tape (not recommended because of trapping moisture)
Birds peck at it as well and can pick it loose over the season
plastic boots (don’t breathe? - but they look the simplest to install)
This is what most folks use
leather (seems preferred, but did those owners install/stitch them while dangling from a halyard?)
The owners didn't - their foredeck staff did it for them
a polyester wraparound, with buckle (one more thing to snag?)
Never seen this but it just kind of sounds wrong
a wheel, mounted on the stay (installation with rig up?)
These are fine in theory but I believe that you need to ride the boatswain's chair to adjust them as they ride above the spreaders. I bought some but chucked them once I realised it was going to be a ton of work getting them into position and making them stay where they should be. Others might have a better opinion of them. Apart from anything else though, they're ugly.
Please share your thoughts and recommendations. Thanks.