Testing the Garda Hitch

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  1. Ian Sebryk says:

    if you use aluminum ‘rap rings’ (rappell rings) you won’t have this problem. they’re rated to 250Kn (about 2 tonnes). if you get the HomeDepot rings, then, yeah: problems all over. i’m 185cm and 133kg. my Hennessey has worked flawlessly with them down to -5°C.

  2. David M. Dorn says:

    I use the Omega-Pacific rings which have a larger diameter than the SMC rings. This provides more surface area to spread the compression. I saw a youtube video showing the compression effects on 7/64 Amsteel with the SMC rings and the effect was clearly evident. For that reason I also use 1/8 Amsteel for my suspension lines with the rings at the tree. It makes for great ease in making strap adjustments. I am willing to pay for the slight extra weight of the rings and line for the convenience.

  3. David M. Dorn says:

    Correction to my post of 17 August at 5:52pm:
    The Omega-Pacific rings are much thicker than the SMC ones….hence the offer more surface area to the rope used.

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