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Pin Lock carabineer

Updated the Friday 25 July 2008

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 Loading capacity

Breaking load 2500 kg by a weight of 80 g. That means a weight saving of 100–120g on the harness compared to one with steel karabiners.

Average value of fatigue endurance proven with 425 Kg. Paragliding karabiners in use are loaded and unloaded varyingly - depending on pilot weight thermal and way of flying this load can lie between 10 and 110 kg and more.

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For conventional karabiners in the area of gate play average values of fatigue endurance of only 45-90 kg were ascertained. To be able to exclude brakages due to material fatigue, the points of actuation by gravity of the karabiners currently in use have to be proved. But until now, the karabiner manufactuers had not been up to that.

Replacement range: We guarantee a service life for the Pin Lock of 8–10 years as long as the karabiner is not used in aggressive environments like salt water or sea air.

 Handling

The attachment of the Pin Lock to the paraglider risers is similar to conventional karabiners.
The quickpin is self locking.
There are two safety steps preventing unintentional opening: The pressing of the release button and the pulling of the pin in the opposite direction.

The separating of the risers after landing is simpler with the Pin Lock.
In order to assure that the risers are attached properly during strong wind conditions the harness should be kept connected with the paraglider whilst putting on the leg straps.
This applies for conventional karabiners as well as for Pin Lock karabiners.

By paying attention to the instruction manual, problems with freezing up can be avoided even severe winter conditions.

 Safety

The Pin Lock has separate harness chambers. Transverse loading is thus avoided.
The quickpin is integrated in the karabiner in such a way as to eliminate the possibility of paraglider lines becoming caught up.

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