A particularly versatile fabric hook which will keep your silks in good condition.
Review by Helen McCall,
This aerial fabric hook is a particularly versatile design. The large diameter barrel ensures that there are no tight spots on wrapping the fabric, and so fabric wear is minimised. Your aerial fabric will last much longer if wrapped onto one of these Voltige fabric hooks.
The length of the barrel, for wrapping, allows more sophisticated wraps onto the hook than just the simple barrel-hitch or crows-foot which the instructions show. A double-back-to-back barrel hitch will give particularly easy seperation of the ribbons in performance. And if the silks are pre-pleated before wrapping, then this also allows easy access to the edges of the fabric during performance for floating the ribbons out around you.
The width of this fabric hook, combined with the useful control-line attachments at the side, allows you to rig your silks so that they will not spin. This is very useful when you need to ensure that the silks are always orientated towards a particular direction such as towards the audience. This can be easily achieved with this fabric hook by attaching control lines to the side attachment points and leading those lines out to the side to give stability.
I found this feature very useful when rigging for the Le Navet Bete show "The Greatest Story Never Told" in December 2011. Matt Freeman was using the silks for his Angel Gabriel routine, and needed to orientate himself reliably towards the audience because he was acting during his performance. I was also able to wrap the silks as described above to ensure that Matt would always be able to easily seperate the ribbons when he needed to in the silks performance which I coached and choreographed, The use of this fabric hook for this rig was very successful.
The large steel suspension loop is long enough to ensure that the hook can never tip during a performance and cause any jerking. It also has a nice gentle curve at the top which can be used with a mailon, carabina or even directly looped onto a roundsling if needed.
Effective but ugly and overpriced.
Review by jon,
I don't have one of these myself, but i do know people who use them, and while they are perfectly fit for the task they are also quite unflattering to look at, and also very expensive considdering the alternatives available.
I use a decender with ears to rig my silks, it has proven to be a very reliable platform and is more than strong enough to cope with the demands of any aerialist.
They are also far more graceful in terms of how it attaches to the silk but they are hard to find in the uk.
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