I've got both, soft & hard shackles...but I always seem to use the hard ones and maybe I'm worried about nothing, but the reason for using the hard ones first is that I'm worried someone will steal the soft ones if I leave them on the bumper like I do the hard shackles...so I carry them in my recovery bag.
I carry 4 hard shackles, 3 on the front bumper & one in the pintle on the rear. That way they are always there and at the ready. I never see anyone caring soft shackLes on their bumpers...has anyone 'ever' had their soft shackles stolen or vandalized? Again, maybe I'm worrying about a non-issue.