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LoopAlien – The Beginning

LoopAlien – The Beginning

on Jul 8, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

The LoopAlien (TM) makes attaching and adjusting cords a snap. Use it on tents, tarps, canopies, cargo, backpacks, strollers and more! LoopAlien (TM) – Rapid Cord Attachment – Patent Pending Below is the story of the LoopAlien. It was a project on Kickstarter from Mar 11, 2013 – Apr 10, 2013 (30 days). LoopAlien can be purchased from our online store. Available In Titanium, Aluminum and Stainless Steel versions. Hi, my name is David, and this is the LoopAlien. The LoopAlien is an ultra small, ultra lightweight cord attachment and tensioning device. It allows you to connect and adjust rope or cord to just about anything, quickly and easily. I’m an IT guy by trade but designing, creating and inventing are also shared passions. I developed LoopAlien over several months, starting first with a much larger and heavier design that eventually transformed into the flyweight you see today. It’s only 1.25 by 0.9 inches small, but don’t let the small size fool you. Offered in high quality 6061-T6 aluminum and weighing a scant ~2.5 grams each, you can carry a pocket full of them and not even notice. The stainless steel (316L) weighs ~7.5 grams and the titanium (Grade 5) versions weighs ~4.4 grams. The LoopAlien is very easy to use as shown in the video and pictures. To adjust, simply release the tension on the cord and reposition. Once the tension is reapplied the LoopAlien will hold fast. This small, efficient design has been tested to well over 100 pounds using a 1.75 mm cord with no slipping. In fact, the more tension you put on the rope, the more the LoopAlien grips it. The LoopAlien works with cords all the way up to paracord size. The 1.75 mm cord is easier to adjust than the larger paracord sized cords. ** NOTICE ** *** The LoopAlien is not designed to support human weight. It must not be used as a life saving device, fall protection or in any manner where failure could cause property damage, injury or loss of life. *** The LoopAlien can be used in virtually hundreds of ways. You don’t even have to tie a knot to use it. If you’re curious how the LoopAlien...

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Rigging a Hammock Tarp w/ Loop Alien Part 2 [Video]

Rigging a Hammock Tarp w/ Loop Alien Part 2 [Video]

on Jul 8, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Derek Hansen demonstrates how to set up a tarp with end tie outs on the ridgeline using the LoopAlien. This article was originally published on The Ultimate Hang. Written by Derek Hansen. April 06, 2013 I posted earlier on how you can use the LoopAlien with a tarp and a continuous ridge line, but a lot of folks prefer using guy lines just on the ends of the tarp’s ridge line. The LoopAlien works just as well with end-only ridge tie-outs and can be easily added to existing lines without untying or modifying your guy lines. In this video and illustration, I also show an alternate method for locking the line around a LoopAlien that is easier and faster. Enjoy! Please...

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Rigging a Tarp with LoopAlien [video Demo]

Rigging a Tarp with LoopAlien [video Demo]

on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The article below was originally published on The Ultimate Hang. Written by Derek Hansen. April 05, 2013 I’m a sucker for cool, little hardware gadgets for tarp and hammock rigging. Don’t get me wrong, I love knots (I’m a Scoutmaster, after all), and use them on all my trips, but sometimes a good piece of hardware makes the task of tensioning and tying off a tarp or hammock just a little easier. When friends told me about a Kickstarter campaign for a little device called the LoopAlien, I was curious. I ended up backing the project after seeing the LoopAlien’s potential, and to support innovation. When David, the LoopAlien creator, offered to send me some prototypes, I gladly accepted; call it a pre-shipment for my investment in the project. I’ve been having fun playing and experimenting with these little devices for the past several days. The trouble with the LoopAlien may well be it’s greatest strength: there is no set way to use it. My main goal was to see if I could use them to set up and tension a tarp, so my efforts have been focused to that end. What’s intriguing about the LoopAlien is that you can get away without tying any knots in order to use it. Of course you can use knots, but by using loops (or bights) along the line, you can quickly attach and detach the line from the hardware. The following illustration and video demonstrate how I used two LoopAliens to rig a tarp with a continuous ridgeline without any extra hardware. Summary I managed to get the LoopAlien to hold fast without slippage and get a 3:1 mechanical advantage to really get the tarp taut. All-in-all, I’m happy with the results. The LoopAlien makes it easy to set up and the line is easy to un-hook once I’m ready to pack up. I also used the LoopAlien to rig up a bear bag using the PCT Method. Attaching the LoopAlien to the cord is pretty simple, and the line glides smoothly through the holes in the device much better than mini carabiners. I should note that while Dave sent me a pair to evaluate, I’m not being paid to endorse...

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