secure and simple to tie in the manner shown above, the Figure 8 Loop
is one loop that is probably used too often. It tends to jam
when seriously strained, consumes a great length of rope, and is
exceedingly difficult to adjust its size, position, and excess.
Also, it is cumbersome to tie by its retracing method when needed to be
tied around or through an object before closing the loop, shown below.
some conditions, a serious loading of the loop legs in opposite
directions may cause the knot form to flip toward the rope ends.
Figure 8 Loop is often praised for its strength, but whenever the task
is critical, a few percentage points of strength advantage should not
make any difference if properly sized rope is employed. As
pointed out on the frequently asked questions
page, you shouldn't assume that your knot is the weakest link in your
line. Wear and severe curvature in the rope path will often pose
a more significant threat to line strength than your knot, and the
working load limit of your rope should provide ample protection from stress concentrators.
Alternatives: Zeppelin Loop, Water Bowline
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