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Message started by NooneOfConsequence on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 3:37pm

Title: Finger loops
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 3:37pm
Ok, I’ve got another question:
Favorite finger loop style?
Shape? Materials? Adjustable? Etc.

For me...
I’m starting to settle on the teardrop shape. Preferably made from 1/4-1/2 inch wide leather. It fits snugly and comfortably on a variety of finger sizes. Stays on the finger during slinging but isn’t difficult to remove from a finger.
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Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by JudoP on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 3:49pm
Yeah, either a leather strip or a leather lined braided cord work best for me.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Jaegoor on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 5:02pm
Ich experimentiere gerade mit dieser Form. Für zwei oder einen Finger.
Die Ergebnisse sind überraschend gut.
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Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 7:35pm
That’s very interesting Jaegoor. I like it!

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Morphy on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 9:09pm


I like them about an inch wide and thick enough not to bend much. It should be very tight when first made so it loosens up to a perfect fit. The best one I've made was lined with a thin pig skin on the inside. It was silky smooth. Still miss it. This is the one area I've found where simple slings are better than elaborate braided slings.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by joe_meadmaker on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 11:29pm
I don't know if I would call mine a favorite.  It's more of what I'm accustomed to.  When I first made a sling I obviously didn't have much of an idea what I was doing, and the finger loop came out really big.  I needed to use two finger to fit it, and that's still what I do today.

Material doesn't make much difference.  The bulk of my slings have a loop of paracord, hemp, or linen.


Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by GurtTractor on Oct 24th, 2019 at 4:40am
The double finger loop is my favourite -



Very comfortable and secure, even with small diameter cord such as this dyneema. I like a nice snug fit, usually take a few tries to get the loops the right size, I've not figured out a repeatable way to get it just right.

When out and about I'll wear the sling on index and middle finger, then wrap it around my wrist and tie it off with a little slipknot on the back of my hand. Very comfortable and quick to deploy, I can go up hill and down dale all day and forget that it's there.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 24th, 2019 at 6:07am
leather sliding finger loops.
More comfortable, do not rub - fit anyone.
Also very easy to make.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by GurtTractor on Oct 24th, 2019 at 8:29am
I've found my double finger loops to be good for not rubbing too as the middle portion is the bit that moves about, but they need to be fairly snug to the size of finger, which means they might not fit other people well. Like My Dad can't use my loops as his fingers are too big, but as my dyneema slings have detachable cords I've made him a pair fitted perfectly to him.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Mersa on Oct 25th, 2019 at 12:35am
For me a fingerloops must be cinching. Hate floppy ones.

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Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Tomas on Oct 25th, 2019 at 11:02pm
I usually make mine with a "sliding" two finger loop. If anyone would like a tutorial, I can accomodate.

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Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by joe_meadmaker on Oct 26th, 2019 at 11:02am

Tomas wrote on Oct 25th, 2019 at 11:02pm:
I usually make mine with a "sliding" two finger loop. If anyone would like a tutorial, I can accomodate.

Beautiful sling!  I get the basic idea from your picture.  Is it just as simple as rolling the finger loop back toward the sling, split the cordage around it, and continue braiding?  Any tips or potential problems to watch out for would be appreciated.

There seem to be quite a few slingers here using the two finger loop.  I'd like to give this a try.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Tomas on Oct 29th, 2019 at 12:29am
Joe- Nailed it buddy!!
The only thing to watch out for is to be sure it fits well:)

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Rat Man on Oct 31st, 2019 at 10:02pm
    My finger loops are usually simple affairs.  I just fold the retention cord then secure it with West Country Whipping. 

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Kick on Nov 1st, 2019 at 3:07am
I've yet to try a two finger loop but one of GurtTractor's slings should be arriving soon :D I made a wrist retention sling but it might take a while to get used to. Feels very strange when you've been using a loop on the middle finger for the entire time you've been slinging.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 1st, 2019 at 10:36am
I used a 2 finger loop for the 'human trebuchet' project.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 1st, 2019 at 11:36am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 1st, 2019 at 10:36am:
the 'human trebuchet' project.

I ran a search and got some random hits.  Do you know if there are any pictures or videos of this CA?

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 1st, 2019 at 7:54pm
Tried an extra thick teardrop on a new sling for my wife (the dog ate her last sling). The cord goes all the way around the finger loop and the leather sandwiches around it. It has a very comfortable rounded inner surface instead of being flat because of the inner cord.
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Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 1st, 2019 at 7:59pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 1st, 2019 at 10:36am:
I used a 2 finger loop for the 'human trebuchet' project.


I had no idea that the two-loop style was so popular.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by walter on Nov 1st, 2019 at 9:31pm
@ NooneOfConsequence

Pretty sling!

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by Morphy on Nov 1st, 2019 at 10:31pm

NooneOfConsequence wrote on Nov 1st, 2019 at 7:54pm:
Tried an extra thick teardrop on a new sling for my wife (the dog ate her last sling). The cord goes all the way around the finger loop and the leather sandwiches around it. It has a very comfortable rounded inner surface instead of being flat because of the inner cord.


That's similar to what I like. But I've never tried with the cord sandwiches in between the loop. Might have to give it a shot.

Title: Re: Finger loops
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 1st, 2019 at 11:03pm

walter wrote on Nov 1st, 2019 at 9:31pm:
@ NooneOfConsequence

Pretty sling!


Thanks!  Pretty sling for a pretty girl :)

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