Versatackle Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It


The Versatackle is a self-locking mechanical benefit program with line. It can be applied wherever a quite tight line, or program with variable tension may well be helpful: tying out tarps, setting up hammocks, creating rope bridges, lashing down gear and so forth.

That it is self-locking is adequate to propose it, but it also gives a lot far more mechanical benefit than the trucker’s hitch so can lift heavier factors, offered the line is up to it (and you need to be far more cautious when tying out tents and tarps!).

The knot has only two downsides:

  • the a lot of wraps is the higher friction on the line, so verify your lines for indicators of premature put on (like flat spots or fraying) when applying it.
  • the comparatively a lot of turns make it complicated to entirely untie compared with equivalent systems like the Trucker’s Hitch (in particular the Swift Trucker’s Hitch) or the Poldo Tackle.

Step 1. Pass the operating finish via the sturdy point on the anchor:

versatackle step 1

Step two. Make a loop in the operating finish. As with the Trucker’s Hitch, any loops can be applied right here. The Bowline is a fantastic all-goal finish loop, so is fairly common but something could operate. The other now becomes the operating finish:

Step three. Pass the (new) operating finish via the load:

versatackle step 3

Step four. Make a mid loop in the operating finish, just right after it passes via the load. The Directional Figure of Eight is excellent for taking load along the line, but once more, any mid loop could be applied:

versatackle step 4

Step five. Tread the operating finish via the finish loop:

versatackle step 5

Step six. Thread the operating finish via the mid loop:

versatackle step 6

Step 7. Continue passing the operating finish via about, via each loops, creating at least 3 turns.

When you have lots of turns, pull them tight. The friction among the turns and he loops need to lock the entire program down with out the need to have for added hitches:

versatackle step 7

Step eight. Though the program need to automatically self-lock, it is fantastic practice to tie off the tail finish when finishing a Versatackle. It keeps it out of the way and adds added safety:

versatackle step 8

Step 9. Pass the operating finish underneath all of the turns, creating a bight:

versatackle step 9

Step 10. Bring the operating finish back up more than the turns on the other side, and thread it via its personal bight. Pull it tight, and add far more hitches if essential to tidy up the finish (by repeating the final two measures).

versatackle step 10

Connected Knots

  • The Trucker’s Hitch is version of the exact same principle as the Versatackle, but applying only a single pass of the line. This signifies it has significantly less mechanical benefit, which may well be significantly less ‘dangerous’ (so probably in fact far better for guylines, in particular for lightweight tarps and tents). It has the downside of not self-locking.
  • The Poldo Tackle is an sophisticated program exactly where each ends come about their respective loads (it is typically applied to bring two loads with each other, rather than a load and a static anchor) and connect to distinct sides of the exact same line, generating mechanical benefit.


The Versatackle is the strongest tool in the knot tyer’s box for tension. As such it need to be applied with care to keep away from ripping tents or breaking anchor points!

The author after demonstrated the Versatackle’s strength to a buddy by rigging it among the armrests on a train, and the train was close to breaking extended just before the line was!

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