Gotcha, yes there is a tendency to pic a bit but I haven't found a pic that I couldn't work back in. I see what you are saying about the grab. For me the great thing about a cow hitch. So easy to untie no matter how bad its grabbing. Those firm slings do take a bit to get a good hand. Very stiff out of the box. I haven't been comfortable putting a timber hitch on them until they are a little but more malleable. They certainly all have pros and cons. I'm very lucky to have all of the above in the box and use each for the application they are best for.I personally don't like hollowbraid slings since the grab, pick, get stuck on bark and tend to be slippery to the touch which makes them cinch really aggressively. That makes them harder to untie than a more round, firmer material.