Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 2018 Millionaires Tape 728x90

LOOP Products Connectors - Performance Soft Shackles

by Phil Anniss 21 Jun 09:00 BST
Performance Soft Shackles © LOOP Products

Designed in 2017, the Kohlhoff LOOP® Connectors provide a durable, strong, super-lightweight soft shackle which is perfect for splicing onto sheets or halyards.

The new LOOP® Connectors are made from Gottifredi Maffioli Compact 78 and a Dyneema® cover which gives outstanding abrasion resistance. The traditional LOOP® connectors were single braid and were finished with a diamond knot. The addition of a dogbone in this new range ensures a very secure and much lower profile closure.

They are designed to be permanently spliced to the end of a sheet or halyard, to be used as a connector to the sail. Soft shackle terminations provide significant advantages over metallic equivalents as they are not only weight saving but are kinder to your mast, sails and deck. Due to their flexibility they also self-align to the load direction which reduces wear and fatigue.

As an example, the Tylaska H12 performance halyard shackle has a Safe Working Load (SWL) of 2727kg and a weight of 128g. By comparison, the new 12mm LOOP® connector, has a slightly higher SWL of 3000kg and weighs just 74g - almost half the weight of the traditional aluminium shackle.

Benefits:

  • Lightweight
  • Super strong
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Self-align to load - lowering fatigue
  • Kind to mast, deck and sails
  • Always quick and simple to attach/disconnect, even after overloading
  • Low maintenance

More information or need a quote? Shop the LOOP® Connectors here, or if you have would like to get a tailored running rigging proposal for your boat, you can get in touch with us using our running rigging enquiry form.

Related Articles

nke Marine Electronics packages
Introducing the 'Cruise' package from upffront.com Due to nke's impressive product range, we also introduced a number of marine electronics packages crafted by Upffront.com. We created these packages to simplify the tricky world of marine electronics, and the result was six turn-key packages. Posted on 19 Jul
LOOP® Products - An Introduction
A whole array of rope-related products: blocks, soft shackles and more LOOP® Products are a German firm who pride themselves on hard work and innovation. Formed in 2005, LOOP® Products is the brainchild of Kohlhoff GmbH - a deck hardware specialist and wholesaler of top brands since 1991. Posted on 12 Jul
Genoa Reefing System Specifications
How to provide all the information needed for a new system So, you're in the market for a new genoa reefing system... either your existing furling unit is extremely old - and spare parts aren't available any more - or you're choosing to switch from a forestay with hanks for more comfortable cruising. Posted on 8 Jul
A Beginners Guide to Cam Cleats
What's available on the market? Your sailing system is only as strong as the weakest link. Often overlooked, high performance boat cleats are a crucial part of a larger, functional sailing system. Posted on 3 Jul
Soft solutions versus Tylaska's Snap Shackle
Which comes out on top? Soft connectors have tonnes of benefits: generally lighter, stronger and more durable than their metal counterparts, soft connectors require zero maintenance (they're corrosion free!) and are kinder to your deck, mast and other fittings. Posted on 28 Jun
Composite Backstays - Your Quick Performance Fix
Lighter, stronger, kinder and safer A properly designed and adjustable backstay system is key to sailing fast and safely through changing weather conditions. Switching from a wire or rod backstay to a composite backstay is one of the simplest ways of achieving a quick performance upgrade. Posted on 24 Jun
Getting to Grips with Winch Handles
Considerations, current trends, alternatives... A winch handle is just a winch handle - right? It's true, but when buying a new one, there are a few things you need to consider. Posted on 17 Jun
Cleats, Clutches and Jammers
What's the difference? The following guide will examine cleats, clutches and jammers in turn, to enable you to determine the best option for securely holding a line on your boat. Posted on 14 Jun
Andersen Winch servicing
How do I find the manufacture date and version number? Andersen Winches are a big name in the boating business. Designed and manufactured in Denmark, Andersen Winches have earnt a reputation for building first class, high quality winches. Posted on 7 Jun