connect a double pin weblock in a twisted configuration using a 6mm/29cm Soft Shackle. However here we have to remove the weblock pin in order to insert the Soft Shackle.

Soft Rig: Connecting Double Pin Weblock

A 6mm/29cm Button Knot Soft Shackle used in twisted configuration ...

 

How to connect a standard weblock in a twisted configuration using a 5mm/55cm Soft Shackle. The same way of threading like for the double pin weblock works also for a standard weblock. Warning: Not every standard weblock might be suitable to use for this method - check with the manufacturer - if unsure.

Soft Rig: Connecting Standard Weblock

A 5mm/55cm Button Knot Soft Shackle connecting standard weblock in twisted configuration ...

 

How to build an anchor with sewn loops. The backup webbing in this example is knotted but could, of course, also have a sewn loop on the end. For the backup Soft Shackle a locking version is recommended.

Soft Rig: Connecting Sewn Loops

6mm/29cm Soft Shackles connecting sewn loop on main line and knotted backup webbing ...