Ferro Concepts Slingster
Price: $48.25 (SKD Tac)
Type of Sling: Two point; open connectors
Features: 1" webbing with shoulder pad; spring loaded cam buckle
** while the Slingster is cheaper at the base, you have to add in the cost of your desired connectors as well, which can easily be another $20.
Haley Strategic D3
Type of Sling: Two Point; O and D Ring QDs
Features: 1" webbing with shoulder pad; Tri-glide adapter; sewn adjustment loop
After spending more time on my SCAR I began to really notice the shortcomings of my old single point sling so I started looking into a replacement. Off the bat I knew it would have to change my set up and go back to a two point sling with a pad since the SCAR was heavier than any of my previous ARs. As you all know there are tons of two point padded rifle slings on the market so I had to narrow down the field by prioritizing my needs. In addition to it being a 2 point padded sling, it would have to be easy to adjust. Simple, swift and easy to change it from slack to tight to support a precision shot would be paramount. Also, I didn't want the sling to have any kind of unusual/unique connectors like paracord or wire loops that might make it a pain in the ass. Also, if it could convert to a single point without a lot of hassle, that would be great since I prefer to run my sling attached to the end plate on the lower receiver to the part of the hand guard that is closest to the upper receiver. I like my gear simple, straight forward, and uncomplicated. This narrowed my field down to two slings, so I picked up both and have been trying both the D3 and Slingster out on the range and at home doing manipulation drills for the past few months. In the end I settled on the Ferro Concepts Slingster - sort of. I took the feature I liked best about the Haley and put it on the Slingster.
What I liked best about the Haley was that you could convert it from it's base 2 point configuration to a true single point by disconnecting the front QD and putting it in the Tri-glide socket. So I sourced the Tri-glide connector on my own and added it to the Slingster. I didn't go with the D3 is because it wasn't as easy to tighten as the Slingster. The webbing adjustment loop is sewn and occasionally I couldn't get it tight after making it slack because I wasn't pulling it at the right angle and would end up jerking my rifle to the left. I don't have the same problem with the spring loaded cam buckle on the Slingster. I can adjust that looser to tighter with just my thumb, but I still like the Haley Tri-glide. In the end I found the Tri-glide by itself and paid the $19 plus USPS postage to get it shipped.
In the end both slings ended up costing the same, but I'm much happier using the Slingster.