Join Date: May 2012
Location: Surrounded by Jeeps in an Xterra-less Michigan
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Between the too, I'd get the hook...it is faster/easier to get a strap over it, etc.
I have D shackles, hooks, etc...and I prefer the hooks 90% of the time.
The D Shackles are more secure if the pull is off angle and/or the terrain will potentially knock/pull the strap from a hook, say by going slack and then picking up again, etc.
If you can only have one, the receiver shackle set ups shown work well in all scenarios, but it is a bit slower to undo the shackle, insert the loop, screw the bolt back in, etc.
A factor that is not an issue in some places, and is in others, is theft.
The hook in the receiver can use a locking pin, but the D Shackle in the receiver can't, so, a determined passer-by can unscrew the shackle bolt and take the shackle itself.
I use both, so I have two shackles and a hook out back.
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