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A silks hook is our preferred way to rig aerial silks, and we are happy to be able to offer the excellent Prodigy Aerial Silks Hook! This hook provides a strong and elegant rigging point for your fabrics, specifically designed for aerial silks.
It's a fantastic choice when you're in a fixed location and height/travel isn't a consideration. If you need something lightweight for travel, or smaller for low height, then you might prefer a Figure 8.
The large round barrel of this hook distributes the load of the user more broadly along the length of the silks (giving a higher D:d ratio) meaning no one part of your fabric is under more load than the others. This means your silks will last longer, and remain stronger!
The mild steel hooks have a WLL of 300kg. That's based on a 5:1 ratio on when they first bend permanently in testing. We've tested these all the way until they break too - that happens upwards of 50kN.
The variety of knots available for this hook also mean that you can get much cleaner separation between the two strands of your silk without affecting the working load or risking the silks slipping.
The variety of knots available for this hook also mean that you can get much cleaner separation between the two strands of your silk without affecting the working load or risking the silks slipping. It's also easier to tie your knots onto this hook without risk of damage to your fabric which can happen with a Figure 8 if you don't take care.The most common knots to use for your fabrics with these hooks are a Prusik Hitch (super easy to tie!) and a Clove Hitch. Both of these will give you excellent separation of the fabric and a high WLL we've tested to over 200kg @ 7:1 with Prodigy Silks.
You can also use these to rig two different coloured fabrics together very cleanly, rig hammocks/slings, or even shorten your trapeze/corde lisse!
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