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Old 07-18-2010, 08:51 AM   #1
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Default home made ring straps

I would like to make my own ring straps. I own a set of rings from Tyler Haas and while the rings are fine, the buckles are awful.

I leave them suspended at home because I don't want to deal with trying to thread the buckles again at a new location.

I would like, ideally, to make my own straps from seat belt webbing, but I can't figure out what the slide buckles are called or if ones even exist large enough to use with seat belts.

I have a set of pvc pipe handled rings and I use a tow strap that I bought at a big box store but that is even too much of a pain. I would much rather use real rings suspended by a better strap and buckle. Ease of use and security are what I am looking for.

Any thoughts?

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Old 07-18-2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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First thought would be to get on McMaster-Carr and possibly Grainger to check out what they have. You should be to at least identify the proper name of the device from there and move forward.
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:09 PM   #3
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Nice Frank. I'll give that a try. In the mean time, if anyone knows what these things are called, please don't hesitate to blurt it out...
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:51 PM   #4
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Cam buckles, I think.

I did some web surfing a few months back trying to figure out how much it would cost to make your own ring straps from online webbing retailers. I came to the conclusion that unless you're going to be making multiple pairs, you're not saving much money. Rogue Fitness sells ring straps separately for something like $25, which I believe is only marginally more than the cost for the materials and won't require your own labor.

However, if you're doing this for the love of DIY, keep us posted on the project.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:14 PM   #5
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Cam buckles, I think.

I did some web surfing a few months back trying to figure out how much it would cost to make your own ring straps from online webbing retailers. I came to the conclusion that unless you're going to be making multiple pairs, you're not saving much money. Rogue Fitness sells ring straps separately for something like $25, which I believe is only marginally more than the cost for the materials and won't require your own labor.

However, if you're doing this for the love of DIY, keep us posted on the project.
Jeff it is amazing that you post this today. I surfed for quite a while yesterday and came to the same conclusion. Having them made would only be about two dollars cheaper per strap than buying replacements.

Today I started a new idea to take the aggravation out of my current straps. I took a piece of gorilla tape and doubled it over the end of the strap. It's double thick and glued to itself and the end of the web strap. It is about a third as thick as the webbing and is WAY easier to thread. If the tape holds up and does not cause any unforeseen aggravation, I think I may have found my answer.

Thanks again everyone
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:21 PM   #6
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It sounds like you essentially made a homemade aglet.

I too found that the Elite ring buckles were hard to thread at first, but eventually I came to realize that I wasn't actually pushing down on the lever nearly enough. You have to really push down on the buckle until it is almost ALL THE WAY pushed down to properly clear enough room for the strap to thread through. (The bottom of the lever will actually come through the other side.) It's hard for me to describe.

Either way, your solution is a good one too. When the aglets break off my skate laces, I also simply tape up the ends until I get a wispy end that easily passes through the eyelets.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:04 PM   #7
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I have never, in 41 years, heard or read the word "aglet". Thank you!!!

My tape "aglet", hehe now I'm just looking for an excuse to use the word.., is flat and follows the shape of the strap. It extends out past the strap, just like you describe, and works pretty well.

I had also discovered that I was not pushing down nearly hard enough. But it's such a pain, even with that knowledge, that I end up leaving them suspended for so long that by the time I need to thread them again I've forgotten what I learned the previous time...

Thanks again!
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:47 PM   #8
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here's something i considered doing a while ago

get 2 daisy chains and 4 carabiners. make it look like this

blue - ring
gray - daisy chain
green - carabiner
black - object you're hanging it from

i thought it was appealing cause it would be so fast since you could count the daisy loops and get it exact
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:49 PM   #9
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if you didn't want the carabiner on the ring, you could loop the daisy chain through the ring just like the top method
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