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Variation on Taut Line Hitch - "Sisco Hitch"
« on: September 02, 2017, 07:40:32 PM »
Hello all.

I am an assistant scoutmaster for a boy scout troop, and a scout showed me his variation on the taut line hitch. He says he always uses this knot to hang his hammock, and finds it easier and quicker to tie and dress. Photos attached - first two turns as for standard taut line; third turn wraps around both lines and then tucks under first turn.

He asked me to post his knot on this forum and is eager to hear to any constructive feedback. He calls his knot the "Sisco Hitch." Thanks!
« Last Edit: September 02, 2017, 07:42:23 PM by amelkin »


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Re: Variation on Taut Line Hitch - "Sisco Hitch"
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 08:39:28 PM »
On just a quick glance, I'd surmise that this knot
is well less secure than the conventional knot,
because of the intrusion on the first turn of its
gripping coil by the tail.  (E.g., I've tried doing
the tucking through this coil --or 2-- with the tail
like the ProhGrip/Blake's Hitch and found that
things got worse.)

Moreover, overall I suspect that its integrity/stability
is made dubious by the finish as well.

But, if it works for his hammock (particular material
and load ...), I'm happy that he likes it.



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Re: Variation on Taut Line Hitch - "Sisco Hitch"
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2017, 09:18:09 AM »
Interesting  (1/2 tarbuck?) design, but comes out of 'square'/distorts and slight walk towards Bitter End.
i'd want a mechanical stop/ Stopper Knot (but i'd always say that);
especially when lacing :
A>holding life (in hammock)
B>while lacing un-monitored (sleeping).
i've used Taut-Line mostly in climbing,sliding hitch up and down, resetting, rappelling on it etc.
Wouldn't recommend for that level use; much better for static set hitch as shown, than dynamic working rescue hitch.
Keep thinking!
« Last Edit: September 03, 2017, 09:22:51 AM by KC »
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