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I have been using the 1/2 double fishermans to secure the snap gates on my cowstail for a number of years and they work great. They certainly jam the knot against the ‘biner however they are not as secure as a figure 8 ie you can get some knot creep when first tied.
As for using 12mm tape for the foot loop…I’m not an advocate. The tape can easily be fed into the chest ascender during ascent causing the chest ascender to become jamed. An alternate method (which I use) is a combination of a tape footloop (19mm) and a 6-8mm cord connecting it to the top ascender. The cord is far less likely to be fed into the chest ascender with this system. There was a small article published in Nargun a number of years ago by Eric Lenser with spec’s of this setup.