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Apr 25, 2008, 4:34 PM

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Re: [jt512] SLACKLINE FAILURE! ! !
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jt512 wrote:
Why do you guys use carabiners instead of quick links, which can be wrench tightened.


Too cheap to go to that much trouble for a low line.

I know, that's a terrible reason, but I'm much more likely to get injured by falling off the line than if the line fails. I've never had a failure when anyone was on the line, but I guess there's a first time for everything. I'm in the process of reworking my system in favor of steel equipment, but its expensive and time consuming, so in the mean time I just check my gear more often than I used to.

Also, I've heard about the threads on quicklinks deforming under high load so that they're impossible to open again, and I don't like being forced to cut apart a system under load. Frankly, that seems needlessly reckless. Finally, the scale of a full sized oval is what makes the system go. Most quicklinks I've encountered are too small to use in the same way that I use the carabiners, and unless somebody can suggest a good system that uses only quicklinks, its not worth the somewhat dangerous experimental period as I figure out what works.

n.b. I only rig lowlines. The tallest I've ever rigged had one end 5 feet up, because the area was sloped and we'd bottom out otherwise. The other end was about 3 feet up. I'm not even going to consider a high line until I've had a chance to walk a few and learn what works best in that situation.

(This post was edited by petsfed on Apr 25, 2008, 4:36 PM)

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Post edited by petsfed () on Apr 25, 2008, 4:36 PM

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