The eye sling is perhaps the most versatile tether for rigging hardware. A block, Portawrap or other device is secured within the sling’s eye, and a choking hitch such as a cow hitch or timber hitch is tied using the running end. Although one must know knots to use an eye sling, there’s no arguing its efficient simplicity.
The tightly woven outer jacket of this rope helps protect the load bearing inner core from abrasion. Although long used by arborists for eye slings, we find the double braid’s use dwindling, compared to its stronger, more easily monitored 12-strand cousin.
16mm Samson Double Braid, Polyester, 18′, 15,000 pound tensile strength, 1,500 pound WLL, weighs 2.89 pounds