WSF founder and nonslip strap inventor James McBride tested numerous ways of rubberizing a variety of lifting strap materials in 2001 with the intent of improving his own performance. It was through countless hours of testing that he was able to weed out inferior methods such as gluing and weaving. In fact weaving, though cheap to manufacture by comparison, was such a let down in performance that James spent countless hours hand painting thousands of straps for the first couple of years in business, rather than use it. The fibers in a webbing are similar to the links in a chain, and so naturally, replacing strong nylon fibers with far weaker rubber fibers affects the webbing’s integrity. The thin rubber woven fibers were prone to tearing, and weaving resulted in less nonslip material being applied to the surface of the strap, and thus less grip for the user.