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Apr 11, 2012, 1:09 PM

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Re: [AlabamaOutdoors] Gibbons
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As Sungam pointed out, Gibbon lines aren't safe for such use. I'm not picking on them either, most off-the shelf lowline systems aren't suitable as the only thing keeping you alive.

While I can't speak for their company, here are a couple general reasons for that particular system:

2" webbing is very static causing a higher than normal peak load during a fall. That's harsh on both your anchors, and your body.

No fool proof safety lock. They can either be flopped open under a fall opening the ratchet or the take up spool can be easily overfilled preventing the safety locks from engageing that prevent free-spin.

As a correction to Sungam's comment though, the line doesn't snap, it sounds like the ratchet was pushed into freespin due to incorrect usage. I can't help but wonder, given the video posters attitude, if it was staged intentionally.


(This post was edited by slacklinejoe on Apr 11, 2012, 1:12 PM)



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