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New LOOP® Connectors - Performance Soft Shackles

We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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New for 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 not only saving wieght but being kinder to your mast, sails and deck. Due to their flexibility they also self-align to the load direction which reduces wear and fatigue.

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


  • 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 maintenenace


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