The figure 8 shoulder harness is an alternative to the chest harness. It’s particularly useful for the hogtie because it provides an attachment point higher up on the chest than the standard chest harness.
This harness works well for some people but is very uncomfortable for others. Make sure to dress it carefully to remove any pressure points.
1Pass the rope under your partner’s right armpit.
It is important that your lines are smooth, flat, and even throughout this tie.
2Go behind the neck.
3Go under the left armpit.
4Pass the long end through the bight and over then under the line behind the neck.
5Adjust the harness so that all the lines come together in an X shape in the middle of the back.
Finish with a half hitch by going over then under the right armpit line, exiting in the middle of the X.
6Snug the knot.
1If you want to add reinforcement to the figure 8 harness, begin by passing the rope just under the left armpit and across the upper chest.
Make sure to find the shortest path so there is no slack in the rope.
2Pass the rope under the right shoulder line and double back toward the left shoulder.
To avoid creating a pressure point, don’t use a half hitch or Munter here.
3Pass the rope under the left shoulder line and double back to the right armpit.
4Pass the rope under the right armpit and tie off with a half hitch in the center of the back.
The harness should be snug and symmetrical in front.
OPTION If your partner has breasts, you can use them to anchor the lower part of the harness. In step 1, pass the rope underneath the left breast rather than directly under the armpit.